Training Essentials for Ultrarunning

Ultramarathons are not just longer marathons, and you can’t train for them by simply doing more running. Ultrarunning presents unique training and nutrition challenges and requires a totally new approach to preparation.

Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is your best guide to preparing for ultramarathon. Unlike so many “it worked for me” training books, Coach Jason Koop’s proven program and guidance are based on sound sports science, the most current research, and years of experience coaching the sport’s star runners to podium performances.u’ll Gain:

  • The science behind maximizing ultramarathon performance.
  • Common ultramarathon failure points, and how to fix them.
  • How to use interval training to focus workload, make bigger improvements, reduce injury risk, and race faster and smarter.
  • Simple and effective fueling and hydration strategies.
  • The A.D.A.P.T. method of working through a race day crisis.
  • How to plan your season for ultimate success.
  • Course-by-course coaching guide to North American Ultras
  • How to boost your chances of reaching your goal, whether that’s finishing or winning!


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Running Workouts

Read about all the running workouts and interval structures included in the book here.

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Our coaches have had intensive training and are well versed in the challenges you face as an ultrarunner, allowing him or her to design an all encompassing training plan that’ll lead you to exceed your goals. Our coaches have backgrounds in sports and exercise science and have first-hand experience competing in some of the most well-known ultra races including: Badwater 135, Western States 100, Hardrock 100, and Leadville 100 among many others.


About the Author

Jason Koop is the Director of Coaching for CTS, coach to elite ultrarunners, and an accomplished ultramarathoner.

Koop walks the walk—or runs the run, as the case may be—when it comes to ultras. His journey from a cross-country runner at Texas A&M to ultra coach started with a postgraduation internship at CTS in the summer of 2001. A runner in a company of predominantly cycling coaches, Koop was quickly drafted and trained to be the company’s lead running coach. In 2006 he traveled around the United States coaching and supporting Dean Karnazes as the “Ultramarathon Man” ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Karnazes again tapped Koop’s expertise in 2011 for “Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America with Dean Karnazes,” a nearly 3,000-mile cross-country run.

As the director of coaching for CTS, Koop coaches runners, cyclists, and triathletes in his role as a CTS premier coach. He also oversees the recruitment, education, and ongoing evaluation of more than 30 full-time endurance coaches and has developed CTS’s quality assurance system for coaching as well as the CTS Coaching College. His personal ultrarunning resume includes two top-10 finishes at the Leadville Trail 100 Run and finishes at some of ultrarunning’s most formidable events, including the Western States Endurance Run, the Badwater 135, the Wasatch 100, and the Hardrock 100.