So here is my race review from 2009 (some course changes since then).
I tweeted my tips and mantras as I prepared today... about 2/3 of the way through the course, here's what I jotted down (excuse the shorthand since it was tweeted!) Search #austinmarathon for tweets like these tomorrow.
- ~18k runners w mass start, no waves. Line up early @ ur pace sign. Start corral map: http://ht.ly/3Yvdn
- Cut ur race time - run the shortest possible course. Hint: Start 2 the right! 3 right turns before Mile 1!
Note this differs from some who think people get so pinched on the inside corner they prefer to go to the outside. I find it keeps me from going out too fast, is less of an issue generally at my back-of-the-pack pace, and tend to squeeze through runners pretty well.
- At Mile 1 look left, u'll see the finish line structure a block away. Take a mental snapshot 2 carry u thru!
- Don't go out too fast. Conserve energy, slow gradual uphill from miles 3-6 will be there b4 u know it
- Miles 3-6, 200ft climb. I recall by mile 6 ur like "it won't end". Must remember down comes after up here, yay!
- I'm ok if I lose a little time on mi 3-6 (uphill) bc I get it back in mi 6-9 (downhill). http://ht.ly/3YGHE
And yes, to those who just like to go out and run, this looks overly analytical. I'd love to know, informal survey, how do you prepare?