Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:47
JJ - a couple of things. The next three weeks are really about just gently reducing distances so that you are fresh and well-rested ahead of the event, but at the same time keeping your legs turning over at the right pace. It's important that you don't push pace now, you'll be feeling great and full of energy but you have to resist temptation.
On race day - its up to you. Think about what gives you a stitch and avoid doing that - whatever it is. Usually food is involved somewhere. Also remember you will probably need a toilet somewhere along the route and factor that in.
Too soon to tell what the weather will be like so hard to gauge on hydration, but more people over-hydrate than under-hydrate.
On pacing - personally I prefer not to run with a pacer because I do better starting very slow and then speeding up. Running with a pacer that is on the edge of your capability can make you overdo the 1st half, burning you in the second half. Every second too fast you go in the first half you will pay double for in the last 10k. So I'd recommend that you start with the pacer but really monitor how you feel and if AT ALL stretched, then back off until you are comfortable. Or start with the next group down and overtake in the final quarter.
But lets see how this weekend goes before deciding.