Hansons Half-Marathon Method lays out the smartest half-marathon training plan available from one of the most accomplished running groups in the nation. Using this innovative approach, runners will run their fastest half-marathon

Get a JUMP START in the fastest-growing distance in the world!

Half-marathon is the fastest-growing running race distance in the world. Now in Hansons Half-Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal the half-marathon training program they’ve used to turn their runners into race winners, national champions, and Olympians.

Using this strategic and scientifically grounded training program, runners will mix precisely paced speed, strength, and tempo workouts to forge breakthrough performances in the half-marathon distance.

Hansons Half-Marathon Method will prepare beginners as well as intermediate and competitive half-marathoners for their best performance. Detailed nutrition and hydration chapters help runners pinpoint their energy and hydration needs so they know precisely how to fuel during workouts, race week, race day, and for recovery. The Hansons approach to pacing and nutrition keeps runners from hitting the wall before hitting the finish line.

Hansons Half-Marathon Method lays out the smartest half-marathon training plan available from one of the most accomplished running groups in the nation. Using this innovative approach, runners will run their fastest half-marathon


  • Lacosta Browning Lykowski

    I am excited to see this new addition as it’s closer to my current goals; is there a release date for the new book?

  • Peter

    Is an ebook-version of the book also planned?

  • LukeHansons

    Hey all! Print version is currently in stock at Amazon, but will be on shelves by 4/8. E-version being worked on, just takes time to re-format the charts and table. VeloPress expects it by summer. Sorry, I wish it was sooner, too!

  • Stephanie Carpenter

    Really love this book. I do think there is an error in the pacing chart, Table 3.5, however. The half-marathon pace is given along with the estimated marathon pace in the first 2 columns. So far, so good. But then the Tempo column (and everything based on that) uses the marathon pace, not half marathon. See 3:50 marathon, 1:50 half marathon. The tempo pace given is 8:46. That would be correct for the marathon, but not for the 1:50 half marathon. I’d have to look at your 1:45 half marathon paces to get the correct 1:50 half marathon pace per mile (8:23). Or am I off somehow?

  • LukeHansons

    Stephanie, Table 3.5 indicates various training intensities. For your specific 1/2 marathon pace refer to page 93.

    • Stephanie Carpenter

      Thanks for clearing that up for me, Luke. I was worried that the other paces on that chart would be based on the marathon tempo, but I can see that’s not the case. It makes sense now!

    • Mike

      Hi Luke,

      I am still confused by this. I see that page 93 has the paces for the tempo workouts, but there doesn’t seem to be a table that gives the long run pace for a given half marathon goal time. The values in Table 3.5 seem to correlate with marathon goal times, not half marathon goal times. Please let me know if I am missing something.

      • MSH

        Mike – ever get an answer to this? I know Luke responded but I have the same question in terms of long run pace for a specific half marathon goal. Yes, can refer back to specific sections for tempo, speed and strength workouts (strength pace is off by 16 seconds from table 3.5 vs page 85, which is a lot for a mile), but long run (and maybe easy paces) seem to be off. tks!

        • Mike

          No, I haven’t, and so I am going with ~45-60s slower than half marathon pace for these runs. It would be great to have a more precise answer though!

        • Steven Felix

          I know it’s 3 years since this thread was started, but I’d like to echo what Mike, Stephanie, and MSH have said. The paces in Table 3.5 don’t line up with the paces in the specific sections. For instance, with a 1:36 half-marathon goal, chart 3.5 says tempo and strength runs are 7:38 and 7:28, respectively. But if you refer back to the tempo (p 93) and strength (1-mile, p 85) charts, they say 7:19 and 7:09, respectively.

          What’s the purpose of Table 3.5 if it doesn’t provide training intensities linked to the specific half marathon goal?

  • jonhoffm

    Picked up a copy of the half marathon method. As a numbers guy, I really like the pacing charts and specific guidance! I must admit, though, to being a bit intimidated by the weekly milage – it really ramps up fast. That said, there is little doubt that if you follow the program, you will be very well prepared on race day.

    I was wondering if you had any plans to get the training schedules onto an interactive training site such as Training Peaks in the near future. I would think that would greatly enhance communication with coaches and make it easier for the runner to see their performance to plan.

    • LukeHansons

      Currently working on a project with our partner http://www.runzalot.com. We use it for our coached athletes currently. In near future all of our pre-made schedules will be available for purchase.

  • Jose Lucero

    I’m enjoying the Kindle edition very much. I’m training for my first Half Marathon! As I’m from a country that
    uses the metric system, I was wondering if there is a way to get the
    training plans in KMs instead of miles. When I try to do conversion, I’m
    not sure what to with the decimals as 3 Miles is not exactly 5K. Best
    Regards!!

  • PascalT

    I enjoyed reading the
    book, learned a lot from it and used it to train for a half marathon.
    Unfortunately, I got injured (Achilles) in week 15 of the intermediate plan,
    which is really crappy cause I was so close! This happened a week ago,
    and I will not be able to run the planned race.

    Anyway,
    I really think this method works and want to use it again for a half marathon
    in the near future. What I miss in the book, however, is what to do when
    getting injured so late in the program. What I mean is, how do I decide
    where to pick the schedule back up? or do I have to start from scratch
    again? I know the answer depends on how long I stay injured, but do I have to
    start back from scratch if I can not run for a month? I do plan on doing
    cross-training to keep the fitness-level while not being able to run.

  • Chelsea

    Confused by the pace charts as well, especially since I am converting to min/km… Not miles.

    • LukeHansons

      Sorry about that, the system is based in the US and honestly never thought it would be a worldwide project. It’s something we’ll have to look at for the future

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  • Dale Sprague

    I’m slow and my expected half-marathon time is 3:00:00 at this time. I’m 54 and just took up running a year ago. Do you have pace calculations for times beyond 2:24:00?

    • LukeHansons

      3 hour 1/2 is 13:44/mile. Not sure what schedule you are using, but I would recommend the just finish program and focus on building your general endurance. That alone will bring your natural pace down. I am assuming that your shorter runs are probably faster than that pace and that typically represents a lacking endurance. Not bad, it’s just common with newer runners.

      • Amy

        I used the full marathon training book and it was informative and user friendly. However, the half marathon book is unfortunately more difficult to use. Chart 3.5 is for training intensities – it would be great to have a chart where I could see all my paces for various workouts instead of flipping back to the individual charts. Table 3.5 Training Paces in the full marathon book tells me all my paces at a glance. Also, with the way the half marathon 3.5 chart is set up I am still unclear on what pace to run my long and easy runs. A comprehensive “Training Paces’ chart in the half marathon book would be very useful. I wonder why it was not developed or included.

      • nilesh d sonawne

        why this book is not available in india, i want to buy it

  • nilesh d sonawne

    why this book is not available in india, i want to buy it