At risk of starting a flame war or worse, offending someone. You don't see the guys at the front of the pack with Ipod's!! concentrate on running as fast as you can according to your ability. You won't need music then. I tried running the Loch Ness Marathon with an mp3 player. I ended up givng it to some kid in the crowd after about 4 miles. I'ma bit more serious about my running now.
Mountaingoat - The best advice I can give is listen to your body. If its a training run I only eat if I have too. That way you are training your body to use fuel more effciently. I read all the books while training for my first marathon and most of it is too generic. As I said before, 10 miles is my comfort limit without more fuel but I can run 15 before it really starts to impact on performance. When I think back back to my first marathon i'm almost embaressed to say I had a bum bag with gels and flapjack in. You live and learn. I ran a 100k race last year and I met a guy after who had run the whole 62 miles on a bag of crisps and a banana! to me that is insane but it worked for him.
I forgot I'd posted on this. I run ultra distance now and I now realise I used to carry way too much on my runs. Now I don't anything for 10 miles or less. I take 1 small choclate biscuit (Club, Penguin etc). If it's race I will take a gel. For 13 to 20 i'll take 2. My advice: Eat a good breakfast and for training runs try to run through the loss off energy. This will train your body to metabolise fat better. Take some gels just in case though, they work really quick. Good luck.
Ill you in a couple of weeks. I just got the chance to run my first 10k and I believe I can knock out a 42 min but I'm going for 20 minutes at the turn around and see if I can keep the pace. I'd love to beat the magic 40 for my first one. If I blow up - 10k isn't my race so any time will be a pb.
I have no experience of this race but any hill is worse the further you run. I live and run in Sheffield so it's hard for me to do a flat run. My advice would be to power up the hills and rest on the flats and let gravity do its bit on the downhills. I’ve just done the Loch Ness marathon and that was described as undulating, it wasn't, it was hilly. I still massively enjoyed it though. What goes up must come down, embrace the hills.