|1||4000 Santas line up for a fun run; to waypoint 2 there are booms, cameras, lots of happy energetic people, children, dogs||I am waiting for my execution on the gallows; after the start gun, run with the crowd to waypoint 2, this is traffic avoidance and avoiding being traffic; keep they pace crisp and on target; enjoy (you're in a friggin Santa run!)|
|2||the road levels off to a pancake until waypoint 3, some people will be dropping back and slowing down after the euphoria of the run under the cameras||check the watch at this portion a few more times than usual, don't worry about banking time or speeding up too much, a little over target pace is ok at this point, see if you can pick off a runner or a pair of runners that seem to be running the same pace as you; you're doing great! Isn't this fun?|
|3||the big hill begins until waypoint 5, people will be dropping to the sides here and walking a bit where necessary - the climb is only 45 feet||start counting the people you can pick off on this hill; yell the number out as you do (if you want). Don't worry. It's not you. It's the "Jerry Rice" inside of you!|
|4||Water table and half way point||take it wide and avoid the crowd|
|5||Top of the course, with a good downhill portion until the next waypoint||It's all downhill from here baby! Pick up the pace, and get the heart beating, shake out some of the cob webs. This is a warm-up for the finishing sprint. Feel the power in your legs, the long, confident stride, the way the body works together to drive|
|6||pancake||Good, you're warmed up for the finishing sprint, keep your eye on the pace, you should be on target now; more on target - even better. Visually check your shoe laces, how's the Santa Suit pieces, what can you fix to make sure your sprint has nothing to take your mind off of being awesome. Keep an eye on your pace, relax, take some good centering breathes. Feel the body cleaning out the muscles of waste and refilling them with fuel.|
|7||downhill home stretch||I can see the final turn to the finish, the runners are very scattered here, there's probably about 800 runners ahead of me at this point - I'm going to start passing more runners here. My body will respond.|
|8||10 heart beats away||I've built up a lot of momentum - but man! I've got so much energy - I lean forward and run on my toes, my muscles tight and powering like the Olympic 100-meter-race. My feet tap out a continuous acceleration.|
I'm looking at running to an overall average pace of 5:48/km (9:16/mi) by the time I'm between waypoints 5 and 6. Waypoint 6 to 7 is run-up circle checklist stuff. Waypoint 7 and on is take-off.
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Race starts tomorrow at 9 am. The RD says there are still some walk-up registration places available. Here's the race info page: Running Room.