The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

by Jason Robillard


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For readers of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, The Barefoot Running Book lends practical advice on the minimalist running phenomenon

Ditch those cushiony running shoes—they’re holding you back and hurting your feet!

You’ve heard about barefoot running and how it can reduce injury and allow for better form. Maybe you’ve even tried it and learned how shedding those heavy, overly- manufactured shoes can make running more enjoyable. Regardless of your expertise level, Jason Robillard—a leading expert on barefoot running education and director of the Barefoot Running University—synthesizes the latest research to ease you from barefoot walking to slow running to competitive and trail running vis-à-vis simple drills, training plans, and useful hints from fellow barefoot runners.

Practical, easy-to-follow, and illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout, The Barefoot Running Book shows how everyone can transition to barefoot and minimalist shoe running—safely and optimally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452298453
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,216,097
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

JASON ROBILLARD is a professional educator with more than a decade of experience training for and running in barefoot ultramarathons. He travels the country, promoting barefoot running full-time.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

On Barefoot Running ix

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 The First Steps 1

Chapter 2 Before You Start 23

Chapter 3 Starting to Run Barefoot 37

Chapter 4 Advanced Barefoot Running 46

Chapter 5 Troubleshooting 53

Chapter 6 Challenges 61

Chapter 7 Racing 91

Chapter 8 Training Plans 107

Chapter 9 Cross-training 125

Chapter 10 If I Could Run 100 Miles in Minimalist Shoes, You Can, Tool 153

Appendix 175

Spread the Word! 183

Barefoot Resources 187

Glossary 189

References 191

Index 195

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“The Barefoot Running Book is a no-nonsense approach to barefoot running recommended for anyone wanting to ditch their over-padded trainers and to learn what their feet have been "dying" to tell them!” - Barefoot Rick Roeber

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The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
VanessaRuns More than 1 year ago
Ever since Born to Run, the barefoot craze has been growing with more and more people trying to capitalize on the barefoot/minimalist market. Author Jason Robillard was one of the very few who were teaching and practicing barefoot running long before it became popular. His passion for this topic is genuine, and he has years of experience. While many barefoot runners stick to easy surfaces, Jason has run on technical trails, and even run barefoot ultra marathon distances. He has explored the full spectrum of barefoot running and pushed his feet to the limit. I don't know anyone better suited to write this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FlyFishingNewb More than 1 year ago
I'm sure that this book is well written and extremely informative. Unfortunately, the enhanced nook version can't be viewed through the iPad app and so I haven't been able to read the book. This app limitation is not mentioned anywhere on B&N's web site.