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Hansons Marathon Method: A Renegade Path to Your Fastest Marathon Paperback – Oct 1 2012

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030851
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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"Keith and Kevin Hanson have been training professional and amateur distance runners for over 20 years. Last year the brothers, along with Luke Humphrey, an exercise physiologist and one of their coaches, published Hansons Marathon Method. In it, they've thrown out just about every standard of the marathon training program" ¦Unlike other marathon training programs, which typically have runs of 20 miles or longer, the Hansons method tops out at 16 miles, an appealing draw."  -- New York Times

"You might expect a training program devised by the Hanson brothers, Keith and Kevin, to be a little different than the usual rehashing of principles and schedules. Given the success of athletes from the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, you wouldn't be surprised if it was effective, too."  -- Runner's World

"Whether you're a first-time half-marathoner or want to improve your PR, this book is worth a read."  -- Competitor magazine

"Hansons Half-Marathon Method lays out an approach that can work for anyone from a runner who's doing a charity run with the goal of just finishing to a highly competitive runner trying to PR."  -- The Runivore

"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 Linden, Olympic marathoner

"Keith and Kevin Hanson, through their passion for the sport of distance running, have developed an amazing history of successful coaching with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Their insights into their individual athletes and coaching philosophies have enabled athletes like Desi Davila and Brian Sell to successfully compete on the world's greatest running stages. Even more impressive is the development of what many elite coaches would call "marginally talented runners"  who the Hansons have coached up to being national-caliber competitors. Many coaches have systems, but the key to success is the athlete's belief in that system. That comes with trust. The athletes trust the process and the people directing that process. Luke Humphrey adds the science behind the process, but the implementation of the process is an art perfected one athlete at a time."  -- Greg Meyer, American distance runner and winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons

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Break free of outdated training traditions to run your fastest marathon!

The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project has taken American running by storm, becoming one of the nation's most successful running groups. Known for upstart talent and an unconventional 16-mile long run, the group has earned spots on podiums at the biggest U.S. marathons and on the U.S. Olympic team.

Now you can learn the team's secrets for a PR-busting performance in your next marathon. Combining smart science with proven practice, Hansons Marathon Method starts with the end in mind, preparing your body for a marathon's toughest final miles through:

  • Lower-mileage long runs that emphasize quality over quantity
  • Speed, strength, and tempo workouts focused tightly on goal pace
  • Crucial nutrition and hydration guidance to avoid hitting the wall
  • Detailed training plans for both beginners and advanced runners

Coaches Keith and Kevin Hanson break old rules and new ground, combining science and strategy to cultivate the very best race in any runner. Their method, laid out in clear, easy-to-understand terms, arms you with the knowledge, tools, and training plans you need to run your best marathon and achieve the personal record you've dreamed of.

Luke Humphrey is head coach of Hansons Coaching Services and a runner with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.

Keith & Kevin Hanson are elite running coaches and founders of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.

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An OK book, with good information.Clearly written and delivers what it promises.
Some of the tables are a bit confusing -- they have different time-targets for different training tables -- but nothing that you can't figure out with some attention.
Is the plan good? Not for me -- the idea of grinding out mileage six days per week to keep your body fatigued wasn't a good match for me and resulted in injuries eventually. I'm old enough and experienced enough to realize I need some recovery, even if it is just cross training days, between major training days.
It does have a lot of conceptual support and is probably a good training plan for many people and is a short, clear, read. I would suggest it for experienced marathoners who are looking at significantly improving their current PR.
I would NOT recommend it for beginners looking at information for their first marathon. The "beginner" program goes from minimal running to long, grinding, weeks with big steps in both distance and intensity very early. I believe they openly acknowledge in the book that if you are looking at just trying to finish your first marathon this isn't for you.
I don't think it should be your only book on marathon training, but I do think it is valuable enough to read, and is probably a good fit for many people.
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I love this program. With its emphasis on high weekly mileage and 6 days per week of running it really turned me into a runner instead of just a guy who trains for marathons. With it I shaved 3 minutes off my PB and finally nailed a Boston qualifying time, which was no small feat for a guy whose first marathon was a sad 4:20. Not only does it work (if you put in the effort), it's much more enjoyable than all those other programs that promote super long individual runs, sprinting up hills and other unnecessary tortures that force you to take too many rest days. I've been at it since 2002 and have run 14 marathons and have tried lots of different things. This is by far the best approach to training I've come across and everything's pretty well explained if you care to know why it works. Do it.
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The Hansons Marathon Method is a the best training plan book I have ever read. Very easy to follow and understand, the book backs up all its suggestions with strong sports physiology research and reasoning. I highly recommend this book to marathoners of all levels who want a solid, well-researched, effective plan where every workout has a specific purpose. Excellent, excellent book!
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