Jeffrey Inscho

March 7, 2021

The Double Double

It’s hard to believe I’m two months into my training for the Laurel Highlands Ultra. Pandemic time flies, but also seems frozen in place. So weird. This weekend brings the second 3-week mileage-build block to a close and I’m ready for the recovery week to come.

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The plan I chose to follow leading up to this race is a slightly modified 100-mile plan. It contains two keystone elements that drew me to it:

  1. Five running days per week with two rest days
  2. Back-to-back long runs on the weekends that get progressively longer as the plan progresses 

Two rest days are important to me this cycle, because I will be running my biggest mileage weeks to date (peaking at 85 in early May) and I want to make sure I take the time to recover each week. I’m taking Mondays and Fridays off, and right now the rest days seem to be falling in the right spot. 

The B2B long runs is another new training tactic for me. Typically, the plans I’ve follows for 50K and 50M races prescribed only one long run per week. With the Laurel Highlands Ultra being a 70M race, I felt I needed to cover more distance compressed in a short timespan. 

Everyone who trains for and runs 100M distance swears by the double-double, so I’m giving it a shot. For example, this weekend I ran a 21 mile Saturday followed by a 12 mile Sunday. Feeling good as I write this. We will see how I’m holding up in May when I’m supposed to pull two weekends in a row of 30M Saturday and 20M Sunday. 

So, six weeks in, so far so good. I’m healthy, not burned out and feel myself getting stronger. Onward. 

— J 

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