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Strategies for back-to-back hard days

In last month’s column, we discussed the hard-easy principle, and that sometimes the best plan is to train hard two days in a row followed by two or more recovery days. Two specific situations in which back-to-back hard days can be effective are during weeks when you are racing, or when you are so busy during the Monday to Friday work week that you must get in most of your high quality training during the weekend. Or, you may have a race on Saturday, but still need to get in your long run on Sunday. Back-to-back hard days come with the danger of wiping yourself out on the first hard day. If you are dragging the next day, then the quality of your training will suffer, and you will probably not obtain the necessary training stimulus to improve your running.

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