Q&A:  Mile High Run Club's Jess Movold
Q&A:  Mile High Run Club's Jess Movold
A former high school sprinter with a few state championships under her belt, Jess Movold hit college and stopped running, cold turkey. Now a trainer and coach at New York City’s treadmill fitness studio Mile High Run Club, she’s a marathon convert. Learn more about her journey, below.
The running milestone you’re most proud of…
The NYC Marathon, six times. The Boston Marathon. The Speed Project relay in March — we ran from L.A. to Las Vegas in 41 hours. Running with my dad!
How you push yourself a little further when you’re tired…
Sometimes when I am going up a steep hill, I count each step to myself as I climb. It helps!
Your favorite place to run…
Prospect Park. I also love destination runs that involve multiple bridges in the city — it's so fun to zig-zag in and out of Manhattan.
Advice for aspiring runners…
Just start!!! You'll be surprised how good you feel afterward.
And advice if you’ve hated running in the past…
Set a goal — pick an amount of time or a distance you want to run. For example, you can start by saying, “Today, I want to walk or jog for 20 minutes.” Make that the focus, and remember — it will be over in 20 minutes!
The routines or stretches that you do before you run…
Dynamic warm-ups and foam rolling.
Photographed by Catherine Hunsburger
Jess Movold in the Mesh-Back Bra and Chevron Leggings; in top photo, wearing the Seamless Cami Long Bra and Printed Running Shorts, photographed by Catherine Hunsburger
How you work to prevent injury…
Strength training is extremely important. Recovery days are equally important, and building your mileage up responsibly is important. Build a strong base foundation with strong muscles that can support the distance and training as intensity picks up.
Non-running workout of choice…
Strength training at The Fort NYC, hands down!
Food or drink to fuel your runs…
Science in Sport for everything, especially hydration during long runs and post-run recovery.
Favorite thing you wore at the shoot…
The running shorts and sports bra. They are so lightweight and easy to move in, plus I love the colors. I like that the shorts are breezy and don't cling to me.
Currently reading…
Currently listening to…
In My Feelings” by Drake, " Nevermind" by Dennis Lloyd, some Journey, The Carters...
Why we should try Mile High Run Club
The studio welcomes all levels of running and applies the proper coaching to everyone. The environment is not intimidating, and Mile High Run Club coaches on exertion rates instead of specific speed cues. The class can be as challenging as you decide to make it — all runners have the option to walk or jog at any point throughout the run. Just try it already!
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A class at Mile High Run Club in New York City; photo courtesy Mile High Run Club