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Double Your Fun: Should You Run Twice A Day?

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Dec. 11, 2013
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Running doubles has many benefits, but it’s not a practice for everyone.

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.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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