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Reid on 2018 Club Nats

Reid on 2018 Club Nats

By Phillip Reid

My 12th year at the USATF Club XC Nationals ranks among one of my best overall experiences. The travel day was smooth. The bulk of the Open Men’s team departed from SLO Airport, stopping at SFO before finally landing in Spokane, Washington. We had assembled a solid group this year with several new faces mixed in with some seasoned vets. Upon arrival in Spokane, we were greeted with temps in the low 20 degrees (F) range and plenty of salt on the roads--something foreign to us California kids. We jumped in the rental cars and drove to the hotel where we crashed for the night.

The next day, my roommate Will Geiken and I went to breakfast where we found many of our fellow teammates. After breakfast, we were surprised with a full spread of brand new HOKA ONE ONE gear being distributed in the lobby! Huge shout out to Joe Rubio, Kevin Searls, and HOKA ONE ONE for making this happen.

Following gear acquisition, the team went to Plante's Ferry Park, site of the race and located about 20 minutes away from our hotel. The course profile was grass loops over rolling hills with some tight turns and a couple of long straightaways. I've always liked these kinds of courses, with some challenging features to even the playing field without being too technical. Completing my strides and drills near the start line, I had a flashback to the 2012 edition of Club Nats in Lexignton, KY. At that race, my good friend Brandon Shirk uttered, "I'm going out HARD," seconds prior to the gun. He wasn't joking and he accelerated 30 meters ahead of the entire field taking me and many others with him in an all-out first 800m uphill and into the wind. Lesson learned.

We returned to the hotel after our team practice and hung out until dinner, which was held in our very own hotel ballroom. As with any Aggie affair, you must introduce yourself, listing your name, team (e.g., open/masters) high school, and college. Dinner was delicious and the company was even better.

Race day started with a standard routine of light breakfast, gear organization, and a hip hop mega mix. With temps in the mid-30s, no precipitation, and only a light wind, conditions seemed favorable. I was feeling good as we progressed through our warm up. We reported to the start line along with 450 other competitors, elbows pressed together and trying to get a couple extra inches of space.

The gun went off and I maneuvered into the top 50 during the first lap. There were plenty of Aggies on the course cheering and offering encouragement which helped out a lot. I started feeling pretty good in the middle laps and moved up steadily. I found my way in no man's land in the latter stages of the race but kept trying to pass as many people as I could. In the final 200 meters, I summoned every last bit of speed left in my old body to out-lean Luke Puskedra right at the finish line. I finished 28th overall, leading the team to a 7th place finish.

On the surface, this may have seemed like just another Club Nats experience. However, fostering connections with my new teammates and strengthening my friendships with people I've known for years made this one of the best trips yet. Big thanks to HOKA ONE ONE for the support, and for the tireless efforts of Kevin and Noreen Searls!

Club Nats Results

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Phillip Reid Rocks Thrilling United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Phillip Reid Rocks Thrilling United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

A group of elite runners cut through and battled for a podium finish. The first person to cross the finish line on the 13.1-mile course was Phillip Reid of San Luis Obispo, California. The 31-year-old champion clocked one hour, five minutes and 51 seconds. Not far behind was second-place finisher, Sergio Reyes who was a mere nine seconds behind. Third place was awarded to Isidore Herrera (1:06:32).

Reid Beats Velociraptor at City to Sea

Reid Beats Velociraptor at City to Sea

The City to Sea Half Marathon has always been something I've wanted to do and I was super excited for the opportunity.  It was a lot of fun racing with my teammates.

Reid, Thorne Win City to Sea Half Marathon

Reid, Thorne Win City to Sea Half Marathon

San Luis Obispo’s Phillip Reid crossed the finish line first, traversing the scenic course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 16 seconds, besting second-place finisher Sergio Reyes of Palmdale. Kara Thorne of Grover Beach, 2014 SLO Half Marathon champion, won the women’s half with a time of 1:21.49

Reid Wins Marin 10K (Again)

Reid Wins Marin 10K (Again)

By Phillip Reid

The 2017 Marin Memorial Day 10k was a fine showing all the way around for the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies.  Taking home my 6th individual title, along with sharing in a dominant Open Men's team win, demonstrate our commitment to the training, and repping our Aggies squad this season.

Saturday before the race I contracted a violent bout of food poisoning, leaving me feverish, achy, and useless for several hours.  So I did what I'm sure any reasonable human would do; I drove to the Bay to run a 10k the next day with Sean.

The race set up well with Malcom Richards of West Valley handling the bulk of the early pace work before Will and Scott took pulls after 4 miles.  With a mile to go I found myself leading with Scott and Will charging hard behind me.  In the end, I was able to pull off the win, but in a bigger sense, this race reaffirmed one of my foundational philosophies of competitive distance running: working together as a TEAM.  Racing alongside my teammates and having many Aggies in attendance cheering gave me the confidence to push through the pain.

WINNING SHOES: Tracer