A Tale of Two Half Marathons

On the weekend of February 3rd, Alejandro Fallas bravely took on back-to-back half marathons in Scio and Portland, Oregon.

First up was the Roaring Half Marathon on Saturday, February 3rd. Fallas mentioned that he intended to run the race as a training run for the upcoming Boston Marathon, but decided to make a move late in the race to finish second overall in 1:19:41.

“Early on it was difficult to hold back and not try to catch the lead runners,” he said. “But around mile 9, a friend and I realized the 1st place runner was really close to us and we decided to go for it!”

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Alejandro (right) with friends Eric Laurel and Sarah Horn following the Roaring Half Marathon

After a quick 24-hour recovery, Fallas laced up for BATH TIME (Bill Aronson Track Half) at Duniway track in Portland – that’s 52 laps around the track! “It didn’t sound like fun,” recalled Fallas, “but some friends were racing and I wanted to give it a try.”

“The first few miles were the hardest ones,” he said. “It takes some time to get used to the track and running in circles, but after a while you get in the zone and it’s a great way to learn how to focus and just run.”

Fallas completed BATH TIME in 1:23:40 and noted, “I was really happy with the time and the experience, I’ll definitely go back next year!”

Of the back-to-back races, Fallas said they were definitely hard. “I’m in the middle of a marathon training cycle and there’s not much time to recover during the week.” Even still, he found the races to be a great training opportunity and a lot of fun!

Fallas will run the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16.

By Krysta Gunvalson

 

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