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The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running Paperback – August 15, 2010

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Jason Robillard is a master at teaching people the art and science of barefoot running. His book is highly motivating, and gives you the skills to go as far as you want. --Dr. Michael Nirenberg

An invaluable guide by one of the experts in the field of barefoot and minimalist shoe running. --Dr. Joseph Froncioni

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

An invaluable guide by one of the experts in the field of barefoot and minimalist shoe running. --Dr. Joseph Froncioni

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

About the Author

Jason Robillard is a leading expert on barefoot running education for novice and experienced runners. He is the owner and director of Barefoot Running University and writes for the popular Barefoot Chronicles blog. jason is also a founding member of the Barefoot Runners Society, has written articles for Ultrarunning Magazine, Birthdayshoes.com, and appeared on the Living Barefoot show. With over a decade of experience as a professional educator combined with his training for and running barefoot ultramarathons, Jason helps others through dynamic, hands-on barefoot running workshops and clinics. Jason has collaborated with many experts in this field- including fellow runners, researchers, and medical professionals in an effort to help advance the art and science of barefoot running. This book is a culmination of those efforts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Running Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615376886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615376882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Up until this past Fall, I'd alternated between playing basketball and casual running on my treadmill. Then I jumped the shark and ran in our annual Turkey Trot event at school. (My thinking...I'm fit. It's *only* 30 minutes. What the heck?) Dumb as that may sound, things worked out -- no debilitating injuries. More importantly, my experience that day compelled me to hang up the high tops and become a runner.

Transitioning from shod running to barefoot or minimalist running was an inspiration that came through extensive exploration into better footwear or at least a less punishing way to run. I had never been truly satisfied with either my running shoes, or my basketball trainers -- plantar fasciitis, nasty bunion on my right little toe, gimpy knees, etc. so the pump was primed for finding an alternative.

My initial research yielded useful information about how to start barefoot or minimalist running, all of it FREE from the web. I took it and ran with it. Literally. For the most part ignoring or missing out on the warnings about jumping in too quickly, I plunged headlong into TMTS (too much, too soon) overdrive. In the end, I "paid" for all that FREE and lightly regarded information -- I had to shut down my "pursuit" of barefoot running. For three weeks, I stopped running and start icing. Funny how "free" advice often goes unheeded.

Fast forward to The Barefoot Running Book, 2nd Edition; recently bought and paid for. I'd spent the money, now it was time for putting it to work.
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