Posted: 14/01/2013 at 13:07
Hi Stuart, well done on entering your first 10k. Don't do anything too different from your normal running routine, and definitely don't try anything new on race day! You definitely don't want to try something on the day because someone says its best on here, only to find it makes you sick or sends you running for the loo mid race! Its quite a personal thing, before a 10k at 11am, I would normally have a bowl of porridge when I get up then a banana about 10am. I don't tend to drink too much in the morning, as I would then end up spending most of the pre-race morning in the loo queue! My indicator is usually how hydrated I am (ie is my urine straw coloured) and I usually focus more on staying hydrated the day before. But again, everyone is different. Do you know if there is water available on the route? If so, how much (cup or bottle)? That might help you judge.
In terms of rest days, I would judge it by my aim. For example, for our clubs championship, I had a day off running the day before. However, if I was doing it as part of training for another event, I may still run before. You won't lose any fitness by taking a few days off, so go with what feels right and fits in with your fitness.
Sorry I don't have any definitive answers. But different things work for different people and part of running in a race is finding out what works best for you. Some times you'll get it right, other times you won't but you'll learn from it. Good luck!