Q&A: Track Athlete Shayla Sanders
Q&A: Track Athlete Shayla Sanders
Brooklyn-bred and college-bound: We chat with one of the stars of our latest campaign video, Shayla Sanders, on how running has changed her life and that particular feeling of hitting the starting line.
Your event…
I’m a distance runner, so I range from the 800-meter run to the 3,000-meter run, and I also compete during cross country season.
Pre-race ritual…
I always listen to “Pyramids” by Frank Ocean..
When you started running…
When I was about 4 years old.
Why you run…
My mother ran track in middle and high school.
What it has done for your life…
It has allowed me to go places and meet people and opened many doors, from a full scholarship to University of Central Florida to this Tory Sport video shoot.
Photographed By Bea Lund
SHAYLA SANDERS IN THE DOUBLE-STRIPE TRACK JACKET AND TWO-TONE SEAMLESS CAMI LONG BRA; IN TOP PHOTO, SHAYLA SANDERS, FRONT, WEARING THE PRINTED CROSS-BACK BRA AND PRINTED 7/8 CHEVRON LEGGINGS, AND KAIA DEANE WEARING THE PERFORMANCE COLOR-BLOCK TANK AND BANNER SLIP-ON PERFORMANCE SNEAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHED BY BEA LUND
How the discipline of running translates into the rest of your life…
I’m always on time.
What you’re thinking or feeling when you get to the starting line…
I always think about the finish of the race before I start — and bettering my times.
What do you tell yourself when you’re pushing yourself really hard…
“It’s almost over.”
Your advice for aspiring runners…
Don’t ever doubt yourself, because if you trust in your training, you can do anything.
Favorite songs to run to…
The foods that fuel your runs…
Gatorade and I also love homemade shakes.
Non-running workout of choice…
I love swimming.
Favorite thing you wore at the shoot…
I loved the pullover hoodie and the navy leggings — the leggings were very comfortable.
Currently reading…
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Binge-watching…
13 Reasons Why
Listening…
No Shame” by Future ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR
Coveting…
The power to teleport
Guilty pleasure…
I love, love, love soda floats.
How you’re spending your summer vacation…
Getting ready to go to college and working
Photographed By Bea Lund
SHAYLA SANDERS, SECOND FROM LEFT, IN THE TWO-TONE SEAMLESS CAMI LONG BRA, PHOTOGRAPHED BY BEA LUND