The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And if you think that is overrated or an untrue concept, you havenโ€™t met or heard about Natashaย Noel. Our very own fitness homegirl is showing everyone how to run long distances with ease and panache that comes with motivation and regular training. Here are 5 awesome reasons for you to start running, so get ready to flaunt your summer body!

I don’t have dreams, I have goals

SO THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN SUPER EXCITED ABOUT! In September, I ran 5 km at aambey valley (Nike lunar womens run) and met so many inspirational women who have run a lot more. This motivated me to push a little further than my capabilities. So here's my new goal. I'm going to run a 15 km by 1st of January. And I'm petrified!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜–and excited but still nervous๐Ÿ˜‚! Because now when Im running only 5 km, I'm dying so 15 seems a long short but I'm having the best guidance from coach Dan and my pacer buddy is @diyanayar so I know I'm in good hands. But that fear is there if I'm over achieving. Will I pull though? Let's see. I shall keep you updated on my fitness journey. Now it's yoga and running. Always striving to be a healthier better version of my self. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ˜Œ Photography credits @CarlSpies7 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’™ Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.๐Ÿ™โค Much love๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #corestrength #Handstand #NikeMumbai #NrcMumbai #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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Sounds familiar? Well, take a page out of Harvey Specterโ€™s book and get inspired by Natashaโ€™s goal. When she met long distance women runners a few months back, she set 15k as a running distance for herself. Knowing her own personal challenges, including previous injuries and lack of stamina, she set her goal and then went on to conquer it. ย 

#SquadGoals โ€“ Get a running buddy

So last Saturday was the first time I did a 9 kilometre run and it was only because of the joyful woman next to me. She made the run just so much more enjoyable and I didn't realse how the time flew. Running with a buddy is just so much more bearable because you're not thinking about the kms and how you're doing dying during the run. I'm so glad you're my running buddy; couldn't have asked for a better one. Also, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, SEXY! To never ending runs with you @diyanayar ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜˜ Cannot wait for Saturday's run. BELIEVE ME when u say this, if I can run, anyone can run. You can register yourself at nike.com/Mumbai and start your running journey as well. ๐Ÿƒ P.s @univedsports Keeps me hydrated during my runs. Thank you @rrunn ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’™ Photography credits @CarlSpies7 Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.๐Ÿ™โค Much love๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ #Runners #Running #NikeMumbai #NrcMumbai #mumbaiRunners #Werunmumbai #Dancer #yoga #Muscles #yogalove #Abs #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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Itโ€™s always tough to achieve a goal single-handedly. Get fit together with a running buddy, who is there for your big achievements and momentary weaknesses. Soak in little doses of good vibes and spread happiness, but remind each other that youโ€™re not alone in your journey.

Donโ€™t sweat the small stuff

Find ways to feel good in the space inbetween. Where you are and where you want to be. Even if you are not where you want to be right now you still deserve to feel good. Building resilience in the here and now plays a huge part in what takes us forward in our journeys, in a healthy and productive way. ๐Ÿ’™ Photo credit @diyanayar ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.๐Ÿ™โค Much love๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #NikeMumbai #adhomukhavrksasana #Handstand #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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No one can be solely focused on a goal 24ร—7, so take time to breathe, relax and find comfort in little joys. Focus on your overall health and build a productive outlook, and as Natasha says stay safe and humble on your journey to achieve your goal.

Together, we run

Can you spot me? Always the weird one out!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ‘ธ To my new family ๐Ÿ’™, a group picture post Nike running club (Nrc), run at Mumbai university Sports ground, Marine drive. Running with people honestly makes the run more fun and just motivates you to go further. (Even if you're a loner like me, running with a buddy adds more energy. Even though you might think your own your last ashtamatic breath and about to die and want to give up, you keep moving because someone just motivates you. Slowly, but surely! True story of today! Just BTW!๐Ÿ˜‚) Photo credits Akshay.๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜˜ Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.๐Ÿ™โค Much love๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ #WeRunMumbai #MumbaiRunners #NrcMumbai #runner #Running #Splits #flexibility #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #Abs #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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When you start running, you can feel overwhelmed and slightly daunted by the challenges. But nothing makes a run better than finding others who enjoy it too. A running community is the best way to stay motivated, enthused and make new friends!

Find Inner Peace

Don’t wait for fitness inspiration to strike you, go out and set your own kick-ass goals. Every step takenย gets you closer to your goal, so make 2017 your year to get fit and stay fit.

"A good laugh and a long run are the two best cures for anything." โ€”Unknown With my ever smiling pacer buddy @diyanayar๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿƒ Photography: @aniruddhaa ๐Ÿ’™ Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.๐Ÿ™โค Much love๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ #Runners #Running #NikeMumbai #NrcMumbai #mumbaiRunners #BetterForIt #NikeWoman #athletelife #athlete #Werunmumbai #Dancer #yoga #Muscles #yogalove #Abs #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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Running is definitely excellent for your body and physique, but it also brings inner peace and happiness. Release those endorphins, detoxify and energize yourself and others with good vibes and positivity.

Donโ€™t wait for fitness inspiration to strike you, go out and set your own kick-ass goals. Every step takenย gets you closer to your goal, so make 2017 your year to get fit and stay fit.

We donโ€™t know about you, but we are seriously fans of Natasha for being super goal-oriented about fitness and embodying an awesome body-positive attitude. Want to see more of her posts? Check out herย blogย andย Instagramย for your dose of fitness motivation.

This story is in partnership with Nike.