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Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon Training – Weeks 13 + 14 + 15 + 16: Got the 20-miler done, less than 2 weeks until Hatfield-McCoy

Run 20 miles?  Check.

I finally got the long run in a few weeks ago at the C&O Canal towpath. Not going to lie… it was tough.  The first 14 miles went ok, but the last six miles were an absolute struggle.  Six miles had never been so painful or felt so long.

But it got done.


Am I ready?

Ehhh… not totally.

But it’s all good.  Come race day, I think I’ll be fine and ready to go. Hopefully.

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View at the beginning of the 20-miler

I received an email from the Hatfield-McCoy race organizers last week with info on lodging, packet pick-up, race day details, etc.  There will be about 700 runners participating on June 11 — very small compared to the usual big races (20,000-30,000 for Rock ’n’ Rolls) that I normally do.  It’ll be interesting to see what the excitement level is like.  I feel like smaller races tend to be quieter, more low-key.  But then again, this is a popular race, so it might be different.


The last 4 weeks of training have been up and down. I’m getting the runs in, but my weekly mileage hasn’t been as high as I would like.  On the upside: I’m getting better about cross-training.  I bought a weighted jump rope and resistance bands…

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I’ve been using both for the last few weeks — I love them, especially the resistance bands. I haven’t done a ton of workouts, but I feel like I’m seeing results from the handful that I’ve done (stronger abs, arms and legs).  Here are the two workouts I’ve been doing with resistance bands:

30 Min Total Body Resistant Band Workout
Full Body Resistance Band Workout

This is how the last 4 weeks went:

Week 13

Monday, May 2 – nothing

Tuesday, May 3 – 6 miles – treadmill

Wednesday, May 4 – 30 minutes of jump roping

Thursday, May 5 – resistance band workout

Friday, May 6 – 4 miles – treadmill

Saturday, May 7 – 20 miles – C&O Canal towpath

Sunday, May 8 – nothing

Weekly total: 30 miles
Cross-training: jump roping and resistance band workout

Week 14

Monday, May 9 – nothing

Tuesday, May 10 – 5 miles – treadmill

Wednesday, May 11 – resistance band workout

Thursday, May 12 – 5 miles – treadmill

Friday, May 13 – 30 minutes of jump roping

Saturday, May 14 – 16 miles – C&O Canal towpath

Sunday, May 15 – nothing

Weekly total: 26 miles
Cross-training: jump roping and resistance band workout

Week 15

Monday, May 16 – nothing

Tuesday, May 17 – 6 miles – treadmill

Wednesday, May 18 – 4 miles – treadmill

Thursday, May 19 – 6 miles – treadmill

Friday, May 20 – resistance band workout

Saturday, May 21 – 13 miles – treadmill

Sunday, May 22 – 30 minutes of jump roping

Weekly total: 29  miles
Cross-training: jump roping and resistance band workout

Week 16

Monday, May 23 – resistance band workout

Tuesday, May 24 – 5 miles

Wednesday, May 25 – 4 miles

Thursday, May 26 – 5 miles

Friday, May 27 – nothing

Saturday, May 28 – 10 miles

Sunday, May 29 – 3 miles

Weekly total: 27 miles
Cross-training: jump roping and resistance band workout

Total miles for the year: 477.2 miles

In other news…

I’m going to Mexico in a couple of days.  A friend is heading down there for work (assessing a luxury beachfront hotel — Banyan Tree Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya… tough job, right??) and I’m tagging along.  I’m planning on doing some running there (there’s a hiker/biker path that runs throughout the development) and hopefully will do a little kayaking also. Life has been crazy lately, and I’m looking forward to getting away for a bit.

Hope you have a great week.

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