Articles by Jason Koop

Anti-doping Solutions

Ultrarunning is at a crossroads. We continue to see growth in participation, race size and format, new players entering the space and more elite runners competing at the biggest races. This growth and development are pri...

How to Plan Your Return to Racing

If we’ve seen anything from the spring this year, it’s clear that races are returning. Runners are waiting and race directors are busy making all manners of virtual race briefings, socially distanced check-ins and con...

How to Eat for Increasing Miles

As summer heats up and the pandemic winds down, many ultrarunners are eager to put in some big miles of training in preparation for the backlog of events. We will stack up big training weekends, cajole our trainin...

Integrate Running into Everyday Life

Let’s face it, as everyday runners we love the prospect of living like an elite athlete. They have all day to train and endless amounts of time to explore the outdoors. With seemingly no responsibilities other than ru...

Psychobiological Model of Fatigue

Ultrarunners are motivated athletes. We meticulously track miles, time, intensity, amount of vertical gain, calories consumed on the run and a host of other variables that we find meaningful to performance. Most of th...

Winter Workouts

Let’s face it, the days are getting shorter and colder. Runners everywhere are digging out their headlamps from the far corners of their gear bins. We search for the rechargeable battery pack and then the...

Reconnect with Your Why

There’s an old adage that goes, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” In this year of a global pandemic, raging wildfires and political and racial unrest, we are seeing this statement come to life in many...

Training for Unconventional Racing

As athletes are pivoting towards personal projects, virtual races, Fastest Known Times (FKTs) and (virtual) last person standing events, I’ve had to pivot what I do as a coach to help athletes meet these demands. In my h...

Tools to Track Your Training

When I first started coaching in 2001, I killed a lot of trees. Throughout the course of a workday, I received numerous faxes and e-mail attachments of training files from my athletes. I printed out every single one of t...

Training Without A Race

Let’s face it, most of us have zero clue what will happen on the racing front over the next several months. Some races are kicking their cans down the road, hoping for a celestial epiphany when the stars of physical dist...

History of the Barr Trail

Pop quiz: What do all of the following things have in common?The first woman to run a marathonA burro trail constructed in 1914“America the Beautiful”A $60 million tourist attractionOne of the most iconic trail marathons...

So You Want To Be A Coach?

Coaching is an awesome profession. While we’re not solving climate change or feeding the homeless, there is still something humbling about having another human being entrust you with an activity they are going to spend 1...

Advanced Strategies For Spring Training

As winter gives way to spring, it’s time to tune your training up a notch. Hopefully, as March rolls around, you have a solid foundation of time under your running legs. You’ve done some high intensity work and most impo...

Get the Most out of Winter Months

Winter months are a conundrum for athletes. I know this as a coach because an inevitable pattern emerges each and every year as the temperatures plummet. In late November, the holidays take hold. With nothing immediately...

A Lesson in Fear

In September, I had the privilege (and pain) of participating in the 10th edition of the Tor Des Géants. The route is big, boasting over 78,000 feet of climbing in 221 miles. I was under no illusions that this race would...

Why Gender Matters

We need more women in ultrarunning. Currently, there is a gender gap across all aspects of the sport. Females are under-represented in race fields, as ambassadors, as race directors, in trail and ultrarunning media (kudo...

The Business of Coaching

I have been coaching endurance athletes for nearly 20 years. When I first started, I had a difficult time explaining to my mother what I was doing with my hard-earned (and expensive) education. At the time, the concept w...

Slaying the Sleep Monster

With the summer racing season in full swing, many ultrarunners are taking to the challenge of overnight FKTs, 200-milers and other trail adventures spanning more than 48 hours. These longer ultras present a unique challe...

Don’t Get Greedy

We’ve all been there. You are in the last two weeks leading up to a race and just thinking about it makes your palms sweat. Suddenly, all the weeks and months of training – countless hours on the trail – are all but forg...

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...