Kate Bazeley made the mistake of trying to grind out 10 miles of the Tely 10 race course last year feeling well below 100 per cent health, and it was costly as Bazeley saw her hopes for a third straight crown fall by the wayside at the half-way mark when she bowed out.
Bazeley won’t make the same mistake again this year, and the pain of watching the thousands of runners cross the Bannerman Rd. finish line next Sunday will be nothing to the pain she’s been experiencing with a nagging hip injury.
“Colin and I will have to watch together,” she said in reference to seven-time champ Colin Fewer, who is also shelved with an injury, “and shed a tear together. It will be super tough to watch.”
Fewer, who had his string of seven consecutive titles foiled last season by ringer Matt Loiselle of Toronto, will miss this year’s Telegram 10-Mile Road Race after undergoing hip surgery in May. And now Bazeley, who won the Tely 10 in 2010 and 2011, is out after experiencing complications with her hip of late.
That comes a year after suffering from a nasty virus that sidelined her for weeks early on in 2012.
Wants to avoid injury
“I’m only back running since the end of June (from her latest injury), and while I think I’d be able to do it (cover 10 miles), I don’t want to get injured again,” Bazeley said.
“I feel I can run well, and get a decent time, but I can’t take the chance of injury.
“There was a 5K race here this week, and I think I would have done quite well. But I really want to get back to full health.”
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Bazeley and her husband, Dr. Peter Bazeley, a competitive runner himself who will be at the start line for the Tely 10. The couple moved to Corner Brook in April where Peter is an emergency room doctor, and four months ago they welcomed their first child, Amelia.
Bazeley, the 2010 and 2011 Molson St. John’s athlete of the year, was running through her pregnancy. However, she began to experience aches and pains, the first of which was tendinitis in her foot.
“It was no big deal,” she said. “I just took a week off.”
A painful setback
But then came the second and most painful injury, problems with her sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, in the hip area which has caused her lower back pain.
“I was out for a run and my lower back really started causing me discomfort. I couldn’t even walk. I had to hitchhike home,” she said.
Calgary’s Lisa Harvey, winner of six Tely 10 titles, will be in St. John’s next week and will likely run the race to defend her 2012 crown. Harvey, who is married to St. John’s native and Hall of Famer Paul McCloy, saw her streak of four straight titles snapped by Bazeley in 2010.
Bazeley hopes to be competing in St. John’s in September or October in the provincial 5K race and/or the provincial half-marathon.