Learn Why Millions of Runners Have Decided That Less Is More!
No topic in running has gotten more attention lately than minimalist shoes and barefoot running. Proponents say that running barefoot or in lighter, lower shoes leads to better running form and fewer injuries. But others caution that ditching your regular running shoes for barely there models can increase, not decrease, your risk of injury.
In this indispensable guide, veteran running writer Scott Douglas draws on the knowledge of leading coaches and other running experts to show how and why to make the move safely to running in less shoe. Full of real-world wisdom, The Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running explains why most runners should consider minimalism, gives simple tests to determine if you're ready, shows how to make the transition safely to running in less shoe, and reveals easy exercises to improve your running form once you've switched.
If you've been wondering whether minimalism and barefoot running are for you, let this book be your guide to a lifetime of healthy, happy running.
|Publisher:||Rodale Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
SCOTT DOUGLAS is the editor of Runner's World Newswire and the author or coauthor or five other running books. A runner since 1979, Douglas lives in South Portland, Maine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I applaud Scott Douglas’ complete guide to minimalism and barefoot running. Moreover, I appreciate the roadmap he outlines to making the transition to running injury free for both the novice and the experienced runner. It was not until recently after a plate, rod and eight pins were placed in my right femur, knee and ankle did I approach the idea behind minimalism and barefoot running. One year after my surgery I started running again, but sharp pain in my knees became a rude awakening for me during my 3-mile runs. I noticed quickly that running was becoming a high impact sport for me to continue after I had been running for almost the past 11 years. I, like many other enthusiasts, had just finished reading Christopher McDougall and his book, Born to Run. While McDougall was a captivating and entertaining storyteller, his piece however did not readily convince me that minimalism and barefoot running would be a means to an end to running injury free. One afternoon my husband and I were watching our nephew run, and to our observation our two year old nephew and children his age alike naturally run by striking on their midfoot or forefoot. It seemed to be the most natural form to running. A few months later, I came across Scott Douglas’ guide to minimalism and barefoot running. I strongly encourage ALL runners at ANY level to understand and introduce minimalism and barefoot running into their running. Quote from Douglas, “Running in lighter, flatter shoes (or no shoes) isn’t an end goal, but a means to an end. That end is a more efficient, more effective gait. Better running should translate to increased performance, decreased risk of injury, and, harder, to quantify but still important, greater enjoyment of running.” This is one of the most important echoing theme throughout the book, “It is a means to an end.” I have been happily running now in my first ever minimalist shoes for the past 4 months and running injury free! Before transitioning into minimalist shoes, EVERY runner should consider this as a guide and a coach to help make the successful transition into minimalist running. I think what made this successful for me was listening to my body and incorporating cross training and strength training into my daily workouts. Douglas reiterates the importance of strength training. You will realize quickly there are muscles you are not use to working out, and strengthening these muscles while transitioning into minimalism will help tremendously. Finally, like Douglas highlights in his book, there are different ways to transition. I think the best way for me was to gradually build up to it. Whatever approach you take, I am a believer that it will be successful if you truly understand your goal. Terrific book, Scott. Thank you!