2017 Spring Racing – Client Accomplishments

Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half-Marathon


Peter ran his 2nd Boston Qualifying time this year at the Chicagoland Spring Marathon.   His time of 3:23 gave him 8th in his age group.   Great job Peter!
Peter said, “my body managed the race well and nothing is injured – thanks to your RunSMART class and your personal training.”

Karl was 2nd in his age group at the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon in 1:39.   This was Karl’s first race in about 40 years.   Great job Karl!   Your journey back to running has just started!  Karl said, “It was a great experience and alot of fun.  I’m looking forward to entering more races.  Thank you for all you have done to help me.”

Diane was 3rd in her age group at the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon.   Great job Diane!

Mary was 5th in her age group at the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon.   Great job Mary!


Cinco de Miler

Congratulations Michelle on a. PR and 11th in age group at the Cinco de Miler.

Illinois Marathon

Peter ran a Boston-Qualifying Time of 3:24 at the Illinois Marathon.   Peter ran a great race with even splits.   Congratulations!  Great Job!

Catherine completed the 10K at the Illinois Marathon.    Catherine has been recovering from injury so the 10K completion was a great milestone.   Congratulations!

Naperville Women’s Half Marathon

Mary completed the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon in 2:04 – great time!  Mary had been experiencing some IT band pain and we worked last week on a corrective exercise program.  Mary’s comment:  “The exercises really helped!   Thanks.”


Sharon completed the Morton Arboretum Champion of Trees 10K.   Great start to your spring racing season!

Congratulations Wendy on completing the Boston Marathon in 4:30 on a very warm day – great job!

Connie was 1st in her age group and Michelle was 2nd in her age group at the Mustang Trot 5K.  Great way to start the season Connie and Michelle!


Later this Spring we have clients running several races, including the Boston Marathon, the Illinois Marathon, the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon, the Soldier Field 10 miler and multiple clients in the Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon races.   Stay tuned for their results!  If you have been running indoors and/or have been off of running all winter, check out my new article on Transitioning into Spring Running.

Many clients are preparing for Spring and Summer racing by participating in the Winter RunSMART strength training class for runners.  The Spring Session of RunSMART started Saturday April 1 but you can still register for the remaining sessions or for the Summer Sessions starting Saturday May 20  – register here for RunSMART.

2016 Fall Racing – Client Accomplishments:

Dive instructor training in Bali

Jerry is training to be a dive master/diving instructor in Bali this winter.  His first week:   “This has been one exhausting week. Diving 2 to 3 hours a day 6 days a week.  Working 12 hour days – all physical work.   Pretty much like being at the gym for hours on end.   My fellow interns are in their early 20s.   I could not keep up with the 20 somethings if not for your training sessions with me.”  By the way, Jerry is 70 years old!   Way to go Jerry!

An April  update – Jerry achieved Master Diver and Dive Master (Instructor) certification.  Jerry is the oldest to attempt this qualification by over ten years.  Jerry said “Can’t thank YOU enough for keeping me focused through all of your training.  Could not have done this without all the help you gave me to get ready for the physical challenges associated with both of those certs.   THANKS COACH !!!!!”

Jerry we are so proud of you!


Jerry on left leading a diving group

Jerry’s fellow dive instructor interns in Bali

Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon and 5K

Peter ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon in 1:35.  Catherine ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot 5K.   Great job Peter and Catherine!

Bonfield Express 5K

Michelle was 9th out of 415 in her age group!  Connie was 3rd in her age group!  Great job Michelle and Connie!

Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up

Peter was 5th overall and 1st in his age group at the Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up!   Catherine was 3rd in her age group at the Turkey Trot Tune-up!   Great job on a cold day!

Universal Sole November Trail Challenge

Michelle won her age group at the  Universal Sole November Trail Challenge. “It was wicked hilly but my work is paying off.”


Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon

Michelle completed the Naperville Marathon, improving her PR by over 1 hour!


Peter completed the Naperville Marathon with his second sub 3:30 marathon this Fall!   Peter said “I am happy – thanks for your help and support”.


Mary completed the Naperville Half Marathon, improving her PR by 6 minutes!


Jerry completed the Naperville Half Marathon, his first Half Marathon at age 70!  Jerry said “thank you for everything – you are a great coach”.


Connie and Sharon both completed the Naperville Half Marathon with excellent times!

Congratulations to all of you!

Chicago Marathon


Joe completed his First Marathon at the Chicago Marathon in a great time of 4:01.   Congratulations Joe!  Joe said “Laurie helped me through my first half marathon and now my first marathon. She has been through it many times and will help you achieve your best!”

Diane completed her third Chicago Marathon!    Diane said “At 1 pm today I was definitely never running another Marathon – At 3 pm I was developing a strategy for 2017 Marathon. Marathons are a marvelous thing.   Thanks Laurie for the personal training and the RunSMART classes to help get me here today.”

Keith completed another Chicago Marathon this year.  Great work!

Fox Valley Marathon


Mary ran the Fox Valley Marathon in 4:32 – she set a PR by 1 hour!   Amazing job!  Mary said “Thanks so much Laurie!  I couldn’t have done it without you!!   Thanks for being at the Finish Line!!”


Peter ran the Fox Valley Marathon in 3:30. 

Michelle ran the Fox Valley 20 miler in 3:26.  She’s all ready for her Naperville Marathon!

Naperville Trails Half Marathon

Peter was 10th overall and 1st in his age group at the Naperville Trails Half Marathon.  Awesome start to the Fall Racing Season!

Chicago Muckfest 5K

Wally participated in the Chicago Muckfest 5K again this year.  Here he is leading his team through one of the obstacles!