Articles by Jason Koop

Go Build a Trail

I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2001. The entire city and surrounding network of trails immediately captivated me. Pikes Peak, the illustriously coined Purple Mountain’s Majesty that Katharine Lee Bates wrote a...

Overcoming Nutrition Challenges

One of the things I love about coaching ultrarunners is adapting the standard recommendations and best practices from the running industry into an ultra-specific context. All too often, the recommendations we see aren’t...

Simple Tools for Training

Running workouts should be hard, but designing them should not. All too often, athletes who design their own training plans over-complicate the structure. They think recovery between intervals needs to be magic and that...

UROY Winners: How They Did It

Courtney Dauwalter’s TrainingAll runners have a style. I’m not talking about the way they hold their arms or how their stride looks as they float by. I’m talking about the style in how they carry themselves in their dail...

Be an Athlete First

As we reach the end of summer, many of us have already completed our goal events. Buckles have been earned and many gels consumed during the course of our endeavors. Even after a healthy amount of rest you have great fit...

Pre-Race Mistakes

Going to races is one of my favorite ways to connect with the athletes I coach. If everything has gone well in preparation, there shouldn’t be much left for a coach to do at a race. I go to support athletes and sometimes...

Learn, Train, Challenge and Optimize

In April 2018, Dylan Bowman won the 100-mile Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji in dramatic fashion. After trailing Pau Capel for 97 miles, he overtook Pau for the win, winning the race by a mere 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Once back...

What You Can Do in The Next Four Weeks

It’s four weeks out from your ultramarathon and you realize: “I’m not ready.” Despite our best efforts, this scenario happens frequently to even the best, most seasoned runners. Now what? Well, there are two likely sc...

Downhill Running

Ultrarunners inherently understand there’s a difference between the mechanics of running uphill and running downhill. When you look deeper into the biomechanics of ultrarunning, it is apparent there are really four disti...