Running a marathon is one of the great human challenges, alongside raising a child and peeling a ripe mango without basically ruining it. Go the distance with this Groupon.
$40 for Four Outdoor Speed-Running Classes ($88 Value)
The winter speed-running program runs Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. through March 31 on the Lake Shore Park track. The social, personally tailored sessions are geared toward the intermediate runner who runs 10–15 miles per week—many participants use them to train for 5Ks,half marathons, marathons, and triathlons. Workouts consist of functional drills to improve running technique and prevent injury, followed by challenging speed-running intervals.
Runners belong to a community all their own and, in Chicago, the friendly member of Chicago MultiSport act as that community's welcoming committee. Whether they're gearing up for their first 5K or plotting a victory in their latest marathon, runners can hone speed, endurance, and technique through the organization's classes and group running sessions. During these meetups, athletes learn the best ways to prepare in the weeks leading up to their event, and gain deeper insight into getting the most out of their bodies in a healthy, injury-free manner.
Chicago MultiSport’s coach, Ray Pelelas, is a wellspring of running and fitness advice. In addition to a stint as the Health and Fitness columnist for the Chicago Daily Herald, during which he penned some 170 articles on exercise, nutrition, and general health, he’s also a licensed kinesiotherapist, certified massage therapist, and a USA Triathlon Level I coach. Pelelas backs up his professional titles with a long resumé of personal triumphs, having participated in nine Ironman races and more than 20 marathons and ultramarathons.