I don’t typically write positive reviews 😊 but this time I would like to share my feedback about Hanson’s training method and personal coaching via LHR.
First of all, I have two of Luke Humphrey Running books, and read them more than once throughout the years. I used the training plans from the marathon book for my first few marathons (BQ’ed on my second attempt). Then I switched to a different training method throughout the years (11 full marathons in 6 years), but always went back to Hanson’s. For some reason, the methodology just worked for me – 2 SOS sessions and 16 miles long run.
After few years of getting through so many injuries by overdoing stuff (hello, type A personality! – 16 miles was never enough for me…), I decided to hire a coach (not part of LHR) that was in my price range. I worked with that coach for a year or so, but something did not “click” – method did not work for me, not much flexibility, lack of communication from my coach, etc. I went back to looking into what LHR had to offer. I debated for few months if I should hire one of their coaches, as personal coaching ain’t cheap! But you get what you pay for, right? I closed my eyes, tied up my budget and sign up; it was probably the best investment I’ve ever done in my running “career”!
Melissa Johnson White – she took me under her wing. Let me tell you, Melissa knows her stuff. It’s scary sometimes how she knows what I’m going through (mentally and physically) during my training just by looking at my logs (I don’t think I look at my logs as much as she does 😊) . I feel like she is invested in my goals and cares how I do on my running and races. What I really like about her coaching style (besides her planning and adjusting all of my workouts where I don’t even need to think about) is that if I ask her a question, a specific question, kinda like “yes or no” type, she will respond very promptly in a way that makes me answer my own question. Similar to what Luke says a lot in his podcasts “it depends” 😊 But that’s what great coaches do – guide athletes to make their own decisions.
During these covid times and races being cancelled, I’ve been under Melissa’s wing since January 2020. I had races scheduled almost every month, but with cancelations, she adjusted my schedule almost on a weekly basis. Now the best part - Melissa helped me PR in all distances! I PR’d in 5k, 10k, and half marathon in one race!!! And I just PR’d in my marathon (on a difficult course and pouring down rain) by 7 min! Oh, and I won that marathon on the women’s side! I really think she knows what a runner needs to be successful in their own running “careers”. I could have not done it without having her by my side. Thank you, and I am looking forward to working with you on my next running endeavors!