Podcasts Run with Fitpage Ep 18: Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning on Getting Faster and How to Not Hit a Plateau
Ep 18: Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning on Getting Faster and How to Not Hit a Plateau

Ep 18: Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning on Getting Faster and How to Not Hit a Plateau

Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS-Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’, which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. He has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred athletes of all types, abilities, and sports during his coaching career.
In this episode of the podcast, Jason speaks on getting faster, improving race timings, the role of strength training, and much more with our host Vikas Singh.
Episode Summary:
00:00 – Introducing Jason Koop
02:38 – Welcoming Jason to the show!
03:09 – How does one get faster through training?
06:16 – The role of training volume to improve running performance
08:40 – When is the right time to start seeing speed improvement?
12:08 – The right time to incorporate speed workouts
14:12 – Not hitting the plateau, staying motivated
21:20 – The importance of belief and a smart training plan
26:52 – The role of strength training
33:50 – Strength training for injury prevention
39:00 – The role of sleep and rest to improve running performance
41:12 – More on speed workouts
46:56 – Jason’s advice to runners
Guest Profile:
Jason is a coach to many of today’s top ultramarathon athletes, including Dylan Bowman, Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson, Stephanie Violett, Dakota Jones, Kelly Wolf, etc. He is also an accomplished ultrarunner in his own right, having finished in some of the most difficult races on the planet, including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100, and the Western States 100.
To connect with Jason, visit www.jasonkoop.com.
Jason’s Podcast: https://www.jasonkoop.com/podcast
Host Profile:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner himself, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
Instagram: @vikas_singhh
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
Gmail: vikas@fitpage.in
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
Learn more about fitness and nutrition on our website www.fitpage.in
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.