This was only my fourth race of the year and my second 10K. I've been dealing with some upper right hamstring/pirformis tightness on and off since February. I've been injured free most of my running career, just some minor overuse injuries so this is totally new to me. I've been getting physical therapy sessions from my friend Katherine Price, owner of The Body Shoppe Physical Therapy in Beaufort. The exercises she's given me have helped a lot. I recently started seeing another friend, Holly Fisher, owner of Holly Fisher Massage Therapy. She's amazing as well and I highly recommend them both. There is a lot of debate about getting a massage the day before a race but I got an hour massage from Holly yesterday. It was well worth it and when I woke up this morning I was a lot looser than I have been in months. The combination of the exercises from Katherine and the massages from Holly have decreased the tightness and a pain substantially. I know I got to keep working on my muscle imbalances and loosing up more with a foam roller and getting a massage more often.
I made my way down to the start of the 1 mile race to cheer for my friend Melissa Garrett. She hadn't raced in 3 years. She's always been a good friend and I wanted to support her. She had some good goals for the race and she ended up beating her goal and winning first place in her age group! I was so happy for her and I know she was surprised and overcome with emotion as well. She deserved it and I was glad she did so well.
I lined up next to Steve Kozischek and Katherine. I've known Steve for years and spent plenty of races chasing him and Sonny Hyman. It's always good to see Steve and race with him. Katherine opted to do the 10K this year, her first 10K at Beaufort. The race started and we were headed down Front Street. Several guys took off fast and I hoped they were in the 5K. I went out side by side with Hunter Newman, a West Carteret High Shcool runner that was also in the 10K.
I ran the first mile too fast; 5:52. As we continued down Front Street and I kept a look at the runners ahead of us as we neared the 5K turnaround to see if anyone would continue straight on the 10K course. All the runners ahead of me and Hunter turned so him and I were leading the 10K. We backed off the pace and were running around 6:07. The second mile maker was off and was off last year as well. Hunter and I made the left turn onto Lennoxville Rd and I did a quick look back and we had a little lead on 3rd place. Hunter and I kept the pace pretty consistent after the fast start. I was feeling good but it was an effort to just run 6:07 min/mile pace due to the heat.
We turned off Lennoxville and hit the 3 mile mark. Our three mile split was right on 18:00. Hunter started pulling away a little bit after 3.5 miles. I should have gone with him but I let him get a few seconds ahead. I was just trying to keep the pace consistent and make a surge the final 2 miles. Hunter kept the same gap on me as we passed four miles in 24:31.
It wasn't the race I wanted at all. It was slower than last year but it was also hotter than last year. Not having a breeze at all was brutal. It is a PR course but not in July. I would love for someone to start a 10K race on this course in the fall, winter, or spring. The 8am start is also rough. I'd love it if they would start the 10K at 7am or even 7:30 instead of 8am. It's going to be hot and humid in Beaufort in July but starting earlier would help some. The positive is I didn't have any tightness in my upper right hamstring/pirformis during the race.