Since Wednesday was a holiday, which obviously meant no work, what better to do than work out twice? I had plenty of time to get everything in, so why not?!
I woke up bright and early, and met up with Meg and Meghann for a solid 7 mile run. The run was at a good pace, but still slow enough that we were able to chat it up the whole time. It was actually my first time meeting Meg, so we had a lot to talk about!
Thanks for the photo Meghann!
I came home, refueled and then headed out for workout #2 of the day – swim practice. We kept it relatively easy, but I was still feeling the swim for sure. The time between workouts was pretty short, and my body definitely knew it.
When I was in college, we had 2 a day workouts 4 times a week – Monday through Thursday. We would get our quality work done in the morning (speed work and tempo runs) and then an easy shakeout in the afternoon, along with weights. In the beginning, it was incredibly difficult. I felt like I was always tired, and then something just clicked. I started getting faster and reaping the benefits of the two a day workout. I became stronger, leaner, and a more fit runner.
When you run twice a day, especially running in the afternoon after running a workout in the morning, your muscles actually start to flush the bad stuff out of themselves and get you ready for your next day. Check out the article in Runner’s World about it – they definitely bring up some good points – Build Slowly, Recover Right, and Mix & Match. You don’t have to be a professional athlete either.
But there is also the opposite side as well – your body needs rest and all that pounding can’t be good for it, right? I definitely believe that some people’s bodies can handle all the pounding, day after day. Unfortunately for me, soon after I graduated from college, I learned that the extremely high mileage was not for me. I’m not sure if it had to do 100% with the high mileage, or the lack of stretching and recovering I was getting myself in to. In school, we had athletic trainers, mandatory ice baths, and plenty of ways to stay healthy – in the real world, not so much. You truly have to make the effort to get in the correct recovery.
Triathletes are constantly doing two a day workouts, but rarely ever are they the same sport. They may run and bike in the same day, but never have two runs. It’s just one of the many, many ways of a training program. I’ve heard of people catching a lot of grief for working out twice a day – they are obsessed with exercise, trying to hard to lose weight – the list goes on and on. But why is it such a big deal?