I'll be heading up to Alton Bay tomorrow morning for the 7th Big Lake 1/2 Marathon, one of my favorite races of the year. This should have been one of my 'goal' races for the year but I ran the Seven Sisters Trail Race last Sunday and STILL haven't recovered. What a brutal race that was. I've been struggling with 'dead' legs all week.
Although I wouldn't consider Big Lake a PR course, I don't believe it's as hard as some make it out to be. It does have some hills, including a long gradual one in the early miles but it also has a gradual down hill finish for the last 3 miles. A bigger concern this year might be the forecast for high winds from the north (the direction of the first 1/2 of the race). Nearly all of the first 6-7 miles are along RT11 which is HIGHLY exposed. I"ll have to find one of those big fat fast guys and draft I guess :-)