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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, 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

Reyes Runner-Up at City to Sea

Reyes Runner-Up at City to Sea

So happy I could be a part of the event and get a tough workout done in what has to be the best race conditions available, typical SLO.

Reyes Wins SLO Marathon

Reyes Wins SLO Marathon

By Sergio Reyes

What a perfect day for a run. I'd been excited to finally participate in this event in my hometown. I'd originally planned on experiencing the SLO half marathon and using that as a tempo type effort. However, as build up towards a late spring marathon was necessitating longer and longer Sunday runs, I figured it only made sense to get in my long run in conjunction with the SLO Marathon instead. What better way to practice the fluids intake, testing out shoes, and going the distance on a closed course with a fan base? The support from family members along the way was an added bonus as I knew they could easily navigate to the next stop on the cheer train, being local residents.

The long runs so far have been a challenge in this marathon build up. It gets tough when you start pushing past 25 miles by yourself, with maybe a single fluid stop at a park fountain or something. The winds and heat where I train can multiply the exhaustion factor pretty quick. Nevertheless, I'd seen some decent runs, passing through the marathon mark in the low 2:30's range en route. So, I figured the SLO marathon could go better than that. I opted to keep my mileage up and ran easy the day before rather than jumping in the team workout on Saturday morning. Good thing too, those guys were scorching that tempo and the 400 reps.

I started race day and almost immediately felt the heavy legs from the high mileage that hadn't let up. I thought it was going to be a long hard day. However, after letting a couple of half marathoners go, I just kept to what was a comfortable pace and stuck with it. By around halfway, the body had adapted to the pace and got comfortable. By 30k, I could feel things turning on and preparing for a harder finish. With 4-5 to go, the confidence started setting in that I could drop down to 5-flat and comfortably hold that. It was my first solid long run where I didn't feel out of gas and actually closed strong feeling pretty confident. The marathon simulation was a success. I didn't have personal fluids and couldn't practice the gu/gels this go around, but I have time to refine that aspect. The gear was awesome though. I loved the uniform material as I constantly doused myself to escape the heat momentarily, and the shoe selection for this long run was spot on. I'm now a big fan of the HOKA ONE ONE Clayton 2. They are in the running (no pun) for my next marathon. The day was a success, the time respectable, the high miles logged, and I'm one step closer to peak marathon fitness.

WINNING SHOE: HOKA ONE ONE Clayton 2