30 May '17, 9am

Can running twice on long run days speed recovery? A look at the benefits of doing a gentle second run

CAN RUNNING TWICE ON LONG RUN DAYS SPEED RECOVERY? Before the 1996 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, I coached a woman who had long been doing a short shake-out run in the evening after her long run. She’d run 18–24 miles in the morning, rest all day (like we all should do after a long run), then get out the door for a very, very slow jog of around 20 minutes. She felt it helped her legs feel better in the coming days, and she always felt better with the double run on long run days compared to when she didn’t double on the long run day. As she prepared for the trials, we kept this Long Run Day Double as part of her training, and she went on to set a PR. Could doing a Long Run Day Double be your secret to better training? THE RATIONALE We know that gentle exercise aids in recovery. The blood flow from exercise delivers nutrients to the working muscles and removes waste products...

Full article: https://www.mcmillanrunning.com/the-long-run-day-double/

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