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I have been running on the treadmill for a couple months now and have recently started moving to the road.

I have a question/problem.

I get up at 4:30 in the morning and head to the gym three days a week to run 3 miles on the treadmill. The other two days of the week I also go to the gym at that time, but I make these my easy days, walking and weight training. I want to start running more on the road but at 4:30 in the morning I don't feel safe with my headphones on - too many things that could come up on me that I couldn't hear. The problem is that I kinda need the music to keep me going because I run alone.

I thought about going ahead and getting up these three days and doing the 3 miles on the treadmill and then when I get home from work in the afternoon running 1-3 miles on the road.

I understand that I need to take every other day and make it an easy day to let my body rest and recuperate but I wondered what you all think about running multiple times a day on my hard days.

Saturdays I usually make a hard running day and then Sunday I take off completely - other than maybe playing with the kids in the yard.

Thanks,

Tim

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I can remember my coach telling me not to run several times a day. Get it all done at once, with my experience on the XC team, it's also better to do it all at once.
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For your relatively low mileage, I'd run on one of your off days before running twice on one day.

It's a shame the search feature here doesn't work, because there are some great threads on running doubles here. If you do a little digging you can find some in the mid-packers forum.
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I have also been told to not run multiple times a day. It's better to do it all at once. I agree with MechEng - on your light days try to get in a short run.
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