2020 Spring Racing – Client Accomplishments

Naperville Country Club Women’s Club Championship

Congratulations to Karen for winning (low net) the Naperville Country Club Women’s Club Championship. Great job!

Route 66 Half Iron and Stoneman Triathlons

Peter and Catherine participated in the Route 66 triathlon events. Catherine completed the Stoneman Triathlon! Peter completed the Half Iron Triathlon! Great job to both of you in the heat!

Naperville Country Club Women’s Derby

Congratulations to Karen for coming in fourth at the Naperville Country Club Women’s Derby! Great job!

Grandma’s Marathon (virtual)

Peter ran the Grandma’s Virtual Marathon today in 3:47! Great job!

Virtual RunSMART

We had another virtual RunSMART call today. Good participation! I am working on possible outdoor RunSMART class for this summer, so stay tuned!

Run Free Virtual Half Marathon:

Congratulations to Dave on completing his First Half Marathon in the Run Free Virtual Half Marathon. Great job on your winter and spring training to prepare for this race! Dave said “I want to thank you for the role you played in my training – for your guidance in RunSmart (which I really miss), in the training program you developed for me (only missed one run due the knee problem!), and for your general encouragement which I appreciated.”

Virtual RunSMART:

We had another great Virtual RunSMART today. Good to catch up with everyone. We talked about a lot of things including virtual races and possible regular racing later in 2020. Everyone is training and feeling well. We will check in again in a few weeks.

Cinco de Miler Virtual Race:

Michelle had a 5 mile PR in her Cinco de Miler Virtual race. Great job! Nice goodie bag too!

Hot Chocolate 15K Virtual Race:

Wally and I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K virtual race today (socially distanced from each other of course).. It is open until early May if you are interested: https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago

The goodie bag includes the usual beautiful race jacket that they are known for so it’s worth doing!

Virtual RunSMART:

We had a virtual RunSMART get together today! It was great to see everyone and catch up. We will have another one in a few weeks.

Our first RunSMART via Zoom. No exercising, just catching up on everyone’s running status and other activities.

Favorite Race Memories/Photos:

Due to COVID-19, most if not all Client Races are being postponed or cancelled. I know this is frustrating. The gyms are closed as well. But we can still run outside! And we can share race memories from the past. Please email me your favorite race photos and memories and I will post them here!


Clients have been training for their 2020 Spring Races. Unfortunately many races are cancelled or postponed in order to control the spread of COVID-19. Current status:

  • March Madness – 2 clients – cancelled
  • Schaumburg Marathon/Half-Marathon – 2 clients – cancelled
  • Go St Louis Marathon – 1 client – cancelled
  • Boston Marathon – 1 client – cancelled
  • 2 Oceans Half Marathon – 1 client – cancelled
  • San Francisco Half Marathon – 1 client – cancelled
  • Green Bay Marathon – 1 client – cancelled/virtual race
  • Illinois Marathon/Half Marathon – 2 clients – postponed until Fall
  • Traverse City Marathon – 1 client – cancelled

2019 Fall Racing – Client Accomplishments

Goofy and Dopey Challenges – Disney

Bill completed the Goofy and Dopey Challenges at Disney. This included a 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon on 4 consecutive days! Great job!

Carraig Challenge 5K **1 client 3rd in age group**

Wally and Michelle ran the Carraig Challenge 5K. Wally was 3rd in his age group! Great job!

Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon

Mary ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon. She had already run two marathons this fall!

Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K **4 Clients 1st in Age Group**

Carolyn, Karl, Wally, Catherine, Kurt, Wendy and Lily ran the Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K today. Karl was 8th overall, 1st in age group. Carolyn, Kurt and Wendy were 1st in age group. Wally and Lily were 2nd in age group. Great job!

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Congratulations to Mary on completing her 10th marathon today at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 4:17:50. Great job!

Carrera Muertos 5K

Congratulations to Carolyn, Mary, Wally and Michelle on running the Carrera Muertos 5K. Carolyn was 1st in her age group! Mary was 6th in her age group! Wally was 10th in his age group! Great job everyone.

Naperville Half Marathon

Carolyn had another PR this week! She ran 147:04 and was 1st in her age group in the Naperville Half Marathon. Great racing season!

Chicago Marathon

Clients Carolyn, Mary, Diane, Bill, Eddy, Andrea and Daisy ran the Chicago Marathon today! Carolyn finished in 3:47:17 – a 9 minute PR and a Boston Qualifying time by over 7 minutes! Mary finished in 4:07:38 – a new PR! Andrea finished in 3:40:19 – great job! Daisy finished in 4:16! Diane, Eddy and Bill have finished the marathon! Great job to all the finishers!

Colin completed the Twin Cities Marathon today. Another state on the 50 states journey. Congratulations!

Bodyweight Deadlift

Congratulations to Julie on dead lifting her bodyweight – 3 sets, 6 reps each! Great Job!

20 Milers

Lots of racing and marathon prep today! Carolyn and Diane ran the Fox Valley 20 miler in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. Carolyn was 3rd in her age group! Mary ran the CARA Ready to Run 20 miler in preparation for the Chicago Marathon. Wally ran the Fox Valley Half Marathon today in 2:06! Great job everyone!

2020 Boston Marathon Acceptance

Congratulations to Karl on being accepted to the 2020 Boston Marathon!

Fall Racing

Many clients are getting ready for their Fall Races! They are following their L2 Performance Training running plans, doing personal training or RunSMART and getting mentally prepared as well. Client fall races include:

  • Naperville Trails Half Marathon (1 client)
  • Fox Valley Half Marathon, Marathon and 20 Mile Ready to Run (4 clients)
  • Chicago Ready to Run 20 miler (1 client)
  • Twin Cities Marathon (1 client)
  • Des Plaines River Trail 50 miler (1 client)
  • Chicago Marathon (9 clients)
  • Naperville Half Marathon (2 clients)
  • Indianapolis Marathon (2 clients)

Stay Tuned for their Results!

2019 Spring Racing – Client Accomplishments

Rooted Acoustic Barn Raising 5K **2 Clients 2nd in age group**

Wally and Michelle were both 2nd in their age group in the Rooted Acoustic Barn Raising 5K. Great job!

Naperville Rotary Ride

Peter and Catherine did the Naperville rotary ride today. Peter rode over 100 miles and Catherine rode over 25 miles. Great job!

2019 Naperville Country Club Women’s Derby **Winner**

Karen won the 2019 Naperville Country Club Women’s Derby golf tournament! Karen’s game has really been improving this year. Great job Karen!

Route 66 Half “Ironman” Triathlon **30th overall, 5th in age group**

Peter completed the Route 66 Half “Ironman” Triathlon in under 6 hours!   He was 30th overall and 5th in his age group!

RAGBRAI 7 day Bicycle Ride

Susan completed the RAGBRAI 7 day bicycle ride across Iowa (approximately 470 miles).  Great job Susan!

Race to Macinac (sailboat race) **8th overall, 3rd in section**

Jerry and his team completed the Race to Macinac 8th overall and 3rd in their section.  Congratulations to the Providence team!

Chicago Full Moon 5K **1 client 1st in age group**

Wally, Michelle and Brianna ran the Chicago Full Moon 5K. Brianna was 1st in her age group!

Joliet Bike Club Fourth of July Century Ride

Peter, Michelle and Catherine participated in this ride. Peter rode a total of 140 miles (he also rode to and from the event). Michelle and Catherine each rode 30 miles. Nice work!

Milton Optimist Independence Day 10K **5th in Age Group**

Wally was 5th in his age group in 56:05 at the Milton Optimist Independence Day 10K. Great job in hot weather!

Quarry Crusher Race **2nd in Age Group**

Carolyn was 2nd in her age group at the Quarry Crusher Race. Congratulations to Carolyn!

TOMRV Bike Ride

Congratulations to Peter for finishing the 2 day TOMRV Bike Ride. This was Peter’s longest ride so far: 106 miles the first day and 88 miles the second day with almost 10,000 feet of elevation! Great job Peter!

River Grove FOP 5K **5 clients 1st in age group!, 1 client 1st Masters Female**

Karl, Carolyn, Colin, Brianna and Connie each ran the River Grove FOP 5K. All 5 were first in their age groups!Carolyn was 1st Masters Female! Great job to all!

Hex Bar Deadlift **New Personal Record**

Julie set a new Personal Record this week in the Hex Bar Deadlift.   Julie has been diligently working on her deadlifting after knee replacement surgery and has now surpassed her earlier highest weight lift.   Julie did this new weight for 3 sets x 8 repetitions!  Great job!

Ridge Run 10K  **Age Group Winner**

Diane was First in her Age Group at the Ridge Run 10K.  Great Job!

2019 Chicagoland Spring Marathon **Boston Qualifying Time, 1st in age group**

Karl finished the Chicagoland Spring Marathon in 3:42:02! Another Boston Qualifier! And 1st in his age group! And another best time since his return to running. Great job!

Peter finished the Chicagoland Spring Marathon just a few weeks after finishing Boston. Great work!

Mary finished the Chicagoland Spring Marathon in tough conditions and battling an injury. Well done!

Catherine and Carolyn completed the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon today in tough conditions. Great job!

2019 Big Sur International Marathon

Carolyn completed the Big Sur Marathon in 4:17!  A great time on a very difficult course.  Very well done!

2019 Boston Marathon **2 Clients Finished, 1 Boston Qualifying Time**

Peter turning left on Boylston…the greatest turn in all of marathoning!

 L2 Performance Training Clients Peter and Karl have completed the 2019 Boston Marathon!   Peter completed the race in 3:46. Karl has completed the race in 3:49 (which is another Boston Qualifying Time!).   Great job to our Boston Marathoners!  Both of them are running the Chicagoland Spring Marathon in May – they are in good shape for a hard effort at that race!

Morton Arboretum Champion of Trees 10K

Carolyn ran the Morton Arboretum Champion of Trees 10K as a tune up for the Big Sur Marathon in 2 weeks. Carolyn was 8th in her age group. Great job!

GoStLouis Half Marathon **1st Half Marathon**

Jonathan after completing his first Half Marathon

Jonathan completed his First Half Marathon today at the GoStLouis! Half Marathon after a short journey from non runner to Half Marathon finisher. After the race, Jonathan said “The weather was nice, but there were a lot of hills – the last 2 miles we’re mostly up hill. Very happy to be done. Thanks for all your help! Will see if I’m up for another one ?? ” Great work! You can read more about Jonathan and his journey on the runners testimonials page.

Bolingbrook St Paddy’s Half Marathon

Peter ran the Bolingbrook St Paddy’s Day Half Marathon to kick off his spring racing season. He held a good practice pace in prep for the Boston Marathon coming up in a few weeks!

Spring 2009 Racing – Client Racing Plans

Clients are gearing up now for their Spring races!  Clients are following their L2 Performance Training running plans, taking RunSMART and doing Personal Training.   Clients spring racing plans include:

  • GoStLouis Half Marathon (1 client)
  • Boston Marathon (2 clients)
  • Big Sur Marathon (1 client)
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon (1 client)
  • Chicagoland Spring Marathon (5 clients)
  • Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon (1 client)

Stay tuned for their results!

F3 Lakefront Half Marathon

Well it’s not spring yet, but Mary ran the F3 Lakefront Half Marathon on a super cold January day last week in 2:09. Great Job!