Double Run Days, Some Tens and a Green Protein Julius

 

First of all I really wish it was at least ten degrees cooler here.

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Right?

Ten miles were planned for yesterday, but my run in the morning got cut short. At the end of the day I decided to take advantage of about 25 minutes after my classes to fit in a few miles since it was finally a little bit cooler out.

Not to mention I was kind of in a beautiful place.

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I ran a super quick three miles because that was all I had time for, but it felt good. It was my “me” time at the end of the day.

I know a lot of training plans have double run days, but I try to get it all in first thing when I can. There are benefits though of running twice a day. They usually recommend doing the harder, longer workout in the morning and then an easier, shorter one later. That’s exactly what I did yesterday.

Here’s a little information I found from this article “Double Days” on Active.com.

Doubling in the reverse fashion—completing an easy run after a hard morning workout—flushes out some of the lactic acid build-up in your legs, and can aid the recovery process. If you run again on the same day as your hard morning workout, more than likely your legs will feel more tired than you’re used to; you might question whether the second run is worthwhile. Of course you’ll feel tired on the second run because you’re still fatigued from the earlier hard session. The feeling "better" will come in the following days. The more you complete easy second runs the same day after a workout, the more your legs will adapt to the previously fatigued state, increasing fitness gains.

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I do like the feeling of running on tired legs, but it’s a bit harder mentally to make yourself do it.

Here’s another article from Competitor Running that talks about both the advantages and disadvantages of running twice a day.

Double Your Fun: Should You Run Twice A Day?


Some of the advantages of training twice a day are more efficient recovery, it’s easier to build mileage and glycogen content, fat oxidation, and enzyme activity increase.

Some disadvantages are that the shorter runs won’t help increase your endurance like longer runs do, they might cause more fatigue and are harder mentally to find the time and adjust. 

I doubt I’ll be adding many double run days into my schedule, but I do already have quite a few days that are double workout days with a run in the morning and teaching classes later. I’m sure I get some of the same advantages and disadvantages.

 

This morning I was out of bed ten (okay maybe like twenty) minutes late. I went for ten easy miles on the treadmill, but made it to eleven thanks to two Parenthood episodes.

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We were actually even on time today for our third day to school. Woot!

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It took me ten seconds to munch down these Quest Nutrition protein chips yesterday on the way to the gym.

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They really are good. I don’t eat them that often, but they really do taste great for 120 calories in a bag and 21 grams of protein. I don’t know how they do it.

 

Well shoot. Now that I only have about ten minutes left I’ll give you this smoothie that I’m about to pin for the Vega Best Smoothie Contest.

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Oh yes. As a kid my grandma would take my brother and I walking to a shopping center near her house. There was an Orange Julius there. It was always a big treat to get one when we were there with her.

I even tried creating my own at home way back when in high school. I think I did an okay job of it, but have no idea what recipe I used. I do know there were eggs, vanilla, orange juice and lots of powdered sugar.

This version I made up the other day is better though. A healthier, green, Vega raspberry “Julius”.

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Healthy Green Protein Julius

serves one

handful of spinach or kale (optional)

1 packet of Emergen-C raspberry or orange (or 1/2 cup regular orange juice)

1/2 cup egg whites (Egg Whites International are my favorite)

1/2 serving of vanilla protein powder (Vega Sport is my favorite)

splash of vanilla

1/2 cup crushed ice

1-1 1/2 cups water (depending on if you use a packet or regular orange juice)

(*You could also sub in half of the water with nondairy milk of choice. I have not tried this yet though.)

 

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

 

 

Just like the drink from my childhood, just ten times better.

Ha ha.

 

Have a great Tuesday!

 

Do you ever do double workout or double run days?

Did you ever go to Orange Julius? Are they even still around?

Favorite childhood treat or drink?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Nicole says:

    In the past couple weeks, I’ve been doing double workout days. I recently took on teaching another two BodyPump classes (in addition to the three I already teach) while another instructor is out on maternity leave. I’m also starting to build my base mileage for the Surf City Marathon in February. The morning runs are definitely tough after lifting in the evenings. OOOOF! I was just thinking this morning that the extra two classes might not be something I can do in addition to my marathon training…..we’ll see how the rest of this month goes!

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    Laura says:

    This is somewhat in relation to your post … I am am fairly new to running (about to run my second marathon) and I stick firmly to hal higdon’s training schedule but I know there are so many approaches . How do you decide how many miles you are going to run each day/week? Because I am so new to running long distances I am crazy about following the plan but with kids it’s so tough!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Gosh, I kind of found my magic number over time and stick with it. I tend to do three weeks higher mileage and then one week lower. It depends though. Yes, running with the kids is tough. :) It’s good to have a plan to follow though. Maybe I should write a post on it? Hmm…. you think?

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    Laura says:

    Thanks for the reply! It would make a great post — there is so much info out there it is confusing!

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