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Running For The Hansons: An Insider's Account of The Brooks-Sponsored Marathon Training Group Made Famous by Olympian Brian Sell Paperback – May 17, 2011
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When I heard that Sage was putting this book out, I couldn't wait to get a hold of it as it finally pulls back the curtain a bit on how the decade plus long and very successful Brooks Hansons Distance Project operates. Many of the rumors that can be found on the LetsRun's "World Famous" Message Boards are true, including instant expulsion for dating a teammate of the opposite sex and a six figure guarantee for running a sub-28:00 10k or sub-2:11 marathon (a feat only achieved by Olympian Brian Sell and Desi Davila for the womens equivalent). It also talks about the 26.2k "Marathon Simulator" run that the Hansons do about a month out from a major marathon. You can tell how serious about the sport Kevin and Keith are in regards to their attention to detail for these simulator runs.Read more ›
I've jogged along side them at community runs, chatted with them at the stores, watched them make the Olympic team (Brian Sell) and come within seconds of winning the Boston Marathon (Desiree Davila). However I didn't know much about the inner workings of the team and the sacrifices that these smooth striding elites make on a daily basis in order to push American distance running as far as they can.
Sage Canaday's book provides an insightful glimpse into the Hansons program. It discusses the early years of the program, the formation of the team and the investment Keith and Kevin Hanson have made to improve American distance running. Published by Vo2max Productions, Running For The Hansons is written in a similar style to that of Running with the Buffaloes and Sub 4:00, both by Chris Lear. It includes journal type entries describing training interspersed with entries detailing the history of the program, races and other odds and ends.
The author, Sage Canaday, joined the Hansons program late in the summer of 2009. He packed his worldly possessions into his 1998 Chevy Prizm and drove from Ithaca, New York to Rochester Hills, Michigan.Read more ›
The most annoying thing was the hero-worship of Brian Sell. Sell himself comes off quite well, but it got a bit old to read again and again that he was the epitome of the "blue collar runner" and that being a "blue collar runner" was inherently superior to the (unmentioned) soft-touches training in Mammoth or Flagstaff or the Rockies. And for someone who extols a blue collar for a runner he's elitist when it comes to the people in the Detroit-area generally and those who come into the Hanson's stores, although he does admit to stereotyping.
As far as training (I didn't get through the specific training-log that's at the end), it seemed to be lots and lots of miles and lots and lots of workout-racing. Lots of early morning efforts in the cold and resented community-outreach runs.
It's a quick read, as I say, and worth the time. He's not a professional writer, though, so don't expect "Running with the Buffaloes".
Also, there was not much information about the team outside of Canaday's training group (Chad Johnson and Drew Polley) and some background on the Hanson brothers. I was really hoping to gain more insight into the history and training of key runners such as Brian Sell, Nick Arcinaga, Pat Rizzo, etc. In defense of Sage, I am not sure that other members/coaches wanted him to write about them, so this could potentially be the reason why he limits the scope of his book.
Positives: Detailed training information about Canaday's group building up to the Boston marathon. Info about what other guys were doing was still limited, but the general training philosophy seems to be the same so there isn't too much information missing. A lot of what Canaday provides though was not new or original as the majority of the Hansons Team used to post their training on Athleticore, a training website which is open to the public if you sign up for a membership.
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The book is an interesting, personal and in many ways inspiring account of a pretty extreme training regime and the sacrifices involved. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book that gave me a real peak into the world of an elite runner. I started running recently and will never be as fast as sage, but it gives a fun perspective on... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raizy Hines
Detailed insight on the sacrifices and lifestyle of professional runners. Great sense of humor even self deprecating.Published 16 months ago by Rolando Bonilla Duran
Great Book easy to read, you can see how elite training its being done through a runner. Its written similar to a blog.Published 20 months ago by Sergio Quintanilla
Sage posted many videos to YouTube and they tell you how much he loves running. This book highlights what those videos haven't showed you - dark side of his life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Yuske Abe
I always wondered what drives a sub elite runner. It was fun to read Sage's personal account along with the other runners profile. It could have used a good editor. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bruce Satterlund
Felt like I was reading a teen boy's journal (dozens of "I want to talk to hot girl" and "take a shit" comments) who happened to be a near elite runner. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by P. Hubbard