Hansons Half-Marathon Method

Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons Way

By Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson, Luke Humphrey


Hansons Half-Marathon Method reveals the same half-marathon training program that has turned Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runners into champions.

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Hansons Half-Marathon Method reveals the same half-marathon training program that has turned Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runners into champions.

The Hansons-Brooks running team shares its unique, winning approach to America’s favorite running race distance in their comprehensive guide to half-marathon training. With half-marathon training schedules for intermediate and advanced runners, as well as a welcoming Just Finish Program for newer runners, Hansons Half-Marathon Method prepares all athletes for their best performance.

Hansons athlete and coach Luke Humphrey explores the differences between the Hansons method and other training programs and then shows runners how to make the Hansons half-marathon training program their own. He guides runners through choosing the right training plan and offers a practical guide to setting race finish time goals. Humphrey reveals the Hansons approach to precise half-marathon pacing, showing runners how to find their most effective paces for the Hansons SOS (“something of substance”) workouts—speed, strength, tempo, long, and easy runs. He coaches runners on how to modify the plans to work around busy schedules and missed workouts. He answers frequently asked questions on switching workout days, managing fatigue, incorporating races into training, and adding mileage.

Runners will benefit from the Hansons’ advice on finding the best shoes for distance running and their veteran tips on avoiding common stumbling blocks during race week, at the expo, at the start line, and after the race. The Hansons science-based approach to half-marathon pacing, nutrition, and hydration will ensure that runners cross the finish line feeling strong.

Hansons Half-Marathon Method lays out the most effective way to train for a half-marathon, developed by one of the most accomplished running groups in the nation. Using the Hansons way, runners can forge a breakthrough half-marathon performance.

Read these excerpts from the Hansons Method including the myth of the 20-mile long run and sample Hansons workouts.

Hansons Half-Marathon Method: Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons Way
Luke Humphrey with Keith and Kevin Hanson
Foreword by Desiree Linden
Paperback with tables and illustrations throughout.
6″ x 9″, 296 pp., $18.95, 9781937715199

Hansons Half-Marathon Method: Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons Way

Keith Hanson, Kevin Hanson, Luke Humphrey

Paperback. Foreword by Desiree Linden. B&w tables and illustrations throughout.

Shipping Dimensions: 6.00in x 9.00in x 1.00in 296pp $18.95, Inventory 9781937715199, Shipping 1.00lbs

Foreword by Desi Davila

1// Hanson Training Philosophy
2// Marathon Physiology

3// Training Program Components
4// Hansons Training Plans
5// Program Modifications

6// Selecting Race Goals
7// Supplemental Training
8// Nutrition and Hydration
9// Gearing Up
10// Race Tactics
11// Post-Race Recovery

Appendix A: The Elite Program: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
Appendix B: Sweat Loss Calculator
About the Authors

Preview book.

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

Whether you’re a first-time half-marathoner or want to improve your PR, this book is worth a read.

Competitor magazine

Hansons Half-Marathon Method lays out an approach that can work for anyone from a runner who’s doing a charity run with the goal of just finishing to a highly competitive runner trying to PR.

The Runivore

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 Linden, 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 winnter of the Boston and Chicago Marathons

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