Hannah Bartman – Chicago Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)

From: $70.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Marathoner, Health Coach, and Certified Personal Trainer providing a tailored approach to help you grow as a runner and a person!



As both a Certified Running Coach and Certified Personal Trainer and based near Chicago, IL, Hannah is ready to help you reach your running goals with both a holistic and personalized approach as she helps you cover strength and mobility, nutrition, and injury prevention on your journey, whether it’s your first race or your next attempt at a BQ!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Elmhurst, IL
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet within 7 miles of Elmhurst IL, from La Grange to Elmhurst area. Session instruction and Q&A dependent on your needs as a runner, and options include but aren’t limited to: instruction and demonstration of drills, strides, myofascial release (rolling out), runs together, nutrition questions and planning for race-day nutrition and fueling, Q&A on strength training, cross training, gear, pacing, race strategy, visualization, mental training, and more.! Please feel free to reach out if interested!


I enjoy working with runners and athletes of all abilities. Whether it is your first time getting into the sport of running, making your return to the sport after some time away, signing up for your first race, or challenging yourself to complete a marathon or earn a BQ.

My background is in health and wellness coaching, and I also have become an NASM certified personal trainer, so I enjoy working with my runners providing a holistic approach, covering strength and mobility training, injury prevention, nutrition, stress management, as well as mental training heading into key workouts or events.


My belief as a coach is focusing on the uniqueness of each athlete–and thus, tailoring a unique and personalized approach to each training plan that addresses not only the athlete’s goals, specific needs, life circumstances, and injury history, but looks at the WHOLE picture beyond their running. I aim to prioritize health and wellness both as a runner and as an individual (balancing a job, school, kids, extracurriculars, travel, whatever it may be that is important to you!) so that we can keep your health and happiness as a top priority.

While consistency is key, sometimes life happens and things don’t go as planned. As such, I find it is important to be flexible and help my runners navigate the highs and lows of this journey. No matter your previous running experience or how your goals look both big or small, hands-on feedback, insight, and motivation is the name of the game. At the end of the day, running should add to your life and bring feelings of joy and empowerment as you continue to grow in the sport!


My coaching journey began as a volunteer assistant coach for my high school’s Summer Running Club, where I worked alongside my former coaches to guide groups of runners ranging from beginners to varsity athletes to build a healthy running and strength training base so that they could begin their cross country season feeling strong, injury-free, and confident. Over the years I have guided beginner runners to their first 5k, first marathon, or those looking to add running into their workout program in a safe and effective way. Day to day, as a health coach, I’ve helped hundreds of clients to improve and achieve a healthy lifestyle by establishing sustainable habits in all areas of wellness (food and nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, mental health, stress management).


I was never the most athletic growing up–I had struggled with my body weight, self-esteem, and I had tried so many sports but never found anything that just “clicked” for me or that I loved. My running journey officially began when I was asked by my friends sophomore year to join the high school cross country team with them. I distinctly remember the first day of practice in 80 degree weather, run-walking and huffing and puffing in the back of the pack, but still having the time of my life being surrounded by such a large, positive team that would soon become like a second family. The support and camaraderie of the running community had me hooked, and I soon found myself in love with the sport and how it was helping me to feel more confident in myself, my body, and its capabilities.

By the end of my senior year cross country season, I had moved up in ability training groups, become a team leader and team captain–and had completely fallen in love with the sport. Though the season ended, my journey with running was only beginning. That summer I trained for my first marathon and fell in love with the distance. I decided to pursue the Abbott Marathon Majors, and by my second marathon debut, earned a BQ with a time of 3:29:35, and 4th in my age group. Since then I have completed 7 marathons, a handful of halves, and the occasional 5k road race (long distances are my favorite!).

While I have had a long and successful running career, it has not been without its trials and setbacks. While I was falling in love with the sport, I was also loving how it helped transform my body. Though I was naturally dropping weight, things quickly turned dark and I developed an eating disorder. My runs went from being a fun and enjoyable way for me to get outside and clear my mind to a punishment to burn calories. I became hyper focused on calories burned, miles ran, steps taken, and making that number on the scale as little as possible. This was something I struggled with on and off for years, losing my period for 6.5 years, and becoming a “repeat offender” at the Physical Therapist’s clinic. Until, finally one day, I decided to be honest with one of my sports medicine doctors when they asked about my relationship with food. It was scary opening up to them– but also one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself. I have since worked with a sports dietitian, and continue to check in with my RD, my amazing sports med, and counselor, and have taken courses in nutrition to stay on this path of recovery.
I have seen just how amazing running can be, and I continue to believe in the power of the sport of running. But I have also seen how dark and scary it can be to navigate the world of running, health, weight loss, and nutrition. My experiences have been what propelled me to return to the sport of running with a better understanding, and goal to help guide other runners enter the sport and STAY in the sport in a healthy way–so that they can celebrate all that their body can do when fueled, trained, and recovered properly!

When I am not running, I am embracing rest and recovery by either cuddling up with my Australian Shepherd Rosie and my cat Java watching some trashy reality tv, outdoors enjoying a nice walk around the neighborhood, exploring a new restaurant, or drawing (I was a product design major before I made the career switch to coaching!)


I am a big fan of Jeff Galloway’s run walk run method (never underestimate the power of time on feet!), and likewise, enjoy Hal Higdon’s and Arthur Lydiard’s work emphasizing a solid aerobic base and building endurance in the legs and lungs. I also look to Matt Fitzgerald and the 80/20 approach to training (80% of runs easy and relaxed, 20% intense and challenging) to help prevent burnout or injury.

I also enjoy following running coaches (Jason Fitzgerald, Jason Koop are some favs!) for their unique insight and ideas, strength coaches, personal trainers, and physical therapists to provide my runners with the latest evidence-based injury prevention and rehab modalities (Spend a solid 90% of my own runs listening to running and physical therapy podcasts!). Jay Dicharry, Chris Johnson, and Dr. Stacy Sims have all helped me learn so much about the human body’s biomechanics and the physiology of running.


Key racing experience(s) you’d like to share. This can be about a single race or several races that were key moments for you in training, race, life, etc. Something that will connect with other runners – doesn’t just have to be a list/summary of what you’ve raced.

I think I will always remember my first marathon experience. One moment that sticks with me in the Chicago Marathon was when we were around the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area, spectators were handing out shots of beer! I absolutely love the energy on marathon day from strangers cheering you on. It is like one giant parade celebrating all runners and you feel like a million bucks!

Another moment that I will never forget actually happened after the 2016 NYC Marathon. I was out with my parents having a celebratory beer after the race at Bemelman’s, when who walks in and sits down right next to us? None other than Sir Paul McCartney and his wife out on a date night! They congratulated me on the race (he even shook my hand!), and we talked a bit about the race, our hometown Chicago Cubbies who had just won the world series, and life in general. Definitely the coolest moment–and I don’t think I have ever seen my mom fan-girl so hard (rightfully so!)


  • RRCA Certified Running Coach
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer


  • Half Marathon: 1:36:36 (3/2014) Get Lucky ½ Marathon Chicago
  • Marathon: 3:29:35 (10/2013) Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 4th in age group
  • Marathon: 3:36:11 (9/18/2018) BMW Berlin Marathon


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?

2 reviews for Hannah Bartman – Chicago Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madeline Luth

    Hannah has been incredible! I was training for a half marathon after a knee injury and she really helped create a plan catered to my abilities. She would check in frequently and always left me feedback after my workouts. When I had a bad run she would help bolster me up and keep me motivated. She also was so great at adjusting my run plans to what I needed. I was able to finish my first half marathon and felt so accomplished. I couldn’t have done it without Hannah’s help and dedication!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Pfeffer

    Hannah has been very helpful so far in my running journey. I have already experienced progress that i was unable to experience with just myself. I have a particular physical test I need to pass which has a runnong component and I feel with Hannah’s guidance, I will eventually get there! Hannah also communicates very well and quickly and has helped me understand more about the obstacles of running that I have experienced along my journey.

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