Joyjit Kundu, 42, will be running in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 6th. He gave us some insight into his favorite marathon, what success means to him, his go-to pre-race meal, and more.
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Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?
A: I heard about JA through my colleagues and JA is also our company’s one of the preferred charity partners.
Like Junior Achievement, I want to make a better world for our young generation. So running NYC Marathon with JA New York was a natural choice. I hope I can help a few young people achieve their goals and win in life.
Q: How did you first get into running?
A: I have always loved sports but never seriously participated in any kind of sports as a kid. To this date, that has been the biggest regret in my life and wish I could go back in time and change that. I always had a passion for running. During the 2008 Summer Olympics, I finally got the courage to become an active runner, with the hopes of one day becoming a marathoner.
Q: How many marathons have you run? Which one has been your favorite?
A: Four. The very first marathon, The BOA Chicago Marathon 2015, is my favorite marathon so far.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: I have a 13-year-old son who does competitive swimming. I see these kids practice non-stop for hours in the pool and how they get better over time. I want to be a better runner tomorrow than I am today, and I know the only way I can achieve this is by practicing and training hard regularly.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Running has taught me to lead a better life and also to influence others to lead a better life, especially my family and friends. When people come and tell me that they are inspired by what I am doing, I feel like I have achieved my goals.
Q: Do you have any training tips for new marathon runners?
A: When it comes to marathons, endurance is everything. It’s not only about the first mile or the last mile; it’s about what you do in between. Those 24 miles will define you as a marathoner. Don’t get caught up with how fast others can run. Instead, always remember, “Your speed is the best speed.”
Q: How do you mentally prepare for a race?
A: Before every race, I set a goal for myself. For a full marathon I break into multiple segments like 5K, 10K, 15K, half split, and don’t think about the entire 26.2 miles in one go. Once I cross the 20-mile mark, I dedicate every mile of the next 6.2 miles to my family members and think about them.
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: The most rewarding thing about running is the “new you” – running has made me a better person, a better father and a better husband.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My family inspires me to keep running and make me believe that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: I normally prefer seafood pasta meals pre-marathon. Post-marathon I will eat whatever my wife cooks!!
Q: What are your passions aside from running?
A: Golf, traveling and lately hiking with my family.