A Day in the Life of … Tyler Haney
The founder of Outdoor Voices shares her exercise, wellness and relaxation habits, plus where to eat in Austin.
By Britt Burritt
When activewear entrepreneur Tyler Haney visited Austin four years ago for a Formula 1 race, she decided right then to relocate her growing company there from New York. "After spending a few days in Austin, I realized that from a lifestyle perspective it's super recreational and really in line with the activities we built Outdoor Voices for," Haney says about her athletic brand, now at Nordstrom.
The 30-year-old former track athlete creates comfortable workout gear for people who are "doing things"—that's how she frames the company's light-hearted, non-competitive approach to exercise. "Our mission is to get the world moving," says the graduate of Parsons School of Art and Design. Her laid-back attitude suits the Texan capital where she lives, runs and eats lots of tacos.
What time do you get up?
6:30 or 6:45am, but I snooze usually.
What's the first thing that you do?
I'm on the trail by 7:10am. There's a 13-mile dirt trail around the Colorado River that's central to downtown Austin. I usually start my day with three or four miles of jogging there. I'm pretty disciplined that the first thing I do is jog, at a recreational pace.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I generally have some kind of fruit. I often have oatmeal. I have coffee with Fronks nut milk, which is delicious. And a banana.
Do you take any supplements?
I take biotin. I used to ride horses growing up, so I learned that for shiny hair and nails and glowing skin, biotin is essential. Then I take ashwagandha [an herb] and the SuperYou supplement from Moon Juice.
What do you usually wear?
Almost every day I wear the Outdoor Voices exercise dress; it's my favorite piece. It has a bodysuit under it, so it's kind of an all-in-one deal. Then I wear one of our sweaters on top and ankle socks with our HOKA sneakers. That's definitely my daily office uniform. It's funny. In our offices, we all kind of dress the same.
What do you do for lunch?
We have this awesome taco truck called Veracruz a block away. Somebody generally goes out and gets a whole pile of veggie tacos and guac and chips. We definitely have to keep the running consistent because we eat a lot of tacos in Austin. There's also a French Vietnamese spot called Elizabeth Street Café that has spring rolls and is a little bit lighter.
When are you in the office?
Right now we're doing an Outdoor Voices "Doing Things" tour, so we show up at a bunch of campuses to host events. It's very varied, but I do get there around 9am, and then I’m there until 7pm.
Any after-work hangouts?
We go to a spot called Pool Burger. It's an indoor-outdoor tiki burger place by this pool called Deep Eddy, which is a smaller version of Barton Springs. It's a neighborhood that we seem to hang out in a lot. And we do go to Barton Springs after work, particularly in the summer. They turn on the stadium lights and there are all these people swimming in the dark.
What do you do for dinner?
On any given night, some portion of the crew is having dinner together. We go to a spot called Justine's on the East Side; it's a French bistro with pétanque [a form of boules sports].
What do you do to relax?
It's an old track trick, but you put your legs up on the wall for 15 minutes to get the blood flowing. I also go to this place called Austin Ashiatsu. I didn't realize ashiatsu is massage with your feet the first time I went there, so it was a little shocking. But it's really awesome. I do that pretty consistently. And because it's often a pretty great temperature in Austin, evening walks are really nice. The city is called the Violet Crown because there's something in the way the light at dusk shows up; it's almost fuchsia.
How do you spend your evenings?
I generally try to read something and catch up on creative approval stuff for Outdoor Voices. I've been watching some Netflix documentaries lately. Jim & Andy with Jim Carrey is fantastic.
What time are you in bed?
I don't sleep a lot. I should sleep more. But I probably go to bed at midnight.