Hansons Marathon Method

Hello, there!

I am freaking excited about a new training plan I am embarking (well, not  yet… but I’ll be using it for next year’s marathon to get a BQ… I hope).

While volunteering at the pacer booth for the Morgan Hill Marathon, I spoke with Adam, who got a BQ by using the Hansons Marathon Method. I had read about this program through Runner’s World when they did a piece about Desiree Davila (Olympic qualifier).

Borrowed Joe’s Kindle to read it. I was very resourceful and attached it to my elliptical so I could sweat buckets while immersing myself in all things running:

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^I look bald in the picture. Definitely can’t pull off bald. Definitely pulling off the flat boobulars.

Anyways, I was slaving away for 90 minutes and LOVING the book! The first quarter of it is just talking about the biology of humans and the science behind movement (KINESIOLOGY, baby! I love that stuff so much!)… (btw, if you didn’t know, kinesiology is my major).

I’m about halfway through it, and totally can’t wait to get the program going. I don’t want to tell you to go try it or anything just yet (considering that I have not even started the training, haha). But I WILL say that it is going to take a good amount of commitment.

Kind of love how they are science-based and emphasize staying at specific paces for your goal marathon time. That means I can’t do what I usually do… which is to tell myself, “Okay. Just going out for an easy eight,” and end up feeling good and speeding up every mile. I’ll have to save the fast-running for their tempo’s, strength, and track workouts.

But the marathon I was planning to BQ is next May. Maybe if I find a different one to run around March/April, I can get the program going in the beginning of 2014 or the end of this year? We’ll see.


Interesting discussion last night at the Young Adult small group meeting. It surrounded the passage about Jesus walking on water. You can read the whole passage here, but here’s the part we were blown away by:

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said. 

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Okay. We’ve all heard this passage. I remember sermons talking about how when we take our eyes/focus off of Jesus, then we will fall…

Or how even though Peter did walk on water and then start sinking, the other disciples were still in the boat…

but the video yesterday talked about what Jesus said. “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” And how it wasn’t necessarily that Peter doubted Jesus. Peter doubted himself. 

In ministry (or in cases when you want to end a problem on a global scale… such as hunger or human trafficking), it’s easy to doubt yourself. I doubt my abilities all the time! But I know that through our weakness, we will see God’s strength, so I’ll just try to keep close to Him in whatever I’m doing.

Then again, think of how much more you need Him when it’s something that pretty much seems physically impossible (walking on water???). In fact, it’s all Him. We are not worthy or capable of these things… but the most wonderful thing is that he called us. What if Peter said, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water,” and Jesus replies, “… Nah,” then it would show that Jesus didn’t believe Peter could do it.

But Jesus believes that we can do it, and that is why he calls us. That’s why He said, “Come, follow me,” to the disciples. He always made the first step… He loved us first (while we were still sinners), and he called us first. We did not choose to follow Him before He called us. Amirite??

Plus, I heard a message about how pride can get in the way of us doing His good works. If Jesus calls you, and you say, “No, Jesus. I’m just not ready right now. I think I’ll take a year to get stronger in faith and then consider doing that,” then that is pride. You just told Jesus you know better than him *GASP*.

Anyways, hope you can feel encouraged by this. If Jesus calls you out on the waters, trust him and don’t doubt.

… but that’s much easier said that done, huh.


Kinda fitting that the sisters are doing this song as a special song tomorrow:

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United


Have you read and followed the Hansons Marathon Method? Tell me what you think about it!

Do you read anything while on cardio machines? 

Anyone who can’t stand being on cardio equipment at the gym?

10 responses to “Hansons Marathon Method

  1. I ate cardio equipment at the gym…I do grab a magazine when I am on the bike at the gym. I want to start listing to audio books …but I wonder if having something physical to look at would be better?? Hmmm…Gonna check out this book you talk about tho~ thanks!

  2. I heard great things about the Hanson Marathon Method and I bought the book! Looking forward to trying it out too, but I’m really bad at sticking to a marathon plan.

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I’m actually trying the hanson method for my march 2014 marathon. I’m excited, but scared, cause this will be my FIRST marathon! Yikes! But I have read good things about this program, even for novice marathoners. I wish us both luck!

    • Definitely wish you luck! Hope you had enough time as a runner already since the plan can be pretty intense (as far as high mileage weeks).
      😀 Happy and healthy training on your first marathon. It’s going to be life-changing!

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