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You guys. April has been rough for me running. I’ll have more on that next week in my April Training Recap, but it hasn’t been great.
A lot of people, including the owner of Fleet Feet Brookfield, has asked me what’s next. I’ve kind of started and stopped my answer for that question at the Ravenswood 5k. This bad boy is already this Sunday (how is it the end of April already?) and it’ll be an interesting day.
Fortunately, I was able to score a spot in one of the “Preferred” corrals with my 5k time at the F3 5k and Half. So I’ll be somewhere near the front, but not right up with the crazy fast people. And when we’re talking crazy fast, the winner last year was sub 15. The top 9 were all under 16. It’s been a while since I’ve been completely buried in a 5k (probably Midnight Madness 2016) as badly as I will be on Saturday.
Luckily for us, the weather looks extremely promising for the first time in forever here in Chicago. Currently, the weather is called for a low of 40 the night before, and high 60s with sun during the day. Perfect.
So what’s my plan for the race? Originally it was to go bonkers, follow the faster runners, not look at my watch, and see what happens. AKA see if I could stumble my way into a PR. However, after being out with an injury this week (more on that in next week’s post) I’v had to reassess that plan.
I mean, it’s totally possible for running this week to go well, and have some confidence return for Sunday. But really, I’m dialing back expectations for this one.
But let’s talk some other positives! This race is in Chicago, which means it’ll be super flat. Plus, it’s a loop! I’m always a fan of not running the same areas twice, and we won’t have to do that on Sunday. Plus, there’s even runner tracking (say what??) so you can track your family and friends in the race!
The race also have three packet pickup times (guys, I literally just looked this up, because I had no idea where to do this). On Friday or Saturday, you can grab your packet at the Fleet Feet in Lincoln Square. Or you can nab it on race morning.
Oh, and the Cubs play a day game just down the road, so that’s a good opportunity to check that out! Full disclosure, I’ll be there cheering for the Brewers.
Will I see you out at the Ravenswood? I hope so.