The Running Center

The Running Center’s Services at Optimal Sport Health Clubs include:

  • Private Running Coaching
  • Personal Training for Runners
  • Running Form Analysis
  • Runditioning™, strength and functional training workout to help runners have better form, improve performance, and prevent injuries
  • VO2Max and Max HR Testing
  • Metabolic Rate and Body Composition Testing for Weight Loss
  • Diet Coaching for Nutrition
  • Young at Heart: balance & posture program for Seniors

Coach Mindy

Mindy Solkin is the founder of The Running Center, an in-person and online run coaching, fitness training, and wellness business, which she created in New York City in 1999. She is a USA Track & Field, Level 2, certified running coach since 1998, and a WITS, Level 2, certified personal trainer. She was previously certified by ACE as a personal trainer from 1994 to 2014. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she spent 20 years in Manhattan, where she coached 12,000 runners. She returned to her hometown of Philly in 2017, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Coach Mindy’s training programs have been featured in the NY Times, the NY Daily News, Runner’s World, New York Runner, Fitness, Shape, and Self. She has appeared on CNN, Access Hollywood, CBS-2 News This Morning, 20/20, Today In New York, and Good Day New York.

Her altruistic personality led to the creation of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT) marathon program in NYC where she served as head coach and marathon consultant from 1994 to 2001. She successfully trained over 3,000 runners and walkers to participate in marathons in dozens of cities across the globe. Collectively, they raised over $8-million dollars for the Society. Much of what you see today in the TNT program and other charity running programs, is a direct result of her efforts.

Wearing many hats throughout her career, she created the Polar Heart Bra, a sports bra that secures the heart rate monitor into place. She was a PowerBar Team Elite sponsored athlete for 20 years and was featured on the label of Owater Sports Water. Her accomplishments have led to being invited as a guest speaker and clinician at numerous business and community events.

She has run six marathons including being qualified to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon. She has competed in countless races from 1-mile to the half-marathon and was a frequent age-group award winner.

Says Coach Mindy, “Many people want to run but think that they can’t run or don’t know where to start. Other people are more experienced but are looking for the next edge for faster times. For any level, there’s more to it than just putting one foot in front of the other. I believe in the Art of Coaching and the Science of Training. I am passionate about the sport of running and compassionate for the people who I coach, and will guide you every step of the way, from start to finish line.”

Coach Mindy running in air
Coach Mindy with The Running Center team
Coach Mindy on the label of sports drink, “Owater”
Coach Mindy’s Age Group Awards
Coach Mindy racing
Owater bottle label
Coach Mindy running in place with forward stride
Coaching at the Start of the NYC Marathon
Owater poster
Coach Mindy running in place with back stride
Coach Mindy “coaching”