Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running

Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running

by Danny Abshire, Brian Metzler
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Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running by Danny Abshire

Natural Running is the middle ground runners have been looking for. By learning to run the barefoot way, while wearing shoes, runners will become more efficient, stronger, and healthier runners. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire presents the natural running technique, form drills, and an 8-week transition plan that will put runners on the path to faster, more efficient, and healthier running.

In Natural Running, Abshire explains how modern running shoes distort the efficient running technique that humans evolved over thousands of years. He reviews the history of running shoes and injuries, making the case for barefoot running but also warning about its dangers. By learning the natural running technique, runners can enjoy both worlds—comfortable feet, knees, and legs and an efficient running form that reduces impact and injuries.

Natural Running teaches runners to think about injuries as symptoms of poor running form. Abshire specifies the overuse injuries that are most commonly associated with particular body alignment problems, foot types, and form flaws. Runners will learn how to analyze and identify their own characteristics so they can start down the path to natural running.

Abshire explains the natural running technique, describing the posture, arm carriage, cadence, and land-lever-lift foot positioning that mimic the barefoot running style. Using Abshire's 8-week transition plan and a tool kit of strength and form drills, runners will move from heel striking to a midfoot or forefoot strike.

Natural Running is the newest way to run and also the oldest. By discovering how they were meant to run, runners will become more efficient, stronger, and healthier runners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937716066
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 397,947
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 16 Years

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 by Paula Newby-Fraser


Introduction: Evolution to a Running Revolution

1 What Is Natural Running?

2 Evolution of a Sport and a Shoe

3 Into the Lab: Examining Your Running Form

4 The Science of Motion: Three Gaits

5 Foot Biomechanics: A Close Examination

6 The Physics of Running: Whole-Body Kinematics

7 A New Way to Look at Common Running Injuries

8 Natural Running, Unnatural World

9 Dynamic Strength and Form Drills

10 Natural Running

An Eight-Week Transition Plan



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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.