Hanson’s Marathon Method Review

Review of Hanson’s Running Method Book

I am a big fan of the Hanson’s Marathon Method.  Coming from somebody who hasn’t run more than 18 miles as a training run prior to my last 5 marathons, I agree that the long run is not a mandatory part of any marathon training program.  While my decision not to run the long runs is more out of necessity as I don’t have the time for them, I also agree that the traditional preparation for a marathon is outdated.  This is a great program as it does focus on the quality of your plan versus the buildup and quantity of the miles.

If the book is not enough, Hanson’s coaching plans start at just $25/month.

Marathon Pace Strategy – What good is a target, without the strategy?

Here at MarathonCalculator.com we offer one of our own calculators and numerous reviews of the best marathon pace calculators on the Internet. What happens once you have identified your target marathon time or marathon pace? What is the next step?

The next step is to create a marathon pace strategy. How are you going to get to accomplish that time or pace? Are you going to try to run the same pace for 26 miles? Or if you want to average an 8:30 pace, will you run half at an 8:15 pace and half at an 8:30?

I feel that I have tried just about everything. A few year back I ran 2 marathons within 3 weeks and had 2 completely different pace strategies. The first was to basically start out fast and hold on and the other was to run as consistent of a pace as possible. In the end, I had a difference of 17 seconds between both finishing times. There is no perfect pace strategy. The one that you feel most confident about is the one you should stick with (within reason). These days, I do not really train for marathons. My only long run of the year over 13 miles is typically the marathon. I just try to run a reasonable pace for 20 miles and hold on for the rest. But that is today, that is based on where I am at with my training. I know that I can’t go out and run an 8:30 minute pace for 26 miles, but I can for 20. If I slow it down too much where I might be able to go 26, I often feel too slow and can never get into a rhythm. So, that is what works. My marathon pace strategy is a solid 20 and hold on!

Do you have a medal display?

Marathon Medal Frame

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time visualizing your times, pace and finish time. Once you finish, you think about what you need to do for the next race or marathon. Slower to start or more training for the final miles. You cherish the medal and it sits on the counter or desk for a while, then goes away into a drawer or box. Here is a great new solution for your medals. Let them out of the box!  These medal frames by Medal Blocks are simple to display and look awesome.  It is definitely the best medal display on the market.

Looking for a gift for a marathon runner. You can’t go wrong with this sleek & unique medal display!

2014 Running Goals

It is that time of the year, time to set new goals for the new year. What will your running goals be this year? Run your first marathon? Run a marathon a month? Run a certain pace or time? Here is one post from Competitor on setting realistic goals that we like.

The most important part of setting goals it to make sure they are realistic. Make at least a low level goal that is fairly easy to achieve. Then, you can set loftier goals as well.

I have had the same goals the past few years as I find little time to run and just want to maintain. 1) Continue to run 100 miles per month which I have done for 3+ years straight and 2) Run a marathon, which I try to do every year, but missed last year. I have some reach goals beyond that, but won’t be too disappointed if I don’t make them. For example, would like to break 3:45 in the marathon and would like to try to PR at least one distance. We will see how it goes. Good luck with your running goals!

The More Things Change – Running Innovations

I have been running for 30 years now. I look back at all of the changes over the years and it is amazing. Just some of the most simple things we use today to get us through a race were not available even 10 years ago. One of the biggest things that changed things for me was the introduction of the gel pack. I stayed away from anything new as long as I could, but about 10 years ago, while running a marathon, I realized I had no choice. About 20 miles into the race, I became delirious. I didn’t even know what was going on. After grabbing pretzels, Jolly Ranches and everything I could find, I recovered and went on to finish the race. My blood sugar level was shot. I had burned everything up on top of it. From then on, I used gel packs and never had another similar issue again.

Then there is the GPS, the heart rate monitor and now phones that talk to you. The more things change, the more they stay the same. When everything is said and done, running is still such a simple sport. In reality, you can use your own innovations and just add a pair of shoes and you can be just as competitive as anybody else. Even if you don’t have the latest in technology, you will feel just the same as somebody all geared up once you look back and reflect on all of your accomplishments.

Competitor Tool Shed with Pace Calculators

Competitor.com who is tied to all of the great RnR Marathons & Races has what they call their Toolshed. These are some basic pace calculators and a little confusing to use. The VDOT calculator is interesting and simple, so makes the calculators worth trying out.

McMillan Race Pace Calculator

The McMillan Running Calculator offers a very unique calculator that helps you target your goal for a race and shows what times you need to focus on for other distances to help meet that goal. Great for coming up with some new goals to help you target your main goal.

Boston Marathon Pace and Qualifying Time

As with all of runners and everybody else throughout the world, I am extremely saddened by the tragedy during the Boston Marathon.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

As a show of support, many runners have strengthened their determination to run the Boston Marathon and in many cases it was never a priority of theirs until now (including myself).  Most runners already know it is harder now than just a couple of years ago to run a qualifying time.  The following table lists the times as well as the pace to run to set a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.  Keep these numbers in mind and use some of the calculators on this site to start your planning and good luck!

Age

Men

Pace

Women

Pace

18-34

3:05

7:03

3:35

8:12

35-39

3:10

7:14

3:40

8:23

40-44

3:15

7:26

3:45

8:34

45-49

3:25

7:49

3:55

8:57

50-54

3:30

8:00

4:00

9:09

55-59

3:40

8:23

4:10

9:32

60-64

3:55

8:57

4:25

10:06

65-69

4:10

9:32

4:40

10:40

70-74

4:25

10:06

4:55

11:15

75-79

4:40

10:40

5:10

11:49

80+

4:55

11:15

5:25

12:23

 

MarathonGuide.com’s Pace Prediction and Pace Calculator

OK, don’t really like the pace calculators on this website as much as Active.com or RunnersWorld.com, but this pace predictor is an interesting tool for predicting your time. If you have the endurance, you are well trained, MarathonGuide.com’s pace predictor gives a realistic way to calculate a decent goal for different distance races.

Active’s Marathon Pace Calculator

Active’s pace calculator is quick and easy.  Gets right to the point and easily figures out your pace or time.  It has all the basics you will need out of a marathon calculator.