I'm starting to get excited for this weekend's Ravenswood Run. I'm worried about my recent breathing problems and what that will mean for my race day experience, but I'm trying to be positive. I was hoping to PR this year, but that probably won't happen, especially if I have to take a lot of walking breaks to remind my lungs that they are supposed to fill with oxygen without me having to consciously think about it. That doesn't mean that I can't have a great morning on Sunday, and I may go ahead and plan on using run/walk intervals for the entirety of the race to try to keep my breathing under some sort of control.
I already picked up my race packet and was super excited that my shirt actually fits. I ordered a women's large, and it fits perfectly! I try not to get too caught up in sizes and weight and all of that business, but seeing a L as my shirt size, as opposed to the XL or XXL that I've had to wear in the very recent past makes me surprisingly happy. I'm not a huge fan of the pink shirt for women. I love gender specific sizing, but I'm not a huge fan of gender specific colors. This year, women get pink shirts and men get blue shirts. Last year was similar, with women getting light blue shirts with purple writing and men getting dark blue shirts with yellow writing.
Much like last year, packet pick up was a breeze. I was already at Fleet Feet Chicago's Lincoln Square location on Sunday night for spring training with Chicago Endurance Sports, so I quickly ran upstairs, showed my confirmation email, and was handed my bib number, shirt, and a Clif bar sample. I did forget to pick up my pancake breakfast ticket (it costs extra, but the money goes to the neighborhood's food pantry, so it is worth it), but a quick question about that on Facebook led to a surprisingly swift response that they would set a ticket aside for me and I could pick it up on race day.
Running and pancakes? What more can a girl ask for out of a Sunday morning.
The Ravenswood Run was one of my favorite races last year. I love running through my neighborhood and seeing my neighbors outside cheering for everyone. I like that the charity partners are also located in my neighborhood. And, more selfishly, I really like not having to wake up super early and being able to walk to the start line of the race.