|Check out the cute Mizuno ladies race shirt!|
|photo via @sburg07|
My plan was to start off slower and pick up the pace as the race went along. The race started before I knew it and we were off at 8am! There were strollers and dogs and kids, but we had the whole road to share, so there was enough space for everyone. I found a good pace and enjoyed the run, my music, and the course. It was cloudy and cool and I was comfortable in my capris and long sleeve tech shirt. It got a little warm near the end so I just rolled up my sleeves. Several people cheered us on from the sidewalks in front of their houses which was nice.
My plan panned out pretty well. I only took a small walk break halfway through mile two to grab some Gatorade and water at the aid station. After mile two I knew I could get that PR and picked up my pace. I crossed the finish line in 34:09! Honestly, I was hoping for just under 35 minutes and was very happy when I realized I beat my previous PR by over a minute!
Down the finish line chute I grabbed some water and made my way back to the Fleet Feet tent where I met up with more people, including Sonja, and chatted about the race. I walked around the race area and found they were handing out samples of Ann Sather's cinnamon rolls. These are some of the best cinnamon rolls in Chicago, so I snagged a sample from volunteer, and fellow FF Cheer member, Kate. It sure was tasty!
I really enjoyed the Ravenswood Run 5K! It was well organized by the wonderful people at Fleet Feet Sports Chicago, with great volunteers as well. I liked the race course through the neighborhood streets, that it was smaller than most races in Chicago, and the wonderful community feel of the race. I would definitely recommend the race and am thinking I'll probably do it again next year.
After the race I walked over to Danny's Egghead Diner to meet my friend, Kristin, for brunch. The diner has a simple, kind of plain atmosphere, but they serve some tasty diner fare with lots of Mexican inspired meals. I ordered the special Chihuahua Hash which included swiss chard, fire roasted squash, red potatoes, chicken carnitas, chihuahua cheese, chipotle roasted tomatillo sauce, two fried eggs with guacamole and sour cream. It was as delicious as it sounded!
You can't beat a good run, new PR, and a yummy brunch on a Sunday morning!
Did you run a race this weekend - how did it go? What's your favorite thing to do after a race?