A break from your regularly scheduled fitness program: this East Village treadmill studio is not your average class. We caught up (literally) with Debora Warner, the founder of MHRC, who imparts her choice routes in NYC — and her running must-haves.
How did you start running?
I started out as a competitive swimmer in high school then began jogging in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side when I moved to NYC in the early Nineties.
What are your favorite routes in NYC?
I am in love with the East River Track along the FDR—it’s where I coach my MHRC outdoor runners—but if I'm running solo, I take the train up to Central Park for the Six Mile Loop, which weaves around the whole length of the park.
Any recommendations for a runner without a route?
If I'm not familiar with the route, I'll do an "out-and-back" run, which is where I run four-or-so miles to one point, then the same distance back to where I started.
Do you use any tech gadgets to track your run?
Run Keeper (synced my Apple Watch) is one of my favorites.
What's your best running tip?
You must commit to a minimum number of miles per week.
What are your go-to stretches after a run?
I usually do IT Band and Piriformis stretches with Hip Flexors. It’s also important to stretch your quads, hamstrings, and your calves.
DEBORA'S RUNNING MUST-HAVES