Hellooo! While you're reading this, I'm most likely somewhere in Central Oregon without cell phone service in a van full of sweaty runners.
I thought I'd talk about daily doubles today as I did one this week and a few in the last month or so to get ready for the Cascade Lakes Relay. Daily doubles as I used to know them, meant two weeks straight of long mornings and hot afternoons spent on a volleyball court in the middle of summer. The purpose? To whip us into shape before the season started and most likely to build mental toughness.
The most hated aspect of daily doubles was "17s," a series of 17 different volleyball related exercises done 17 times. Things like down ups (going from a low squat straight to your stomach and popping back up with no stopping), lines/suicides, dives, jump and blocking, push ups, sit ups, etc. 17s were always done right before lunch so we were all relieved to survive those horrid things. Did anyone else have the joy of experiencing daily doubles in high school?
In preparation for a relay like Cascade Lakes Relay or Hood to Coast (which I've run in the past), it can help to do a few daily doubles in which you do multiple runs in one day to get your legs used to running with limited recovery time.
Sunday, I was totally wiped from the wedding festivities so I opted to just bike some errands that day with the manfriend. Monday, I headed out for a short 1.5 miler with the dog before work. At lunch, I squeezed in a 3.3 miler. And finally, after work I opted to run another 6.3 miles in the heat of the day in mid 80s temps.
The next morning I did another 4 miles before work. I was pleased to notice that during none of those runs did my quads feel overly fatigued or sore. More importantly, these daily doubles (or triples) allowed me to run in the heat of the day to mimic conditions we'll experience over the next 24 hours.
Cascade Lakes Relay Stats:
Number of runners - 12
Drivers - 2
Miles to run - 216
Total Elevation Gain - 8195
Total Elevation Loss - 9740
Personal Mileage to run - 19 (5.3 easy,6.6 moderate, 7 moderate)
Amount of sleep I plan to get - approx 1 hr total in 24 hrs
*As I'm the final runner for our team, I'm planning to wear something fun for the final leg, unless the heat or my mood nixes that plan!