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 worldsÃƒ ¢ €š ¬" 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I got into "natural running" a couple years ago after being sick of being injured all the time and dealing with shin splints, ITB syndrome, and a myriad of other problems. I started with a combination of straight barefoot running, and running in Vibram Fivefingers Bikila Shoe, and got a stress fracture after a couple months that kept me out of running for a year. I wish I had read Abshire's book first, because I could have avoided that problem.
The concept of natural running deals mainly with landing on your midfoot/forefoot when you strike the ground, rather than your heel. The first half of the book explains why a heel strike is bad, and why you should change your form. I run into a lot of resistance when I tell people I'm a barefoot runner, mostly from the belief that you need 2 inches of cushioning under your foot to prevent injury, and secondly that you need to protect the bottom of your feet. The book does an excellent job of debunking the first claim. I have run...
This book really explains what happens with your body when you walk and run. It goes into different gait types, different types of feet, common foot irregularities, and running form drills, then sets out a sample training plan.
Thus far, I've only read this book, ChiRunning, and Born to Run. The last really isn't a "How-To" book, but it still contains quite a bit of information. ChiRunning has a pretty cover, but you really have to sift through all the explanations of "Chi" to get to the running bit, and even then, it describes a running motion that seems unnatural. From page 1, Natural Running gives sound science-based explanations for how to run. Succinct, to the point...
I got this book after reading Born to Run, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage) which I highly recommend. I have always had IT band issues when I run, so a new approach to running was just what I needed. I'm still in the transition to natural running, so I can't say whether or not it works, but so far so good! Natural Running discusses proper running technique as well as drill and workouts to help with the transition. This part of the book is great. The part I didn't like is it seems that on every page the author, Danny Abshire, goes off about how running shoe companies are responsible for the downfall of running form and then he manages to put in plugs for his own shoe company (Newton Running). By the time I finished the book, I'd heard about how "evil" traditional shoes are...
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