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Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon Training – Weeks 2 + 3: ups and downs

Some days, your training just rocks — you’re hitting your mileage goals, your nutrition is on point, you even get in a little cross-training. 🙂  You feel great!

And then some days, you just suck.

Week 2 of training was the former.  Week 3 of training was the latter.

Oh well.  What can you do…

You win some, you lose some.

Highlights of the weeks:

During week 2 of training, I ran my first 10-miler of the season on the C&O Canal towpath.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know the towpath is one of my favorite spots in the DC area to do long runs.  It was awesome — weather was great, and I was feeling pretty strong throughout the entire run.

Also during week 2, I hit up my old yoga studio (for the local folks, it’s Thrive Yoga in Rockville, Md.).  I went to this studio regularly during training for my first Marine Corps Marathon in 2014.  After that race, I got lazy with the yoga, going maybe once a month at most, and then eventually stopping all together. I’m happy to report that I’ve returned.  I went to a hatha yoga class on Sunday, and got some much-needed deep stretching poses in. My muscles felt more at peace.

And the final highlight of the week: I was 2 miles shy of my mileage requirements for week 2 — 23 miles out of the scheduled 25. (Yeah… it may sound kind of low to all of you hard core runners out there, but I’m just at the beginning of my training program. 🙂

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First run on the C&O Canal towpath this year. 
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Views during the long run

Lowlights of the weeks:

The biggest lowlight is probably the lack of running during week 3. A busy schedule and just plain ‘ol fatigue kept me from doing my thing. I ran 18 out of the 22 scheduled miles — luckily the mileage reqs for week 3 was a bit lower so I didn’t have to feel so bad for *only* doing 18 miles.

Another lowlight: I skipped yoga (aka cross-training) during week 3. I had every intention of going to that same hatha yoga class as the previous week, but unfortunately a friend’s wine and whiskey tasting the night before limited my physical activity Sunday morning. Instead, I did some shavasana (corps pose) on the couch. (does that count?)

Goals for this week:

Get the long run in and do some yoga. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

In a couple of weeks, I’m planning on adding some weight training into the program. Just wait — things are gonna get crazy then. 🙂

Hope you’re having a great week!


  1. I say no worries about missing a couple miles here and there, especially so early in the program. I’m ramping up pretty good right now in my plan, getting ready for 3 marathons in 3 months, but even so I cannot hit my midweek “medium” run and routinely cut 2-3 miles off of that and another mile here and there, but as long as I’m nailing my long run and speedwork session I don’t beat myself up too bad, most of the time 🙂

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