One tip I always do is try to find video of the races, and especially the course, on social media. Youtube is a treasure trove when it comes to big time races. Sometimes races will even post their own review of the course - BolderBOULDER has one, which I watched a couple weeks ago. It's one thing to drive the roads in Boulder, but it's another thing to run the roads. Even though I've driven up Walnut, which is the start, and up to Valmont, I didn't notice it was slightly uphill. My all-wheel drive car drove up it smoothly so I never noticed it before. Without watching that, I wouldn't have known how important the hills in my neighborhood have been. I know the hill on the main road is steeper than what we'll be running, and I certainly hate running that road, but now I know what to expect during the first couple of miles. The trick will be not to go out too fast and conserve my energy.
The other tip is really study the course map. After doing that, I know we turn onto Valmont, between 30th and 28th, and that road is under construction. I have no idea what it's going to look like, but that's the road I take when I leave my chiropractor's office, and it's a mess at 5pm. I'll be looking at the road to make sure there's nothing to make me trip or turn an ankle.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.