It was hard at times particularly at about miles 12-14 when I thought the pace was going to be too much and I was running into a serious headwind. I thought the game was up and sub 4 was not to be this year. It strangely got a bit easier from that point onwards. I had to really focus and dig in a fair bit to keep the tempo up but I did it.
The only thing now is that it has given me a glimmer of hope. I think the odds of sub 4 are 75:25 against but there is some home hope and that could ultimately be very frustrating.
Things that will be easier on race day:
I will be rested.
I will not be carrying a litre of water on my back
Hopefully it won't be so windy
Hopefully I will have thought of more positive things to keep my spirits up
Rest day tomorrow and a trip to the physio on Monday. I forgot they were shut Saturday afternoon so I was too late to cancel when I got back from my run. It won't be wasted but things are a bit better in the glutes.
Physio said it was not a big worry. After some painful needling in the glutes and abductor and a bit of massaging she was satisfied that there would be some improvement. She knows I am in the middle of some heavy training and it is ok for me to run. I have another appointment booked for next Monday but I can cancel on Saturday if all is going well.