Sandeep Kumar

Sandeep Kumar


Career Highlights

2018: Comrades Ultra Marathon SA: 07:30:17 hrs

2017: Comrades Ultra Marathon SA: 08:24:00 hrs

2017: Saputara hill 10k: Winner

2017: Malnad Ultra 50 km: 1st Runner Up

2017: Satara Hill Half Marathon: 1st Runner Up

2017: IDBI New Delhi FM: 03:03:47 hrs

2017: VCHM HM: 01:22:52

2015: Vadodara Ultra Trail 55km: 1st Runner Up

2015: Endurathon Silvassa 54km: 2nd Runner Up

Nickname: Sid

For me running was like thrill giving in adolescent. I use to chase everything while running like catching bus and train, chasing sugarcane trolley for super sweet northern Indian sugarcanes, testing myself with pets, challenging friends on a bet, playing football and competing myself on a loop of village farm trail every morning. Wasn’t that dead serious on those days.Then started running in college days to distress from burden of books. Lately running being part of X-fit & HIIT regime, got infected with the peace it started giving. And finally when entered in the field of full-time engineering job it became an inseparable part of my morning rituals to stay mentally and physically fit. In no time this compulsion became obsession and i started racing after sufficient amount of quality training.

Unived Athlete Runner Sandeep KumarUp Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

to make me feel alive and complete. It defines and characterise me. Sport is an attitude, I wear it.

On a typical training day, I do

I do: warm up run, strength/recovery routine/yoga or run-fast/medium/easy.

I eat: fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, soy, pea protein, multigrains.

I wear: shoes without socks, shorts and prefer not wear a tee when in nature and lot of cool mindset.

I listen to: self

I recover by: yoga, swimming, mobility, sleep, nutritious yummy food (lemon is my favourite).

I cross-train by: cycling, beach running, swimming, core workout and yoga.

My idea of an effective weight training session is

Getting ready for the next major session and keeping me aligned with ultimate goal.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was

On one sleepless night of a weekday woke up 2 a.m and ran 64km without any previous experience of more than a HM distance & hydration-fuel backup and next day I was there at the beach to enjoy high intensity training session with my group members. (fool and innocent I was)

The three biggest lessons I have learnt so far in my athletic career is

1. Running is a lifelong activity. Have long term vision. It’s never do or die.

2. Stick to the basics of training.

3. Stay natural and wild as much as you can. Be minimalist to be maximalist.

Before a big race, I tell myself

Come on man! Let’s enjoy the race to the fullest. As the kms pass the meaning of this slogan changes drastically. Usually I prefer to be lightheaded.

The toughest race of my life was

Surat Night Marathon 2015.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far

Race against time to finish under 08:24:00 at Comrades Ultra 2017 finish line.

My training sanctuary is

canal side trails, farms, deserted beach, grass turf and traffic & pollution free roads in the outskirts of the city.

My dream starting line is

LA Ultra, UTMB, Bad Water, IAU Trail world Championship and Boston Marathon.

I nourish my soul with

coaching, motivating and helping youngsters, trekking and camping.

Unived helps me by…

RRUNN Endurance Gels: keep me strong during race with sustainable energy and balanced electrolytes.

Organic Pea Protein Raw: takes care of my recovery without any residues trapped in my body.

In 2019, I am setting my sights on…

Chambal Challenge 33K – January

TMM 2019- 42K – January

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

Genuine and trustworthy nutrition brand and like minded athletes where sport and well being of society is prime focus. Unived products are from natural sources like plants and herbs which are good to endurance athletes.

My favorite Unived product is…

Organic Pea Protein – Unflavoured Raw.

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