Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running

Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running


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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 faster, better, healthier running.

Discover how you were meant to run

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030653
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,330,009
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Danny Abshire is a veteran running coach and injury expert. He is the cofounder of Newton Running, a startup running shoe manufacturer specializing in 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 veteran sports journalist and runner. He is editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine and was senior editor at Running Times magazine and the founding editor of Trail Runner. Metzler is an award-winning journalist, running shoe tester, and former collegiate track runner.

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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Natural Running 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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MkR More than 1 year ago
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.