Crash Course: Spring Moves is a rhythm-based app that plays songs specifically selected to match your running pace. Whether you’re pushing for a new PR or just getting out there for a brisk walk, the app is designed to groove as you move, selecting songs that match your swagger. Spring Moves also hosts running groups around the world, using their technology and mobile speakers to create a one-of-a-kind running experience. The NYC group meets at Sheep Meadow every Friday evening at 6 p.m. Look for the folks in orange and the Spring Mobile trike![line] [left]where: Sheep Meadow | Central Park
perks: running through Central Park with music
sweat score: 4 out of 10[/left][right]wear: running clothes
instructor: Josef and Matthias
cost: free [/right][line]
Take a run through Central Park at any time of the day or night and you’re sure to run into a running group. Big or small, fast or rambling, there are more than your fair share to choose from.
There’s only one, however, with a custom built orange trike at the helm that plays music to pace the run group following behind.
Welcome to Spring Social NYC, a loud and quirky run club that meets every Friday evening at 6 p.m. near the 67th street entrance to Sheep Meadow in Central Park for a 3 or 5 mile loop. Just look for the big group of friendly folks wearing orange.
The entire thing is organized by Spring Moves, an awesome running app that provides rhythm-based music selection to help you stay on pace during your run. The app even has a feature that allows you to set more than one pace in case you want to do a run/walk or fartlek session. The selection of songs changes depending on your pace. How cool is that?
The NYC Spring Social group is open to all runners. The paces for each run are chosen by a democratic consensus, typically with one of the distance groups electing to go a bit faster than the other. So no matter your pace, you’re almost certainly going to find a workable option to choose from.
I elected to run with the three mile crowd, and we all choose a pace that was somewhere around 8:30 – 9 minute miles. “Sexy pace,” as it was referred to. Not slow. Now that’s one rebranding campaign I can get behind! I will now forever use the term “sexy pace” to describe some of my reduced-speed runs.
The other group did a five mile loop around the reservoir at a faster clip. While our “sexy pace” group had the pleasure of running alongside the bright orange boombox-toting trike, the other runners also had music-to-go because one of the run leaders wore a backpack with portable speakers synced with the app. Their playlist was different than ours, of course, because the app selected music for them with quicker beats to match their faster feet.
You can imagine some of the looks we got from other runners, pedestrians, bikers…really anyone we passed by as we made our way through Central Park. My favorite were the tourists in horse-drawn buggies craning their necks and taking photos of those crazy, loud, trike-chasing runners.
I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun on a run. I loved meeting all of the friendly runners (including Ashley from Stone Fox Fit). I absolutely loved the hilarity of running alongside an adult-size orange tricycle. And what could be cooler than jamming out to awesome music while you’re on the move? I mean, at one point I was looking out over the skyline of New York City at sunset as Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” came blasting through the speakers. It doesn’t get much better than that.
We ended the run where we started with a stretching session, some group hi-fives, and lots of “see you laters.”
The Spring Social is a mobile dance party that just so happens to also moonlight as a running group. I had a blast and am looking forward to going back when my schedule allows. It’s perfect for an end-of-week fun run for runners of any pace and experience level.
As for the free app, I downloaded it immediately and am looking forward to testing it out on an upcoming run. Evann and I were treated to a preview of the app’s latest edition at a recent launch party, and I can honestly say I was blown away by all of the bells and whistles. The app curates a music selection specifically tailored not only for your pace, but for your mood and genre preferences as well. You can also track and save your runs for reference or to share with friends.
If you’re looking for a fun new way to stay motivated and on-pace during your runs, I highly recommend checking it out. I don’t recommend, however, trying it on a treadmill while wearing heels after a glass of wine at a party, as pictured above. All in the name of creating a fun animated GIF to share. The things bloggers do for content, right?
Thanks for all the sweaty fun, Spring Moves!