My healthy: Sam Anderson

The restaurant veteran and marathoner shares his running essentials

For beverage and wine director Sam Anderson, running was a means to escape a tough situation. While he was earning national attention for his cocktail program at Mission Chinese Food in New York City, Anderson grappled with alcoholism, depression, and a smoking habit he couldn’t kick. Five years ago, he discovered long-distance running. He dove headfirst into the sport and disentangled himself from his vices.

Today, he’s run every New York City Marathon since 2014 and often logs more than 80 miles a week. He also works out with a personal trainer at Equinox Bond Street and he prioritizes regeneration: “My recovery routine is focused on rest, massages, and physical therapy. I also find yoga to be very restorative, and I love attending classes when I can,” he says.

Here, Anderson shares his gym bag essentials, favorite running shoes, and the sports drink he uses to PR.

satisfy running apparel

“They are a chic, progressive company based in Paris, making some of the most elegant and badass running apparel on the planet. I am being featured in their summer campaign launch and we filmed on my favorite training routes all over NYC.”
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district vision nagata speed blade sunglasses

“Shades are essential on long summer training runs. They also create a space mentally where you can just zone out behind the lens.”
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garmin forerunner 230

“This is my go-to training watch. It’s reliable and easy to use. I link it up with the Strava running app to keep in touch with my friends and monitor my training progress.”
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“Every day, I make a post-run smoothie with ingredients like coconut milk, kale, papaya, mango, spirulina, whey protein isolate, omega 3-6-9 oil, L-carnitine, creatine, bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and MacroLife Naturals Macro Greens Superfood. This usually keeps me going for a while.”
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gomacro protein bars

“I always keep these on hand. They've saved me so many times when I'm in the middle of projects or long nights at work and I don't have time to step out for food.”
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maurten hydrogel sports fuel

“I used it for my last three races and PR'd on every single one. I do all my long runs and races with the 320 blend, and I'll usually add some matcha for a little buzz.”
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nike pegasus 35

“These shoes are fantastic for marathon training. They’re light and snappy, yet with lots of give. They’re extremely versatile, no matter the workout.”
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