Hansons Marathon Method - Luke Humphrey

Hansons Marathon Method

By Luke Humphrey

  • Release Date: 2012-11-27
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
Score: 4
From 40 Ratings


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Hansons Marathon Method does away with mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends—two outdated traditions that make most runners miserable.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.


  • 27 minute PR, a comprehensive guide

    By vasorunner
    For my 1st marathon, I did the traditional training…low weekly mileage and long weekend runs. My time was 3:55, and I felt miserable. For my second marathon, I used the Hanson's Marathon Method…my time was 3:28 and I felt and finished strong! What I like most about the book is the use of evidence based research for training. This book provides the "why" on their training methods. I use the word comprehensive because physiology, nutrition, running gear (including shoes), race weekend strategies, and recovery are all covered. Several charts are provided to understand the appropriate training pace and a beginner and advanced running plan are provided. I used the beginner plan and PR'd by 27 minutes!
  • Improved greatly using this book

    By Romans5:8
    Although I didn't follow the plan exactly as written (my schedule made me have to adjust some days and I did do a 19 mile run once), I followed most of it and it paid off in me completing my 2nd marathon with a PR 10 minutes under my goal and feeling great. It was easy to understand and motivating.
  • Great book, but charts are so tiny, impossible to see

    By Good2beJess
    This book is great for beginners through advanced runners. With five marathons behind me, I classify myself as somewhere in between. And I learned a lot. After reading the book I was fired up about starting the training plan at the end, but I cannot make out the numbers because they are so small. Same goes for the type in some areas. I've put a request in to the author's Facebook page for access to the training plan online in a format I can read more easily. Hope I get a response.