Running is like anything: Keep doing it the same exact way and you?re bound to plateau. ??Want to break up your routine? Check out these classes that promise to up your game.
Precision Running at Equinox is a 60-minute treadmill class with a formula that constantly challenges you to break personal records for speed, incline and duration. It?s great for data nerds, since there are lots of intervals to keep track of. Check the class schedule at Equinox?s Gold Coast and Lincoln Park locations; equinox.com
Speed Training is offered three times a week through the Chicago Area Runners? Association. A coach will teach you techniques for running faster (lots of short bursts of speed are involved) and minimizing your risk of injury. The program is a great deal: It?s $200 a year, and you can attend as many sessions as you want in that time. Meets just south of Diversey Avenue, next to the running path
Gait Analysis at On Your Mark Coaching + Training can help you find out which movement and posture problems could be contributing to your stagnant finish times. You?ll work on shock absorption and energy-conserving techniques, and your trainer will give you tailored weight-lifting exercises to help correct imbalances. $250 for two sessions; available in the West Loop and Bucktown