Topic: Jason Koop

5 Signs You’re Ready to Sign Up For An Ultramarathon

Runners who are thinking of making the jump to ultra distances frequently ask me what they should do to prepare for that jump and how they will know they are ready. While it is, like many things in this sport, often a matter of individual circumstances, I have, over the years, compiled a list of…

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The Ultimate Post-Season Guide for Ultrarunners

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Winter is coming… at least to the northern hemisphere. While it’s not the end of the competitive season for everyone, it is for the majority of the athletes my coaches and I work with. And that brings the inevitable discussion of what…

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How to Build Your Own DIY Ultrarunning Training Camp

By Jason Koop, CTS Coach and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Since the release of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I have had the privilege to attend several book signings and appear on several podcasts, and one of the most frequently asked questions is: “What is the best thing an ultrarunner with limited training time…

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Truth or Myth: Runners Should Elevate Their Legs For Recovery

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Raising your legs above your heart used to be post-workout dogma, and even standard practice during downtime at any running practice or workout session. I have no idea how many hours I spent during high school and college lying on my back…

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4 Truths All Ultrarunners Need to Accept

  By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” One of the things I enjoy the most about being a coach is seeing athletes compete. For one thing, throughout the year I don’t spend a lot of time with the athletes I coach. In some ways I think that distance…

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7 Steps to Recovery After Running 100 Miles

By Jason Koop, CTS Coach and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I just returned home from supporting athletes at the 2017 Western States Endurance Run, and I’m tired. I need a recovery week and I didn’t even run the race! Congratulations to everyone who toed the start line, fought through their individual rough patches,…

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Tapering for Ultrarunning: How to Prevent Taper Tantrums!

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director, Author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” For many athletes, tapering before a major goal event is a double-edged sword. On the one hand they are happy about the lightened training load, but on the other they are sometimes anxious or distressed by the reduction in training volume. Athletes have…

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Build an Unbeatable Ultrarunning Support Crew in 6 Steps

  You spend a lot of time inside your own head during an ultramarathon, and entering an aid station sometimes feels like a brief and welcome visit to civilization. Most ultras now have such comprehensive race provided support that a runner doesn’t absolutely need his or her own personal support crew, but it sure is…

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