Nivedita Samanta

Nivedita Samanta


Career Highlights

Current Personal Records:

  • 5k PR: 0:21:48
  • 10k PR: 0:44:38
  • Half Marathon – 01:38:02 – 2020 IDBI New Delhi Marathon – 3rd in age category 18-34. 6th woman finisher.
  • Marathon – 03:36:04. Berlin 2018

Successfully finished the 2019 Boston Marathon – 03:43:26

I began running as a 13 year old student in my boarding school in the mountains of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India. Then, I ran middle distances – 800m to 5000m. As an anxious person, running has always helped me channel my energies positively and give greater focus to everything that I do. I ran my first half marathon in 02:18:00 at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I find the discipline and planning required to train and stay on the top of my physical fitness hugely motivational. In addition, the ability to push my personal boundaries to become a better runner also inspires me to be a better human being. I quit my full-time corporate job  in 2016 to pursue my passion of running, fitness and overall wellness through FitRabbits (– my small-batch coaching venture. I am a certified Marathon Running & Performance Specialist and adidas Runners India Coach. 

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

an integral part of my existence.

My idea of an effective weight training session is…

one that is well-planned, strategic towards my overall goal for a race or retaining my fitness levels. I believe in periodisation and heart-rate based training. I also spend 10-15 minutes of warm-up and cool-down activities and dedicate at least one day for flexibility and stretching. As a runners, hills and intervals training is hugely crucial to athletic performance. I follow hard-easy training protocols week on week.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was…

1999 when I came first in a 400 meter race at my school without much effort.

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

1. Always pay attention to warm-up, mobility and cool-down protocols.

2. Listen to your body and give a day every week towards recovery.

3. Well rounded training includes running, functional movement work and nutrition. Nutrition is an essential aspect to continue improvement.

Unived Athlete Nivedita RunnerBefore a big race, I tell myself…

that the race is a test of myself vs myself. I encourage myself by getting my brain to not be stupid and just focus on finishing a race, as per plan.

The toughest competition of my life was…

In 2013 when I injured myself running the Mumbai Marathon on my birthday in the 22km mark. I had to battle with my physical and mental barriers to finish my race, which I did.

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far…

Running the Boston Marathon in April 2019.

My training sanctuary is…

having a strong mental game, nothing else really matters as long as my brain is positively aligned.

My dream starting line is…

running a marathon in a new country, every year, if possible.

I nourish my soul with…

cooking food, baking – where I try new healthy recipes, enjoy walks with my dogs and reading a lot of sports science & science fiction, when I can.

Unived helps me by…

Unived Elite Drink Mix: Sometimes, I can’t eat a meal in time before a hard run. This is my go-to option along with some nuts and handful dates.. On specially on hot and humid days, I find this incredible during runs spanning 2 hours or more.

Unived Elite & Regular Gels: Elite gels with their 45-50mg of carbohydrates & necessary electrolytes + vitamins keeps me running my best, during training and races. During a marathon, I alternate between the elite and regular gels for optimal performance.

Unived Elite Recovery Mix: I always take this after my runs, every single time. I think this product has truly changed my game, for me.

Unived Electrolyte Capsules: Take one before bed before long runs. Also, easy to carry to makes it an excellent option for summer and monsoon months in India.

Unived Vitamin B12&D3 Capsules: as an Indian woman genetically deficient in both key vitamins, I take this daily supplement.

Unived OVEGHA capsules: Powering through my menstrual cycle and keeping a lot of hormonal issues at bay, these key fatty acids are another daily supplement.

In 2021, I am setting my sights on…

Goals: Run my fastest marathon time – go under 3 hours 20 minutes!

Races: 2021 Chicago Marathon, 2021 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon – if it is at a suitable time in the training window.

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

the brand’s values for creating vegan, natural, gluten-free, scientific formulations resonate with me. In addition, being an Indian company, I am proud to be associated with them.

My favourite Unived product is…

The Unived Gels, irrespective of the flavours.

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