Q&A with 2016 TCS NYC Marathon Runner, Mohammad Ali ‘Qasim’ Khan


Mohammad Ali ‘Qasim’ Khan, 27, 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 bucket list, how he stays motivated, his favorite things about running, and more.

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How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

I first came across JA New York through a co-worker; the emphasis on delivering fundamental tools early in development was something that really resonated with me and is the primary reason I selected them as a sponsor for the NYC Marathon.

How did you first get into running?

I’ll be honest – I’m not really a runner. In fact, while I was quite active in sports growing up, if anything I had always disliked running for the sake of running. In spite of that, or perhaps because of, one of my bucket list items has been running a marathon. This is my first marathon, but in preparing for it, I think I’ve gained a far greater appreciation for the value of running in my life and it’s something that I think I’ll keep with me going forward.

How do you stay motivated to train?

I love taking challenges and obstacles and facing them head on. It is an opportunity to show what I’m made of and how much I’ve grown. Because I don’t technically consider myself a “runner,” I think I get a greater sense of satisfaction from each marginal improvement in my running.

How do you measure success as a runner?

The trick to running is to forget about the macro goals, labels, success or failures and just concentrate on the 3 feet front of you. My measure of success is simply being able to travel those next 3 feet – nothing more, nothing less.

What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

It’s a universal experience that helps build so many great values – discipline, strategy, freedom and ambition.

Who inspires you? What are your passions aside from running?

I have way too many inspirations to name, but suffice to say, I think it’s very hard to go wrong by picking up a biography on an impactful historical figure. Reading is one of my strongest passions and audiobooks have allowed me to combine reading and running in a way that has changed my life. One book that really got me in the marathon mindset was Born to Run. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a motivational spark.


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