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How to Choose a Headlamp for Trail Running and Ultrarunning

Running in the dark is a big part of being an ultramarathon runner. Either during events or during training runs that begin before sunrise and/or end after sunset, you’re going to find yourself on a trail in the dark. Carrying a light with the right combination of style, brightness, battery life, and other features is …

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How to Transition from Marathon to Ultramarathon Training

If you’re an aspiring ultramarathon runner who is stepping up from training for marathons, you’re not alone. The most important thing to understand is that an ultramarathon is not simply a longer marathon. As distance and duration increase, the challenges and demands shift so significantly that ultrarunning can only be described as its own, separate …

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What Can New Ultrarunners Expect to Accomplish in Their First 1-2 Years?

As the sport of ultrarunning continues to grow, we’re welcoming quite a few new runners to ultradistance events each year. If that’s you, glad you’re here! Establishing reasonable objectives for your first ultramarathon season is a challenge we hear from many runners making the transition from marathon distance or from sports like triathlon or cycling. …

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Jason Koop’s Top 3 Most Effective Ultramarathon Training Tips

This past week I completed my 44th trip around the sun. As usual, I ran my age in miles, which becomes more of an ordeal with each passing year. It also gives me a lot of time to think about what categorically has worked with athletes over 2-plus decades as a professional coach. Below are …

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How to Keep Perfectionism from Ruining Your Training

Just as athletes create goals for the upcoming season, coaches set goals for personal and professional development. Recently, I talked with CTS Coaches Jason Koop and Andy Jones-Wilkins on the Koopcast podcast, where I mentioned my goal to address perfectionism – or perfectionistic tendencies – when I believe it interferes with an athlete’s path to …

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What Runners Should Do If You Missed Training

Old man winter is here, meaning it’s time for colds, flu, and generic ‘bugs’ to knock athletes down. Days off come from illness, injury, or one of life’s myriad of curveballs. Regardless, at some point you will miss a meticulously thought out training day. Most missed training sessions can be chalked up in the ‘no …

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An Ultramarathon Legend’s First Gravel Cycling Race

Although I have enjoyed a quarter century of long-distance trail and ultrarunning, I actually had my first exposure to endurance sports on a bike. In the early ‘90s my wife Shelly and I spent our summers traveling the country by bicycle. Then, between 1994 and 1996 we traveled the world by bike, covering 19,000 miles …