The Higher Running Advanced 50-mile to 100km Plan

by Coach Sandi Nypaver and Coach Sage Canaday

Plan Details

Distance: 50 mile to 100K

Goal: PR

Weekly Volume Max: 70-85 miles / 112-137km

Experience Level: Experienced

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About This Plan

This plan is for more experienced ultra runners who normally place in the top half of the results in ultras. This is our most advanced ultra plan and it tops out at 70-85 miles (112km-137km) per week. This will include challenging workouts to give you the best possible chance to reach your goals. 

*Can also be used as a 100-mile training plan with adaptations to some long run/weekend workouts (these suggestions are included in the plan)

Is This Plan for You?

For this plan we suggest that you have already been running 40-50 miles (64-80km) per week for a couple of weeks and have previously peaked at at least 65-75 miles (105km-120km) per week or more while training for past races. If you haven’t run a single week over 65 miles (105km) per week in your running career yet, we highly recommend that you take several months (or even a year) to build up your mileage base so you are consistently averaging at least 55 to 65 miles (100km) per week on a regular basis without any serious injury before starting this training program.

The Higher Running Advanced 50-mile to 100km (100-mile options) Training Plan™

Why our plans are different

This plan is derived from the theories and practices of the most legendary distance running coaches and exercise scientists from around the world: Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, Renato Canova, and Peter Pfitzinger to name a few. Unlike other “cookie-cutter” training plans that just list mileage and a general pace, this Higher Running plan gives you essential specifics on how to do workouts at the right intensity for the most beneficial training stimuli. Furthermore, it does not follow a strict 7-day cycle (like most competitor’s plans), because at Higher Running we believe some workouts take longer to recover from and adapt to. Therefore sometimes recovery running days are extended and shortened appropriately to give you an ideal boost in fitness. Most other plans do not take this kind of periodization into consideration. Our Higher Running guideline gives you the information you need to make the plan more specific to your needs and the race you’re training for.

We realize that great coaching is both a science and an art – and we’ve used this philosophy (as well as knowledge gained from our own careers as runners) along with experience from coaching many others, to create a plan that emphasizes consistent, smart progression: A true Higher Running™ experience!

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