Trail Run With Jason

​ Trail Run Coaching For Every Distance.

FAQ

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  • Why does your site look so bad on my phone/tablet?

Sorry about that! I'm working on some website redesign issues, and a better mobile experience is near the top of my list. 


  • What do I get with a Coaching Plan?

When you sign up for a Coaching Plan you'll get a tailored, adaptable training schedule, weekly feedback sessions, personal coaching sessions, and more. Take a look at the list of plans and a full description of what's included.


  • What do I get with a Personalized Training Schedule?

To craft a Personalized Training Schedule, I'll take input from you on your experience, fitness, and goals and craft a training schedule for a trail run of any distance. Take a look at the full description and see what's included.


  • What are the differences between Coaching Plans and Personalized Training Schedules?

Coaching Plans provide an ongoing, dedicated coaching relationship for runners looking to get continued feedback and advice over the course of their training. Personalized Training Schedules are designed for runners who need less personal attention, but still would like help crafting a specific plan. Not sure what's right for you? Just ask.


  • How does online coaching work?

Much as I might like to travel the country and the globe, I won't be able to be there in person for everyone who can benefit from trail run coaching. For those folks on a Coaching Plan who are located outside the Northern California area, I will schedule coaching sessions to take place via one of the many forms of internet video chat. I have accounts for Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime so as long as you have a computer/tablet/phone with a webcam we will be able to connect. 


  • How does local coaching compare to online coaching?

All my clients located in Chico, CA (or nearby) will be able to take advantage of my proximity and have an in-person coaching session as part of their Coaching Plan. We will schedule a time to meet and explore the Northern California trails as I provide advice and insight. 


  • What distances are typically used for trail races? (And how many miles is that?!)

Some frequently used race distances are: 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Marathon (26.2 miles), 50k (31 miles), 50 miles, 100k (62 miles), and 100 miles. It's worth noting that, unlike most road races, trail races are often less exact in their mileage, and races may also use non-standard distances. Making a race follow an existing set of trails means race directors need to be more flexible in setting up a race course.


  • How do I know which distance is right for me?

A general recommendation is to train for a trail race distance equal to or one notch up from your last successful race. If you've done a half marathon, doing a trail half or full marathon is a great goal, and one a coach can help you achieve. As part of any Coaching Plan I will also get detailed information about your current and past training, as well as health and injury history, to help make recommendations for your training goals. If you'd like more information before committing to coaching, I'm available for questions.


  • Do I need to be a fast/experienced/long distance runner to benefit from your coaching?

Speed and prior experience are absolutely not criteria for being a runner, and I am happy to coach runners regardless of their pace and running history. I started my running adventure relatively late in life. And like most of the running world, I am a solid "mid-pack" runner and will never top the finisher list, but I continue to learn, grow and enjoy running. 


  • I'm already a fast/experienced/long distance runner, can I benefit from your coaching?

Life enjoys teaching all of us how little we really know, and it's a safe bet any runner can benefit from coaching and outside expertise. The key is finding the right coach to match your experience and goals. Come over and Meet The Coach to learn more about me, and then get in touch with any questions. My priority is helping runners get better on the trails, and I will work with you to help determine if I'm the right fit for your coaching needs.


  • How is coaching different from a group training program?

​​Here at Trail Run With Jason I provide Coaching Plans and one-on-one attention for each client. There are many other options for runners looking to train, and joining a training group can be a great option for some runners. These group programs provide coaching, advice, and a training schedule, but designed for the group as a whole. Since they must work for the good of the group, they cannot take into account your individual work schedule, a bad flu that keeps you in bed for a week, or how much hill training you need. I encourage everyone to take a look at both options, ask questions, and find the plan that fits best for you.


  • Hey, didn't I read about <trail running topic> on <another website>?

Almost certainly! I have learned most of what I know from the countless books and websites available on the topics of running in general, trail running specifically, nutrition, physiology, psychology, and more. I will not hesitate to make recommendations on supplemental reading for my clients who are interested in delving more deeply on any topic. I maintain an ever-expanding, personally curated list of the most useful resources out there today.

  • What distances are typically used for trail races? (And how many miles is that?!)

Some frequently used race distances are: 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Marathon (26.2 miles), 50k (31 miles), 50 miles, 100k (62 miles), 100 miles. It's worth noting that, unlike most road races, trail races are often less exact in their mileage, and races may also use non-standard distances. Making a race follow an existing set of trails means race directors need to be more flexible in setting up a race course.

why run on Trails


I'm putting together a short video on what I love about trail running. In the meantime, check out this video of runners on a local trail right here in Chico, California.