Mile High interval classes are designed for all fitness levels and not just for runners. So many of our loyalists are not runners. There's no pressure to run the entire time or keep up with anyone. Our coaches encourage new runners to walk as much as they need to, especially during the recovery.
You offer three types of classes. Can you explain the difference between them and what to expect in each class?
The three classes we offer at Mile High are a foundation building class called the DASH 28, which incorporates strength + power training with kettlebells, a 45-minute running only class called HIGH 45, and a 60-minute advanced class called THE DISTANCE where we cover between 5 and 7 miles. All classes include a variety of speed and hill intervals with mileage ranging from 2 to 7 miles or more! Tip for beginners: shorter classes like the DASH 28 have shorter intervals.
What running shoes would you recommend for people struggling to find the right fit with enough support?
I recommend visiting a store that has a knowledgable staff of experienced runners who can asses what your specific needs are, plus a treadmill where you can run in the shoes out before you buy them. Runner's World publishes detailed reviews on all the new models twice a year as well. It's a great resource if you really don't know where to start.
This month at HBFIT is all about reflection. As we reflect on the past year and set our goals for 2017, what’s one thing you think people should keep in mind?
I think it's important to keep in mind that it's ok to not have a goal. Runners tend to be intensely focused on race and/or mileage goals. We live in a culture of "betterment." Corporations measure growth like it's the entire reason to exist. Don't get me wrong, I've been a big fan of goals my entire career as an amateur athlete and business owner, but the process can be equally as rewarding as the achievement of a goal if you simply just embrace the activity for what it is today.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Mile High?I wish people knew we are the absolute best place for new, or non-runners to take that first step! Check out Mile High Run Club's fave jams right now too: