That might be difficult to do with you Ed, as you sometimes tend to not take the advice given to you.
However, in the event you might heed such advice, here’s mine. Don’t go out too fast. The 1st mile is a steady and gradual downhill, and it is easy to get sucked into a too fast pace early. I should know, b/c in 1983 I ran a 4:45 for the 1st mile! Stupid and impetuous, but at 19, I thought I knew better. I still ended up running 27:59 for the 5 mile race, but I was a minute per mile slower on the next 4 miles (they didn’t feel so great either).
The rest of the race is pretty steady with minor ups and downs, except for the screaming downhill right before mile 3. A real quad buster. I realize the course has changed a bit in 22 years, but the basics are the same. I for one cannot wait to see how it goes in 25 days…