Unfortunately, the course that I set my PR on is no more and the new Ravenswood Run course has four extra turns. This might seem insignificant, but looking at my Garmin mileage from 2010 to that of 2014, those four turns added an extra 0.03 miles. At a 5:51 pace:
0.03 miles = 10 extra seconds
So even if I run exactly as fast as I did in 2010, those four turns will cost me 10 seconds. In fact, I need to run a 5:47 pace just to tie my PR!
|2010 Ravenswood Run Course = 7 turns|
|2014 and 2015 Ravenswood Run Course = 11 turns|
I really like this race as it goes through the quaint Lincoln Square area and it is only a few blocks from my house. However, if they keep making the course more difficult, I will have to look at this race as simply a tune-up for another, faster (i.e. less turn happy) 5k this summer. Who knows, I might be in better shape than I realize and pull out a magical run. However, I'll need to conjure up a lot more magic in my legs and lungs on Sunday than ever before.
|In orange shirt at the 2011 Ravenswood Run|