Training Programs: Spring Training Program

Spring Training:
5K, 10K & Half Marathon Training Program

Spring is an exciting time for a Chicago runner. The days grow longer, the lakefront path comes to life, and the local calendar fills with spectacular world-class races. Chicago Endurance Sports aims to get you in perfect shape to perform your best, offer wonderful amenities while you compete, and have you healthy and ready for summer running.

Chicago Endurance Sports Spring Training Program has something for everyone - 5K, 10K or a spring half marathon or 10-Miler. Aim for finishing your first race, capture that elusive PR or simply give yourself an excellent base for any of your summer running or triathlon goals.

Spring Training

Register for 5K/10K Training

Register for Half Marathon Training

A team of more than 30 Chicago Endurance Sports coaches with years of experience give participants hands-on guidance through a customized 9-week (5K) or 12-week (10K or Half Marathon) training program featuring group runs twice a week while the Chicago Endurance Sports Pacers and Mentors provide assistance during weekly long runs to make sure participants follow their prescribed workouts at the right pace.

Participants follow a program tailored to your current fitness level preparing you to succeed at distances up to a half marathon (see the suggested races listed below). The mileage progression is also perfect for those planning to race the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in the midst of this training. Coaches are available daily via e-mail to answer specific questions or adjust training schedules to fit specific needs.

Ideal Target Races

You don't need to do a race to benefit from the Spring Training Program, but the following races fit the schedule:

  • Ravenswood Run 5K (April 29)
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K (May 20)
    • Part of the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series!
  • Soldier Field 10 Mile (May 26)
  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K (March 25)
  • North Shore Classic Half Marathon (June 3)
  • Madtown Half Marathon (Madison, WI: May 27)


Group Training Dates & Locations

Chicago Endurance Sports Spring Training Program will be available at FOUR Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores. Enjoy the expert knowledge, support and community atmosphere that Fleet Feet Sports is famous for. This also provides you with a warm and dry place to start, store personal gear in a secure location, and a place to meet, talk or go out for brunch or coffee with your running buddies after long runs.

Group training sessions are held twice a week at each location:

  • Fleet Feet Sports: Old Town (1620 N. Wells Street, Chicago)
    • Wednesday, 6:30PM
    • Saturday, 7:30AM (run/walk pace group) & 7:50AM (run only pace group)
  • Fleet Feet Sports: Lincoln Square (4762 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago)
    • Thursday, 6:30PM
    • Sunday, 7:30AM
  • Fleet Feet Sports: South Loop (150 W. Roosevelt, in the Roosevelt Collection)
    • Tuesday, 6:30PM
    • Saturday, 7:30AM
  • Fleet Feet Sports: Elmhurst (124 West Schiller Street)
    • Tuesday, 6:30PM (Half Marathon athletes)
    • Wednesday, 6:30PM (5K & 10K athletes)
    • Saturday, 7:30am (all groups)

Pick the location that works the best for you. If you can't make it to your regular location, you can still join another group at another location.

Register for 5K/10K Training

Register for Half Marathon Training

First Group Training Session Dates

  • Old Town, Elmhurst & South Loop: Saturday, March 3rd
  • Lincoln Square: Sunday, March 4th

For a little more detail on what happens at those sessions, read on...

Weekday Workouts (we'll meet at the store, then head out for our run)

These mid-week runs will focus on form, strength and speed. Our coaching staff will be present to help teach, challenge and provide motivation.

Weekend Workouts (we'll meet at the store, then head out for our run)

These workouts are reserved for long, slow distance runs so important to the success of endurance runners. The CES Pacers and Mentors are available to guide you at the appropriate pace. Our coaches also run with you to motivate and help you with any concerns or questions that arise.

Restrooms, changing rooms, secure gear storage and water are available at all of our group training sessions.

After the first weekend group training run on March 3rd and 4th, we suggest new members hang around for our New Member Orientation. The presentation will explain the structure that makes participants so successful.


Virtual Training

Live too far away and can't make it to the group workouts? Schedule conflicts keep you from making any of the group training sessions?

Here's the solution, the Virtual Training option. You'll receive your daily training schedule and coaching support online (via Training Peaks), access to race day amenities, as well as the weekly email newsletter with coaching tips, race updates and more. The virtual program is a unique way to train on your own with virtual support from a helpful team of coaches.

Register for 5K/10K Training

Register for Half Marathon Training


Fees

Alumni

New Members

Group Training (Half Marathon or 10K - 12 weeks)

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$179 $199

Group Training (5K - 9 weeks)

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$179 $199

Virtual Training ONLY

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$84 $94

*Race registration processing fees are included into the price with these options.

Please note: Unless otherwise stated, race entry fees are NOT included with the training program fees — you are responsible for race registration and all fees that apply to that registration.

*No refunds will be provided in full or in part for any reason, including injury, after a program begins. No prorated fees are provided for late enrollments.

In order to maintain the high quality CES is known for (and which participants expect), each location will be limited to a number of participants. Don't miss your chance and register today! Most of our programs SELL OUT before training begins.


Chicago Half Marathon Training Program

Program Benefits

Not only do you get to have a lot of fun, but you also get a ton of great stuff too. Check it out:

  • Four Fleet Feet Sports training locations available
    • Friendly support from the staff and a dry place to start/finish the runs, store your gear and hang out with your fellow runners
  • Chicago Endurance Sports branded premium item for group training registrants.
  • Professional, experienced (and nice) coaches. (More details)
  • Detailed, daily training schedule for all levels — delivered via FREE TrainingPeaks account
  • Running and run-walk support from the Chicago Endurance Sports Pace Team.(More details)
    • Pace leaders and group mentors for various paces and distances.
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training and program updates.
  • Q&A at all weekly training sessions with our coaches.
  • Coached group training — twice per week.
  • Smart ID shoe tag so you are safe on the run.
  • EXCLUSIVE product and service promotions.
  • Educational seminars & clinics.

**In order to reduce congestion at the start of our group runs on Saturdays at our Old Town location, we will be staggering the start times:

Register for 5K/10K Training

Register for Half Marathon Training


Clinics & Seminars

If you truly want to reach your goals, you need to do more than just put in the miles. Our expert speakers will present clinics on a variety of topics including:

  • Core & Strength Training
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition
  • Using Technology to enhance Training
  • Good Form Running — become a more efficient runner!
  • Mental Skills Training

Chicago Endurance Sports Pacers

We all need a little help from our friends. We need motivation to start and encouragement to keep it going and support that says we are doing a good job. The CES Pacers and Mentors are the best in the business in keeping a consistent training pace, showing path etiquette and keeping us safe on the popular Chicagoland running paths.

Click here to learn more about our amazing Pacers and Mentors

Our Coaching Staff

We're extremely proud of our professional, experienced coaching staff. They always go the extra mile to make sure you have a fun, successful training season! Why is it so important to have qualified coaches? They can:

  • Evaluate your current fitness level and goals to make sure you are training at an appropriate level
  • Evaluate your current fitness level and goals to make sure you are training at an appropriate level
  • Evaluate and suggest ways to improve your running form
  • Assist you if you need to adjust your training schedule, in the event of an injury or missed training due to travel or life in general
  • Motivate and challenge you to reach your goals in a smart, safe & effective manner

Click here for more information or to reach out to any of our awesome coaches!

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Register for 5K/10K Training

Register for Half Marathon Training

Questions?

Please contact us at info@ChicagoEnduranceSports.com or call 866-237-7861 for more information.

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