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Hansons Marathon Method: Run Your Fastest Marathon the Hansons Way Paperback – January 1, 2016
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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
“With his wealth of knowledge, and the Hanson’s assistance, Luke Humphrey crafts a fantastic book that is easy to digest and understand. The book is a quick read and breaks down the entire program nicely. Hansons Marathon Method is purely based on science. Every single run is an important part of the entire program. There is a strategy and logic to everything the plan calls for you to do.” ― The RUNiverse
“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
“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
“There is really no minor detail in marathon prep, as anything can be a major issue in the face of a 26-mile run. From how and when to rest, how to fuel, stretches and exercises to work on parts of the body that running misses, gear, and then formulating the actual race strategy, every key detail is addressed. Hansons Marathon Method is the kind of book a rookie marathoner can pick up and use to ensure they reach the starting line feeling like they are ready for the challenge.” ― Run Oregon
As marathon participation sets new record highs in the U.S., the coaches of the nation's top running group update their best-selling marathon training approach.
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I jumped onto the Hansons plan pretty late, though I already had a decent base and was doing my own plan based on prior Hal Higdon plans from my first two marathons. Unfortunately I had factors working against the Hansons plan, namely the fact that I had 10k, half marathon, and 15k race races too close my target marathon, and so I could not stick exactly to the plan Hansons plan.. The plan was easy enough to adapt though and I mostly dropped the shorter 'Easy' runs and still did all the hard/log/fast workouts.
The specificity of the workouts and the paces for them really worked for me, and even though I upped my target from 3:10 to 3:05 during the training cycle, I never felt 'tired every day' like they and some folks say the program will make you. That said, some days were HARD; hard to hit the pace, hard to hold it for the distance, but that's what training is all about, right?
TIP: The whole plan hinges around your goal marathon time, so pick wisely. Too aggressive and the training will really beat you up, too conservative and you won't get the real benefit of the program.