By Brandon Messerly

This was my second consecutive year running the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon.  It has become one of my favorite races.  This year there was a much higher quality of competition.  I was excited, hoping that the tougher competition would lead to a fast time.  

I am in the middle of training for the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon and did not really back off of training for this race, but I had recently strung together some of my most consistent training in a while and was hoping that it would translate to a fast half time.  I talked with fellow Aggie Gordon Sturgess, and we made plans to run the first half controlled and together, and that is how it played out.  Ben Bruce and Joe Thorne, who would end up taking first and second, were a class above the rest of the field, but Gordon and I made up the second pack along with one other runner, consistency clipping off between 5:20 - 5:30 miles.  At around 7 miles in we took a sharp turn and began a tough and hilly next three miles. It was on these hills that I broke away from the group I was in.  From there I was on my own, and cruised in the last three miles to finish in third place.  

Overall it was not quite as fast as I was hoping for, but I can’t complain too much about a 30 second PR on a tough course, and an awesome HOKA ONE ONE Aggies debut.  I look forward to representing the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies again in San Diego in 5 weeks time.