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Why You Should Try A Double Race Weekend

What makes runners crazy for doubles? Three runners share why racing twice in one weekend is so much fun.

What makes runners crazy for doubles? Three runners share why racing twice in one weekend is so much fun.

Tina Garstad

TINA GARSTAD
47, Calgary, Canada
EVENT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona (5K + Half)
HIGHLIGHT: “It was my first large race in America and my first trip to Arizona. The weather was amazing. (I may have taken a few cacti selfies!)”
PRO TIP: “I started back-to-back training by incorporating two longer runs on weekends. I even ran 13.1 miles both days to get used to pushing those tired muscles.”

Related: How To Train For Two Races On The Same Weekend

Kristen Van Horn

KRISTEN VAN HORN
30, St. Peters, MO
EVENT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago (5K + Half)
HIGHLIGHT: “Getting the chance to run ‘with’ and meet Meb Keflezighi. (I beat him in the 5K!)”
PRO TIP: “I trained to race the 5K and ran the half marathon not worrying about my time. It made training and the weekend a much better experience.”

Amy Albers

AMY ALBERS
44, Marietta, GA
EVENT: Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah (Half + 5K)
HIGHLIGHT: “A completely unplanned PR for the half marathon!”
PRO TIP: “Running a 5K the day after a full or half marathon is a great way to boost recovery! It helped me stretch out my legs and work out the soreness before I got in the car and drove several hours home.”