Treadmills just don’t do it for me. I like running because it makes me feel athletic, happy and free. Running in place feels wrong. It’s a cruel joke to exert so much energy and go literally nowhere.
What sounds more like a human science experiment than a room full of people sweating and heaving on treadmills?
Despite my anti-‘mill stance, I love Mile High Run Club. For those unfamiliar, Mile High Run Club is New York’s first indoor-running training program, and yes they use treadmills. Think SoulCycle but swap the bikes for the real mental toughness machines.
I showed up to my first MHRC class on a rainy night. I was there for one reason: because it was indoors and I wanted to run without getting wet. I ended up in Laura Cozick’s Dash 28 class. Dash 28 is a 45-minute class with 28 minutes of tough interval running and 17 minutes of strength and stretch.
Laura is my dream instructor. She is motivational with out being cheesy. Technical without using jargon. Entertaining without being self-centered. She teaches a class with steep inclines, fast intervals but lots of heart and lots of achievement. I’ve taken her class a few more times (because I wanted to! not because it was raining!) and she doesn’t disappoint.
Since then I’ve also tried other class formats, like High 45 which is 45 minutes of straight interval running. It’s also pretty fantastic.
What makes MHRC so great is the instructors are truly running coaches. The runs they plan are smart and purposeful. These classes will never replace running outside for me but they are an excellent complement. Similar to the NYRR classes I fell in love with a few years ago, these class are an opportunity to work on form and speed.
I’ll even admit some of the positive feelings I have about outdoor running – the sense of freedom and strength – came out during this class.
The studio itself is gorgeous and new. The locker room can be a squeeze during rush hour, but it has everything you need to get ready for work (showers, delightful smelling products, blow dryers and towels).
Have you been? Do you like treadmill running?