Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running [NOOK Book]

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Natural Running teaches you to run the way nature intended, mimicking the balanced, efficient barefoot style you were born with while keeping your feet safe from rough modern surfaces. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire explores the science of how the body evolved to run, giving you the practical tools and information to analyze your own feet and form. Natural Running offers technique, drills, and an 8-week transition plan for ...

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Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running

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Overview

Natural Running teaches you to run the way nature intended, mimicking the balanced, efficient barefoot style you were born with while keeping your feet safe from rough modern surfaces. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire explores the science of how the body evolved to run, giving you the practical tools and information to analyze your own feet and form. Natural Running offers technique, drills, and an 8-week transition plan for faster, better, healthier running.

Discover how you were meant to run

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Editorial Reviews

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“Danny is one of the lead voices in the current natural running revolution.” — Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning

“Abshire has long been a go-to-guy for elite runners and triathletes struggling with injury, and in Natural Running he dives deep into the surrounding subjects ignited by Born to Run.” — Competitor magazine

Natural Running by Newton Running founder Danny Abshire takes the reader back to the basics. The tools, tips, and 8-week transition plan are designed to get runners to run as efficiently and healthily as possible—the way nature intended.” — Triathlete magazine

“Danny Abshire’s approach gives hope to those who have struggled with injuries and uncomfortable running. He brings a simple, sensible, and usable approach to transforming your running so you can reach your potential. Danny’s knowledge of running form and biomechanics can help all runners become more efficient.” — Mark Allen, six-time Ironman® World Champion, co-founder of MarkAllenOnline.com coaching, and co-author of Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You

“Danny Abshire has devoted his professional life to studying and teaching proper and efficient running technique. He has worked with some of the best runners and triathletes in the history of endurance sports and just speaking to him will make you a better runner." — Craig Alexander, three-time Ironman® World Champion

“One of the virtues of Natural Running is the education on running biomechanics that it provides. A comprehensive, understandable overview of this topic has been badly needed since the barefoot running trend began with Born to Run. Abshire covers everything from the structure of the foot to individual gait assessment.” — Running.Competitor.com

“Running efficiently is a precursor to running any distance fast and exuberantly. No one knows this better than Danny Abshire, whose lifelong study of the body in motion has helped many champions reach their goals, me included. Natural Running is the definitive guide for anyone who craves the joy of effortless and timeless runs.” — Lorraine Moller, four-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist and co-founder of Lydiard Online Training Systems

“For two decades Danny Abshire has been a lone voice in the wilderness, patiently showing the fortunate few the correct way to run. Now the rest of the running world gets the chance to learn from Abshire's running-form wisdom in Natural Running. With the pendulum finally swinging towards proper running shoes and technique, I expect Natural Running to be the standard reference source for years to come.” — Mike Sandrock, author of Running with the Legends

“Danny Abshire has an innate knowledge of running biomechanics and an ability to translate his knowledge into a fix for running injuries.” — Paul Huddle, triathlon coach, contributor to Triathlete magazine and author of Start to Finish Ironman Training 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937716066
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 486,341
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Danny Abshire is the co-founder of Newton Running, a Boulder, Colorado-based company that makes shoes that promote an efficient midfoot/forefoot running gait. He has been making advanced footwear for runners and triathletes for more than 20 years.

 

Brian Metzler is a senior editor at Running Times magazine, a running coach, and a former collegiate track runner. He is an award-winning journalist who has written about various topics in running and conducted running shoe wear-testing for magazines since the late 1990s. He was also the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine in 1999.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword Paula Newby-Fraser xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Evolution to a Running Revolution 1

1 What Is Natural Running? 9

2 Evolution of a Sport and a Shoe 21

3 Into the Lab: Examining Your Running Form 41

4 The Science of Motion: Three Gaits 53

5 Foot Biomechanics: A Close Examination 63

6 The Physics of Running: Whole-Body Kinematics 79

7 A New Way to Look at Common Running Injuries 95

8 Natural Running, Unnatural World 109

9 Dynamic Strength and Form Drills 119

10 Natural Running: An Eight-Week Transition Plan 143

Resources 169

Index 173

About the Authors 181

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

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    Great book on natural running!

    I have been a fan and use Newton's running shoes. Danny as the founder of the company has eloquently discussed his philosophy behind the design and concept of his shoes and as a result, talks about natural running. The book is an easy read and I found it educational and entertaining.

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