Jose del Risco – Chicago Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

From: $89.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Wanting to run your first 5K? Looking to PR that Half Marathon? Want to jump into the Ultra Distances? I got you!



Chicago running coach Jose del Risco is here to help develop you as a whole runner, whether it’s just starting out with a goal of running your first 5k or half marathon, to chasing that new PR or new ultra distance. Reach out to Jose today!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate
TYPES: Road, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text, unlimited phone
RESPONSE TIME: Within 48 hours


Helping runners improve their running economy with the goal of establishing PR at any distance from 1 mile to 100 miles. Working with new runners just starting out and establishing consistency.


  • Develop a Well-Rounded Base: In order to run well, you need to have a robust aerobic base, speed base, and strength base – whether your goal is a fast 5K or your first marathon. My running coach philosophy focuses on developing this base for new athletes – and continually improving it for experienced runners between races.
  • Specificity Matters – But Not Too Much: I use non-linear periodization and the principle of specificity. During base-building or when you are far out from a goal race, we focus on improving all aspects of your running: endurance, speed, lactate threshold, economy, and strength. In the key weeks before a race, we focus on preparing you for the unique physiological and mental demands of that distance.
  • Sustainability: Injury, more than anything, prevents you from running your personal best. My training plans adapt as you progress, meaning you never stumble into the land of overtraining or burnout. My run coaching programs include cutback weeks, recovery runs, sustainable mileage, the appropriate ratio of hard and easy runs, strength training, and core work to keep you injury free from day one until you cross the finish line and beyond.
  • Every Workout has a Purpose: Training is not a hodgepodge. I assign every run with a purpose in mind, both in terms of your individual needs and in terms of the desired physiological goals.​
  • Running Should Be Enjoyable, Even if you have race goals: A happy runner runs well. In order to foster enjoyment, I consider your strengths, your preferences, and more to foster a plan that you both enjoy and thrive in.
  • Research-Backed Methods: Running is both an art and a science. Each workout you receive has a specific, scientifically-supported purpose. My training does not follow trends, but rather adheres to the time-tested knowledge of some of the greatest minds in running. My training plans take a pragmatic approach to achieving your goals while still maintaining a sense of fun and joy in your training.


I have been coaching for 6+ years and have been certified for 4+ years. My clients consist of a variety of runners from road 5K to trail 100 milers and just about everything in between. I help run a successful Walk2Run program with a local shoe store as well as provide weekly track speedwork sessions for a local run group.


Two things:

  1. When I find something I am passionate about, I want to learn everything there is to learn about it. This was me 8 years ago when I started running.
  2. I am a natural teacher. When I meet someone who has an interest in learning what I know and am passionate about, you can’t shut me up. This is what led me to being a coach.

In my “day job”, I am an IT Project Manager and have been working in IT for 30 years. I am a huge trivia buff and a father of 4. I am the owner of a fledgling Race Company that runs 9 races in the greater Chicagoland area and I love organizing races for others.


You are a Person First, Then a Runner: No one is only a runner. Whether you are a new parent, juggling a busy job and training, or simply trying to run your best (and not run yourself into the ground), I work with you to optimize the balance of running and life. ​ This is the fundamental idea that guides my services and how I work with you.


I used to run ALL the races when I first started and enjoyed doing so. in 2015 I ran 47 races in 52 weeks. Then I signed up to run the 3-Way with Extra Cheese races at the Flying Pig Marathon and my expectations of what a race should be like was forever changed. Since then I have become more selective about what races I run and I train properly for them with the help of a coach but I have run 113 races with the largest majority of them being Half Marathons (26 of them).


  • RRCA Level 2


Neither of the PR’s that I am sharing fall into the category of being very special. I am a slightly above average runner for my age group but both of these PR’s have the same thing in common. 5K: 20:22 Oct 1, 2016 Montgomery River Run, Half Marathon 1:38:48 May 22, 2016 Rockford Half Marathon. For the 5K, my previous PR was 23:49 and for the Half Marathon it was 1:51:53. Then I hired a coach and it made ALL the difference.


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1 review for Jose del Risco – Chicago Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Kramer

    I worked with Jose for over 3 months to get me a BQ time at the Indianapolis marathon. His description of his coaching is 100% accurate as he tailored each week and run to my goals and needs. Throughout our time working together, I battled a few injuries we had to adjust accordingly. We were focused on making sure I was not in pain or causing permanent damage throughout our process. Even though I did not BQ at the marathon, I PR’d by a solid 14 minutes in horrible conditions. I attribute a lot of this to Jose’s coaching and partnership in our preparation. I have no qualms in working with him or recommending him in the future for future goals.

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