Ultrarunning Magazine’s TOP PICK
“Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is a breakthrough work that brings together sound scientific principles and years of coaching experience to create the definitive training manual of our time.” — Dean Karnazes, ultrarunner and author of Ultramarathon Man
“Jason Koop masterfully communicates complex science in a way that everyone can understand. So if you’re looking for a technical guide to ultras, look no further than Training Essentials for Ultrarunning.” – Bryon Powell, founder of iRunFar.com and author of Relentless Forward Progress
“The best training manual ever written for our sport…Never before has the science of running ultra distances been evaluated and explored in the way that Koop does it in this book…This book may revolutionize how we train for and race long distances…In a word, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is brilliant.” — Ultrarunning magazine
“Jason Koop is one of ultrarunning’s most successful coaches.” — TrailRunner magazine
“Follow the principles Koop outlines and you will not only run your ultra, but own it as well.” — American Trail Running Association
“Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is a look inside the mind of the guy responsible for getting the world’s best ultrarunners to the podium.” — Outside
“A scientific and performance-oriented approach to ultra training and racing… Invaluable for any level of running.” — Competitor
“Many ultrarunners don’t train with a coach [because] most coaches have not raced 100 miles. Not so for Koop, who is an ultramarathon vet and understands what it takes to succeed.” — Elevation Outdoors
“Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is best for intermediate to advanced ultrarunners looking for science-driven information and in-depth explanations of training concepts.” — TrailRunner magazine
“Everyone has an inexhaustible well of grit, guts, and determination, but great training helps, too. If you want to come to Leadville and succeed, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is a book you need to read.” – Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Trail 100 Run
“Having Jason Koop as a coach has been exactly what I needed in order to train properly both physically and mentally.” – Kaci Lickteig, professional ultrarunner
“Jason Koop ended up being the most important component of my 50/50.” — Dean Karnazes, ultrarunner and author of Ultramarathon Man
“Having Koop as my coach has simplified and amplified my training to new heights.” – Timothy Olson, professional ultrarunner and Western States 100 course record holder
“Jason has helped me to be the best athlete I can be, which has often involved mental and emotional training as much as physical. I’m pretty much a wreck without him.” – Dakota Jones, professional ultrarunner
“Coach Koop is quietly one of the most influential people in the sport of ultrarunning.” – Dylan Bowman, The North Face athlete, 3x Top Ten Finisher at Western States
“One of the preeminent ultrarunning coaches globally…Training Essentials for Ultrarunning is Koop’s offering to those beginning in the sport and those who’ve completed countless ultras the distillation of his philosophy and approach to ultrarunning training and race preparation.” — Impact magazine
“I have been waiting a long time for a book like Jason Koop’s excellent new release, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning. Koop fills a gap in the literature with this comprehensive resource for high-performance ultrarunning, written for serious ultrarunners and coaches.” — Sarah Lavender Smith, The Runner’s Trip
“Every once in a while a training book is published that stands out as a likely candidate to become a classic. Jason Koop and Jim Rutberg have done just this…Training Essentials for Ultrarunning will take a place next to other classics like Lore of Running, Daniels Running Formula, and Hansons Marathon Method as the “go-to” book for ultrarunning training...It’s a valuable and comprehensive guide that represents a landmark in the unique and quirky realities of training for ultrarunning.” — It’s All About the Vertical
“Coach Koop details how to strategically prioritize preparation for ultras, without being distracted by popular physiological manipulation that leads to marginal performance gains. Coach Koop focuses on metrics the athlete has control over as an ultra runner, with the ultimate goal of the athlete embracing the culture of what it means to be an ultra runner.” – Holden S-H. MacRae, PhD, Professor of Sports Medicine, Pepperdine University and High Performance Physiologist for Red Bull
Jason Koop is the Director of Coaching for Carmichael Training Systems, 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.
Jim Rutberg is the media director and a coach for CTS. He is coauthor, with Chris Carmichael, of The Time-Crunched Cyclist, The Time-Crunched Triathlete, The Ultimate Ride, Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness, Chris Carmichael’s Fitness Cookbook, The Carmichael Training Systems Cyclist’s Training Diary, 5 Essentials for a Winning Life, The Time-Crunched Cyclist and innumerable web and magazine articles. His work has appeared in Bicycling, Outside, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, and more. A graduate of Wake Forest University and a former elite cyclist, Rutberg lives in Colorado Springs with his family.