I felt good but Hunter started to pull away from me some after the first mile. I thought there was 2 guys ahead of me counting him once the 5K runners made the turn-around and headed back to the finish. I kept my pace between 6:10 and 6:15 as we neared the two mile marker which was a little farther away than it should have been. I've been running the 10K for eight times now so I know where the mile markers should be. I don't understand why their locations vary some every year. I ran mile two in 6:15 and passed Hunter as we turned left onto Lennoxville Road. I could see another guy far ahead of me in the distance and knew I was either going to have to start dropping sub 5:50s to catch him or he was going to blowup from going out too fast.
I tried staying consistent on my pace but was slowing down some in the heat and humidity. Once we turned off of Lennosville we entered the Historic District. The breeze that was coming off the water was now being blocked by the houses being so close together but we had some shade thanks to the trees. I ran miles three and four in 6:20 and 6:31. I wasn't gaining any on 2nd place. It was just tough. The effort was there and I was trying to run faster but kept losing time.