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Meh, $5 is $5...
Doubles take WAY more time. The only solution is to not shower between them.
What's a cut-back week?
If that's the case, I don't think doubles are an issue so long as your runs aren't turning into a 2-2 split situation.
What's a 2-2 split situation? Evenly distanced doubles? Hym, Wed I did that. Last week was a progressive mid-week easy run, 9.5 miles. (really trying to keep it easy). This Wed my legs were tired, I ran 3.25 minutes in the morning. In the evening legs were itching to run, but I kind of knew I wasn't 100% yet, so I ran again just 30 or so minutes, slow hill repeats. I really wasn't sure I was suppose to run that double, but I felt the best after the double, and just fine on Thursday. Was that fine or dumb?
The Logic of Long Distance
What's a 2-2 split situation?
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The key is, I think, you need to be used to doubles first. Forget tempo runs for now. Just go out and run. Run doubles as much as you can. When you first start running doubles, you just feel weird. In about a month or two, the weariness will be gone, running will be like breathing to you, and you'll be able to run three or so tempo runs a week if you want to.
A question for those that double... do you also run every day? If not, why would you run twice one day and not run another day.
Intelligent training is not measured by its internal logical consistency but by the best possible outcomes given the constraints of your situation.
In the past, yes I have run every day, and doubled 5 of those days. I did it to fit in the mileage and workouts that I wanted. Generally, I would run a shorter, easier run at lunch, with the main workout being in the morning. I found that my recovery was better when I incorporated those lunch runs in. In other words, most of the time the second run was for recovery purposes.