The Brooklyn Half Marathon is just over a month away, and I’ve been (mostly) following along with my training plan each week. While the first few runs were really tough, I’m excited to now be in a place where I can successfully finish a few miles without stopping every ten minutes to catch my breath. Running is such a funny sport – it will drop you as soon as you drop it. After a few months of minimal running over the winter, gearing up for spring training has been like starting from scratch.
That said, I’ve been focusing quite a bit on cross training every week so my body doesn’t get worn down from all the miles on the road. I’m prone to knee injuries, and one way to help prevent them is making sure I’ve got strength, flexibility, and alignment in my legs, core, and back.
I’m still using FitReserve to book boutique fitness classes here in NYC, and have found a few favorites that are helping me get across the finish line in May.
Mile High Run Club – As a dedicated treadmill hater, I never in a million years thought I would enjoy class at Mile High Run Club. But I stand before you a changed woman. After just one class, I was hooked. Between the expert coaching, the incredible soundtrack, and the drenched-in-sweat workout, it’s definitely unlike any other treadmill experience I’ve had before. The miles fly by, and it’s a great way to sneak in that dreaded speed-work.
Barry’s Bootcamp – Barry’s Bootcamp is a cult classic here in NYC. And it tends to be quite the fitness “scene,” if you know what I mean. But regardless of the reputation, it still cranks out a killer workout combining speed intervals on the treadmill and strength work with weights. I love it because it pushes me way out of my speed comfort zone on the treadmill and gives me a chance to incorporate some weightlifting into my workout routine. Pro tip: I don’t recommend going to their “leg day” class before or after a long run. Holy soreness.
Earth Yoga – I discovered this hidden midtown gem last year, and have been hooked ever since. Earth Yoga is a heated yoga studio that offers a number of different types of classes, all of which are excellent for stretching out my tight legs and hips – especially during half marathon training. I’ve gone to a variety of teachers and all have been top notch. It’s a very no-fuss place where the vibe is all about being there to do yoga – not being there to be seen, being there for the Instagram, or being there because it’s the newest coolest spot. I love going there after a long week of training and just leaving it all on my mat. The best!
TS Fitness – I first fit crashed at TS Fitness after reading about their Turbo 35 class – a super condensed HIIT workout that is only 35 minutes long. It seems too good to be true, but believe me, it’s very real (and very challenging). All of their group fitness classes are extremely well done and focus on proper form and conditioning. I enjoy them because they use lots of gadgets: TRX, kettle bells, sandbags, ski erg, rowing machine, medicine balls, sliders, and more. I’ve always felt like I’m getting 110% from the instructors in terms of feedback, advice, and overall training. And I always leave feeling like my body just got the very best workout possible. What more can you ask for?
Brick B|X – Saving one of the best for last! I’ve become a little obsessed with the B|X class at crossfit gym Brick New York. Mostly because it’s just so good, every time. It’s a killer conditioning class that incorporates circuit training with cardio, functional weight training, and mobility. One of my favorite toys to use are the TrueForm treadmills. They don’t have a motor so you have to propel the belt with your own momentum. I also love that every single class incorporates a good mix of body weight exercises, functional movement, and weighted exercises. All super helpful for keeping my legs and core strong so I can conquer another week of mileage on the road.