Daily Doubles and a Relay

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!

Comments

We called them "two-a-days" in soccer, and OMG I hated them! Our season was in the Fall, so we always had them at the end of August, taking up the last few days of summer vacation. Gah, never fun.

Good luck this weekend!! Can't wait to see that final-racer outfit ;)
Morgan said…
So excited for you, have a blast!!!! Post LOTS of pics in your recaps. Pleaseandthankyou!
I did not participate in sports when I was in high school so I never never experience what we called "two-a-day" work outs! Sounds intense.

Can't wait ot hear how this relay went! I do not know how you do it on such little sleep! YOu are a trooper!
With tennis, in the summer I used to play anywhere from 4- 7 hrs/day --- I don't know how I did that! 7 hr days were 5 hr camp/drills (which had a 30-45 min break in there), 1 hr private, 1 hr speed/agility/quickness. I actually really loved it, but thinking about it now I don't know how I had that much energy!
With tennis, in the summer I used to play anywhere from 4- 7 hrs/day --- I don't know how I did that! 7 hr days were 5 hr camp/drills (which had a 30-45 min break in there), 1 hr private, 1 hr speed/agility/quickness. I actually really loved it, but thinking about it now I don't know how I had that much energy!

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