the right answer wrote:
Old Sub 4 are doubles really necessary? I\'m a collge senior and this is the first year I haven\'t done doubles and I\'m running better than ever. I\'m a 1:50 guy and my coach thinks I\'m strong enough to make the mile my main squeeze (my best is 4:11) even though I\'m running less mileage this year (i dropped from 70-60 since I\'m not running doubles) What are your thoughts?
Doubles arent as important as just having a very consistant mileage load during your base and strength phases. I am not a \"slog out the miles\" Jack Daniels kind of guy (the coach, not the sauce), but over time getting your body used to 80 miles per week does more than 60 miles per week--particularly for the mile. I agree that if you are NOT a morning person and you were getting up to throw in 3-4 garbage miles you probably are better off bagging--60 good REAL mileage is better than 80 garbage miles. Seb Coe did 60 \"good\" miles and probably 80 total but he didnt count warm-ups, warm-downs, or recoveries between intervals.
If you are doing a longer strength interval workout (usually takes up about 10 miles), a 6 miles tempo (another 10 miles session) and 14-15 on Sunday you are already at 35 in three days. The other 4 all you have to do is run an hour and you are at 70 without doubles.