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The days are becoming shorter, the temps are beginning to drop, and the leaves are starting to turn. These signs of fall compel many people to order pumpkin spice lattes and go apple-picking in the suburbs. But for us at Mile High Run Club, this means marathon season is here!

After the Berlin and London marathons the past two weekends, the Chicago Marathon takes place this Sunday, immediately followed by the Boston Marathon on Indigenous People’s Day and one month out from the LA and New York City marathons on November 7.

Whether you are training for a fall marathon this year or in the future (there is no other option), we have five top tips to help you run smarter and achieve your goals.

1. Know the course: Adapt your training based on the race course. If there are hills, eat hills for breakfast. If there are turns, run the tangents better than Pythagoras. And if you’re local to the race, train on the course to be mentally and physically ready and make molehills out of mountains!

2. Remember your nutrition: Have a...

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Although the pandemic has put a hold on our indoor treadmill classes, you can still find ways to stay motivated and keep moving with the launch of our new Mile High Audio App! Whether you tune in outdoors or indoors, try workouts that will improve your endurance with tempo efforts, test your speed with short intervals, or zone out during long runs.

Like many of you, I miss my routine. Every Tuesday morning, I would run in Coach Vinnie’s 5:30AM treadmill class and then coach the 6:30 and 7:30 classes. I engage with runners before and after classes, hearing about what they’re training for and sharing advice from my experience.

But as much as we love routine, runners know how to embrace discomfort and uncertainty. In fact, we do this every time we show up to the studio, willing to tackle a new workout and push our mental and physical limits.

As individual as running is, there’s no denying the benefits of taking on this challenge with our community. The Mile High Run Club is run better,...

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Runners (and New Yorkers) persevere. Plain and simple. Our sport, our passion, our shared love for this city and our drive to be better {together} will endure - even while we are apart. That's why amid this crisis, we are excited to launch a schedule of in-home workouts LIVE brought to you by our coaches!

Welcome to a new kind of Club.

This is how it works:

  • workout schedule updated daily
  • in-home workouts with little to no equipment needed
  • these workouts include strength, recovery, yoga, and more
  • workouts will be streamed LIVE on Instagram
  • although free, a donation page is open to help all of our coaches through this difficult time!

Right now, we need to remember that we are part of an amazing community. Social distancing doesn't mean social disconnect. Your team, your coaches, your friends are still here - and we want to connect...

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In light of what has transpired with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours and also as an act of solidarity with our greater NYC community, we will close all studios as of today, March 15th. We will closely monitor the situation and expect to be closed until at least March 31st.

This decision is being made first and foremost with your and our employees collective health and safety in mind. This vicious virus is not going to contain itself unless we do our part to help prevent its spread. The need to close is further necessitated with the news of NY state schools closing, as we have many employees who will need to be home to care for their children.

It is with heavy hearts that it has come to this, as the ethos of our brand is run better {together} and it is this community of incredible runners, athletes, and individuals that drives us every day.

As we prepare to close our doors, we have a couple things to update you on first.

Memberships and Packages

For those of you who have memberships or packages,...

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We have some important updates to share with you. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Modified Schedule: Starting today, March 14, we are modifying our class schedule across all studios. This schedule is still subject to change as new events/information come to light. Check the Modified Schedule.
  • Class Cancellation Policy: To help everyone make smart decisions without fear of losing credits or incurring cancellation fees, we are suspending all late cancellation fees and all loss of credit penalties. But please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make class.
  • Memberships + Packages: If you are socially distancing yourself and would...
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Welcome to a new kind of club

NEW UPDATES AS OF 3/14

  • Starting March 14, we are modifying our class schedule across all studios. This schedule is still subject to change as new events / information come to light. Check the Modified Schedule.

  • To help everyone make smart decisions without fear of losing credits or incurring cancellation fees, we are suspending all late cancellation fees and all loss of credit penalties. But please 🙏 let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make class.

  • As you can imagine, we are receiving a great deal of emails from our runners. We ask you to please be patient as we work through them and try to respond to all of you in a timely manner. We are trying our best as we tread new ground and the situation continues to change.

  • If you are socially distancing yourself and would like to freeze your membership or extend the expiration date of one of your packages, we totally understand. Please reach out to...

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I may be biased, seeing as I train and compete in middle- distance events, but I believe the 1500/mile is one of the greatest events in track and field. To start, the event has an amazing history due to the early debate of whether or not a person could break 4:00 in the mile. Although we have long since proven men are capable of crushing this barrier, the intrigue remains and every year hundreds of people attempt that feat. More interesting, though, is the women’s 4:00 equivalent barrier - or trying to run in the 3:5X in the 1500m events. Fewer women have broken 4:00 in the 1500 than men in the mile, so every time someone dips under the barrier, it’s a history-making moment. There are countless other barriers, though, that make the race exciting. Whether it’s breaking your own personal record or dipping under 5:00 or 6:00 for the first time, the races are always fast and thrilling to watch.

The mile, however, is not just interesting due to the barriers daring to be broken. The mile is exciting due to the unique nature of fitness the event requires: it’s the perfect mesh of...

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Racing on the track is such a unique experience. To me, the track is where all things are equal. No hills, no bumpy roadways or potholes. The races are smaller, maybe 15 to 20 runners, instead of 5,000 to 20,000.

The track is where excuses take a back seat to PRs.

It's been proven that the best way to PR is to run even splits from start to finish. Easier said than done. The track affords you the opportunity for constant information. Splits every lap, even every 100 meters if you want. You always know where you're at. You can see everyone in the race all at the same time. It's tactical. The decision to pass someone or fight off someone from passing you is ever-present.

My best 5000M race ever was on the track. The goal was simple (and challenging): run under 15 minutes. My PR going into it was 15:18, and my training had been going well, so I was confident I was ready for a breakthrough. Now 12 1/2 laps around an oval may sound boring, but with the goal of consistent, even splits, boring isn't a bad thing. 15:00 for 5k = 4:48 per mile = 72 seconds...

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Our Story

On November 23, 2019, we accomplished something that neither of us dreamed possible just a few short years ago. We completed the Philadelphia Half Marathon. We didn’t just complete the race, we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.

Before I found Mile High Run Club— on my way to losing 65 pounds —I dreaded running. And before finding MHRC, my wife (Kayla) was an experienced runner who’d lost touch with the joy of it. And yet, that day, I was able to complete my first-ever half marathon, while Kayla was able to break a five-year hiatus and set a new PR.

We attribute our success to supporting and pushing one another and having several great places to train, including at MHRC where we found a community of incredible and encouraging coaches.

The Journey

I never thought l’d be able to run a half marathon, let alone enjoy running it. In 2016, I got a wake-up call when I was rejected for life insurance. At 240-pounds, I’d been classified as clinically obese. I knew then that he had to make...

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The Brooklyn Half, the largest half located in NYC’s backyard, is one you don't want to miss. It’s known as a fast course, but the crowds from the beginning to the end are what make it so fast. You won’t go more than 1-2 miles without seeing familiar faces from clubs, friends, or family— all the way to the final stretch down the boardwalk!

That said, friendly faces can only take you so far and it is only fast if you’re ready for it— there are hills at the beginning and some subtle rollers throughout the straightaway heading to Coney Island.

The best way to prepare for the hills...TRAIN ON HILLS. Whether it’s incline on a treadmill, loops in the park (central or prospect), or running bridges. Nothing will get you more prepared for the varying paces you’ll need to run and prep the muscles your body will use going up and down a hill than actually doing it.

Perhaps one of the more challenging parts of the race will be the first 4 miles through the park— staying patient while you see others going out faster is key. Remember it’s a half marathon; after you exit the...

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