Next weekend will mark my first attempt at running a half marathon on back to back days. I have run a 5K, half marathon, and 5K in consecutive days, a 10K and half marathon back to back, a marathon, and even two 5K’s in one day, but never double-digit race miles on back to back days. This is going to be a challenge, but one I want to attempt. My training is not 100% where I want it to be at this point, but I am confident that I will be able to complete my goal. After all, I am not too proud to walk if the need arises. While prepping for this endeavor, I reached out to fellow runners through social media for advice. I am not personal trainer, but I thought that the information was good, I feel obliged to share it here. The information is as follows:
- Eat more than you think you should. Do not gorge yourself, but I will consume more calories than normal, so fuel properly.
- Clean and quality fuel will help in the recovery process.
- Rest. Get extra sleep to recover…
- But do not rest too much. Keep moving after race number one to keep my legs loose.
- Foam roll and stretch after each race.
- Compression gear after each race.
- Do not try to PR, run for the joy of it.
- Chose one race to run harder in than the other.
- Actually train with back to back long runs.
There were some other responses, but this is the gist of the information that I received. The two races I have chosen to run back to back are the Andrew Jackson Half Marathon in Jackson, TN, and the Germantown Half Marathon Germantown, TN. This is about as convenient as back to back races can be with the ability to sleep in my own bed and travel about an hour at the most to a race.