Above is the elevation profile for the Holiday Half. As you can see, the course starts with a gentle downhill. I suggest you take it easy during that mile, so you’ll be ready for the challenging uphill around Mile 3. As you can see, the second half of the course is pretty hilly, which I remember as harder than those squiggly lines may suggest. If you hold your reasonable pace and save your strength for this tough section of the course, you’ll have lots of energy left when the course flattens out toward the end, and you’ll finish strong. This is actually harder, mile per mile, than the LA Marathon, so when you conquer this, you’ll have achieved a major milestone in preparing for the big day.