The Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon

The Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon




In Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal the methods they've used to turn their runners into race winners, national champions, and Olympians. Hansons Marathon Method offers a radical overhaul of marathon training that promises to turn any runner into a true marathoner and help experienced marathoners set new personal bests.

Hansons Marathon Method does away with mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends--two outdated traditions that make most runners miserable. Instead, runners using the Hansons method will gradually build up to the moderate-high mileage required for marathon success, spreading those miles more sensibly throughout the week. Running easy days mixed with precisely paced speed, strength, and tempo workouts, runners will steel their bodies and minds to run the hardest miles of the marathon.

Both Beginner and Advanced training programs feature the unique Hansons 16-mile long run which, as part of the Hansons program, is ideal for preparing the body for the marathon. Humphrey explains how runners should set their goal race pace and shows how to customize the Hansons method to their own needs, like adding extra racing, running more miles, and handling training interruptions.

Detailed nutrition and hydration chapters help runners pinpoint their personal energy and hydration needs so they know precisely how much to eat and drink during workouts, race week, race day, and for recovery. The Hansons approach to pacing and nutrition means marathoners will never hit the wall.

Hansons Marathon Method lays out the smartest marathon training program available from one of the most accomplished running groups in the nation. Using this innovative approach, runners will mold real marathon muscles, train their body to never hit the wall, and prepare to run their fastest marathon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030851
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Luke Humphrey is head coach of Hansons Coaching Services and a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Humphrey holds a B.A. in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Oakland University, and is a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. Humphrey is also a professional distance runner with top 10 and podium finishes in major U.S. running races from 10K to marathon, as well as two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials.

Kevin and Keith Hanson are elite running coaches and co-founders of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Kevin has earned multiple Coach of the Year distinctions in recognition of the performance of athletes racing in his programs.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kevin and Keith Hanson



1. Hanson Training Philosophy
2. Marathon Physiology


3. Training Program Components
4. Hansons Training Programs
5. Program Modifications


6. Selecting Race Goals
7. Supplemental Training
8. Marathon Nutrition and Hydration
9. Marathon Gear
10. Race Tactics
11. Post-Race Recovery


Appendix A. The Elite Program: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project

Appendix B. The Sweat Rate Worksheet


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Kevin and Keith Hanson have years of experience coaching athletes at many levels. Their knowledge of the sport is evident in their ability to continually develop athletes and take them to the next level. In addition, Luke Humphrey's science background coupled with being a top-tier marathoner brings a unique and beneficial perspective to training. Not only can Luke provide the scientific approach to the training methods, but he's done the workouts and had successful results. The results have been proven at every level, from the beginner to the elite, the Hanson's training system works. With the coaching experience of Kevin and Keith and the science background Luke brings to the table, you have an incredible wealth of knowledge, and arguably one of the best marathon coaching teams in the country.” — Desiree Davila, Olympic marathoner

Customer Reviews

The Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Running_Crazy More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to using this plan for my next marathon. A co-worker has run 2 PR's using this method. I like the logic in it. Seems to be sound physiology and experience behind it. Thank you to the Authors!
ALrunner08 More than 1 year ago
Content is great! Using to prepare for Boston 2016. eBook on Nook or tablet not so great. Embedded tables are almost impossible to read. Can't page backward through tables. Needs more work.
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