Jason Pohl – Sacramento Running Coach

From: $89.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Certified in ultrarunning science and backcountry safety, I’m here to help you succeed in trail races and off-grid adventures.

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Sacramento running coach Jason Pohl has run both road marathons and trail ultramarathons, and is here to help you make the transition to ultras and trails, or to help you manage your next big ultra, with his science-based approach that also takes into account your life’s schedule. Reach out to Jason today!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Trail
DISTANCES: Ultra
TRAINING PLATFORM: Final Surge
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Sacramento, CA

SPECIALTIES

I learned to love running when I was a kid logging miles on the PCT in Southern California. After a decade of racing road marathons — from local races in Colorado to the Boston Marathon — I went all-in on trail in 2019. I haven’t looked back. Working a demanding full-time job with occasionally wonky hours and stress, I know how difficult it can be to get training in. I’ve also learned how to balance those demands and be successful on the trail. As a versatile athlete who enjoys moving through wild spaces, my specialties include:

  • Transitioning from road marathons to trail ultras
  • 50k to 100 milers
  • Mental strategies for trail success
  • Strength training for injury prevention
  • Route-planning and backcountry safety
  • Backpacking/fast-packing (trip planning, gear, training)
  • Embracing running as a hobby and lifestyle

PHILOSOPHY

There is power in motion. There is a super power in prolonged movement through remote spaces.

My role as a coach is twofold: To use science to help structure physical workouts to obtain physiological adaptations for success AND to help athletes discover what makes them want to go farther and dig deeper — in running and in life. I believe races are great events to test overall fitness. More importantly, these events are opportunities to structure our day-to-day process and learn about ourselves in ways that transcend running. Not interested in racing? Let’s work together to find some scary goals and get after it! Each runner is different. But all runners deserve support and guidance to help them unlock their potential.

COACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been running for over 15 years and coaching informally on and off for about five. I have helped friends finish their first marathons, discover a love of trails and bounce back from injuries. As a former college instructor and occasional backcountry adventure running guide, I’ve seen the success that comes from teaching how to navigate trails and find long-term success.

ABOUT ME

I had never been a “runner” or an athlete when I was little. Instead, I was convinced I was too slow, too out of shape, too far behind the fast kids. But I had a coach who recognized I did have something that’s difficult to teach but essential for running and life success: I was disciplined. He took me under his wing and, cliché as it may be, those miles on the Pacific Crest Trail showed me the power of trail running.

I studied journalism in college and ran my first marathon when I was 19. I ran Boston when I was 20 and a dozen other marathons in the years after that, logging miles while working as a newspaper reporter. In that time, I also bicycled across the country with my partner, hiked dozens of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains, and backpacked across the West. While I’d always spent time on trails, I began to focus on trail training in 2017 and have fully embraced the joy of going longer and faster ever since.

Movement is a focal point of every day. I’m a part-time adventure running guide and certified Wilderness First Responder who loves stringing together long, sometimes multi-day adventures in the mountains. I’m also an avid reader who loves cooking — I’ve been a vegetarian for most of the past decade, but believe there’s value in all diets in moderation.

A couple other things: I’ve got two cats, a Subaru and love breakfast burritos and black coffee.

BIG INFLUENCES

  • Megan and David Roche for their outlook on running and life — and for reminding us to embrace our weird and not take ourselves too seriously
  • Jason Koop for his science-based training that is advancing ultra-running in the smartest ways
  • Addie Bracy for her instruction manual on mental strategies for succeeding in ultras — and life
  • Dylan Bowman for his enthusiasm and dedication in bringing trail running to the big stage
  • Clare Gallagher for her work bringing awareness to climate change and prioritizing what matters in life

RACING HISTORY

  • First marathon: Colorado Marathon (2010 — eked out a BQ)
  • Biggest marathon: Boston (2011, 2018 — the year of the storm)
  • Fastest marathon: Colorado Fall Classic Marathon (2016, 2:58)
  • First trail marathon: Blue Sky Trail Marathon (2014) 4:09
  • Favorite ultra: Never Summer 100k (2022 — also the most difficult)
  • Full trail racing history on UltraSignup: https://ultrasignup.com/m_results_participant.aspx?fname=Jason&lname=Pohl

CERTIFICATIONS

  • UESCA Ultrarunning Certification – United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy, 2022
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR/AED

PRs

  • Mile: 4:56
  • Marathon: 2:58 (2016 Colorado Fall Classic Marathon)
  • 50k: 5:03 (2019 Big Chief, near Lake Tahoe)
  • 100k: 14:03 (2021 Cuyamaca)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • M3 (Fall Classic Marathon)
  • Top 10 (Marlette 50k, Big Chief 50k)
  • Top 20 (Blue Sky Trail Marathon, SOB)

CONTACT JASON

Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
Any questions/comments for Team RunRun or the Coach in general?

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