Alexandra was in town recently for the NYC Marathon :(


Seeing her here in all of her sporty greatness reminded me of how of how fun and beautiful running can actually be. A lot of you might not know but back in ’95 and ’96 I ran the New York City Marathon. It was one of the achievements of my life (I grew up with asthma so I could hardly run a block when I was eight years old). Running is about the only sport that I still enjoy doing. Actually, I don’t know how if I enjoy the sport of running (who could really enjoy that,) but I do enjoy shopping for all the great gear, staying in shape (able to fit in my clothes,) and having a chance to think about the day’s challenges during a 30-minute run.


Actually, one thing I’ve been trying to do is continue to run when I travel. It’s such a great way to become familiar with a city, even if it’s only parts of the city that are within a 20-minute run in any one direction. I’m going to try and challenge myself in the new year (early New Year’s resolution) take Instagram photographs during my morning runs all over the world. I’ll be carrying my phone anyway, because who wants to run in a new city with GPS to find your way back to the hotel?


Knox is the gentleman in the background, and he is part of the NYC Bridge Runners group, a really cool sounding group of people that literally run the bridges in New York City. Here’s a link for more information about their organization.


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  1. Simbarashe

    November 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Like you, I detest running. But I played football (soccer) my whole life, so there’s that. I’m happy to hear of all of the marathon runners who volunteered on race day to help the hurricane victims. That’s why NYC, and the people who come here, are the best in the world.

    • The 3 F's

      November 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      I completely agree, there’s something very difficult about running compared with many other types of exercise, despite the fact that it is engrained within all of us. Reading “Born to Run” really helped me, as did finding music that (literally) moves me. The marathoners who helped the hurricane victims blew me away too…I guess those strong in body are often also strong in spirit.

    • axeaboutme

      November 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

      i love any calm shots in NY. such a different type of vibe.

    • andreea

      November 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

      workouts: nobody loves them but we like the results :P


    November 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I love running and playing football :)

  3. RJS

    November 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Only in New York, would you see such fashionable runners. In Maine, where I reside, they run around in torn tees and shabby shorts.

    • Pavel

      November 9, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Hey, she’s running a running club here in Moscow. So, NYC–you’re not so lucky ;)

  4. Bianca Beauvale

    November 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Made me wanna run that marathon, too. I’ll start training tomorrow, thanks for inspiring me!

  5. Bohemian Style

    November 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    If only that was the weather outside right now.

  6. Sofia

    November 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  7. Adele

    November 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I did the NYC marathon last year & it was the highlight of my running ‘career’! Sad for those that missed out this year, but agree that running is the ultimate way to get to know a city & a travel essential. Look forward to your pics.

  8. Rachelle

    November 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I do bootcamp 4-5 times a week and I still hate running. But it works well for many people.

  9. Logamberat

    November 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Amazing shot!!

  10. Margaret

    November 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about running when traveling – you see a completely different side to whatever city you are visiting. Plus, when I am traveling with others, how ever much I may adore them, I love having a half hour or so of what feels like private time with the city. It also cracks me up how many times I get stopped and asked for directions when I am tourist-jogging. I guess people see a jogger and assume, “Oh, that person must live nearby, I’ll ask them.”

  11. carola

    November 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Alexandra it’s so cool for marathon training !
    ciao !

  12. AMM

    November 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    We were supposed to be in NYC for the marathon too. My husband was going to run it. His second year in a row. We donated our hotel room to someone who was in need. I believe that the NY Road Runners organized this matching of abandoned hotel rooms with people who could use a warm and dry place. I love to run but have no ambition other than pleasure. There is something so great about finding a rhythm in your limbs and core. One of the gorgeous things about the NYC Marathon is the hospitality and enthusiasm shown by New Yorkers. It is just one of the reasons that we are fond of you and wish you a good + speedy recovery. xo from Toronto.

    • Liza D.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:08 am

      what a wonderful gesture.

  13. Marta

    November 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I love the idea of running in the cities you travel into to get to know them better.

  14. mike

    November 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    a co-worker of mine introduce me to a running club about 2 years ago. i too detest running but it keeps me active. and yes, i enjoy shopping for the gear.

  15. Ariel

    November 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    There is something so incredibly sexy about a women stretching her long legs!! In love.

  16. Brian

    November 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Running, for those that are into it, is the great secret to knowing a city. I spent 3 months in the 1er arrondissement and I know everything bounded by the Bd Périphérique from tip to tail. I saw more places than most natives and was never bored. And I was always pushed to see just a little bit more…

  17. C

    November 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Running is always how I see a city when traveling, its a wonderful way to orient yourself when you first get to a new place. is a great site for finding where the ‘local’ runs are in each city. There is a beautiful place in every city- even Paris- try Parc des Buttes Chaumont for great hills and spotting tai chi practitioners :)

  18. Liz

    November 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I could never run a marathon! I can’t even run from one room to another!

  19. Rhoda Wong

    November 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    great shot! love this pre training vibe

  20. Daisy Nguyen

    November 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I’d like to look this amazing just stretching for a race! I LOVE this picture!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  21. Laura

    November 7, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I like like like LOOOOOOOOOVE this kind of post.
    I love when you write!!!!!

  22. Bernice

    November 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Don’t run any more, but I loved to run, good for the soul, just you and your inner self. Enjoyed raining in the rain.

  23. Diane

    November 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Running is such as escape (metaphorically and literally)… I didn’t start running until about a year or so ago and now I cannot imagine my life without it. It gives one such a push, not just physically but also in other aspects of one’s life. And as you said, it’s a wonderful way to explore a city. Looking forward to your instagrams. Oh, and Nike has a “RUNNING SUCKS” T-shirt, which I think you’d find ironically funny to wear during your runs.

  24. Anouka

    November 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Love this photo! It’s such a shame that the marathon had to be cancelled. I haven’t been running for a month or so. Need to get back on it.


  25. Caroline

    November 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I love running and what a fantastic idea to take pictures while doing it. I can’t wait to see what fabulous images you come up with !

  26. Katie

    November 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Great shot, love the look on her face!

    Sweet Apple Lifestyle

  27. Irene's Closet

    November 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

    yey!! like this!


  28. Laura

    November 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

    New York marathon is known everywhere, I think to run it would be a great achievement to everyone!

  29. LM at A. Dodson's

    November 8, 2012 at 2:04 am

    So inspiring! I love your writing style, and I’m trying to train harder as well! Beautiful:)

  30. Geb

    November 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

    You should all join us for a run if you’re in NYC. It really is one of the best ways to see the city from a locals point of view.

  31. Maike

    November 8, 2012 at 2:41 am

    You are making the greatest pics! Every “moment” you take is great. Would love to have a wall in our appartment with all of them :-)
    Really like your work!

  32. Mike

    November 8, 2012 at 2:44 am

    There’s nothing better than running to discover a city when travelling. You keep in shape and learn the whereabouts about that place!

  33. Kate

    November 8, 2012 at 2:46 am

    That look and the light…damn!



    November 8, 2012 at 2:55 am


  35. beate

    November 8, 2012 at 3:17 am

    beautiful blog!
    thanks for the great fotos from all over the world.

    my sport ist the slow sibling of running – “wandern”. in the woods and mountains, in “loden” instead of lycra :-)

  36. Dip It Black

    November 8, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Gorgeous picture!
    Wish I looked that fashionable while running ;).


  37. Raul de Lara

    November 8, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Alexandra!!, me encanta la foto y además de llama como mi hija de 2 años…GRANDE Scott!!!!

  38. Gian Luca M

    November 8, 2012 at 4:10 am

    run! I think the races are a metaphor for life.
    races held in the form they are also a form of meditation, a meeting with ourselves…

    Gian Luca M

  39. Ayshe Rose

    November 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

    A wise man once told me that it is always better to walk rather than run for health. I can’t say I fully agree given many people running for their daily exercise but I personally prefer walking, especially when I am visiting a new city. A great way to explore!

  40. style-xyz

    November 8, 2012 at 5:04 am

    love this post!

  41. Laura

    November 8, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Great photo! Running is a unique sensation, I love it!


    November 8, 2012 at 5:21 am

    cool picture!!!

  43. Zoe Alexander

    November 8, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Great image! Fitness and health are essential to a fulfilling life. I don’t run by I do a daily DVD cardio-vascular work out called Insanity by Shaun T! Every morning before I start work, 6 days a week! Do you prefer running rather than the gym?

  44. Opposite Lipstick

    November 8, 2012 at 5:27 am

  45. Mari

    November 8, 2012 at 5:31 am

    nike running shoes are the best:-)

  46. Mix&Mix

    November 8, 2012 at 5:34 am

    We share the same pleasure and the same view of the run and the discovery of a city or a magical place, appointments in NYC, Paris, Rome, Come, Annecy, Biarritz…
    Nice picture of NYC Run

  47. Buro Futura

    November 8, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Sérénité ! Nice shot.

  48. Maja

    November 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I absolutely can’t run. I love rollerblading, tho. Or speed walking.. I always enjoy the walk and the view more than the actual excercize. :P

    I am so looking forward to your instagram pictures in the 2013, then. And what a great thing, to run in every city you visit.. I love it!

  49. Denisa

    November 8, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Nice pics. And I relly like the idea. Nice day.

  50. Martine

    November 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Heh. Thats a bit too much sports gear. It always makes me laugh when people in shabby t shirts and shorts run or bike circles around people with expensive stuff.

  51. Gio

    November 8, 2012 at 6:39 am

    this picture is actually really cool, they both seem so relaxed and calm! makes me like the idea of running!

  52. Mia Marionette

    November 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I love the photo, beautiful shot!

  53. marije

    November 8, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Thanks Scott. I love the picture and your short story. At the moment I’m really sick due to asthma and this makes me happy and keeps me motivated!

  54. silvia

    November 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

    The marathon is an impressive show of hard work, sacrifice, tenacity and self-improvement. I love how each one of the runners have their own story about the race.
    And I love how people look on working out clothes!

  55. cecile

    November 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

  56. CBC

    November 8, 2012 at 7:21 am

    i love the NYC marathon……but even to debate having it is cold just like the weather…..i think running for some is an addiction….just like the mayor addition to power….if the marathon went on as planned not one runner would of gone out of there way to help and not run of that Sunday

  57. Lizzy

    November 8, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I love your pic – it really captures that self absorbed feeling you get once changed into your running gear. It’s like a uniform to show the world that you are no quitter and that you value yourself. I run where ever I am and I love the ways different climates affect my ability and pace. I have just run the Great South Run in England, 10 miles and it was fab. Keep on running! as they say!!!

  58. Sevan

    November 8, 2012 at 7:30 am

    “….during my morning run all over the world.” How nice for a globetrotter, I mean a globerunner.
    Great picture.

  59. CarolineJ

    November 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love running as well, I try to go for a run at least once a week, it really keeps me in shape ! I am running the half marathon of Paris next March, but my ultimate goal is to run the New York marathon !

  60. Angela

    November 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I love when a photo inspire me to consider taking up a new chapter in life. Considering running even if only in a gym!

  61. Natasha

    November 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    It’s very funny to me that you’ve posted this today as this morning i just went on my second regular run with my university house mates- I do not find exercise let alone running fun at all, but as you’ve said it’s a great way to keep fit. However running around west London is no where near as beautiful as i would imagine running through NYC would be! Just need to invest in some nice running gear now- i really do think that having good sports clothing will encourage me to keep it up!

    Great post-

  62. Ana

    November 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    There is something so badass about the way urbanites use their surroundings (bike racks, scaffolding, etc.) as a tool in their workouts.

  63. Cheryl from BusinessChic

    November 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    How good is that morning light, coming across her face?

    Less than a running person am I a morning person however this is a timely reminder of how joyous it can be to combine the two. Nice work!

  64. Marián

    November 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

  65. CPenney

    November 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I can’t wait to see more of these posts! I love the way the world looks when everyone is still waking up, so I’ll be excited to see how you see that. Thanks for all your work and perspective!

  66. sophia

    November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    11/11/2012 Athens Greece Marathon (Good Luck to everyone everywhere in the World)

  67. Biancamaria

    November 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I love run, it makes me feel free and good. Sometimes I go run with my father, he’s 56 but he’s better than me!

  68. kitchen afternoon

    November 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I seem to have outgrown marathons, but maybe some of the holiday 10ks coming up…used to do them as training for for half marathons, and I do miss them…

  69. Elena

    November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I love running! But let me tell you a secret, you’ll not see runners in DC that look so stylish:)

  70. Makaga

    November 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Hello Team Sartorialist! You should also come to Prospect Park in Brooklyn for some fun running shots. You should also attend some of the spring bicycle road races that happen here once the weather warms up. Some of the local teams have amazing racing kits. (Think bright argyle knee high socks). Quite colorful dress and personalities for sure.

  71. Marc

    November 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    One of my favorite images in a while on this site. This is great. Is this at Astor Place near the Starbucks and K-Mart?

  72. Natalie

    November 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    So tell us Scott, what running gear do you like??
    For those of us who love fashion, thinking about the gear is possibly the only thing that provides enough motivation to actually get out there and run. Especially in the winter.

    Please share!

  73. Betsy

    November 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    That is really interesting!

  74. Leesee

    November 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Did your asthma go away eventually? I’m asking because I have asthma, and have been told it would go away with constant physical activity.

    Camel and white are refreshing to the eyes…I feel that once we slip into Winter, everyone starts busting out black and grey hues.

    • Name*

      November 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Depends on how severe it is, and what your lung capacity is like. Also it depends on if allergy is any part of the equation. But I have asthma, and I have been running as of Jr High School. Can’t say it has totally gone away, but it doesn’t stop me from doing physical activity of any sort I want. Still do carry an inhaler, and so should you if you have attacks. But it seems like most people I know who have it it gets better with age anyhow.

  75. Anne

    November 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    As a runner, I’m really happy to hear about your “resolution project”.

  76. jstrenk

    November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    The NYC Marathon was canceled this year???

    • Diane

      November 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      At first it wasn’t, but a lot of New Yorkers were crying foul. You have to understand, large parts of the NYC metro area took a very bad hit after the storm, and it sent the city into a wild tizzy. The power was still out, streets were closed due to flooding, the mass transportation was only halfway working. After much discussion between Mayor Bloomberg and the marathon organizers, they decided to cancel it the day before. Some were upset (understandably), while others found ways to turn lemons into a very humane lemonade:

  77. Hans

    November 9, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Bridge Runners represent!

  78. Raphaëlle

    November 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This post made me want to go back to jogging! Thank you! ;)

  79. emilie

    November 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Running over the bridges post-sandy was a surprisingly huge eye-opener.

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