Mike Sheehy – Chicago Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)

From: $110.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

It’s more than just running! Learn from an RCCA certified coach with a Guinness World Record and completed all 6 World Marathon Majors.

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Description

Chicago Running Coach Mike Sheehy has run it all – with over 100 marathon finishers, including the Abbott World Marathon Majors, and over 20 ultramarathon finishes, including Western States, UTMB and Leadville, and most impressively, a return to running after a cardiac failure in 2017, Mike has seen it all! He’s ready to meet you where you are at and take you forward to whatever you can dream up next! Reach out to Mike below.

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Track, Trail
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: VDOT
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Deerfield, IL
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet in the Chicago Northern Suburbs, Chicago Lake Front (weekends only), and options include form training, track workouts, dynamic stretching, and. long run support. Reach out to Mike for more information on these.

SPECIALTIES

  • Marathon Runners
  • First time or Veteran runners
  • World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, NYC) runners
  • Charity Runners
  • Cardiac Athletes (runners returning or starting from heart related illnesses)
  • Ultra Runners
  • Any ultra distance, any race

PHILOSOPHY

  • “Don’t Die Wondering”. Saw this mantra on the back of a runner in my very first marathon. It has been with me my whole life. If you want to do something, go for it. Don’t wait! Let’s work together to build a smart, healthy program that will allow you to achieve your goals.
  • Your Program. This is your program, designed for you, and created with you. I have lots of knowledge and experience, but we need to collaborate to build the best plan for you. We will build and adapt this program together.
  • Understand the “Why”. We will ensure the “why” you are running is incorporated into your plan. Knowing this allows us to tap into your motivations and drivers while building and then progressing through your program.
  • Run/Work/Life. Your program must fit into your lifestyle. I have always had a job while running. I have insights to help us navigate many of these obstacles. Your plan must accommodate your lifestyle.
  • Regular Communication. We will talk weekly. We can text or email as much as you want, but we must talk weekly. I believe weekly discussions allow for us to really connect on how you are doing. This is key for a positive and supportive program.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Charity runners. Started coaching with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Charity runners in San Diego. Enjoyed helping first time marathons achieve a huge milestone. Was given the opportunity to coach a few runners to Boston Qualifiers. Also learned that the “why” we are running is equally as important as “how” we are running.
  • First Time Marathoners. Several first-time marathoners, just wanting to finish a bucket list item.
  • Semi-Experienced (2-5 marathons). This is the bulk of my runners. Those who are now chasing individual goals, such as their Six Star, Boston Qualifier, marathon in each state, etc.
  • Ultramarathoners. Helped a few marathoners make the leap to ultras. Assisted with training plans, course analysis, and logistics.
  • Willing to provide references.

ABOUT ME

My Mom said, “You started running as soon as you hit the ground.” Based on her assessment, I have been running a long time. Ran XC and track in high school. Walk on for Army in both XC and Track. Earned my D1 “letter” in Track.

First marathon was Marine Corps in 1993.

During my military days (US Army), ran numerous smaller races, but always found time to run marathons. Experienced the thrills of BQ, NYC Time Standard, Army 10 Mile Team wins…along with the lessons of over training, bad fueling, unstructured training plans, youthful ignorance, and real effects of life on running.

Post-military (corporate life), saw the immense value of the “Running Community”. Loved my days with LLS San Diego, raising money, helping runners achieve firsts, and doing good in the world through running. Embraced the world of ultras with lonely long runs, unique fueling approaches, moon lit runs, and vomiting on 98% of my crew members shoes. And learned to balance work, relationships, and running….and yes, learned from several mistakes along the way.

My heart had an epic electrical failure in 2017, requiring an implanted cardiac pacemaker to keep me around. I have stressed the heck out of “Merlin” and have become one of the favorite “case studies” for University of Chicago Cardiology Department and Abbott.

BIG INFLUENCES

In person coaching / relationship:

  • Ron Bazil, USMA XC and Track Coach (from 1979-1995), saw “something” in me and started to mold it.
  • Chris Rizzo, US 1/75 Army Ranger / Olympic Steeplechase Qualifier, got me out of the pub (Kevin Barry’s in Savannah) so I could find my “fast”
  • Scott Jurek, helped blaze the trail for me (and others) as an ultra runner and was always willing to take time to help me with advice and tips.
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson, favorite runner to pace, amazing life coach, and all around blueberry pancake expert.

Indirect Influences (these are one’s I have the most experience coaching and using):

  • Hal Higdon, best foundational plans/templates
  • Jack Daniels, best comprehensive approach
  • Bart Yasso, love them 800s
  • Hanson-Brooks, love for Brooks

RACING HISTORY

Under marathon distance (all 2+ participation)

  • Army 10 Miler (1/75 Ranger Team and individual)
  • Beach to Beacon
  • Bolder Boulder
  • Shamrock Shuffle
  • Bix7
  • NYRR Midnight Run
  • Many…many more.

100+ marathons

  • Sub 3 prior to implanted cardiac pacemaker (2017), now 3:20 runner w/ pacemaker
  • Numerous Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo finishes
  • Many marathons across the US: San Diego, Seattle, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Walt Disney, Boulder, Breckenridge (which really isn’t 26.2), etc.

20+ ultramarathons

  • Western States (twice)
  • UTMB
  • CCC
  • Kettle Moraine (multiple distances)
  • North Face Racing Series events (50K)
  • Burning River
  • Javelina
  • Leadville
  • Others within US

CERTIFICATIONS

  • RRCA Level 1

PRs

Some years are fast, some are slow, but I have always enjoyed the journey and the process regardless to the what the clock says. But since they asked…here are some of my favorite PRs, but far from the exhaustive list.

 Marathon:

  • 2012 Chicago Marathon (2:58)
  • 2013 Boston Marathon (2:55)
  • 2018 Boston Marathon (3:13); first marathon with an implemented cardiac pacemaker
    Ultra
  • 2013 Kettle Moraine 100 Miler 4th Place (18:39)
  • 2011 Nanny Goat 12 hours: 80 miles 1st Place
  • 2006 USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships 19th Place (20:08)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • 2015 Heroes of the Fortune 500 (Fortune Magazine)
  • 2012 Guinness World Record for Most Miles in 7 Days (407 miles) // Raised $100,000+ during the week for San Diego Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Six Star Finisher / Completed All Majors (Tokyo, in Calendar Year 2012 (Six Star didn’t exist back then) and 2017
  • US 100 Mile Championship 19th and 35th Place

CONTACT MIKE

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?

SOCIAL

6 reviews for Mike Sheehy – Chicago Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Almir

    Incredible results so far! I’ve been working with Mike for the past few months and was able to run a PR in the half marathon. Currently training for the full marathon distance and the program has been fun and challenging. I’ve seen a major improvement in my running and recovery and I think it has a lot to do with the plan Mike built for me. He is always available to chat and shares the excitement of running and training for the marathon which keeps me motivated. Highly recommend Mike as a coach.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Edgar Becerril

    Mike has been amazing! I started running on my own in 2019, but after my first and second marathons, I knew I needed help to get structure, speed, and, most importantly, to avoid injuries. I have been working with Mike for eight months, and I cannot speak highly enough of him.

    When I was in search of a coach, I started online and came across Mike’s profile. He is amazing, and his experience is unrivaled. He has run all the races you might be thinking of running. My goals and health are top of mind in every conversation. Mike has been instrumental in helping me achieve my six stars, and I am definitely leveraging his guidance and recommendations to complete my last three.

    If you need to get from the couch to running a marathon, if you are experienced and looking to get faster, or if you are crazy enough like me to want to complete the six majors or an ultra in the near future, please reach out to him!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Bonaccorsi

    Mike is a great coach. He is goal oriented, meets you where you are at, helps you determine where you want to go…. And then gets you there!! I have worked with him over the past 6 months and recently completed a training block that resulted in an 11 minute marathon PR. This was only possible because of Mike’s honesty, encouragement, and knowledge of what it takes to build and execute a race plan.
    His weekly check ins show care and consideration for a holistic approach to running! He has a great sense of humor and keeps it fun!
    If you are looking to chase your running goals and work with an experienced, knowledgeable, and supportive coach— Mike is your guy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Will Kwon

    It’s been a blast working with Mike over the last ~16 weeks. Similar to others, we had weekly calls where we could discuss the training plan that he put together, how the body was feeling, expectations for the coming weeks, how the weather was looking, adjustments to runs, etc… He’d even check in on the dog that my wife and I adopted over the summer. With Mike’s guidance and pep talks, I was able to achieve all my running goals this past summer and fall, and I feel confident that I’ll be able to build on all of this in the coming months and years.

    On top of all of this, Mike’s just a great dude and I looked forward to our weekly chats. I’ll definitely continue to work with him in the coming years and highly recommend him as a coach.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rick H

    I cannot say enough about Mike and his coaching ability to get out the most in you. I had a similar experience as noted above from Brian with the flexible conversations every week, constant quick responses to texts about everything I could think of being my first marathon (fueling, clothing, pacing, strategy, injury prevention, race day planning, etc.). I reached out to Mike when I had about 10 weeks left before race day and he was very helpful with understanding my goals, my situation, and personalizing a plan around my availability to run each week.

    Needless to say, I accomplished my goals and felt as good as I could given my constraints in preparation. I decided to run my 1st marathon with 2 little boys under 2 yrs old and full-time working parents so it was a challenge finding time. In the end, you won’t find a better coach and motivator when you need it most! He is a man that has done just about everything so he practices what he preaches, which gave me the utmost confidence.

    Thank you Mike! I will definitely reach back out when I decide to run another race. Highly recommend!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brian S

    Mike is a GREAT coach. He talks to you on the phone every week to discuss how the previous week went and the goals for the next week. Leading up to the race he will walk through the course, give you tips on pacing / fueling / clothing, and he will pump you up with confidence. His plans are fully customized to you. He has so much running experience and knowledge that you feel super confident he is giving you the best plan for you.

    I joined Mike’s team with only 11 weeks to go before the Chicago Marathon. It was my first marathon and I was having trouble keeping the injuries away using the online templates. In an attempt to save my marathon i reached out to Mike and we hit the ground running.

    My stretch goal for this Marathon was 3:30. With Mike’s help I crossed the finish line in 3:24!! An amazing result that I do not think I could have achieved on my own.

    No matter your goal, Mike will help make you a better and smarter runner. Highly recommend!!

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