Training Programs :: Winter Warriors

The CES Winter Warriors Half Marathon & 10K Training Program 2015/2016

Interested in staying fit this winter?

The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of running. If you've been training all summer & fall, chances are you're in the best shape you've been in all season.

Why stop now?

Winter Warriors

If you haven't been running, no worries, this is the perfect way to get 2016 off to a fit start. The CES Winter Warriors Training Program will help maintain or improve your fitness — especially during the "challenging" holiday season. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the most important thing: It's a lot of fun!

Worried about the cold?

Winter Warriors starts and finishes at Fleet Feet Sports — a WARM, DRY place to start, pickup last minute gear or nutrition needs, a safe place for your personals, and a fun place to finish and stretch with your running buddies after the long runs. Join our 12-week program, and prepare for either a Half Marathon or 10K distance, all while enjoying the company and support of your fellow Winter Warriors!

Registration is CLOSED

Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos Half Marathon

Los Cabos

Run, sun and party on the shores of the wondrous Sea Of Cortez in Los Cabos, Mexico! Sign-up now for our Winter Warriors 12-week Training program and run in the sun soaked Los Cabos Half Marathon on February 7, 2016.

We have personally researched the race, the location and the resorts and are excited to be working with a local partner (RUN CABO) to bring you a great travel program to compliment the best Winter training program around.

Key Features Included in Event/Lodging Package:

  • 4-night stay at The Barcelo Grand Faro, all-inclusive hotel
  • Transportation to/from airport and activities
  • Sunset Fiesta Dinner Cruise aboard the Cabo Mar
  • Pre-Race Team dinner
  • Race Registration
  • Post-Race Party

Book your travel package with RUN CABO and get ready for fun with your favorite Winter Warriors participants, coaches and mentors. Packages are limited and prices will increase on August 31, 2015. These packages are only available while supplies last.

10K Athletes — Our goal 10K race for you will once again be the Mardi Gras Chaser 10K in Chicago on February 20th!

Can't travel to Cabo with us? No worries! We will also host a CES 13.1 mile and 10K Fun Run in Chicago, exclusively for CES Winter Warriors, the weekend after the Cabo race. There is no extra fee for this event — it's our way of celebrating all of your hard work and getting together for some fun along the Chicago lakefront!

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

Limited Space Available

In order to maintain the high quality that CES is known for (and which participants expect of CES), this program has limited space available. This program will sell out, so sign up today! Participants in our GROUP training program will receive a custom, Winter Warriors Hoodie from Mizuno! Sizes will be given out on a first come first serve basis, so pick up your hoodie as soon as possible, at the Open House or 1st day of training. We will not hold onto or reserve a size. The hoodie is available for Group Training participants only — register today!


CES Winter Warriors Fun Runs

It's time to celebrate fall and get ready for winter! Join Fleet Feet, Mizuno and the CES Winter Warriors for one of our three upcoming Fun Runs!

What's happening at the fun run, you ask?

  • Take a fun run or walk in the new brand new Mizuno Wave Rider 19 and Wave Inspire 12
  • Several distances to choose from
  • Experience the heating power of Breath Thermo to beat the harshest Chicagoland winters
  • Meet the coaches and pacers of Winter Warriors!
  • Learn how to become a Winter Warrior!
  • Stick around after to socialize and sip some delicious mimosas or margaritas!
After each run, we'll be raffling a FREE Winter Warriors training program - up to a $189 value!

Open House Dates/Times:


Saturday, Nov. 7th at 8:00am - RSVP HERE

Oak Park

Monday, Nov. 9th at 6:00pm - RSVP HERE


Saturday, Nov. 14th at 8:00am - RSVP HERE


CES Winter Warriors New Member Orientation

CES will present all of the information and inspiration a new member needs after our first workouts on November 21st and 22nd. The program will explain how to use Training Peaks, our coaching philosophies, how to contact coaches, and the common habits of our most successful participants.


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:

  • 12 weeks of wonderful half marathon & 10K winter training to keep you motivated through the holidays and in shape into the spring
  • A warm, dry place to start and finish the runs, store your personals and go for coffee!
  • Professional, experienced (and nice!) coaches (more details)
  • Personalized, daily training schedule for all levels — delivered via FREE Training Peaks account
  • Running and Run-Walk training programs, led by the CES Pace Team (Oak Park will be Coach/Mentor led)
  • Post-workout flexibility sessions with pacers & coaches
  • Weekly newsletter with tips on training & program updates
  • Weekly tips for training & Q & A at all training sessions with our coaches
  • Coached group training — 2X per week
    • Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 6:30pm
    • Saturday or Sunday 7:30am and 7:50am*
    • (more details)
  • Chicago Locations: Pace Leaders for paces ranging from 8:00 minute per mile through 13:30 pace (availability differs at each location)
  • Custom, Winter Warriors hoodie from Mizuno! (Sizes distributed on a first come first served basis to Group Training Members only)
  • Smart ID shoe tag — run safely!
  • Discounts/promotions from our partners:
  • Educational seminars & clinics (more info below)
  • Fun, team social activities:
    • "CES Holiday Run", a fun predictor run, with prizes, yummy treats and more!
  • and much more!

*To better manage the congestion of our weekend group runs out of Old Town only we have a separate start time for the Run/Walk program — 7:30am and the Continuous Run program 7:50am. All other locations have a start time of 7:30am.


Training Days & Locations

FIVE, Fun Locations to Choose From!

The Winter Warriors program will now be available at all FIVE Chicago-area Fleet Feet Sports stores! Group training sessions are held twice/week at each location:

  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the South Loop location (150 W Roosevelt, Roosevelt Collection)
  • Tuesdays & Saturdays at the Elmhurst location (124 N. Schiller St., Elmhurst, IL)
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays at the NEW Oak Park location (102 N. Marion St., Oak Park)
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays at the Old Town location (1620 N. Wells St) OR
  • Thursdays & Sundays at the Lincoln Square location (4762 N. Lincoln)

You get to pick the location that works the best for you! This also means that if you can't make it to your regular location, you can still join the gang at the other store! Everybody wins!


South Loop: Saturday, November 21st
Elmhurst: Saturday, November 21st
Oak Park: Saturday, November 21st
Old Town: Saturday, November 21st
Lincoln Square: Sunday, November 22nd

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)

The focus of these mid-week runs will be on form, strength & speed. Our coaching staff will be on hand to help teach, challenge and motivate you!

Saturdays/Sundays — 7:30am and 7:50am* at Fleet Feet Sports (we'll meet at the store, then head out for the run)

These days are reserved for the long, slow distance runs that are so important to the success of endurance runners. Pace Leaders (Chicago Locations) and Mentors (Elmhurst Location) are available to guide you at the appropriate pace. Our coaches will also run with you to motivate you and help with any concerns or questions that come up along the way.

*To better manage the congestion of our weekend group runs out of Old Town only we have a separate start time for the Run/Walk program — 7:30am and the Continuous Run program 7:50am. All other locations have a start time of 7:30am.

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


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 & meals, track daily metrics (weight, sleep, etc.), upload workouts from your training devices (80+ devices supported, GPS, HR monitors, etc.). FREE iPhone app and mobile site available and MUCH more!


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:

  • Cross Training
  • Core & Strength Training
  • Dress for Success — How to dress for cold weather running
  • Injury Prevention & Flexibility
  • Food as Fuel: Sports Nutrition
  • Comprehensive Race Prep


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 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 on our awesome coaches!


Virtual Training Option

Do you live too far away? Can't make it to any of the Group training sessions because of conflicts? Try our Virtual Training option! You'll receive your schedule online as well as a weekly email update with coaching tips, race updates and more. Most importantly, you'll have email access to our Virtual Team coaching staff, to help you through the season's ups and downs, answer your questions and provide motivation.

In order to keep the fees as low as possible, we do NOT include the Winter Warriors hoodie in the fees for the Virtual Training option.


How to Register

Registration is CLOSED


Group Training Program* (Half Marathon & 10K) CES Alumni New Members
Through August 31st $159 $179
September 1st and later $169 $189
*Limited to maximum of 500 participants
Virtual Training Program CES Alumni New Members
Through August 31st $69 $79
September 1st and later $79 $89

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.

Race registration is NOT included into the price.



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