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Monday, January 18, 2010

Double Days...Do You Do'em?

I missed my long long run for Sunday.  I knew I should have switch my 20 miles to Saturday and my 10 to Sunday but I really wasn't watching the weather.  Duhhh!
I did get my 10 miles in and they were awesome.  I used Sunday as my rest day (I don't like resting on the weekend unless the family has planns).
So tonight I followed my earlier post and completed my 60 step process for getting out of the house after work and littlest and I went for another 10 miles.  I lost 30 seconds a mile without my biking sherpia to encourage me along.  So my pace was 8:30 I am still happy with that after a long day of work and considering I was pushing the jogger. 
Now for the rest of the week I will be trying to figure out how to get my long runs (another 10 & 12 miles) since we are going to Virginia this weekend.  (Anyone in the area want to get together and run Sunday morning?)
That brings me to another thought. 
As I was running tonight I did a lot of thinking.  I was thinking about how much time training can take away from other things in my life.  For me, I would be investing some of that time into running whether I continued to race or not.  I know that daily physical activity is a requirement for how I want to live my life and the example I want to set for my friends and family.
I do try to make adjustment in how I use the time I want to use on the running.  I will get up early while the rest of the family is still sleeping so that I can get my runs in and not take time away from whatever activity we may be planned.  When ever possible I 'sneak' my runs in when the rest of the family is doing something else, like when my daughter is at gymnastics I will go run until it is time to pick her up. 
My favorite thing to do is the
Double Day.
I will often run in the morning and then again in the evening.  Most of my runs are whatever miles and a half.  (did anyone ever notice that?)  I like to leave that half mile from the morning to encourage me to "finish it" at night.  I know.  I am strange.  I like the thought of having it to look forward to.  There are days when I do not double but most days I run a bit in the morning and then finish the number of miles I wanted to do that night. 
Do you ever do that?  If your training schedule says you need 12 miles would you ever consider running 6 in the morning and then the other 6 that night?  Do you think there are any connections between my double running and the fact that I have never been injured?  (I've been running for 16+ years)  Do you think you get the same benefit from a double run versus doing the run straight through? 


  1. I have never done two runs in one day but I do two-a-days often. I'll swim or run or bike in the morning and do another discipline at night. I live by that during Tri season!!!

  2. I have done 2-adays from time to time, more so in the summer when I have off from work and also if the plan calls for a long easy run. They have their perks, if you can get the rest that's required to do them. I also wt train in the a.m. and run in the p.m. many times.

    Thinking of you with your son and glad you're hanging in there!!

  3. I believe strongly in double runs. Training for the Chicago Marathon this past fall, I never did one run longer than 12 miles. I did 10 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon...and other variations. I know I would get injured if I did the 20 mile runs that a lot of other people do.

  4. I've always thought doubling up was way too hard core for me. But after reading an article in Running Times about it I've reconsidered. I thought I read somewhere that one would lose some of the benefit of a long endurance run by breaking it up. Apparently not?

  5. I've never done double runs, but I often do double workouts.

  6. I have done one double run day and it totally kicked my butt. I'm sure with time I could do it but I'd rather just get my workout done and move on with my day. I work two jobs most days so the last thing I could manage is two workouts! I don't know how you do it, especially with having a family! You are a machine girl!

  7. No injuries in all those years - that is impressive!

    I have done some doubles, but I'm not a huge fan. I prefer to run the mileage all at once. But splitting it up definitely helps with scheduling sometimes.

  8. Morgan is right, I don't know how you do it! I have been thinking about doubles, especially for the Boston 2 Big Sur challenge, but I am NOT a morning person. I am going to give a shot one weekend though and see if I like it. You are a rockstart!

  9. LOOOVE your "We have the same mom" comment on my blog!! Nearly made me spit out my mouthful of Decaf Diet Coke onto my computer screen!

    Funny you blogged about double-days today: This a.m. at the gym, I was thinking how I am NOT a fan of double-days. I like to get up, exercise, shower, and move forward.

  10. I do 2 a days a lot...but what I've decided is that for my next training round I may need to stop doing that and start doing longer runs more frequently. I think that will help me...but I like my little 4 in the am and 4 in the PM days

  11. I've done one or two, when the scheduling required it, but generally I don't. I don't usually have time to run in the morning though, so that's a big part of the problem. :o)

    Where in VA are you heading? I'm close in near the city.

  12. the only time i ever did 2 a days was in high school. i dont know if i could do that again... but thats just me. :) great job on your amazing 10 miler sunday!