MET violist Katherine Anderson has been interviewing orchestra members to capture a snapshot of the many personalities of the MET as they talk about their lives both in and out of music. Here she speaks with Sarah Vonsattel, a member of the second violin section since 2008, who enjoys distance running in her spare time and completed the ING NYC Marathon in November of 2013.
KA: What was the best thing about running the NYC Marathon?
SV: I found that what was more amazing than running the race itself was the process of preparing for it. As exciting and exhilarating as the marathon was, when it was over I realized that some of the best moments had been some of my training runs getting ready for it and the way it structured my life. Having to make time for those long runs and being rested enough and making sure I was eating well - all of those things gave me real discipline. In the end, the race was the reward! I think that my experiences at the MET helped prepare me to run that distance, because it's about pacing yourself and having patience. There's definitely a similarity between playing long operas and running long distances.