Learn about the advantages, disadvantages and whether or not double runs can work for you.
If you’ve spent enough time at your running club’s favorite watering hole, or happened to eavesdrop on a conversation between veteran runners, you’ve probably heard the concept of running twice per day being tossed around. Runners often refer to this practice as “running doubles”.
Doubles are a training staple for most elite athletes. I can’t think of an Olympic-level distance runner who doesn’t run twice a day at least a few times per week. Since two runs per day work so well for the elites, it’s no wonder that many competitive, non-professional runners will occasionally ask themselves: “Could I benefit from running twice a day too?”
It’s a fair question and the answer, of course, is very individual. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of running twice per day and then analyze where you might fit in given your current training and racing goals.