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The Barefoot Running Book First Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running Paperback – March 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Running Press; First edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615354440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615354446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first thing to keep in mind when opening this book is that Jason has no intention of turning anyone into a barefoot runner overnight. Jason, like all barefoot veterans, emphasizes patience throughout and I urge you to heed his words. Although the book could be considered a quick read, you will find in the text that transitioning to barefoot or minimalist running is not for the instant gratification crowd. Just like training for your first marathon, it takes small steps and persistence. What this book gives you is an education about barefoot running. It also provides you a starting point and goals to aspire to along your path to embracing barefoot and minimalist running. Everything is simple and straightforward and guides you to running from the soul (double entendre intended!). Jason acknowledges that barefoot or minimalist running may not be for everyone, however even the most fervent running shoe salesman can walk away with something useful from the book. A wonderful advantage to this book is that it fits easily into a backpack and can be pulled out as reference material. For example, when stuck in a hotel room, I am able to retreive my copy and choose a couple of activities to promote barefoot running. Did I say activities? Yes I did. Jason provides a number of activities to help barefoot runners of all levels improve their technique and form. And that is what sets this book apart. There is plenty of information about barefoot running on the internet and elsewhere. But this book is a concise guide that takes you into the how and provides a map and the components to successfully transition from shod feet to naked feet or if you desire, minimalist footwear. --Last Mile Lounge Review

This book is small--both in page size (5.5 x 8.5 inches) and length (61 total pages). The cost is fairly minimal as well: $14.95. I guess a book on minimalist running should be minimal, eh? The book's shortness is both a blessing and a curse. If you are looking for an in-depth treatise on barefoot running, this is not your book. If you want a quick primer on barefoot running, then this book will provide a great collection of advice from a trustworthy and experienced author. For someone new to the minimalist landscape, Jason's book is an ideal entry point. It provides a rationale for why barefoot running can be a healthy and robust alternative to shod running. The book then takes the reader through a series of exercises and drills that should be done before going barefoot. This "pre-work" is important for eventual success in transitioning from shod to barefoot running and walking. After the "pre-running" information, Robillard advances through beginning, intermediate, and advanced barefoot running. He provides two basic 4-stage training schedules that should help runners conceptualize the transition from shoes to bare soles. --Chris' Ultra Blog

The book starts out with a graduated program for becoming a barefoot runner. I can attest to most of the advice given at the beginner and intermediate levels, because they are right in line with my experiences. The advice for the advanced levels of training is also completely consistent with everything I've read on the subject so far. The author also offers more general training advice that, in my opinion, is "spot on" for any type of runner, shod or unshod, who is interested in improving his or her performance. I was very happy to read his recommendation of emphasizing intensity over volume when training. I was also pleased to read his advice on getting adequate rest. The cross training advice was also excellent, and is based on the principles of CrossFit, of which I am also a strong advocate. --Ken Schafer, Pose running coach

This book is small--both in page size (5.5 x 8.5 inches) and length (61 total pages). The cost is fairly minimal as well: $14.95. I guess a book on minimalist running should be minimal, eh? The book's shortness is both a blessing and a curse. If you are looking for an in-depth treatise on barefoot running, this is not your book. If you want a quick primer on barefoot running, then this book will provide a great collection of advice from a trustworthy and experienced author. For someone new to the minimalist landscape, Jason's book is an ideal entry point. It provides a rationale for why barefoot running can be a healthy and robust alternative to shod running. The book then takes the reader through a series of exercises and drills that should be done before going barefoot. This "pre-work" is important for eventual success in transitioning from shod to barefoot running and walking. After the "pre-running" information, Robillard advances through beginning, intermediate, and advanced barefoot running. He provides two basic 4-stage training schedules that should help runners conceptualize the transition from shoes to bare soles. --Chris' Ultra Blog

The book starts out with a graduated program for becoming a barefoot runner. I can attest to most of the advice given at the beginner and intermediate levels, because they are right in line with my experiences. The advice for the advanced levels of training is also completely consistent with everything I've read on the subject so far. The author also offers more general training advice that, in my opinion, is "spot on" for any type of runner, shod or unshod, who is interested in improving his or her performance. I was very happy to read his recommendation of emphasizing intensity over volume when training. I was also pleased to read his advice on getting adequate rest. The cross training advice was also excellent, and is based on the principles of CrossFit, of which I am also a strong advocate. --Ken Schafer, Pose running coach

About the Author

Jason Robillard is a barefoot ultramarathon runner and barefoot running instructor. He has been recreational barefoot runner since 1992 and racing barefoot since 2006. He runs in events of all distances ranging from 5K road races to 100 mile trail races. Jason is the owner of Barefoot Running University, LLC, an organization that helps runners make the transition to barefoot and minimalist shoe running. Jason regularly conducts clinics and workshops to teach barefoot running skills. Jason routinely blogs about his barefoot ultramarathon experiences on his 'Barefoot Chronicles' blog. Jason also teaches high school psychology. His unique background as a professional educator and barefoot runner allow him to use a variety of teaching and coaching methods to help runners achieve their goals, whether they wish to transition to minimalist shoes, are interested in adding barefoot running to their training routine on a part-time basis, or wish to become a full-time barefoot runner.

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It's written in a very fun and easy to read style.
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I think Jason Robillard has written the ideal So You Want To Run Barefoot book, aptly titled, The Barefoot Running Book.
Josh
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in barefoot running...either exclusively or part-time.
R.E.W.

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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By K. Beck on September 14, 2010
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While I think that there are some good tips in the book on how exactly to get started barefoot running, at 61 pages, it's more of a pamphlet than a book. The price is a bit high for what you're getting.
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45 of 61 people found the following review helpful By R.E.W. on April 21, 2010
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I am a new runner. I've never run in a race, or run a continuous mile even. However, when I wanted to start running, I learned about barefoot running. I researched it some more and discovered it was really the route I wanted to take. I was disappointed though, that there were no books on HOW to actually learn (or maybe there are, and I just didn't find them). Yes, there are websites and forums, but the information I found was scattered all over the internet. Then this book came out. I had already been reading on Jason's website and blog, but this had everything contained in one easy-to-understand book, even for a beginner like me. It's an easy read and I appreciated the humor scattered throughout it. Although I had been attempting barefoot running prior to reading the book, I did not achieve "proper form" until I read it and implemented some of the techniques. Now I am just working on building endurance!

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in barefoot running...either exclusively or part-time.

Now that I am running more regularly, and my feet are stronger...I LOVE running! And believe me, I NEVER thought I'd ever say that!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Pierre on June 13, 2010
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This book is very short, but easy to read. It gives strengthening exercises, running techniques, training schedules, etc. However, I believe most of the information in this book could have been learned by trial and error of running. There is no profound information in this book. It was an easy read and gave some good tips however. It's worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2011
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I bought this little book July 2010, found the couple pages that prepared me for barefoot running in a simple, easy-to-follow sequence of exercises. The light bulb turned on in my brain in a few minutes and I've been running ever since. When my husband got his first pair of Vibram KSOs, he ran like a duck. He didn't want to hear how to run from me. I showed him the pages in this book and he was suddenly running like a gazelle. I'm back to buy another copy for a friend who has the Vibram 5 Finger running shoes with no idea how to use them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Estes on August 24, 2011
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When my good friend of many years recently told me about his new passion of barefoot running, to say I was skeptical would be an understatement. The whole notion seemed utterly fringe and ridiculous. Still, he recommended I read two books before making up my mind, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and this one, The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robilliard. Okay, I'm convinced. The idea of un-protecting my foot in order to strengthen it and prevent future injury sounds counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, the science is slowly backing up this claim. The barefoot and minimalist running movement is part rebellion against profit-seeking shoe companies, part searching for why running injuries have increased exponentially in the past 50 years, and part exploration of a different kind of natural approach to running. A simple primer argument is this: Children are encouraged to spend lots of time barefoot in order to build up their foot posture and muscles so why is the same practice discouraged once we get older? I'm a new convert to the practice so I reserve the right to change my mind down the road. So far my experiences have been exhilarating! There is an emotional connectivity to the ground that surprised me, like I used to be asleep while running.

The book itself is very good, offering numerous tips on getting started and all the while the author constantly (and rightly) reminds you to take it slow. The how-to subject matter can easily be condensed down to half the size or more since a lot of progress in barefoot running is self-discovery, but the extra anecdotes don't diminish the book at all. His trail journal of the Hallucination 100 is an especially good coda for the book.
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I like this book because it does not have long academic chapters on anatomy. It contains the essential information for beginnig bare foot running. The writer has many experience of it.
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By Tom Triumph on June 12, 2013
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I had adopted minimalist running several years ago, and learned through a lot of trial and error. I was hoping to fill in some gaps, especially around form. This is more for the beginner who isn't sure they want to do barefoot/minimalist, with testimonials about barefoot running and information about terminology. The formatting is cheap and jolting, the organization a bit scattershot. An okay book, but you'd do better with a few hours spent on the internet.
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By Blashy on April 10, 2013
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Nothing really to learn from this book that you cannot find online so I say if you want to save, forgoe it.
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