Training Essentials For Ultrarunning, 2nd Edition

The benchmark book for ultramarathon training is back for a second edition. When elite and everyday ultrarunners alike want to improve their ultramarathon performance they turn to Coach Jason Koop for guidance and counsel. Training Essentials for Ultrarunning takes Coach Koop's time-proven and evidenced-based methodologies that have been honed over 20 years of professional coaching and delivers them to the masses. Regardless of if you are first-time ultrarunner, a seasoned veteran, or an ultrarunning coach, this resource is a must-have for all ultrarunners.

What you will gain from this book:

  • Proven training strategies for beginner and experienced ultrarunners
  • Knowledge from domain experts and the latest research on all aspects of ultrarunning
  • How to train for the mountains if you are a flatlander
  • How to incorporate strength training for ultrarunning
  • Effective, evidence-based mental skills for ultrarunning
  • Protocols for training and racing in hot weather and high altitude
  • How to design, test, and execute race-day nutrition and hydration strategies
  • Train smart AND hard to make the most of your workouts, even for time-crunched ultrarunners
  • How to balance racing and training and choose the right races for you


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Training Essentials For Ultrarunning Resources

Jason Koop running in Red Rocks

Training Essentials For Ultrarunning Digital Figures & Tables Packet: Download Here

Long-Range Plan Template: Download Here

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

Hear About What's New In The Book On The TrainRight Podcast: Listen 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.


Jason Koop running

About the Author

Jason Koop is the Head Ultrarunning Coach 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.

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.