Karlie Kloss is the Statement of Dedication

Karlie Kloss is the Statement of Dedication

As the face of the Statement Collection by Adidas, Karlie Kloss opens up about her to approach to mental and physical challenges of running a marathon and beyond.

As the face of the Statement Collection by Adidas, Karlie Kloss opens up about her to approach to mental and physical challenges of running a marathon and beyond.

Text: Stella Pak

Karlie Kloss’s body of work in V Magazine has been high fashion, sensual, alien and radiant with a tinge of mystery poeticized through the lens of Steven Klein and Chris Colls. Karlie’s persona beyond our pages on the other hand is relatable, talkative, friendly, and ambitious. She’s the epitome of Girl Power, lifting a community of girls to broaden their horizons to a future that breaks away from professional gender boundaries we see today. Take a look at Kode with Klossy, founded in 2015 where she hosts girls ages 13-18 in a summer camp teaching them how to code. If Karlie had a Statement, it could be “Let’s break this ceiling together”.

The achievement of becoming a supermodel since the age of 15 to an icon of female empowerment for the youth seems super human and impossible from afar, but she believes this takes the same discipline of what it takes to cross the finish line in NYC’s Marathon suggesting that we become stronger for it. To celebrate the launch of the Statement Collection by Adidas, I sat down with Karlie for an interview and realized we had a lot more in common than I’d assumed. We Don’t Rest on our laurels and we carve out the “All Me” time with workouts and long runs. We chat about her marathon experience as I approach this year’s marathon only a couple weeks away on November 4th.

What’s your workout playlist?

I like upbeat music for a run, but what I really love is audiobooks. Especially for a run, I love listening to books on tape and podcasts. When I’m in the gym, I love listening to music. When I go to The Dogpound for a workout, they’re always blasting pop or hip-hop.

I do the same thing when I go on runs. What’s your favorite podcast or audible book that you’re listening to right now?

I love How I Built This. I love the Goop podcast. It’s pretty interesting. I listen to Sapiens, which is a million hours long so it’s keeping me busy.

What is Sapiens about?

It’s an amazing book on the beginning of humanity. It’s scientific but also philosophical. It’s written by Yuval Noah Harari. I heard him speak and it’s fascinating. It’s about humanity and how we came to be. It’s a book that I carried around for a while but it’s like 500 pages.

It’s hard to find the time to read.

On my summer vacation, it was the first time this whole year I had the time to sit down and really peel through a book. Audio books are great for multi-tasking while you’re running. It’s something where you can take time to get lost in the run.

Do you have a running partner or work out buddy?

I have a number of them. I have a ton of friends I work out with. Ashley Graham, sometimes a bunch of friends that’ll work out at the gym. It’s a great way to catch up with friends because you’re so busy. You make time for your work out and it’s a great way to bring them along.

It’s a healthy way to be social. Better than “Let’s grab a cocktail”.

It’s a great way to be social, and everybody feels great. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and inspire one another. I’m really competitive with myself. I like to set new goals. For me, running was a really big mental challenge. I was excited to tick that off my box when I finished the marathon. It makes me want to do many more. I think running for me was beyond a physical challenge. In my mind, I didn’t really see myself as a runner. I did a half marathon before that. And that’s when I thought, “Wow. I can actually do this.” I can run more than 2 miles. I learned how to pace myself and how to build endurance. It showed me I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. The confidence you gain in running and having a great workout is something that I really value and I really make time for because it’s the best gift I can give myself.

What was the trigger point where you committed yourself to running a marathon?

The mental challenge of it. For as long as I can remember, the most physically challenging thing I can possibly do is run a marathon. Growing up, I was really good with running short distances. I was really athletic. I played every sport. Long distance, I thought was something I wouldn’t be capable of.

A majority of people think a marathon is an impossible feat. It seems like such a big thing.

It’s such an impossible challenge, which is kind of why I wanted to do it. If somehow I trained and figured out how to do it, that would be the biggest challenge. That was a huge thing on my bucket list. Now I’m addicted. Now I crave it.

It’s in your body. It makes you happy.

Your endorphins! It’s the best for me because I travel so much as I’m sure you do too. It’s the best way to see a city. It’s the best way to work out no matter where you are when you don’t have any gym equipment or a trainer. You can bring your shoes and go for a great run. No matter where you are.

What’s your favorite running route?

In New York, I love to go across the bridge through Brooklyn, back across the bridge. I like to see the city and different parts of the city.

What’s your go-to shoe for running and do you have a separate shoe for training?

I’m lucky to have many great Adidas shoes. For me, when I look for a good running shoe, I look for support in the arch. For me, I’m very particular. I feel like Cinderella trying to find the perfect fit. I like to have different shoes for my high intensity training. It’s just different needs. I have different shoes depending on shoes. But for running, I like to have support in the arch.

What are some of your favorite pieces from the Statement Collection?

I love this bra that I’m wearing right now. The Stronger For It bra. It’s good support for jogging. It keeps things in place so it’s great for runs and high intensity training. I love the Believe This tights. They’re high waisted and come in different patterns. I like expressive tights. It’s really functional and very chic and stylish. I like to multi-task. I work out first thing in the morning and I run to a shoot or a meeting or a fitting. Often times I don’t have time to change. I think there are more paparazzi photos of me in work out gear than anything else. That’s a testament to the fact that I really love these pieces from the gym to whatever my day has in store.

Morning or night work out?

I love a morning work out. I think it’s just that first thing in the morning the focus it gives me for the rest of the day. The energy I have after a great workout. It gives me clarity of mind. My body feels more awake and energized. I feel more conscious of the food choices I make. I feel like it’s the best thing I can give myself to start my day.

Some people can get intimidated with the idea of exercise or the idea of a marathon. What kind of advice can you give someone who may entertain the idea of wanting to start but are afraid?

I can relate entirely because I was there. I’ve been active my whole life but I’ve always done things that I love. I always played sports and did ballet growing up. I never saw fitness as something you had to do. I always saw how much fun it is. It seems scary to have a goal of running a marathon. But you don’t have to start there. Set goals and have small steps. Have small wins. Start with one mile and the next week, 2 miles or a mile and half. Slowly, you build up endurance and you start to see and feel the ways your body is getting stronger. That builds up confidence. Dream big, but small wins gives you wind under your wings. You can reach those goals. It takes time and dedication. It’s taking that first step. I don’t know what that is but starting small and taking bite size pieces and working your way there.

It’s been 3 years since you founded Kode with Klossy. How has the past summer been with the girls?

We had an amazing summer. We had over 50 camps across the country in 25 cities. We taught a thousand girls how to code. We trained teachers from America and built a partnership. They taught the girls across the country. We had a curriculum for swift and the girls built iOS apps. It was really remarkable to see these girls build something, especially for girls who haven’t touched a line of code before. For me, the inspiring thing is seeing these girls build confidence in a different kind of way. Learning something new and hard. It’s the same thing for both. It can be the physical challenge or the challenge of learning something new like a new language. Tackling something big, you have to start somewhere. With dedication, anything is possible.

It feels like the philosophy of the two goes hand in hand. The mental challenge of running a marathon is like tackling code for the first time.

I’m the kind of person that believes anything is possible if you set your mind to it. With hard work, consistency, self-love and not being so hard on yourself. I like to take on challenges that are really big that I deem next to impossible. What are some of the hardest physical and mental challenges I can take on? Learning something very challenging like code and running the longest distance I’ve ever run in my life, or all throughout my career. I feel like I’ve had the same mentality. I’m somebody who is all about mind over matter.

You have so much endurance ever since you started modeling at the age of 15.

I think it’s really because I was able to have those small wins to build the confidence to think, “I can do this and why not me? Why not run a marathon?” I think that can be applied to anything. Anyone is capable of anything they set their mind to.

Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF ADIDAS

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