Today it’s another round up of Workouts for Runners by Runners. If you missed our first round up last month, you can find it HERE.
The topic this month is Two-a-Day Workouts.
I know what you are thinking.
“WTF, who has time to workout twice in one day? And why would I do that if I’m not an elite runner?”
But hear me out. When you think of two workouts in one day, you most likely are thinking of Marky Mark screaming “I wanna see sweat coming out yo’ pores!” That doesn’t have to be the case with both workouts. Typically with two-a-day workouts you will have one workout that is a higher intensity and the second workout is usually an easier intensity.
Everyone is busy. We’ve got families, jobs and essentially, a life outside of running. It’s hard to find 60 minutes to dedicate to running yet alone 2 hours at one time to commit to any additional exercise. I’ve used two-a-day running workouts to get my daily miles in while marathon training. For instance, say I have 12 miles to run on my schedule. A mid week 12 miler is tough to squeeze in. But if I run 8 miles in the morning as a tempo workout and then 4 easy paced miles in the evening, it’s a lot more manageable. Training should fit around you, not you fitting around training.
Another issue with runners is we love to run. And that’s all we want to do. It’s hard to fit in the miles during the week but now we have to do other things besides run? But as most runners know, a runner can’t survive on running alone. To stay strong and injury free, strength training is where it’s at.
Here’s a Two-a-Day Workout for Runners that has a speed workout in the morning for the running endorphins we love and a body weight routine in the evening for the strength building we need in the evening.
What I have found that works well for me is to get a run (or cross training on the bike, etc) in the morning. Then in the evening, I’ll find time after the kid’s have gone to bed to squeeze out some strength moves. Rather than being sprawled out on the couch, I’ll do lunges, planks, balance work, etc. Multitasking at it’s best!
Two-a-Day workouts don’t have to be a daily occurrence. But sometimes, life is tricky and you need to be inventive.
And here are even more Two-a-Day Workouts from 5 of my running friends. Pin away so you have a stash of workouts on hand whenever you need it.
Laura brings a tempo run in the a.m. with a full body strength session in the evening.
Run, bike, or swim in the morning and do a quick full body fix from Allie.
Carly has got your covered with the why’s and what you need to do for optimal performance.
You can run twice in one day! Follow Sarah’s plan of an easy run in the morning followed with a speed workout in the evening.
If you want to stick to straight strength for the day but can’t fit in a whole session at one time, split it up like Nellie.
Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday – check it out!
Do you do Two-a-Day Workouts?