Danish aaj rukna nahi hai

Danish aaj rukna nahi hai

"Bigger dreams may not need bigger strides! Every little step counts in a greater, longer, and stronger journey"

As the name itself suggests running inside a stadium...

This was my 1st experience of a stadium run. And it was more special as it was on my birthday. So, my 1st stadium run turned out to be my b ’day run.

The planning for the stadium run began in January 2021. When my mentor my friend Keshav Manik told me about this and asked me to come to Chandigarh for the run. And I was so much under stress how would I run 12 hours. But he showed confidence in me and with my wife’s support and motivation... I started training.


Before this training phase, I had just done one 6 hours run. So as instructed by Keshav Bhai the plan was to do two long runs and at least one of them in the stadium. So, I did my 1st stadium run on 14th fib running for 6 hours inside a hockey stadium covering 50 km in those 6 hours.

Then we planned an 8hour run one last long run before the main event. And it was attempted twice but could not manage many hours.

An event is incomplete if it doesn’t involve any injury. 10 days before the final run got issues with my hamstrings and shin. A week that was filled with physiotherapies followed with zero running. 3 days before had to start running with new shoes as suggested by the physio.  A big thanks to her too.

"When the going gets tough; tough gets going"

Then finally came the big day.

With all injuries in my mind and all the pain I just remembered one thing that was constant in my mind.

“Danish aaj rukna nahi hai” -and the biggest motivation behind this was my wife. She constantly made sure that I’m not in trouble getting all my things at the right time.

My wife, my cheer gal became my greatest pillar of support who stood by those most grueling 12 hrs, tirelessly and enthusiastically. And it was her confidence and Keshav Bhai's motivation that helped me run the mileage we planned before I got injured...

Running long is all about mindset. All u need is patience. Your legs run for few hours and then it's your mind that runs for you. We need to be mentally strong along with being physically strong if we have to run such long distances. So, train the beast (brain) if you want to run long.

Well, thanks to many more people involved in making this run possible... My wife Farzana (my biggest pillar) my inspiration (KESHAV MANIK TALHA) Sana Bharti who helped me cross the lines whenever I wanted to quit. My family my strength. And also, my running family " Rajnandgoan Runners" who always motivated me throughout my journey.

"Once a runner; always a runner!" Future planning as of now nothing. But #ruknatohaihinahi

"When tired, learn to rest not to quit"

Written by a passionate runner from Rajnandgaon Runners



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Forty years back, forties and fifties were considered old age. I don't think it is so now. With increased life expectancy and most of the youthful years spent in education, competitive exams, getting a job, marriage, family, children, and creating assets; we rather start discovering ourselves only in our early forties.

It is then, that we do some soul searching to find exactly what we are passionate about. We realise that the time left on earth should be made memorable for us and we want to live our life on our terms.

It is also in one’s late thirties or early forties that one has gathered the experience and wisdom to know how his life ought to be. Some people are lucky that they get to know early in life. But not many of us, including me.

I discovered my passion of running, only when I crossed my forty fifth year. When I started, many including my family were sceptical; they doubted my ability and its adverse effects on my health and well-being. However, the consistency and discipline brought the desired results; and I could complete my first half-marathon (21.1 km) within 18 months of taking the plunge. The support and motivation came from the effervescent ‘LetsRun’, the running community/ group from our city, Raipur. The motley group comprising people from varied professional background, gender and age group.

A recent event ‘100 days of running’ (Challenge to run at-least 2km every day for 100 days, without any break) threw an interesting facts; out of the 68 people who participated from our group, 37 (28 male and 9 females) ran all 100 days, while another 9 (5 males and 4 females) completed more than 90 days of running. An age profile of the finishers -

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Almost 50% of all finishers, were above forty and more than 90% of all finishers were above thirty years in age.

All in all, it is never too late to discover one’s passion or interest and take it forward; it may be running, swimming, any sports, writing, music or something unconventional. Find one and pursue.

And when you step into your new shoes someone along the way will point and ask, why this now? Is it useful? What is the purpose? Aren't you old?

Don't answer them. Not worth it.

Your chronological age is only for living purposes. Forget it. You now have a new number to indicate your inner life. You are as old as the passionate job you've taken upon yourself.  Discover yourself, keep changing, stay young; always.


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Now I run for MYSELF

A kindergarten teacher, part time house maker and mother of two. Yes, I do Run around my kids at home and school, but that is all.

Hi, myself, Roshni Shukla.

The thought of running, always makes me feel good. In childhood, like any other student, I participated in school runs. But never made a career out of it.

15 years after student life, again got this chance 2 years back, when a half marathon was organised by letsrun group in Raipur.

I participated in that just for fun, running away from routine life. I did my first ever 6k along with my 8 year old son. The thrill stayed with me.

This year I enrolled with 100 days of running. It came to me like a fresh wave of happiness. I would get up everyday with a thought- "I have to finish today's Run".

I became selfish, I learnt to take out some time for myself.

It was difficult on some busy days and no company as no one else participated from my town. But the caption- " come what may" helped me finish each day.

Sometimes in jungle resort, sometimes in heavy rain, on busy days at midnight and stealing some space between family gathering. But yes I finished them all.

Now when I see it, 100 days of running had made me a better person.
And getting a position on the group leaderboard is like a cherry on top.

Thank you - 100 days of running, now I run for MYSELF.


What LETS RUN and HDOR did to me

For a premature child, who started walking at an age of 2; running initially made his parents rather apprehensive than appreciative. Running or any athletic activity for me then became secondary to studies. Outdoor sports were never part of my schooling life or graduation life.

A bronchitis attack in 2002 changed my life, making yoga/pranayama and morning walk part of daily routine. Daily 4-5km walk gave ample health benefits; and during year 2016 with some inspiration, it metamorphosed into running. A successful completion of 5Km run in IIM Raipur event of Feb 2017 made me a distance runner. Later during 2017, I ran 11Km and 10Km run for the first time. A 5day-5km challenge in Jan 2018 introduced me to the tribe, where I belonged – LETS RUN; the running community from Raipur.

After completing first half marathon in Feb 2018, I had tasted the blood. Running, now was seeking a new challenge; and it got one: 100 days of running (HDOR).

It made schedule tweaked, shift engagements and room for running. Running shoes became an essential part of my travel bag. Sound and smell of new cities and scary by-lanes/ localities made running alive and connected authentically.

Running daily for HDOR made me physically stronger, no doubt; but also made me mentally resilient and rediscover the WILL. It awakened the realization that competition was against the distance, neither with the fellow runners nor against the time.

The unstinted support of family particularly my wife was pivotal to the successful completion of challenge. It did taught a lesson about the importance of your support team in achieving success in any passion you pursue.

Running is then a bountiful gift which brings immense joy into one’s life, but the joy stays, only when one shares it. I owe an incredible debt to our running community, LETS RUN, for everything it has brought to me and for everything it has unearthed in me.

What LETS RUN and HDOR did to me is aptly summarized by Henry David Thoreau: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”


An Engineer, Entrepreneur and finally a Runner

Age is just a number; more, the better.

My New Passion

How my new passion took me to Pondicherry & it was Runderful

In August 2017, I said that the only time you’d ever find me running was if Godzilla were chasing me. Then, 6 months later, I ran a half marathon on February 2018. Due to work pressures and lifestyle changes, the only form of good workout for me was swimming and that too was seasonal, I definitely couldn’t run a single mile in a row. To my surprise that all changed way sooner than I had expected.


On 15th August 2017, I was shocked, frustrated and felt terrified; it all seemed pointless on first day of my run. However, I decided to stick to it & with a few more runs things started looking better, I could track my improvements and was able to do more with each run. All these while I kept reminding myself what JK Rowling Said “ Remember the first rule of self-improvement – Always have achievable goals.” and in next 100 days I was able to do 6k and 10k and it felt great. There was a change in my attitude; I was more open to new challenges, all thanks to my newfound Passion.

I kept hearing about the adventures of a runners group called Let’s Run in my city. A few months back 26 members of this group had successfully accomplished the half marathon at Ladakh, which not only intrigued but also excited me at the same time, as I had never imagined of doing a marathon.  I soon joined “Lets run” and made new friends, while running along side them I learnt a lot about running. One fine day “Sunil Babu” asked me about my interest to join for Auroville Marathon at Pondicherry on Feb 2018, followed which he saw the biggest smile on my face.


With so much momentum built up for the Auroville Run, I had no other option but to put all my efforts to train for the “Big Day”. The six of us started our journey from Raipur to Pondicherry (via Hyderabad & Chennai) and before reaching Pondicherry our journey of fun and excitement had already begun. Starting from south Indian delicacies to round of beers, all we did was talk & talk, which then followed with an outburst of laughter; we sure were the nosiest passengers through out the trip. As soon as we reached Pondicherry we wasted no time & straight away head out on our two wheelers to explore the city. The feel of the city was marvelous, we were in Indian but it didn’t felt like it, the beaches were neat, weather was pleasant and people were gentle to talk, no wonder its called “French Polynesia of India”. We spent 3 nights at Pondicherry, and on 3rd day we had our Auroville Marathon.


The night before the “Big Day” I was a bit nervous as this being my first 

marathon run and I had traveler too far to attain this bliss. The performance pressure let me to retire early in evening where as the rest of the gang were busy chilling around till late night. On the day of event we all kicked of at 6:30 am and with all the fortune stars on my side I took 2:23 minute(s) to finish my first half marathon. It was my moment of blissful, soulful & Runderful experience, thankfully I didn’t missed on the opportunity to click a selfie to treasure it as a memory.

We have so many stories from the trip to share but I am sure I wont do justice to it writing them down here, one has to be involved in the story telling sessions which we have after our morning runs. Now when looking back to the trip to reflect on the event, it feels nothing less than a new school trip to me where you go on behalf of your school to participate for a tournament along with your new friends. Where the journey itself was so fulfilling the result of the tournament was never a worry, thanks to the Team Lets Run without which this would not have happened to me.


Vinay Agrawal

Successful Entrepreneur & Passionate Runner


5 day 10/5 K challenge – 2018

We had 5-day 5 k between 31st Jan and 4th Feb 2018 we invited Raipur Round table 169 to join us in the challenge. We started with 35 regulars for both the categories, this time we had 7 participants who were doing alone out of which 2 were from Durg n Pune. We finished strong with some 25 completing the challenge. Many joined us for single days. We asked 2 from 5 k and 2 from 10 k to write us their experience.

5 Day 5K – Runner Amardeep

IT was a very healthy experience throughout. I am

 not a elite runner, not even a born runner but what I realized in these five days is that run


ning is a skill which we need to develop minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.

Let’s run team was very energetic, helpful and kept us motivated throughout five days, daily new location left us excited and explore new location every day. I would like to further participate in the other events conducted by let’s run.


Amardeep K.  Gandhi

B.E. (Civil), M.Tech.(Struct)
Sr. Engineer – Sustainability
Arch-Tech Consultants


5 Day 5K – Runner Narendra

I’m running since year and a half; and have run two 10K marathons, including last year’s letsrun’s 10K. However, running 5 days continuously without recovery breaks have not been tried by me; your challenge intrigued me to step out of the comfort zone and hit the ground running. And I did it, though the last day was a bit challenging. It tested my resolve and brought out a stronger me.

Thanks to your motivation, I look forward to keep challenging myself regularly and participate in next 21K marathon of Letsrun and many more events of letsrun. Keep running! For running reminds us that we can do difficult things.

Narendra Sharma

Holy Cross, Byron Bazar Alumni (Class 1989) GEC/NIT Raipur Alumni (Class 1993)


5 Day 10K- Runner Vinod

helps you to connect with your soul. I feel this is the purest way to connect with nature and makes you fall in love with everything around you. For the last one year I am regularly associated with this habit. I start my day with running and consequently the whole day is full of energy, all the tensions dissipated and more focus towards my goal. Don’t wait that happiness will come tomorrow just wake up go for the run, happiness is there.

It’s really enjoying and fills you with peace and satisfaction and spirit to win, even your family life will become happier. By sweating, the impurity of body is removed and body and mind become pure. So, you stay fit and healthy physically as well as mentally and that’s how it leads towards spirituality also. So, let’s go outside in the morning and start your day by run to make your life cherishful and aimful. Keep Running Keep Inspiring.


Vinod Kumar Pandey


5 Day 10K- Runner Amarpreet


I am feeling elated to share 10k, 5-day challenge which was between 31st January and 4th of February

it was very motivational for me to participate n except 10k 5-day challenge. Which I completed successfully in good pace & timing with enthusiastic runners who all have been running regularly. All 5 days I ran on different locations n tracks which was a great experience in itself and for that the credit goes to team letsrun. Enjoyed early morning weather n sun rise, which was very refreshing.

It was a test of endurance n strength for me and I’ll surely try to participate in event like this in the future.

sincerely thanks all Let’s Run members n Mr Vinay Tiwary for motivation and for making me a part of team letsrun


A Marathon will help you discover the strength you never knew you had.


Amarpreet Singh Chandhok