Derek, thanks very much for your work. If I've contributed anything useful on this thread, I feel no need for you to give credit. The whole point was just to bring information to people's intention, including yours.
I don't know if we'll ever get a complete explanation of FM's method, but I think we can say it works like this:
1. Pick a race that's not too small, not too well organized, and doesn't have too many photographers or timing mats.
2. Start the race around 2 minutes after gun time. That hides you (or the spot you should be) in the masses during the opening miles in many races, and makes calculating splits and relative paces much harder.
3. Get off the course quickly. Make sure you get to every timing mat and as many photographers as you can.
4. Timing is key. You have to hit the timing mats with plausible splits.
5. No bib mules. One picture with someone else's face but your split time, and you're hosed.
6. Try to look inconspicuous, with your bib hidden while you're stretching off course, and visible when you're on course.
7. Need more photos so your photo page doesn't look skimpy? Run the final stretch twice.
My wife got us a Netflix account a month ago. But with this thread to keep me busy, I haven't used it once.