Training Programs :: Spring Training

Spring Training 2016

CES Spring Training is an all encompassing training program that will prepare you for the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile or a spring half marathon, and give you an excellent base for any of your summer running or triathlon goals.

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It is our goal to see you have a successful training program with the best chance at attaining your goals, whatever they may be, and we also want you to avoid injuries. Important to a successful and injury free training program is having a solid base of activity before training officially begins. We have created a four week base training program that will allow you to have a successful and injury free training program. Please check out the base training program and help set yourself up for success!

Program Overview

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. CES Spring Training will get you in perfect shape to perform your best, offer wonderful amenities while you compete, and have you healthy and ready for summer training.

A team of more than 30 CES coaches with years of experience give participants hands-on guidance through a customizable 12 week program featuring group runs twice a week while the CES 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 preparing them to succeed at all distances up to a half marathon (see the suggested races listed below). The mileage progression is perfect for those planning to race the Shamrock Shuffle 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.

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All Group Run

Finish up spring training in style with a fully supported group long run that is assisted by the events 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, self massage tools and food and beverages to replace the calories you burned off.

Soldier Field 10 Mile CES Race Day Resort

Soldier Field 10 Mile

Enjoy a championship race-day experience at the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile on May 28th. The CES Spring Training Hospitality Resort will provide fantastic amenities worthy of a luxury box on the 50-yard line. Get your own "locker room" with private gear check and restrooms. Fuel up for your race with Clif Bar, Gatorade and water. Then celebrate your effort and achievement with your CES teammates and enjoy beer and food — and not having to wait in long lines. Be a winner and train with CES.

Nothing will get your running legs moving for 2016 like CES Spring Training. Want to be a part of the experience? See all of the exciting details below.

CES Training + Soldier Field 10 Mile Race

You can now register for training and pay for the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile in one easy payment! When the race price increases CES will retain the original race registration price. This offer is for a limited time only so register today!

Ideal Target Races

One does not need to do a race to benefit from CES Spring Training, but the following races fit the schedule:

  • Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile* (Feel like a champion with a fully supported race day experience with fantastic, winning amenities)
  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (April 3)
  • Madison Marathon and Half Marathon(May 29)
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K(May 22)

*Register for CES Spring Training and the Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile and pay the original race registration price. This deal is for a limited time only.

Four Locations to Choose From!

CES Spring Training will be available at FIVE Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores. This 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:

  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the South Loop location (150 W. Roosevelt Rd.)
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays at the Old Town location (1620 N. Wells St.)
  • Thursdays & Sundays at the Lincoln Square location (4762 N. Lincoln Ave.)
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the Elmhurst location (124 E. Schiller St., Elmhurst)

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.

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


Limited Space Available

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. Don't be left out!


CES Spring Training Fun Runs

It's time to get ready for Spring! Join the CES Coaches/Pacers and Alumni for one of our three upcoming "Spring Training" themed Fun Runs!

Saturday, February 27th — 7:00am

Fleet Feet Sports, Elmhurst (124 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst)

Join us at Fleet Feet Sports Elmhurst on Saturday, Feb 27th at 7am for a "royal flush" experience as we host our 2nd Poker Fun Run!

Runners and walkers will have 45 minutes to complete as many laps as they desire to collect their 5-card poker hand. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 poker hands at the end of the competition, with the best hand receiving the Grand Prize! Snacks and drinks will be served after the event. We'll also be raffling off a FREE entry to the CES Spring Training program — up to a $189 value!

Learn more and RSVP TODAY!

Saturday, March 5th — 8:00am

Fleet Feet Sports, Old Town (1620 N. Wells St., Chicago)

It's time to get ready for Spring! Join the CES Coaches and Alumni for our Old Town "Spring Training" themed Fun Run! Come dressed in the colors of your favorite baseball team — let's see your true, team spirit! Meet the CES coaches, alumni, join us for a 3 mile fun run, followed with snacks & drinks and a great raffle, including a FREE Spring Training program — up to a $189 value!

Learn more and RSVP TODAY!


Program Benefits

Not only do you have fun, but you get great stuff like this:

  • 12 weeks of wonderful, spring training to motivate you through the cold weather and get in shape for the summer
  • CES branded premium apparel item for group training registrants
    • Sizes available on a first come first serve basis. Don't wait to pick up your gear
  • A warm, dry place to start and finish the runs, store your gear and go for coffee
  • Fantastic amenities at the Soldier Field 10 Mile that will make you feel like a champion include private gear check and restrooms, pre-race Gatorade and water, post-race food and beer and race day packet pickup*
  • Professional, experienced (and nice) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels
  • Running and Run-Walk support from the CES Pacer and Mentors (more details)
  • 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
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:30pm
    • Chicago Locations — Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am and 7:50am**
    • Elmhurst — Saturday, 7:00am
    • more details
  • Pace leaders and group mentors for various paces and distances
  • Smart ID shoe tag so you are safe on the run
  • EXCLUSIVE product and service promotions
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • and much more!

*If you sign up for Spring Training, Soldier Field 10 Mile
**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:

  • Run/Walkers start at 7:30am
  • Runners start at 7:50am


First Group Training Sessions

  • South Loop, Old Town and Elmhurst: Saturday, March 12th, 2016
  • Lincoln Square: Sunday, March 13th, 2016

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

Tuesdays/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 be present to help teach, challenge and provide motivation.

Saturdays/Sundays — 7:00am at the Elmhurst loacation and 7:30am at the Chicago Locations (Old Town has two start times: 7:30am [run/walk] and 7:50am [run]) at Fleet Feet Sports (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 13th and 14th, we suggest new CES members hang around for our New Member Orientation. The presentation will explain the structure that makes CES participants so successful.


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


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
  • and more!


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!


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.


How to Register

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CES Alumni

New Members

12 weeks — Group Training ONLY

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$169 $189

12 weeks — Group Training & Race Entry

(INCLUDES registration to Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile)
$239* $259*

Virtual Training ONLY

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$69 $89

Virtual Training & Race Entry

(INCLUDES registration to Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile)
$139* $159*

* Race registration processing fees are included into the price.

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.

Good news for new CES members. Once you participate in ANY CES program, you are a CES alumni for life and 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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