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Hansons Marathon Method: Run Your Fastest Marathon the Hansons Way

Narrated by: Brian Arens
Length: 7 hrs
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Run your first marathon or your fastest with Hansons Marathon Method, the revolutionary training program from one of the best running teams in the world, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.

Hansons Marathon Method tosses out mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends - two old-fashioned running traditions that often injure and discourage runners. 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 final miles of the marathon - and finish strong. 

In this audio edition, the Hansons program welcomes newer runners with a new Just Finish program featuring a simple schedule of easier running and lower mileage. The Just Finish program sets up first-time marathoners for an enjoyable marathon and a lifetime of strong, healthy running. 

Hansons Marathon Method will prepare you for your best marathon:

  • Sensible weekly mileage based on science, not outdated traditions
  • Effective Hansons speed, strength, and tempo workouts paced to achieve your goal
  • Crucial nutrition and hydration guidelines to run strong for the whole race
  • A smart and simple Just Finish program for new runners and marathon first-timers
  • Detailed training schedules for experienced and advanced marathoners

Hansons Marathon Method lays out the smartest marathon training program available from one of the most accomplished running groups in the world. Using their innovative approach, runners will mold real marathon muscles, train their body to never hit the wall, and prepare to run their fastest marathon.

All tables, figures, workouts, and schedules referenced in this audiobook are included in the supplementary PDF.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Luke Humphrey (P)2019 Echo Point Books and Media, LLC

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  • Melini
  • 03-02-20

Pot. Risky Training Plan with Audio Format Issues

People who have done the full experiment with the plan have reviewed the eyeball-reading book on Amazon, and I encourage potential listeners to check that out regarding the content. I'll update my own review with marathon results when I've completed my plan and run my race. I'm currently working the plan. You can also google a basic outline of their plans and see if it seems nuts for you or worth a listen to hear how/why you should try to get to the kind of super high mileage they're prescribing.

On the upside for me so far, it's made high mileage feel reasonable, and it resonates with my training style. I'm already a full-time, 46-year old endurance athlete, but brand new to running. Jumping from 24 miles to 40 miles in the "beginner" plan from week 5 to 6 is nuts though. It's hard for me to imagine anyone finding their way off of the couch and into running who could make that leap. Seriously, you need to be already good to go 40, maybe with just a little tune up, when you start the plan for that leap to be a safe thing to do to your body, especially if you're past a certain age.

While I'm inclined to take them at their word that this is a good plan for everyone, I do wonder if they have spent a lot of time training people slow runners. The reality of someone who is already slow dialing their pace to 13 or more minute for "easy" runs is that the beginner plan will take more time in a week than the advanced 100/week plan will for fast, very experienced runner. It also didn't give much consideration to aging total beginners though there was a a bit of discussion about old lifers slowing down eventually.

There were anecdotes about several people for whom the plan worked, and it's hard for me to imagine how anyone who faithfully completed the plan wouldn't improved. One gets the impression that most of these runners were in their 20's. However there wasn't data or anecdotes about newcomer mid-life-crisisers got sidelined by injury or the white flag of attrition while attempting their first effort, and how does that compare to other plans? So far I'm gettting faster, and I'm not broken yet...though I'm also doing copious amounts of my own thing in addition to (yoga, paddling, surfing) and at times in opposition to (resting, racing) the plan as written.

I found a lot of really interesting insights and sound information about the rationale behind the workouts that I can apply if and as I decide to adapt the program to suit my needs better. (I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, so I don't say this lightly.) That said, maybe it's overreaching for any training book to try to fit both elites and "just finishers". While we can both find inspiration in the other's path, they're really not the same, and going too deep into the others' specifics isn't useful and can be demoralizing.

Finally, I'd rather have to suffer/fast-forward through some incomprehensible tables rendered in audio form than skip the whole book all together, so I'll give the content of this book a net "Yay", and the supplement .pdf was helpful if disjointed from the listening experience. The narrator made a valiant attempt at reading the many data tables, but they really don't work as audio content.

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  • Katie Moore
  • 30-01-20

Great read for training

Great info and easy read. Great help for runners. This information has greatly improved my marathon performance and training strategy.

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  • Brett
  • 28-01-20

Not just for beginners

I almost skipped this book due to the “just finish” wording that seemed to dominate the descriptions. I found that this book is perfect for runners of all levels and delves deeply into the discipline and physiology needed for success. Great resource.