Just call me crazy. Seriously.
But let me give you a little background first. So this summer for me is jam packed. From July through October, I am home for a total of about 5 weekends. That's like one weekend a month.
Add on top of that the fact that I am knee deep in half marathon training (for a September half) and things get complicated. And so I have been really packing the miles into my week days in order to keep my weekends free and flexible.
Which brings me to the Triple Double. Originally this phrase meant something different to me - when I played basketball in high school and college it meant that I possibly had played a really great game and scored above 10 points, grabbed over 10 rebounds and had over 10 assists. Three categories each with double digit stats.
Sad to say I never got that in basketball.
Anyway. This week happened to be quite challenging for miles since I was going for over 55. A friend at my running club suggested I do a double run on speed work days because it helps you to become faster. So Tuesday, I laced up my shoes at 5am for 4.5 miles and then again at 5pm for mile repeats. The mile repeats went well - not sure running in the morning helped or not.
Wednesday morning came around too quickly and although I had 7 miles on my plan which was sort of doable before work, I decided to give myself a little break and run 3.5mi in the AM and 3.5mi in the PM. Then Thursday came and I had to fit in 9 miles total which was really pushing it for pre-work miles and I had already been late once this week so I decided to only try for 7 in the AM with some interval paces and then come home to finish with 2mi in the PM.
Phew. I am tired just typing that out. But surprisingly it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. My legs responded to the running and I actually felt better for my morning runs. The morning runs were of course slow like usual but the afternoon runs I felt good and even speedy at times. Doing the interval workout this morning was not easy and although I wanted to hit my true interval pace, I just kind of went with it and let myself go slower and hit the paces my body let me.
So three days of double runs is done and I am tired. Not sure I will be pulling off this kind of workout schedule again for a while, but to make this weekend possible it was worth it!
What's the most intense thing you have done to make your schedule work??
The Triple Double Schedule:
AM 4.5 miles @ 8:53 pace, PM 9.25 miles w/ 5x1600 @ 7:43 pace
AM 3.5 miles @ 8:55 pace, PM 3.5 miles @ 8:32 pace
AM 7 miles w/ 2x(1000,1200,1000) @7:42 pace, PM 2 miles @ 8:37 pace