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Publisher's Summary

The benchmark book for ultramarathon training is back for a second edition in an enhanced audiobook. The enhanced audiobook is a complete version of Training Essentials for Ultrarunning narrated by the author Jason Koop. It also contains interviews with endurance training icons like Stephen Seiler, Dr. Justin Ross, Dirk Friel, Inigo Mujika, Dr. Emily Kraus, Guillaume Millet, Stephanie Howe, and Dylan Bowman. The audiobook also comes with the complete set of tables and figures from the physical book available as a free digital download. 

When elite and everyday ultrarunners alike want to improve their ultramarathon performance, they turn to Coach Jason Koop for guidance and council. 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 it to the masses. Regardless of whether 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
  • How to 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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Jason Koop (P)2021 Jason Koop

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Great Foundation

Nothing like a long road trip to get through an audiobook in a hurry!

I'm new to ultrarunning. Last year, I set my sites on R2R2R/Grand Canyon as a way to motivate my recovery from an Achilles rupture. I loved both the training and the run and have officially caught the bug. Up to this point, I've trained on my own, with little in the way of coaching. This book gives me the basis for a more systematic approach to my next two events - a 35-miler in March and a 100km at the end of the summer. Listening along, a topic would come up and spark "what if's" that would invariably be answered in the next section. While this book is definitely an overload of information, it gives me a great foundation to understand ultrarunning and will be a resource for years to come.

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Nothing really new but a good recap

Not the so called trail running bible but some good reminders and sometimes intel or thoughts to adjust training.
The last chapter about specific races could deserve a book. Going deeper would have a lot of value for runners training for those races. Good knowledge here.
Good listen overall.

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Excellent resource

Tons of great info. The book includes enough technical info and research to be interesting while remaining easy to understand and apply.

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Good in depth info but too dry for an audiobook

I will.buy the print book eventually. The audiobook is 15hrs long which is too long to listen to a dry delivery. Feels like I'm in a class room.

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Required reading for ultrarunners

Great fact/science based information that will help new runners and experienced runners alike. Strips down many of those things we have heard we should be doing and tells us the whys or why nots. This is one you should probably reread a few times as well.

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Finish and Repeat...

again and again all season and every season after! Invaluable resource for the upstart ultra runner.

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Must read for ultramarathon athletes and coaches

Outstanding content backed by science and further supported by the author’s experience and contributions to the sport. Highly recommended.

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Great learning

Great learning and will have to listen again. A lot of useful info and data.

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Great information based on data without gimmicks

I wish I would’ve had this book 10 years ago before tackling races like Western states, UTMB, and Hardrock. Jason Koop Provides advice based on that data while also acknowledging areas where we still have more to learn. His approach to training, race strategy, and advice for crew/pacers makes a lot of sense. I look forward to implementing his concepts in training.

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Audiobook in Podcast Style!

This audiobook is awesome! Whoever told Jason it was a bad idea was crazy. I find that I learn best listening to content like this while being able to reference it in the hard copy. I found the scientific detail much easier to digest a comprehend in this format. The fact that Koop set this up like a podcast with guest speakers and experts makes it even better.

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  • 12-30-21

Great listen while training/running...

I would have never thought this audio format would work for this book. I first bought the printed version, but found that the combination of audiobook and physical copy would even be better.

Now I use the physical copy as my reference guide and listen to the audio book (or specific chapters) during my long runs or training sessions.

The audio book includes several guest speakers from the world of exercises science to go over a specific subject within the grand scope of the chapter in a bit of a podcast-style interview. This way the audiobook becomes so much more than a boring read, but turns it into a great format to gain knowledge about ultrarunning.

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  • 09-12-22

Essential

An absolute vault of information and insight to help even the most experience or well read ultra runner prepare for their next race, next season and every season to come.

No stock training plans, this is so much more than that and so much information that is transferable back to road running or other endurance endeavours.

Story rated 5 stars in the place of scientific evidencing and comprehensive supporting literature!

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  • 04-12-22

would recommend from novice runner

found it great as someone relatively new to running. Some useful info for any beginner or someone not been running for a long time. I would expect most seasoned runners especially trail runners will know most of the stuff in here already. some great info on qualifying for some ultras, and how to enter if ballot or not etc.

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  • 07-11-22

Essential resource for ultra running

A must read for ultra running training and long distance training in general. A wealth of knowledge, will be coming back to this multiple times.

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  • Tanja
  • 05-31-22

Long book akin to an ultra 😝

Overall a good listen - lots of valuable info whether you are experienced or new to any distance running.

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  • 01-10-22

Comprehensive

Great book, plenty of detail (almost too much), a one stop shop for anything in the ultra running domain. Great resource for future reference.

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