I managed it, got up and felt fine this morning so off I went. The weather was nicer than they had forecast. Got there with an hour to spare which was good as at that time there are no long queues for the loos. Dropped my bag of and got ready. We had a min silence 5min before the event for Paris which I though was a nice touch and then we were off.
I had decided that I wasn't going for any personal bests or anything before i started but that changed around 6km when I realised if I carried on the way I was going I could get my first ever sub 1:20 10km, a goal I had given myself 5 years to get to. I threw out the methodical 1/1 min run plan and walked and ran when I wanted, I have found this works better for me as I end up having a better pace. I have been playing around with this for a couple of weeks and found It suits me.
At 8km I could really feel it in my legs but I could also see by my time I could do it. So for the last 1km I pushed it a little harder. Giving me the end time of 1:19:24. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine I could do a sub 1:20 - 10km. I look like the Cheshire Cat right now. I had knocked 10 min of my training 10km time.
I've got a hot cuppa tea and going to relax now but all in all a great day.
The picture is not the most flattering but it's as I crossed the finish line after my final push.