The Class: The Distance at Mile High Run Club Nomad
Location: Flatiron (See on map here)
Duration: 60 minutes
Being a former competitive runner, I’m a bit biased when it comes to judging this class. I believe running is a sport where you only get out what you put in. This workout was one where you could coast and hold back on effort, which could leave you feeling like you still had a lot of energy left by the end. Not always a bad thing though! I may have done this in the beginning of my class, since I hadn’t ran in a week and was a bit nervous about how I would feel doing 60 minutes of running.
The class format is super predictable, but if you sign up for a treadmill running class, it is probably what you want. A five minute warm-up is followed by increased intensity into a pace that is what Vinnie said should be around slower marathon pace. I have never run a marathon, so I was just guessing on my what pace point should have been, but looking back I think I could have gone faster. We did this for a couple rounds, followed by four minutes of hill inclines. One minute at 4.0 incline at a moderate intensity, and each minute we dropped 10% of our incline while increasing our pace. These felt really good, and it was fun to roll down the hill rather than climb up one. Unsurprisingly. We did a separate interval round of four minutes at the same incline with increased pace each minute. Between this set and the hill inclines we did four rounds (so 2 hill rounds and 2 increased pace rounds). The break was 2 minutes rest between sets. The last section of the class had three three-minute rounds of same incline, faster paced rounds. On the last ones of these, I finally felt like I was approaching a sprint. Cool down was walk/jog for about 3 or 4 minutes and then Vinnie led us through some simple stretching.
This class provided the benefits of a great cardio workout, but it didn’t leave me feeling as energized or running-enthused as I thought it would. The music could have been better. But maybe this is just my own personal bias about hating treadmills. I do have to say though, that the treadmills at Mile High Run Club are some of the nicest I have ever run on. You can run at a quick clip on these machines (6 minute mile pace or faster) and feel like you’re just gliding along. On machines of worse quality, approaching 6 minute pace makes you feel like the entire machine is going to fall apart.
The facilities at MHRC Nomad’s location are top-notch. Four showers, towels, very nice large lockers, soap, shampoo, conditioner. No qualms about getting ready for your day or evening plans after taking a class here.
The Bottom Line: If you hate running on a treadmill, this class definitely reduces the mental painfulness. If the thought of running on a treadmill for an hour in a fun environment still sounds like torture, they do have shorter classes that range from 30-45 minutes of running.
Pro-tip: Re-fill your water bottle from the special electrolyte-infused water tap inside the studio. The taste is so delicious, its almost worth attending the class just for that.