September 23rd

Breaking Through The Wall: A Marathon Preparation Seminar Featuring Deena Kastor and Stephanie Bruce

The Davis Theatre


You've prepared your body for 26.2 miles, now prepare your mind.

"The wall".

Simply defined as that period in time during a marathon when things transition from being pretty hard to being really hard, it is the point where your mental and physical strength are tested simultaneously.

Complexly defined as the point in which your body's stored glycogen is depleted and the feelings of fatigue and negativity accompany it.

Usually occurring around mile 20, as most training programs only train up to a 20 mile long run, many refer to it as the exact point where all your pre-race plans go out the window.

So, how do you complete the last leg of your race comfortably?

That’s where we come in.

This year’s Breaking Through The Wall seminar will take place on Sunday, September 23rd at 12:30 p.m. held at The Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. The seminar will feature a panel of elite runners and marathon experts who have received every question regarding marathon training imaginable. 

This year’s panel includes Olympian Deena Kastor, and American long distance runner, Stephanie Bruce. Topics include nutrition, proper hydration, race course tips, recovery preparation, mental strategy, and more.

Following the seminar, join us at our Fleet Feet Lincoln Square location for a meet & greet with the athletes. 

A portion of the proceeds benefit Team to End Aids, our charity partner for the month of September.

Meet the panel.

Deena Kastor

With a record-breaking running resume that elevates and evolves at the same speed as her insatiable pursuit of excellence, Deena Kastor is one of the world’s most extraordinary female athletes.

Deena’s career is earmarked by her groundbreaking 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal in the marathon in Athens, Greece, which shattered a 20-year medal draught for U.S. women in the event. Yet, the accomplishments of the 3-time Olympian certainly don’t stop there. Deena is currently the American Record Holder in the marathon (2:19:36) and half marathon (1:07:34). In 2005, she won the Chicago Marathon.

When not training, Deena enjoys spending quality time with her family (husband Andrew, daughter Piper and French Mastiff Zita), painting with girlfriends and cooking gourmet dinners for guests at her home. Deena has a reputation for bringing her very best self to the starting line while simultaneously inspiring excellence in everyone around her.

Stephanie Bruce

Steph is a professional runner for HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite. She took 2014, 2015, and most of 2016 off to have her 2 children Riley and Hudson. During her return, Stephanie won the USA 10K Title at AJC Peachtree.

Steph was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010 thus ending years of injury and sickness and setting the groundwork for her professional running career.

Steph balances her training and racing with running their coaching business “Running with the Bruces.” They coach several Oiselle athletes as well as many weekend warriors. The group ranges from Olympic Trials qualifies to those looking to break 5 hours in the marathon. Steph also works on and supports her energy bar company Picky Bars in which she started with fellow athletes Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas.

Dr. Cindy Howard

Dr. Cindy M. Howard is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Internist and Clinical Nutritionist that has over 20 years of private practice experience. She serves as the director of Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition for Aligned Modern Health in Chicago.  Her presence is sports ranges from being the team physician for DREAMZ elite cheer, her local Youth football team and serving on the concussion oversight committee for her local school district to treating professional and elite athletes within the NFL, MLB, the professional tennis circuit and professional running. 

Dr. Howard is a Nationally acclaimed speaker presenting on, The Role of Nutrition and Reduction of Infection in the Promotion of Cognitive Health, Immunology, Pediatrics, Blood Interpretation Analysis, Gastrointestinal dysfunction, and Endocrinology.

In her free time she raises three amazing kids who are also athletes in football, wrestling, badminton and tae Kwon do. 

Carey Pinkowski

Carey Pinkowski has been a leader in the running industry for over 25 years. As President of Chicago Event Management, Pinkowski is responsible for all facets of events produced by Chicago Event Management, most notably the recruitment of world-class athletes for local competition and the design of internationally renowned race courses. Carey is currently the executive race director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Mike Norman

Mike is a co-founder/owner of Chicago Endurance Sports (CES) and has been coaching swimmers, runners and triathletes for over 24 years.

A Boston qualified runner and accomplished triathlete, Mike has completed 26 marathons, 6 century rides, the 400+ mile Ride the Rockies bike tour, and countless triathlons (Sprint through Ironman). Mike qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, at his first Ironman race at Ironman Wisconsin in 2005. Most recently, Mike completed Ironman New Zealand, after a "fun" winter of training in the basement.

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