Hanson Marathon Method – Book Review

Hansons Marathon Method
Hanson’s Marathon Method


I bought the Hanson’s Marathon Method book by Luke Humphrey with Keith & Kevin Hanson, from Amazon a few weeks ago and have been reading it and re-reading it.

Have you ever read a book and all of a sudden, something that you didn’t quite “get”, suddenly became crystal clear. This is something I wrote in my daily workout blog post the other day.

“When I read the Hanson’s Marathon Method book, it created one of those “eureka” moments for me, that changed my perspective about my running and how I train.

I have always read and known that you are supposed to run slower for recovery runs and long runs and then push harder on your quality workouts.

Once I got through reading the book things finally clicked for me. Especially when I went back through my running log and saw that my pace for tough or recovery runs were pretty much within a minute of the other.

To be blunt I wasn’t allowing my body to recover, I was just having one hard day on top of another harder day. Not the way to run a railroad or training schedule.”

There was just so much great information that I was finally ready to listen too about how to train, that I wanted to ensure that I really understood the concepts and how the Hanson’s Marathon training plan could make me a better runner, not just a better marathoner.

Below is a video that I have made that explains how I feel about the book.

Sometimes a short video like that explains how I feel than I could in a lot more words than you would want to read.

As I stated in the video, I have always believed in over-distance training. That way I will have the confidence that I can complete the distance without any problem and the only question going into the race is how fast I will run, not if I will finish. While this philosophy worked for me for shorter distances, it hasn’t for the marathon and I am finally figuring out that need to train differently.

The other thing is that I am not 25 anymore and I this book made me realize that my haphazard method of training was getting me injured more than I need to. My recovery runs were not slow enough and my quality runs were not fast enough…I was too close to the middle for all of my runs.

I am still wrapping my head around long-run part of their training philosophy. I don’t know if I totally agree with this part of the Hanson Method, but at the same time, the research they quote seems to back up what they are saying. I have to admit they have a LOT more experience running and training runners than my one marathon finish and several failed attempts. So they know what they are talking about a lot more than I do.

The idea of basing my speed work pace on my current 5K or 10K race pace makes a lot of sense. Running tempo runs and more of my long runs at marathon pace or slightly faster also is something that I didn’t do and should. If I can’t run a 16 mile long run at that pace, how will I run 26.2 that fast?

The more I look at it, the more the Hanson training philosophy just feels right to me…although right now I can still see myself pushing the envelope a little on a long run, just to see how I feel – maybe I will feel differently once I actually start training using the Hanson’s Method.

The Hanson’s Marathon Method is the first book, of all of the books that I have read about running and training, that has made me really stop and look at what I am actually doing. When I looked back through my training logs, I found many flaws and errors in how I was actually training versus what I believed I was accomplishing.

Based on what I have read and re-read, I am going to try their half-marathon training plan, to see the Hanson Method will work for me or not.

The reality is that I am very excited about this change in my perspective as well as the potential that it has for me to attain my goals without risking injury as much as I was, with my “seat of the pants” or training by how I felt, non-training plan.

I think that the Hanson’s Marathon Method book is well worth reading and depending on your own running/training philosophy, it might make you stop and think about what you are doing and how you are doing it.

It did for me.

Now to take it from plan to execution – this should be “interesting”.

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