How to strategize for a race with a top secret map.

Good day runners and others! Hope it’s going well for you. This morning I got my butt up at the crack of dawn and I ran 7 miles. It felt awesome. While it’s getting a bit warmer outside, it was still pretty cool this morning with a temperature of 68 and it was so nice. I love cooler weather.

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I am working on my strategy for the half marathon this weekend and I practiced negative splits this morning. I’d prefer to run negative splits if I can do it, because I always end up with a better overall time. I tried to find an accurate map of the race course online but I had been told it may be changing. So I couldn’t really rely on anything that I found online and that sorta sucked because if I knew the course and whether it was flat, hilly or a bit of both, I could be a bit better prepared and at least come up with some sort of strategy. I like to know what I’m up against so I can plan out my splits mile per mile if possible; or develop an escape plan, you know, whatever works.

Finally, this afternoon I got an email from the race director. The email subject was: Blue Moon ½ Marathon and 5K map release!

Wait wut? Was the map a top secret? Is there a reason we couldn’t see it before? I pondered on that for a moment and then clicked on the link. In essence, here’s most of what I saw:

map of race course

Notice anything? I don’t know about you but I’m a little concerned about miles 7 and 12, or rather the fact that there are two of them. Am I just reading this wrong? Please tell me I’m not as navigationally challenged as I think I am. This map looks all kinds of f’d up, doesn’t it? Maybe mile 7 is just a continuation from where it is first posted but what is going on with mile 12? So much for my preparation, if I had to go by this map I think I’d be even more confused, so I’m just gonna wing it and follow the dude on the bike. Yep, that’s my strategy.

Or maybe I could use this next strategy. This guy decided to play a little prank on some runners and others in a local park. This would definitely help me pick up my pace:

Anybody wanna volunteer to prank me? Scare me into the win? Or a PR at least? Anybody?

Now tell me, is there something I may be missing on this map? Have you ever had a hard time figuring out a race course?