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Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth by Michael Sandler
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Shelves: running. What an uneven, poorly edited, poorly researched book If you take it as a well-grounded, well-researched book The first few chapters are new agey "connect with the magnetic fields of the earth" kind of hooey, but if you can wade through that or skim fast , then the book gets pretty good.
Its discussion of mechanics, exercises, how to build up your foot, injuries - all are good. The discussio What an uneven, poorly edited, poorly researched book The discussion of food and nutrition is very basic: eat organic, eat local; nothing different for a runner than for any other human need.
The author makes goofy outlandish statements right and left that make a reader wonder if there's any truth to that phrase hot peppers are a superfood! I stopped making notes for things I wanted to fact-check after a while - they all might be true, but the author doesn't support any of it, beyond a quasi-religious enthusiasm from his personal experience.
I'm very fortunate to have www. All in all This is not an exciting book if you're not a runner or you have little interest in the bio-mechanics of your feet. And even if you do run, parts of this book will not set you on fire - in fact the entire section on becoming one with the earth and using meditation beads didn't do much for me.
BUT, I found this book so helpful that I'm giving it four stars. The foot strengthening exercises are worth the price of the book, and the section on barefoot running offers extremely helpful advice for the This is not an exciting book if you're not a runner or you have little interest in the bio-mechanics of your feet. The foot strengthening exercises are worth the price of the book, and the section on barefoot running offers extremely helpful advice for the transition from traditional shoes.
I also liked the section on "First Aid"; the authors offer solutions for plantar fascitis, heel spurs, general foot and ankle pain, tendonitis, runner's knee, IT band syndrome, and more. A genuinely good guide. View all 15 comments. Jun 08, Roblyn rated it liked it. This was an interesting book - I especially liked the parts about the foot anatomy and the metaphysics of running with and without shoes.
I also appreciated the parts of the book that talk about foot strengthening as a way to overall health. The spiritual aspect of the book could be a little heavy handed at times. It's interesting to read about different ideas regarding what our feet and bodies "need". Aug 15, Christian Hamaker rated it liked it.
Plenty of good information after a shaky start, and the book's conclusion on minimalist shoes - which was what drew me to the volume in the first place - was a nice payoff. I imagine I'll be returning to "Barefoot Running" as I continue to run and find ways to deal with, and hopefully overcome, certain foot problems.
It just makes sense. What if you had your hands in tightly bound gloves all day?
How much natural dexterity would you have in your hands? Good resource book This is a very good book for information about barefoot running. It goes into depth regarding exercises to get you started and continuing onward. Jul 19, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: runners, those looking to run in more minimalist shoes or barefoot. Shelves: fitness , running. This book had solid exercises for building up foot strength, stretching, ankle strength, and balance activities important to those starting out in more minimalist and barefoot running, which I hope to start doing as soon as my foot heals from surgery and I'm able to walk on it on the bare ground without a shoe.
I'm not sure if I will go completely barefoot due to how much of a tenderfoot I am and have always been As I think I might have mentioned either on my blog or on my review for Born to Run, I've had experience with top-of-the-line running shoes as well as custom orthotics and my feet are worse for the wear. I figure after 5 foot surgeries and already knowing that I have neuromas in my left foot that need to be operated on at some point I'm going to try a different route and see if I can have some more success and have less foot problems down the road. Sandler emphasizes going slowly when transitioning to running barefoot or running in minimalist shoes which I think it extremely important to anyone interested in trying this.
By slowly he doesn't mean to actually run slowly which I already do!! Then if things are fine do another yards. Two days later if you are still okay you can do yards, all the while letting your skin be your guide.
I really appreciate this slow and controlled process because like many other things other sporting disciplines, eating , really listening to your body will serve you well every time. The foot and ankle strengthening exercises are some of the same ones that I've currently been doing in my physical therapy sessions to build up my arch and metatarsal strength post-surgery.
My copy of this book is full of underlines, checkmarks, and starred passages and will definitely serve as my reference when I start running again. Sandler spends a lot of time at various points talking about the need for a higher degree of awareness when running barefoot so that you aren't tuning out to your latest Genius playlist but are, instead, making sure you are paying attention to proper form and the surface you are running on.
At times the reminders of this were repetitive but I think the suggestions on starting slowly, the actual plan that you can follow, the specific suggestions for moving to more minimalist shoes, and the section on kids barefoot running with some specifics more than made up for this. I'm now waiting for shoe stores to catch on and offer some better alternatives for adults and kids that don't want running shoes with toe-lift and banana-shaped soles. Because although barefoot is good Jan 03, Tommy rated it liked it.
Sort of convinced me that I'm on the right track with my minimalist shoes, but the idea of shifting to full on barefoot running is - as I suspected - a tad extreme, despite the benefits. Plenty of support from the authors for ditching standard running shoes to decrease injuries, improve form, and become a more effective and efficient runner. The authors include lots of strengthening exercises, as well as a practical approach to weaning oneself off of running in shoes to a minimalist or barefoot Sort of convinced me that I'm on the right track with my minimalist shoes, but the idea of shifting to full on barefoot running is - as I suspected - a tad extreme, despite the benefits.
The authors include lots of strengthening exercises, as well as a practical approach to weaning oneself off of running in shoes to a minimalist or barefoot approach. This is not easy. But big true. You become a big runner after adapting this rule. No more "yet another mile, it will be ok". And I like authors running without pain. You should listen your body and pain is signal, something goes wrong. And thi From beginning a little bit spiritual - for me. And this make me sense. May 09, Miriam rated it liked it. The book was a fascinating read.
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I have been running for over twenty years, injury free. I started running a bit barefoot, on grass, at the park because of this book. My son joined me because it sounded fun.