Dear MHRC Runners:
Thank you so much for your early support of Mile High Run Club. We’re off to a strong start, and we are looking forward to expanding our community of talented runners and staff. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the MHRC magazine, HIGHwire, where you will find inspirational stories, training tips, race recommendations and much more. HIGHwire contributors range from medical experts and renowned runners, to our very own MHRC coaches!
I started Mile High Run Club to provide a motivating, fun training experience where beginning and competitive runners could train side by side with expert coaching, programs and instruction on running form. Since we opened our doors last November, I have been so incredibly happy to see how many of our runners are benefiting from the guidance and challenge provided by our classes and then are taking that knowledge to the streets by applying techniques learned in the studio to outdoor runs and races. MHRC is transforming indoor training for anyone looking to take their running to the next level, and we are committed to the success and well-being of our customers. If you’ve been to the studio, I think you would agree that I couldn’t dream of a more passionate team of coaches and staff to help accomplish this goal.
For those of you who are curious to know, I’ve been running a lot longer (about 20 years) than I’ve been a business owner, but my relationship to running continues to grow and evolve. Not a gifted athlete by any means, I have joked that I’m equally if not more passionate about coaching other runners as I am about my own running. Coaching has allowed me to explore my life-long love affair with this sport in more depth. I learn as much from my runners as they learn from me. And like some of you, I’m only competing with myself. I truly believe my personal best performances are ahead of me. Most runners can probably relate to this obsessive desire regardless of what they have already accomplished. As a coach, I believe it’s most important to share that belief. Belief is what keeps us motivated to forge ahead into unfamiliar or uncomfortable places in our development as athletes.
The compelling story and renegade ultra running community featured in Chris McDougall’s 'Born To Run' originally inspired the idea behind MHRC. I wanted to emphasize the "feel good" aspect of running with the name Mile High Run Club. It's a cheeky reference to the runner's high as well as a nod to Colorado's elite running culture. Not all of us need to run 100 miles in order to experience the power of a victory associated with accomplishing something that seemed impossible, but we do all share that contagious feeling of possibility.
My wish is that you will find a mountain of possibility for yourself at MHRC. You do not need to climb all the way to the summit; you only need to know that the summit is there.