Today was my last long run before Paris in 2 weeks and a marathon (since I hate long runs). Plan was to see how close I could get to a 3:20 which is my target for Paris. This would be a 4 minutes PB but given how well training has gone I felt it was possible.
Had my usual pre-race McDonalds breakie on the start line and set off. Pace was a bit fast for first few miles as I stayed in sight of the race leaders. I then backed off to 7:30 pace and settled in. Legs felt fresh and it was going really well. With 10 miles to go I realised I just needed to keep sub8:00 for a PB and around 3:22, a healthy PB.
Kept trundling along and was finding 7:30 still pretty comfortable. Kept waiting for the inevitable fade but never happened. Watch was beeping every half mile and showing I was still keeping pace up. Recalculating regularly I was finding expected time kept tumbling until it looked like sub 3:20 could be on the cards. Had a slight wobble with two miles to go when a stitch made sub 8 painful but managed to push through and in disbelief crossed the line in 3:15:33 a 9 min PB and if I was a few years older knocking on the door of a GFA for London!
An excellent day at the lake and found I was second place as I crossed the line!