Kevin Bull, 39, 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 collectibles, how he stays in the moment, his go-to post-race meal, and more.
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Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?
A: I joined the JANY marathon team last year after searching for a charity partner to fundraise for.
Q: How did you first get into running?
A: I began running in 2011 after I first competed in the Connecticut Challenge, a 25-mile bike race, with my next-door neighbor. He and his wife were active in running and biking so I started getting involved in local 5K runs then worked my way up to marathons and triathlons.
Q: How many marathons have you run? Which one has been your favorite?
A: I’ve run several half marathons but the only full marathon I ran was last year’s TCS New York City Marathon.
Q: How do you stay motivated to train?
A: I like collecting bibs and medals! I also like trying to improve my performance with every race I run which means putting a lot of time and effort into training.
Q: How do you measure success as a runner?
A: Success means feeling good during and after a race, staying injury-free, and making incremental improvements in your performance.
Q: Do you have any training tips for new marathon runners?
A: Stick to your training plan and foam roll! I ran last year’s marathon with a knee injury because I went on vacation 3 weeks prior and didn’t keep up with my training. After coming home I ran 20 miles in 2 days which led to a knee injury sidelining me for 3 months after the marathon.
Q: How do you mentally prepare for a race?
A: I remind myself to stay calm and rely on the training to prepare for a race. It’s easier if I’ve run the same race or same distance before because I know what to expect. Before the race starts you get caught up in the crowd energy which can lead to overextending yourself in the beginning. It’s best to enjoy the moment but stay relaxed and stick to the plan.
Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?
A: There’s a lot I like about running. It allows you to get outside (usually), cover good distances, see new places and doesn’t take a lot of equipment to enjoy. It’s a social activity that I enjoy with friends and family. I feel energized after a good run, ready to take on the next challenge.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I find inspiration from others who have sacrificed for the good of others or those who have overcome personal challenges and accomplished amazing goals. I imagine that someone somewhere would give anything to walk on their own, even for just a few minutes. That motivates me to get out there and do it!
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?
A: The night before is usually pasta or pizza. Morning of is coffee and a bagel with peanut butter. Post-race meals are important so I like a combination of carbs and protein to rebuild. Burgers and a beer!
Q: What are your passions aside from running?
A: I’ve completed the NYC Triathlon the last 2 years and want to explore Ironman in the future. I travel as much as I can, enjoy all of NYC’s great food options and always look forward to fall football.