Today was a double session training day…yes I said double session. Are you cringing yet? Those two words bring back painful memories of the days leading up to the start of the school year. If you played a high school sport you know what I am talking about. This was the time when high school teams began practicing early in the morning and then resumed a second practice in the evening. I dreaded those days. The blood, the guts…ok I exaggerate slightly…but there were a lot of aches and pain. A memory I clearly recall was the year that my mom waited on my brother and me during a family Labor Day picnic. Sitting on the deck we sat, tired legs elevated, and grumbled about how much pain we were in from our morning soccer sessions. We despised our coaches.
Back then I thought running one timed mile was terrible and now I willingly wake up to run miles on end. What is wrong with me? Maybe it’s only now that I have become a true athlete.
So back to the present and my double session training day. My schedule called for a 10-mile long run and since I am unable to do it tomorrow I thought I could knock it out before work. Since I was short on time and it was already heating up in the DC-metro area (we had a record high of 104 degrees today) I was only able to eek out seven of the ten miles. I know what you are thinking–don’t worry about those last three, but on sheer principle I couldn’t let it go. I can be a bit stubborn when it comes to sticking to my workout plans.
Typically a long run should all be done in one sweep but today was a special circumstance. I realize there is value in double sessions. During one you can focus more on speed and form; whereas, in the second you might choose to slow down and incorporate plyometrics, weights, or stretching.
The neat thing is that I am not nearly as sore as those good old days which is something to be proud of considering I am older. It brings a smile to my face when I realize that I am conquering my workouts in a new way! Bring on the suicide sprints!!