Mike Sheehy – Chicago Running Coach

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.



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 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.


  • 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


  • “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.


  • 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.


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.


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


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


  • RRCA Level 1


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.


  • 2012 Chicago Marathon (2:58)
  • 2013 Boston Marathon (2:55)
  • 2018 Boston Marathon (3:13); first marathon with an implemented cardiac pacemaker
  • 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)


  • 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


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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