By Sarah Huntington
When I was 2 years old, my father had me run a 1/4-mile for time. That was the beginning of my love affair. Running is like an amazing lover, even when you are totally spent you just keep coming back for more — so even though some races I came in dead last, I always kept coming back to the track.
We all have a bucket list.
Mine currently is: an amazing day-long romantic encounter, writing a novel (or several), learning how to surf, feeling confident in my own skin, being a good person, being a good role model, living with intention everyday, and running another (yes, just one more) marathon.
November 7, 2010 was the best day of my life. I am a passionate person, who tends to hyperbolize – but I am not making any outrageous claims when I say RUNNING THE NYC MARATHON WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE (yes, in all caps). You hear about how it is the ultimate test of strength and will, and yes, this is true. But when I crossed that 26.2 finish line and my hips seized up, all I could do was smile ear to ear.
Maybe it was the cheering NYC crowd, or learning the city in a way that no everyday New Yorker knows, or maybe it was seeing the girls I coach cheer me on at mile 23 when I thought I could not take another step. It was all of that, and the training runs on hilly country roads with unlimited bacon, egg, and cheeses afterward.
(Thank you, also, to the boy I saw at mile 8 and again at mile 22 who drunkenly yelled, “I see you Sarah! You’re beautiful! You can do it!” Thank you to the kids to high fived me the whole way. These memories will always stay with me.)
I never thought I would run a marathon. But then one day while I was thinking about my family, the trials and tribulations, the unresolved feelings, the darker parts of life, I decided running New York for my brother Ryan, who has autism, might be just the way for me to heal. I, of course, couldn’t just run for myself, I had to run for something bigger. I wanted to test my strength, but I also put on a singlet for autism – and for the #1 man in my life. And while I may not be running NYC this year, I am aiming for Heartbreak Hill in Boston. Boston Marathon: here I come!
So, even if you aren’t running, please go out and support your city. Enjoy watching this beautiful race, the TCS New York City Marathon, get out there and be one with the city. It is an amazing day where New York City truly is the best place on earth.
ESSENTIAL MARATHON GEAR
For NYC, I needed a hat, gloves, sweatpants, and a ¼ zip. As I ran I stripped down. I would suggest wearing running sleeves and gloves. Remember you can always strip down — that is what I like to hear!
1. Tank BROOKS WOMEN’S PUREPROJECT SEAMLESS TANK II Shop
I love the blue color, and the fabric fits your individual shape perfectly. Great for stripping and layering.
2. Hat MIZUNO BREATH THERMO HEAD PIP Shop
3. Leggings SAUCONY KINVARA CALF SUPPORT TIGHT Shop
These tights help like a calf sleeve or sock might, but will allow you to stay warmer in the cooler months. With the brightly colored details, stay visible as night comes earlier.
4. Arm Warmer SAUCONY WOMEN’S SWIFT ARMWARMERS WITH MITT Shop
I really wish I had arm warmers, because near the end of the marathon I started to chill.
5. Socks SOFSOLE RUNNING SELECT SOCKS Shop
While the touch and feel of cotton is great for a t-shirt, socks made of olegin and synthetic fibers are better for long runs. These socks have extra padding and a tight fit.
6. Shoes ASICS GEL KAYANO 21 NYC SHOE Shop
These running shoes are perfect for the long run, and support the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon — why not do double duty?
WINTER RUNNING GEAR
Just because the weather gets colder, doesn’t mean you have to take your run inside. With this cold weather running gear, and you can hit the streets year-round.
1. Jacket NIKE PRO HYPERWARM FITTED SHIELD HALF-ZIP Shop
I love the big collar on this. Great for warmth and weather.
2. Top ADIDAS SEQUENCIALS RUN SHORT SLEEVE Shop
Winter running is all about the layering.
3. Leggings NIKE PRO HYPERWARM COMPRESSION LIMITLESS TIGHTS Shop
Stretch waffle-knit fabric keeps heat in and wicks sweat away.
4. Shoes NIKE LUNAR GLIDE CUSTOMIZABLE FLASH ID SHOE Shop
Stay Seen. Stay Warm.
5. Bra ADIDAS SUPERNOVA CLIMA RACER BRA Shop
6. Jacket BROOKS WOMEN’S INFINITI ANORAK Shop
Lightweight, breathable, and the feminine look hides the fierceness of its quality. This shelter ¼ zip jacket is a great all season purchase — waterproof and windproof, with knit fabric at the thumbholes and neck, and has retro-reflectivity for evening runs.
All these clothes are also functional for a run. They just have a little bit of style for drinks downtown after watching the race.
1. Top JANJI RUN FOR KENYA TEE Shop
A portion of all Janji sales go to humanitarian efforts. This tee generates a season’s worth of water for a family’s crop in the country.
2. Sweater ADIDAS WOMEN’S NEO CABLE KNIT CARDIGAN Shop
With a sherpa lining, get cozy and warm.
3. Jacket BROOKS WOMEN’S PUREPROJECT SHELTER JACKET Shop
Basically the runner's version of a suit jacket, classy and versatile.
4. Shoes UNDER ARMOUR SPEEDFORM STUDIO LUX SHOE Shop
5. Sweater BROOKS WOMEN’S PUREPROJECT HENLEY Shop
I love everything about this shirt. I love the detail, I am obsessed with thumb holes, and the COLOR is my favorite.
6. Leggings UNDER ARMOUR WOMEN’S STUDIO PENCIL PANT Shop
Who says running has to be all hard work? Have some fun while you are hitting the pavement.
1. Sweater BROOKS WOMEN’S ESSENTIAL LS ½ ZIP III Shop
2. Hat ADIDAS WOMEN’S RUN BEANIE Shop
This winter running hat has a feminine fit, fleece lining, and definitely style points.
3. Tank IF FOUND ON GROUND PLEASE DRAG ACROSS FINISH LINE Shop
4. Socks BALEGA HIDDEN CONTOUR SOCK Shop
These are my absolute favorite running socks.
5. Shoes ADIDAS WOMEN’S SUPERNOVA GLIDE 6 BOOST SHOES Shop
6. Leggings BROOKS WOMEN’S INFINITI CAPRI III Shop
AFTER A LONG RUN
Take care of yourself after training runs, and make the transition simple.
1. Top UNDER ARMOUR LONG AND LEAN LONG SLEEVE Shop
This the perfect long sleeve tee — I want one in every color.
2. Hat UNDER ARMOUR SLOUCH BEANIE Shop
3. Bag UNDER ARMOUR GOTTA HAVE IT TOTE Shop
Elegant enough for going out after a run.
4. Shoes BROOKS WOMEN’S PUREFLOW 3 SHOE Shop
Received “Best Update” in March 2014 from Runner’s World. A bargain priced trainer that can handle miles running or walking the city. These will last 250-300 miles, but I like them after a run or for light miles making my feet feel light and airy.
5. Equipment EVOFIT ENSO ROLLER Shop
It's on the pricey side, and a normal foam roller will certainly do — but for the long distance runner, this roller is customizable and can specifically target tight muscles.
6. Pants UNDER ARMOUR HAREM PANTS Shop
Street sleek, and the most comfortable pants you will ever own.
A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.