You’re a Speedy 5k/10k Runner, But Are You A Speedy Double Race Runner?

Jannine Myers

Ever heard of double racing? Some of you have probably heard about double races, but if you haven’t then keep reading.

Bob Anderson, the founder of Runners World magazine, is also known for his running, photography, publishing, and film producing skills, but beyond those, he can also be credited for creating what is now officially known as Double Racing.

2014 San Jose Double Febv

While some people think that Double Racing is basically just running two races in one day, there are a couple of key rules that distinguish it as something quite different. First, it is technically one race, done in two segments – the first a 10k, the second a 5k – with a timed recovery break in between. The 5k race begins exactly 105 minutes after the start of the 10k, so the length of each person’s recovery break will differ depending on how fast or slow they complete the 10k.

The Double Race is all about strategy – knowing how to pace yourself through the 10k and then learning how to make the most of your recovery time – these are both important factors to consider. In fact, to show just how seriously the race organizers are about race strategy and optimizing recovery periods, each race has a Recovery Zone that includes nutrition, hydration, exercise equipment (for those who want to stay loose and keep moving), massage, and several other forms of physical therapy.


One other distinguishing factor about Double Races, is that winning is based on a runner’s total race time; that means that a win in the 10k or 5k will not necessarily result in an overall win. The best Double Race competitors are those who have learned how to run both race segments with equal or near-equal pacing and stamina.

Interested yet? If so, click here to find a list of upcoming events. In the past double races have been held in both the States and as far abroad as Africa, Greece, Mexico, and Indonesia (Bali), but this year you’ll need to travel to either California or Mexico (perfect for those of you currently stationed in California).

For more information, check out their website, and let us know if you have completed a Double Race before – we’d love to hear your feedback.

For tips on how to train for a Double Race, click here.

Current Records:

Men’s World Record Holder: 31 year old Julius Koskei from Kenya – Time: 44:24 (10k time 29:45 / 5k time 14:39)

Women’s World Record Holder: 25 year old Risper Gesabwa from Kenya – Time: 48:45 (10k time 32:55/5k time 15:49)

Review of the S-Lab Exo Twinskin Skort

One of our many awesome WOOT runners, Corinne, came in first at Kunigami trail race in December. One of the sponsors is Salomon and the cool thing about winning, is you get stuff from the sponsors. She wrote up the following review on the running skirt or skort she received as part of her winnings. Congratulations, Corinne and thanks for the review!

Review of the S-Lab Exo Twinskin Skort

WOOT Runner #1

WOOT Runner #1

I desperately wanted to love this skirt! For 3 months I had been hinting to my husband that this is would be the perfect Christmas present.  At $150 this should be the ultimate skirt, but the problems with it just kept multiplying. 
skirt review
The size I received was a medium. I usually wear a small or medium. The first problem that I noticed is that the center seam is situated perfectly up the center line, giving a nice camel-toe effect. Which is fine as long as the skirt doesn’t fly up. Also, I would have preferred the waistline to come up a half-an-inch higher. As a woman who has had a child, I have a bit of extra skin that makes a little pooch that I’d like to tuck in a higher waistline, or at least have a lower waistline the does not highlight this pooch. But, this skirt is high in the back and lower in the front, exposing a bit more belly than I like. Another design flaw is the color. White inner lining in white shorts of a very thin fabric! I planned on wearing this skort during an 85k trail race in the forests of New Zealand. I don’t want to stress out the whole time about being a gross mess by the end! And, God forbid, what if I were start my period out on a long run!
Loved the compression skirt while running in it! I wore it (the one and only time) on a New Year’s Eve Marathon with friends. The compression shorts hugged my thighs and derriere very nicely. The posture control was surprisingly supportive. The fabric was light weight and oh, so comfortable. Luckily, the skirt never blew up revealing anything inappropriate. 
After the run, I washed the skirt by itself on cold in washing machine on gentle cycle, then air dried it. The dirt came out very nicely and the shorts were bright white again. But, the final complaint was the stitching. With one wash the stitching already started to unravel! 
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coming undone after first wash!

For the price, this should have been the greatest running skirt ever! But, there were one too many design flaws, so it had to be sent back before it just ended up at the back of my dresser drawers.

A Tart But “Super” Nutritious Berry – Golden Berries

Jannine Myers


Golden berries, a staple food item in some South American countries, are considered a “superfood” – due to their highly concentrated nutritional content and bioactive compounds. Some of the suggested benefits of golden berries include:

  • Antioxidant effects
  • Cancer protective effects
  • Counters bacteria
  • Kidney protective effects
  • Liver protective effects
  • Lowers fever
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Modulates immune function
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Weight loss benefits


Because of their not-so-sweet, more tart flavor, I prefer adding golden berries to savory rather than sweet recipes, such as the following Wild Rice Pilaf.



1½ Cups any type of wild rice blend
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Cup Shallots, minced fine

1 Cup Water

2 Cups Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth

2 sprigs fresh Rosemary

1/4 cup chopped celery

1 cup Golden Berries

⅓ Cup Pine Nuts
Sea Salt and Black Pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse the rice well, and set aside.

Heat the coconut oil a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Mix in the rice and cook for a minute longer, stirring. Pour in the broth and water, and add sea salt and black pepper (to taste). Cover with a tight-fitting lid, and bring to a simmer. Add the rosemary and golden berries, cover again and place in the oven (transfer to a baking dish if you do not have an oven-proof skillet). Bake for 65-70 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and tender.

While the rice is cooking, toast the pine nuts: warm a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the pine nuts, and cook for a few minutes until fragrant and golden brown, tossing consistently to prevent burning. Remove from pan and let cool until ready to use.

Once the rice is fully cooked, remove from oven, add the pine nuts (and optional chia seeds), and fluff with a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Best served warm.