Bus, does it upset you that I finished Saturday's LSR at 15.76km (9.795 miles)? Nice long runs guys and glad to hear you hadn't had a stroke Bus.
Anyhow - Shinfield 10km. Aims were (in descending order) to PB, neg split, go sub-40. I realised I wasn't going to go sub 40 some months ago, and had also ruled out a PB. For the sake of keeping track on things I set a 20minute alarm on my Garmin.
In 2013 I blew up at 5km in, so took it a little steadier this time and didn't push as hard as I could (AKA pacing). About 1.5km in, some sparing partners from my old club came past and I latched on to them. We went through 5km at 20:15 and shortly after the up-flat to 6km my pacers sped off and I used the downhill to catch some breath. I didn't begin to suffer too much until the off-road section between kms 8 & 9, with a shockingly low pace. Then ramped it up for the final km. Garmin alarm went off, didn't realise why then clicked that it was the 40minute mark and PB was still on the cards. Dug deep and wound-up for a final push. Saw 41:15 on the clock as I passed it, looking for the finish line amongst the 4 timing mats.
41:17 gun time (1s faster than 2013) and 41:14 chip (1s slower than 2013). I'm still calling that a PB
Analysing 2015 vs 2013 shows that I still positive splitted and this year went through 5km 15s slower than 2013. I just wish I'd known how I was doing and found a couple more seconds on the course. I guess that's the downside of just going out and not worrying about a time. If anyone knows where the finish line is please speak up.
So 10km-wise I am pretty much where I was 2 years ago, but this time I am not broken afterwards.
Caught up with Dachs afterwards, who was slightly closer to the front than I. Kids ran their 2km race afterwards and enjoyed it. Some speedy kids out there!