Training Programs: Spring Training: Half Marathon Training Program

Spring Training: 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 is an all encompassing training program that will prepare you for the 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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A team of more than 30 Chicago Endurance Sports coaches with years of experience give participants hands-on guidance through a customized 12-week 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 tailed to your current fitness level preparing them to succeed at 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 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 Half Marathon Program, but the following races fit the schedule:

  • Soldier Field 10 Mile* (Feel like a champion with a fully supported race day experience with fantastic, winning amenities)
  • Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K (April 2)
  • North Shore Classic Half Marathon (June 4)
  • Madtown Half Marathon (Madison, WI: May 29)
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon or 10K (May 21)

*Bundle and save. Register for Chicago Endurance Sports Half Marathon Training and the Soldier Field 10 Mile and pay a discounted race registration price. This deal is for a limited time only.

Training Dates & Locations

Chicago Endurance Sports Spring Training Half Marathon 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
    • Saturday, 7:30am

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.

Open Houses & Fun Runs

Open House

Join Chicago Endurance Sports coaches, pacers and alumni for a "Spring Training" Open House and fun run!

We'll kick the morning off at 7:30 a.m. with a fun run of 3 or 5 miles with our Coaches and Pace Team. After the run we'll have a short informational session with snacks to talk about our Spring Training program for the Soldier Field 10 Mile race and several other late Spring half marathons!

Meet the coaches, get a run in and have some snacks — Please feel free to bring a friend (or two)!

First Group Training Session Dates

  • Old Town, Elmhurst & South Loop: Saturday, March 11th
  • Lincoln Square: Sunday, March 12th

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 11th and 12th, we suggest new members hang around for our New Member Orientation. The presentation will explain the structure that makes participants so successful.




New Members

Group Training ONLY

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$174 $194

Group Training & Race Entry*

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

Virtual Training ONLY

(Does NOT INCLUDE Race Entry)
$79 $89

Virtual Training & Race Entry*

(INCLUDES registration to Soldier Field 10 Mile)
$144* $154*

*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.

Good news for new members, once you participate in ANY Chicao Endurance Sports program, you are 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.

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

Spring Training Half Marathon Program Benefits

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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.
  • Chicago Endurance Sports branded Under Armour 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 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. (More info below)

*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:

Soldier Field 10 Mile Race Day Resort

Soldier Field 10 Mile

Enjoy a championship race-day experience at the Soldier Field 10 Mile on May 28th. The Chicago Endurance Sports Spring Training Half Marathon Program 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 teammates and enjoy beer and food — and not having to wait in long lines.

Spring Training Half Marathon Program

Spring Training Half Marathon Program + Soldier Field 10 Mile Race Combo

You can now register for training and pay for the Soldier Field 10 Mile in one easy payment. When the race price increases, we will retain the original race registration price. This offer is for a limited time only.

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

Are You Ready For Training?

Free Four Week Base Training Plan

Click here to download.

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!

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.


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