2016 Spring/Summer Racing – Client Accomplishments

Lisle Windrunners 10K

Peter and Catherine ran the Lisle Windrunners 10K on August 21.   The weather is starting to cool off so a pretty good day for racing!   Great Job Peter & Catherine!

AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon

Peter was 5th in his age group at the AMITA Fitness for America Half Marathon,   Catherine was 9th in her age group at the 10K Race at the same event.  Great job in hot and stormy conditions (rain delay and heat with a modified course in a parking lot)!

108th Chicago to Mackinac Race

 Jerry and his team raced on his boat Providence in the 108th Chicago to Mackinac Race (sailing).    They completed the race in 2nd overall (Chicago-Mackinac Trophy) and 2nd in Division 10. An excellent showing, especially considering the difficult weather conditions (Jerry said “the worst storms I have seen in all my years racing Mackinac”).  Congratulations Jerry!

RAGBRAI Bicycle Ride

Susan completed the RAGBRAI Bicycle Ride – a 420 mile stage ride through Iowa.  This very hilly stage ride ended on July 30.  Great job Susan!

Naperville Country Club 2016 Golf Invitational

Daniel and his golf partner (his son) won 1st place overall in the Naperville Country Club 2016 Golf Invitational, a 3 day golf tournamentThis was the 2nd year in a row they have won!   Great job Daniel!

Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Michelle set a PR in the Chicago Rock and Roll Half Marathon on July 17.  Great job Michelle!


Diane L Wedding

Diane L. lost 20 lbs and toned up her arms and back to look great for her wedding this past July 2.   Diane said “at the wedding everyone kept telling me how great my arms looked”.  Congratulations- you look great!

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler

Peter ran the Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler on July 9.   Peter was 38th overall!

Downers Grove 5 Miler

Peter ran the Downers Grove 5 Miler this past weekend (June 26).   Great job on a hot and humid day!

River Grove FOP 5K

Michelle, Jerry and Mary ran the River Grove FOP 5K on June 12.   Jerry was 1st in his age group!   Mary was 2nd in her age group!   Michelle was 3rd in her age group!  Great job runners!

Diane ran the Ridge Run 10K on Memorial  Day and placed 2nd in her age group!

Wally ran the Rock River Leisure Estates 5K and was 5th in his age group.

Jerry and Diane ran the Lisle Veterans Memorial 5K on May 22.


Chicagoland Spring Races

Peter completed the Chicagoland Spring Marathon and was 10th in his age group.  Mary and Catherine completed the Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon.  Great work!









Sharon recently returned to running after a long layoff.   She ran the Easter Seals Run for the Kids 5K in Villa Park on May 7 and had a 5K PR!   Way to go!!

Diane and Jerry ran the Morton Arboretum 10K on April 24. Diane was 1st in her age group!   This was Jerry’s 1st 10K race!   Congratulations to both of them!

Dana completed the Naperville Women’s Half Marathon on April 24th.

London Marathon

Wally ran the 2016 London Marathon on April 24th. This was Wally’s 6th Marathon!  He has now run 4 of 6 and all 3 of the International World Marathon Majors.  

2016 Boston Marathon

Peter and Daisy completed the Boston Marathon today (April 18).   Great job on qualifying for and completing the most prestigious marathon in the world!

Daisy said “It’s was soooo hot!!! I was thirsty at every station BUT I never walked or felt defeated by the hills!!!! I didn’t cramp either. I saw so many people walk up those hills but never once thought about walking or felt like walking. I truly think my body was well prepared thanks to your training. I was strong up the hills.”

Jerry completed the Shamrock Shuffle 8K race today  Great Job Jerry!


Kelly just completed her first 5K race – she did the Naperville St Pattys Day 5K with her daughter.  Great job!   Here they are after the finish:

Michelle was 12th of 54 women in the Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series 8K.  She’s not even that muddy!  She has now completed two of the 3 races in the series.   Hopefully the ice and snow will be gone for the 3rd race in a few weeks!

Daisy ran 1:43:57 at the Austin Half Marathon! Daisy said “I had such a strong race! I’m feeling so strong with your training! I feel right where I need to be for the Boston Marathon!

Michelle completed the first race (5K) in the Fox Valley Winter Trail Series which consists of a 5K, a 5miler and a 10K on challenging winter trails! Wish her luck as she completes the series!

Justin set a PR by over .3 seconds in the 60 yard dash in pre-season testing for Spring High School Baseball after our targeted Sports Conditioning training.

2015 Fall Racing Season – Client Accomplishments

Fall 2015 Racing Season was awesome for our clients:

  • 7 Marathons (1 PR, 3 first time race distance completion)
  • 14 Half Marathons (4 PRs, 1 age group award, 2 first time race distance completion)
  • 1 8-miler (a PR)
  • 6 5Ks (2 age group awards, 1 first time race distance completion)
  • 1 23 mile hike
  • 1 20 mile ready-to-run training event
  • 1 corner kick goal
  • 1 first-time push-up
  • 1 magazine cover!

Here are the accomplishments in Fall 2015 by our clients:

Marathon Maniacs Newsletter Cover

Dana is famous.   Check out the cover of this month’s Marathon Maniacs Newsletter:

Dana said “I was only able to be there to post that picture of me and run that event (injury-free, I might add!) because of the effective training you put me through. :)”

Schaumburg Half Marathon Turkey Trot

Wendy, Tammie, Peter,  Catherine and Wally completed the Schaumburg Half Marathon Turkey Trot.  Wendy was 2nd in her age group!  Peter was 4th in his age group!

Thanksgiving  Day Turkey Trot Races

Nicole is our newest runner!   She completed her first race today, the Downers Grove Turkey Trot 5k.   Congratulations to Nicole!


Jerry ran the Naperville Turkey Trot 5K


Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K

Peter, Catherine and Jerry ran the Lisle Turkey Trot Tune-up 5K. Peter was 3rd overall and 1st in his age group!


Naperville Half Marathon

Michelle, Amanda, Jerome, Mary and Jim Q all completed the Naperville Half Marathon.   Michelle set a 9 minute PR and Jerome set a 6 minute PR!   Jim Q equalled his PR!   Amanda completed her first Half Marathon!

Jerome (Jay) said “I am overjoyed I cut 6 minutes off of my last half marathon time. Anxious to get together with you to get better for Spring!”

Amanda said “I’m so grateful for your training. It made all the difference–mentally and physically.”

 Congratulations to all of our athletes!

Hot Cider Hustle 8 Mile Race

Michelle ran a PR of 1:18 at the Hot Cider Hustle 8 Mile Race!   Michelle ran her first marathon at the Fox Valley Marathon just last month.   Read more about Michelle here.

Grand Rapids Marathon

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Dana completed the Grand Rapids Marathon in spite of fighting a respiratory virus all week.   Great job and great perserverence!  Congratulations Dana.


Wally finished 2nd in his age group in the St. Eugene School Trot ‘n Treat 5K.

One of our 3 Rivers Soccer Club SAQ Academy participants scored a very rare corner kick goal!





Check out the video.





Chicago Marathon

Peter, Diane and Keith completed the  Chicago Marathon under less than ideal conditions (warm and windy).   Congratulations to all three marathoners!

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Diane  set a new PR by over 15 minutes!

After the race, Diane said “Hooray to a Wonderful Race & to a Beautiful Beast of a Day!”  This is Diane’s second Chicago Marathon while training 2 times per week with L2 Performance Training.   Read about Diane’s 20 year road to the marathon.


Prairie State Half Marathon



Catherine completed the Prairie State Half Marathon.   She is working toward completing the All Community Events Half Marathon Series. Congratulations to Catherine!   Catherine is a RunSMART client.   Read about RunSMART (and how to register) here.







Fran had always wanted to do a ‘real’ push-up.    And now she can!   Great job Fran!

Read more about Fran’s story.




Vikas completed a 23 mile hike around Lake Geneva in Wisconsin with his children.   Nice job!




Fox Valley Marathon

Mary, Michelle and Connie are all marathoners now!  They each completed their first marathon at the Fox Valley Marathon.  Congratulations to all three of them!   Photos from the race:


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After the race, Mary said “Thanks, Laurie! You’re the best. I couldn’t have done it without you!!”

Mary later wrote: “I never could have imagined running a marathon before I began training with Laurie. I could not have done it without her. Because she so thoroughly prepared me both physically and mentally for race day I knew I would cross the finish line. It was one of the best moments of my life. Laurie was at the finish line cheering me on. I am so happy I got to share that moment with her. It was as much her accomplishment as mine. She took me from an average runner to marathoner. I can’t wait for the next marathon!”  Read about Mary’s road to the Marathon.


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Michelle later wrote “On that lovely fall morning, Laurie was there at the start of the race. As always, she was encouraging and had more faith in me than I did in myself. And I did it….it was long, and ugly but I finished. 26.2! I absolutely could not have managed without Laurie’s help. And, being the cool coach that she is, Laurie got me a 26.2 magnet for my car.”  Read about Michelle’s journey here

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After the race, Connie said “FIRST and foremost…thank you for all of your love for running and the strength you gave me to even move on through my injuries. I can’t thank you enough for all of your support. No matter how long it took me I wanted to try this before I turned 60 which is in December. I did it!!”  Read about Connie here.







CARA Chicago Ready to Run 20 miler

Dana was a Pace Group Leader at the CARA Chicago Ready to Run 20 miler. Here she is leading her team.



Naperville Trails Half Marathon

Peter and Joe completed the Naperville Trails Half-Marathon.

Peter set a new Half-Marathon PR of 1:28:07.   He was 16th overall and 3rd in his age group.
After the race, Peter said “somehow I managed to beat my previous half marathon PR by 38 seconds, most of which I earned on the last 2 miles.  Thanks for your help.”  Read more about Peter’s success here.








Joe completed his first Half-Marathon at Naperville Trails with an excellent time of 1:46:11.
After the race, Joe said “Thank you!  Feel amazing, nothing hurts, and enjoyed myself!   Thank you for all of your help!”




Great job by both athletes!