American supermodel Karlie Kloss, ran her first marathon in New York last year, crossing the line in 4:41:48. Here’s what happened when we caught up with her about her journey into running:
Growing up, I was really athletic and played every sport in the book, but I hated running. Each year in school, you were timed for a mile run. It was the worst day of the year.
The first time I really went for a run longer than four miles was only three years ago, when I trained for a half marathon in Paris. I like to do things that take me out of my comfort zone, and the idea of running a half marathon was beyond scary and definitely took me out of my comfort zone.
I have a lot to learn about getting faster and controlling my pace.
Sometimes fans notice me when I go for a run, but that’s part of the fun. I’m quick, so they can’t catch me.
In Paris, during fashion week, I went for a long run along the Seine. When I go on long runs in new places, I try to make the most of them. It’s a great way to see a beautiful place.
I love to run in the rain. There’s something really romantic about it, especially in New York.
I bring my [running shoes] everywhere. If I need to be uptown or downtown, I will actually block out time to run the West Side Highway and go to appointments in my gym clothes. Sometimes, it’s a faster way to get around New York city than a taxi.
I’m not into treadmills. That’s one reason I waited so long to start running – a treadmill is not the most inspiring way to do it.
Running a marathon is something I never dreamed I would do.