Went out last night and did a second run. Only 6.1km but they all count.
Ran around Praia De Rocha. Not a fucker around. Almost tripped up a speed ramp. I’ve tripped about 10 times in Portugal so far and I haven’t gone down just yet. Tempting fate.
Double days are fucking handy if you can manage them without getting injured. Here are some of their advantages.
- Helps with ultramarathon training – Starting again after stopping is the greatest test in ultra running. When you’re marathon training you tend to think of training runs as one consecutive effort. With ultramarathon training, the most important factor is time spent on your feet. Double days really help with that.
- Good as a wind down at night – I can’t sleep well and winding down is almost impossible. Last night I was able to relax after I went out for a run, returned and took a shower. It means I’m more relaxed as I know I have to run less tomorrow in order to achieve my target.
- Allows you to do a different type of workout – You can run faster in your second one if you want to. I didn’t because I’m a really lazy bastard and I run everything at a plod.
- Excellent for increasing mileage – Sometimes you just need a rest between the end of your last one and the start of your next one to properly refresh and go out and achieve the miles you are truly capable of. This is true if you’re mentally but not physically exhausted at the end of a long run. A quick nap can do wonders at re-energising you.