We are halfway home in Tim Twietmeyer's mile-by-mile course rundown of the CIM. This stretch, Tim says, is one of the least visually pleasing parts of the course. Strip-mall City!
Fair Oaks Boulevard between California and Manzanita avenues before the left-hand turn
Topography: Road flattens out into a heavy commercial area.
Tim's Tips: "You're thinking about your (half-marathon, 13.1-mile time) split now. Make sure you're within a half minute of your pace, one way or the other. The second half you always have to think, 'I've got 13 miles under my belt, the chances of me ripping off a faster mile than my pace time is probably not that high.'"
Sights: Boulevard Coffee Co. and Fat Cat Tattoo parlor.
Fair Oaks Boulevard to just beyond Carmichael Park
Tim's Tips: "There's a lot going on when you make that turn with the relay exchange and aid station. This is one of the places where you can pick up some gels on the course, which isn't a bad idea in case you start to crater along the way. The longer you can keep the engine at full capacity the better."
Sights: Jimboys Tacos, McDonalds, Burger King
COMING TOMORROW: Miles 14-16