Why the HFM Maritime Marathon?

I ran the inaugural race on whim in 2011 after attempting a marathon comeback a month earlier at the mid-race, heat cancelled Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. I had not run a marathon in a number of years, trained well, and was haunted by not being able to cross the finish line. Fortunately, the stars aligned and I found this gem on the shores of Lake Michigan a very short drive south of my home. It has become a tradition ever since. If you would like to learn more about my first experience at the Maritime, check out this post on my personal blog.

My training approach

Well, my training for this year’s event is going to be a little weird for a couple reasons…

First, I’m not strictly following a formal training plan, but will be following principles of the Hanson Marathon Method in spirit.


Though very awesome, not those Hanson brothers… these Hanson brothers. This approach primarily means more focus on regular speed workouts (yuck!) and slowing it down on easy runs (yeah!). I’ll be putting in between 30 – 55 miles most weeks, put will be flexible in my approach and with my schedule.

Second, I’ll be running the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon with an organization called myTEAM TRIUMPH just 3 weeks prior to the HFM Maritime. I’m very blessed to be running that event with my inspiring friend Captain Henry. We partnered together last September as Henry finished the Fox Cities Half Marathon. I’ve run two marathons within a month before, but this is a bit different with a shorter window of recovery.

Not your typical marathon build-up, but I’m excited and up for the challenge. In a future post, I’ll speak more about more goals for race day on the lakeshore!

Thanks for taking time to read my first post. If you are running the HFM Maritime Marathon for the first time, let me assure you that you made an EXCELLENT choice. If you are considering it… do it! I promise that you won’t regret it.

If you would like me to write about anything in particular in future posts, just want banter about running, or have a question, feel free to email me at mark@happyrun.net