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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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