Wa wa wa Wednesday! Ok not sure where THAT came from! (Probably the same place my dancing face came from…)
Anyway, yesterday I posted about my 2 week plan to get my body toned and ready for a swimsuit on our cruise. I mentioned working out twice a day. I haphazardly mentioned cardio and strength training without really thinking it through. YES I still plan to do both, but I will NOT strength train every day. I am thinking more like three times a week, and the other three would be double runs.
This works to my advantage for two reasons:
1.) It is HOT outside y’all. In case you missed my tweet earlier today, when I went to run it was 86 out with a “feels like” temp of 99!!!! Wanted. to. die. So I shortened my run and went back out again later instead of baking in the heat for too long.
2.) It will keep my energy levels up all day, and obviously, running for a longer amount of time will we beneficial. (maybe that’s three reasons?)
This article from the oh so wonderful and helpful Runner’s World gave me a few pointers when running twice in one day like building slowly, recovering right, and mix and match. Check it out, I found it very helpful! This article was also very insightful.
What I liked about the first article was how it explained the “benefit” of each “way” of doubling your runs. For instance, doing an easy 3-4 miler in the morning and an interval run in the afternoon gets blood flowing through your muscles, and provides extra aerobic work without fatigue. There are a few “combinations” given in the article that I will have to try.
I definitely only plan to run twice a day 2 days this week and 3 days next week, I don’t want to overdo it. My plan for the rest of the week is as follows:
Wednesday: cross train and weight lift
Thursday: Run twice (not sure exactly what my “plan” is for these runs yet. Suggestions?)
Saturday: 5k race with the handsome guy pictured below, and an easy afternoon run if I am feeling up to it. No pressure.
So, I am very curious to hear your thoughts on running twice a day a couple of times a week. have you done it? Did it work for you? What was your plan or goal? (by the way…that’s the QOTD in case you didn’t figure it out.)