Training Programs :: The Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Training

The Official Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon — September 6th

Half Marathon Training Program for Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon

Experience a new perspective of Michigan Avenue—one of the most prestigious streets in America—when you run The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women's Half Marathon and 5K this August. CES has created a fantastic 12-week program to prepare you for the race on September 6th, no matter your level of experience. Our experienced coaches will determine the best training program for you and guide you every step of the journey.

The CES Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Training Program includes two coached workouts every week focusing on building endurance and improving form and speed to get the optimum results from your training and reach your race-day goals!

Registration is limited to assure the quality of the program. Don't delay! This program will sell out quickly, so sign up now to reserve your spot.

Finish your preparation for your effort in style with a fully supported group long run produced by the team that produces such wonderful events as the Ravenswood 5k, Soldier Field 10 Mile and more for Fleet Feet Sports. Take advantage of the assistance of pacers, refuel and reenergize at the aid stations stocked with water and Gatorade every few miles, enjoy the support and motivation of the CES coaches and relax after this "dress rehearsal" for your effort with post-run stretching and massage from Athletico and food and beverages to replace the calories you burned off.

Make your experience running down Michigan Avenue all the more magnificent at the CES Race Day Resort! The Resort will provide fantastic amenities worthy of million dollar shopping spree. Avoid the crush with optional race day bib and packet pick up. Take advantage of your own private gear check and restrooms. Fuel up for your event with Gatorade and water. Then celebrate your effort and achievement with your CES teammates and enjoy refreshments and food — and not having to wait in long lines — or relax with an invigorating post race massage from Athletico. Be all the more magnificent and train with CES!

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Multiple Locations to Choose From!

The Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Training program will now be available at FOUR Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores! This gives us a location to start the workout, a secure place for your personal gear, and a place to meet with your training companions and have coffee or breakfast after the long runs. Pick the location that works for you. If you can't make it to your regular location, you can join a group at another location. If you can't make it to any of our group locations, or prefer to train on your own, our Virtual Training option is perfect for you.

See additional details about the training locations below.

Are you ready for Training?

FREE BASE TRAINING PLAN

2015 HALF MARATHON TRAINING

4-WEEK BASE TRAINING PROGRAM

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FREE SPRING BASE TRAINING (pdf)

The half-marathon is a daunting challenge that should not be taken lightly, like a building that requires a solid foundation to stand, so too does the half-marathon need a solid base of mileage and fitness before the training program commences to achieve the level of success you desire. It is CES' goal that you have a successful training program and the best chance at attaining your goals and avoid injuries. CES has created a four week base training schedule that will help establish a solid base of mileage in preparation for the formal marathon training program.

Follow the links below to find out about this innovative, fun, successful program!

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CES Training Open House

Chicago Endurance Sports will host an Open House at all five of our training locations. Attendees have the opportunity to run with the CES Pace Team, meet and converse with CES Coaches, register for the training program, and those who are registered for the Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Training can pick up their training packet (premium included). The Open House is free to those who RSVP.

  • Saturday, June 13th
    • 6:30am at Fleet Feet Sports — Oak Park (102 N Marion St)
    • 7:00am at Fleet Feet Sports — Lincoln Square (4762 N Lincoln Ave)
    • 7:00am at Fleet Feet Sports — South Loop (150 W Roosevelt, Roosevelt Collection)
  • Sunday, June 14th
    • 7:00am at Fleet Feet Sports — Old Town (1620 N Wells St)
    • 7:00am at Fleet Feet Sports — Elmhurst (124 E Schiller St)

Packet Pickup, Registration, and Coaches available for Q&A 7:00am – 10:00am

Click here for available suggested Parking Options at each location

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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:

  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels — delivered via FREE Training Peaks account
  • Training Premium item
  • Running and Run-Walk training programs and pace groups (more details)
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training & program updates
  • Q & A at all training sessions with our coaches
  • Coached group training — 2X per week
    • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 6:30pm
    • Saturday or Sunday 7:00am
    • (more details)
  • Pace Leaders or mentors for multiple pace groups both continuous run and run/walk
  • Post-workout flexibility sessions with pacers & coaches
  • Social activities and parties with your teammates throughout the season
  • Restrooms, changing rooms, secure gear storage and water available at all group training sessions
  • Smart ID shoe tag for emergency info
  • and much more!

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FREE Training Peaks Online Training Schedule & Log

Your daily training schedules will be delivered via Training Peaks — the leading Interactive web based training and nutrition log to help you achieve your goals. Log training and meals, track daily metrics (weight, sleep, etc.), upload workouts from your training devices (80+ devices supported, GPS, HR monitors), FREE iPhone app and mobile site available and more!

Registration for this training program will fill up fast. Join today and don't miss out on your chance to run the Magnificent Mile!

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Group Training Days & Locations

Five Locations to Choose From!

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

  • Fleet Feet Sports — Old Town (1620 N Wells St)
    Thursday, 6:30pm & Sunday, 7:00am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — Lincoln Square (4762 N Lincoln Ave)
    Tuesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 7:00am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — South Loop (150 W Roosevelt, Roosevelt Collection)
    Wednesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 7:00am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — Oak Park (102 N Marion St) (Canceled due to low registration #'s)
    Wednesday, 6:30pm & Saturday, 6:30am
  • Fleet Feet Sports — Elmhurst (124 Schiller St)
    Thursday, 6:30pm & Sunday, 7:00am

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

Please Click Here for available suggested Parking Options at each location

FIRST GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS:

Lincoln Square and South Loop: Saturday, June 20th
Elmhurst and Old Town: Sunday, June 21th

New Member Orientation

CES will present the information and inspiration a new member needs after our initial workouts on June 20th and 21st. The program will explain getting the most out of Training Peaks, how to contact coaches, our coaching philosophies and the common habits of our most successful participants.

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

Tuesday/Wednesdays/Thursdays — 6:30pm at Fleet Feet Sports (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 help teach, challenge and provide motivation.

Saturdays/Sundays — 7:00am at Fleet Feet Sports (we'll meet at the store, then head out for the run)

These workouts are reserved for long, slow distance runs important to the success of endurance runners. Pace Leaders are available to guide you at the appropriate pace. Our coaches run with you to motivate and answer any concerns or questions that arise.

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

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Virtual Training Option

Do you live too far away and can't make it to the group workouts? Can't make it to any of the Group training sessions because of conflicts?

Solve this problem with our Virtual Training option and you'll receive daily training schedules 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 great way to train on your own with virtual support from a helpful team of coaches.

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CES Pacers and Mentors

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 see more about our amazing CES Pacers and Mentors

Note: If you are interested in becoming a pacer, or know of someone who might be interested, please contact us at pacer@chicagoendurancesports.com for additional information.

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Stuff You Will Learn

If you want to attain your goals, you need to do more than put in the miles. Our expert speakers and coaches instruct you on a variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Good Form Running — become a faster, more efficient runner — with less effort!
  • Benefits of Yoga for Runners
  • Tools and Gadgets for Endurance Runners (GPS, Heart Rate monitors, iPhone apps)
  • Tricks for Speedy Long Run Recovery
  • Core & Strength Training
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition
  • Mental Skills Training
  • Comprehensive Race Prep

Our Coaching Staff

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

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

Click here for more information on our awesome coaches!

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How to Register

Online registration is available by clicking on the link below:

Register Online

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Fees

Early Bird Pricing — now through April 21st: Save $15 off Group Training or $10 off Virtual Training — regular prices listed in parentheses

Members CES Alumni New Members
Half Marathon Group Training ONLY
Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry
$154 ($169) $174 ($189)
Half Marathon Group Training + Race Entry
INCLUDES registration to the Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Race
$214 ($229) $234 ($249)
Virtual Training ONLY*
Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry
$69 ($79) $79 ($89)
Virtual Training + Half Marathon Race Entry*
INCLUDES registration to Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women's Half Marathon Race
$129 ($139) $139 ($149)

*Virtual Training is a great option if you don't live near one of our training locations! You'll receive your schedule online and support from our coaches, as well as a weekly email update with coaching tips, race updates and more.

New CES'ers, good news! Once you participate in ANY CES program, you are a CES alumni for life and will save $$ on future programs!

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.

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Questions?

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

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