I consider the Carlsbad Marathonmy home race. I train here all the time and know the area very well. The race this past Sunday, started off a little behind schedule; there was a 8 - 10 minutes delay. I was a little frustrated initially, because I was mentally focused to start at 6:15 a.m. but I think the late start actually helped me to relax a bit. I started the race well and at a slow, steady pace.
After the 3rd mile, my legs started warming up nicely and for the rest of race, I was able to run at a comfortable pace.