When it comes to critiquing running indoors, you should the person who hates it with every bone in their body: me! The last time I ran regularly was in high school, when a three-mile cross-country race was bookended by bread-a-paloozas. Every Saturday morning, we'd have to wake up early to race against neighboring schools, but Friday nights would be a carb-o-load buffet at a team member's parents' house, and post-race, a free-for-all chow down. I've been conditioned to shove tin trays of cheesy vegetable lasagna in my face before putting one foot in front of the other, so running for fun with no promise of morning bagels or dinner loaves is not something I'm willing to do.
While researching the new explosion of running-based training classes, though, I started to remember how there's something to ~slightly~ enjoy about the process. Sure, $34 is an absolutely insane amount of money to pay to run on a treadmill when you could buy a gym membership for a little more, but putting money towards accountability and not an admission ticket to a room of equipment may be just the thing to help you see results.
If you're curious about the soon-to-explode trend of treadmill classes — or if they're handing out gold bars along with the sign-up fee — check out my latest story on Racked.