The Beaufort Road Race is known for being hot, humid, and flat. It's pretty common for the temperature to be 80 degrees at 8am with a heat index of 90. This year was the exception to the usual weather. It was 75 degrees, overcast, and raining. It's rained before and after but not during the race that I recall. I had a couple good luck signs working in my favor to get the win this year. The race shirt was "Sonny" neon green and my bib number had a 3 in it.
I did an easy 3 miles warm-up before lining up at the race start. The rain was lighter when the race started. I went out fast with my friend Katherine Price. The rain got heavier at about the one mile mark which I hit in 5:47 on the out and back course on Front Street. I was in second place at the turn around with the leader within striking distance. Third place was right behind me and he passed me before the two mile mark. I ran mile two in 5:52. I knew I had to make a charge to win so I picked it up and moved back into second place. I focused on the leader but I wasn't gaining any on him. I ran mile three in 5:56 and the last tenth at 5:34 mile pace to finish second overall in 18:19, 14 seconds behind the winner and 6 seconds ahead of third.
Socks: Smartwool Men's PhD Ultra Light Low Cut Socks
Shoes: New Balance 1400v4
Shorts: Adidas 3" split shorts
Road ID Wrist ID Slim
Watch: Garmin 920XT
Hat: Zap Fitness Reebok tech hat