Laura Julien – Chicago Running Coach

From: $120.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Helping busy runners discover not only how to survive, but thrive, as an athlete while finding a sustainable run/life balance.



With over 25 years of experience running, along with balancing running and parenting, Chicago running coach Laura Julien is ready to meet you where you are in your running in order to help you work towards your goals, from beginners to advanced, on the roads from the 5k to the marathon. Reach out below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 48 hours
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: No, online coaching only


I have a passion for helping busy runners discover not only how to survive, but thrive, as an athlete while finding a sustainable run/life balance.


I offer individualized coaching tailored to fit each athlete’s needs, life schedule, and goals. I am committed to meeting my athletes where they are – regardless of experience. In coaching my athletes, I draw upon my 25 years of experience as a runner. As an attorney and mother of 2, I understand that life can pull you in many different directions. I also believe it is entirely possible to not only survive, but thrive, as an athlete during all different life stages. I believe that every person has untapped potential but that success has to be defined by the individual.


I have been a certified RRCA Coach since 2016 and obtained my Level II certification in 2023. I am also certified as a RRCA youth coach. In addition to privately coaching, I have also served as a team coach for my local running club’s marathon and half marathon training programs. I also have experience as a volunteer coach for track and cross county at the high school level.


My obsession with running started when I was at cheerleading practice in 6th grade. The high school cross country team was doing a hill workout along the same field we were practicing. They looked miserable, but something about their sheer grit and determination intrigued me. I remember going home and asking what “sport” that was, because I wanted in.

I ran throughout middle school and high school, but took a long hiatus during college and law school. My final semester of 3L year I decided it would be a great time to start running again – so I signed up for a marathon (while also graduating, moving home, studying for and taking the bar exam, and planning my wedding). I made every mistake that could possibly be made during that first training cycle and the race itself was miserable. And I loved it. What started off as something to check off the bucket list became a reignited passion.

I am no stranger to adversity, especially when it comes to not making it to the start line of the Boston Marathon (to the point that it has become comical). This most recent training cycle, I was plagued with a debilitating stress fracture during my last long run 9 days out from race day. I have also missed the standard by seconds, missed the cutoff by seconds, and qualified and had something prevent me from showing up even when running 10-20 minutes under the standard (hip surgery, a global pandemic…) These “failures” have forced me to redefine myself as a runner and makes me especially passionate about helping my athletes learn to find joy in the process (within their control) instead of being defined by outcomes (outside their control).

Fun Facts:

  • I am proficient at running uphill, backwards.
  • I am obsessed with collecting running gadgets and tech (even if I don’t know how to use them). I am also a running shoe hoarder.
  • I am addicted to coffee (especially after runs). So much so that my daughter asks to go “running” with be because she knows we will go to the coffee
    shop and get a treat after.


As a student of the sport, I love digging deep into all the different training philosophies and view all of the “greats” (Daniels, Higdon, Hansons, Pfitzinger, etc.) as a tool in the toolkit. Because each athlete has unique needs, I will draw on the philosophy that aligns most closely with the individual athlete.

While I love technology and gadgets, I also want to encourage my runners to keep running simple (Just Freaking Run) instead of putting too much credence in any one data set.

From a mindset perspective, I closely follow the work of Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Their books have truly been lifechanging for me in my own running journey.


Although it is easy to claim a PR race as your “favorite,” Philly was so much more than that – it was a complete mental breakthrough (in addition to a 10 min PR just a week shy of my 38th birthday). Race anxiety has been something that I have dealt with my entire running life (so much so, that I quit running my senior year of HS because I could not deal with the nerves any longer). It’s one thing to know the importance of being process-oriented, but it’s quite another to be able to put words into action. Did that mean that the race wasn’t challenging and I didn’t fight doubt? No! But I was able to find a confidence that I never felt before and truly run within myself.

Another favorite memory was winning a local 10k pushing my (then) 1 year old daughter in a stroller (with the Race Director’s full blessing!!!)


  • RRCA Level 1 (2016)
  • RRCA Level 2 (2023)


  • 5k: 19:50 (07/22/23) Corn Boil 5k
  • 8k: 32:56 (03/25/18) Shamrock Shuffle
  • 10k: 40:29 (10/7/23) River Run
  • Half Marathon: 1:33:42 (03/13/21) March Madness
  • Marathon: 3:10:07 (11/19/23) Philadelphia 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?



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