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Subject: RE: How to double with 45 minutes rest?
OP, it seems like your instincts are pretty good. Different things work for different people, but having been in a similar situation (and coached athletes who were), here's something that was pretty successful:
The events are close enough together that you should be able to warm up for the first and keep your "warm" for the second--almost like a very high quality long rep/long rest workout.
After the 1600, just walk it off for a few minutes, to get your breath back and have your pulse drop gradually. (If you feel a bit of jogging is absolutely necessary, you could do 200jog/100walk/200jog/100walk/200jog--that should be plenty.) Then you can grab a quick drink of water (and/or energy drink, if you're already used to that), and then--just as you suggest--lie down.
[Again, if you're used to stretching you can do a bit of that--a bit of easy hamstring/quad stretching, if you usually do those--but there's really not much need unless you're feeling particularly tight after the first race.]
While lying down, it can be helpful to stay out of the sun and, for a good part of the time, to have your feet elevated (maybe a foot or so). Main thing is just to be comfortable, though, so you can really relax.
Starting about 10-12 minutes before the second race, get up and walk around a bit; maybe grab another swig of water, but you won't need that much--a swish-and-swallow should be good.
[By the way, even if the water/energy drink "glugs" in your stomach during the second race, it won't hurt your performance--just a sign that your body wasn't ready to absorb the fluid yet.]
In the last few minutes before the second race, you can get in 3-4 strides, gradually building intensity from one to the next; on the last 1-2, you should touch the highest speed that you're likely to hit during your race. (No real need to go any faster than that.) And you might try a practice start or two, though if you're usually steady at the start line you could probably skip those.
[This mini-warmup for the second race should be in the conditions you'll be racing in, btw, so if it's a sunny day get out of the shade for those strides.]
That should do it. My experience is that people usually tend to do too much between races, and just tire themselves needlessly; or else do nothing at all, and start the next race feeling a little stiff or groggy. *Mostly* resting, and then taking a little time to gently "rev up" for the next race, is a good thing to do between those two extremes--and sounds pretty much like the way your thinking was going, anyway!
Good luck. Let us know how your recovery and your races go, please.
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