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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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This book is laid out very well, the photos are great, and bullet points nicely done. The guide does not start out with "technical stuff" first, but gives a nice introduction into the whole concept of barefoot and minimalist shoe running. The meat and potatoes come a little later when you actually learn how to properly and carefully transition into the sport. The bases are really covered and the book includes methods of logging and planning your barefoot activity into your daily life. Nice since I am in the medical field so was looking for that aspect of the movement. The authors delve into body mechanics, proper stretching and strengthening routines, and provide a solid appendix of helpful materials for those looking to learn even more. No page is wasted and you won't find any "fluff" - just solid, well researched and helpful material. It is definitely a winner!
Most barefoot runners become so for physiological reasons like a desire to reduce injury, improve balance and proprioception, and get faster and the guide documents these well. The guide also discusses the mental and emotional benefits. The authors offer a nod to spiritual benefits and "the potential to put you closer to nature," which are often why barefoot runners remain committed to barefoot running. Personally I would have appreciate more emphasis on the `getting back to nature part' but I shouldn't really expect that from the CIG style.
I'm still not entirely sold on the Complete Idiot's Guide style - it feels better suited for learning software than something like barefoot running. But the bottom line is that the format works. The handy "The Least You Need to Know" bulleted summaries of each chapter help when reviewing the material and a quick scan of the table of contents reveals the book's comprehensiveness, in true CIG style.Read more ›
There is a surprising amount of detail in this book, from how to get started to developing a long-term plan. Details include almost 2 pages about running on grass, sand and trail, for example.
I appreciate that the book encourages newcomers to go completely barefoot (not wearing minimalist shoes). Exceptions to this are laid out: circumstances where the terrain calls for it; weather conditions, finishing a run when the bottoms of your feet are done.
I like the outline/structure of the Complete Idiot's guide. "On Your Toes" offers brief suggestions interspersed throughout; chapters and sections are clear and relevant; you know what is "In This Chapter" at the beginning of each chapter; and bulleted "The Least You Need To Know" is at the end of each chapter. "Tip Toes" are barefoot running tips; "From The Sole" are fun facts and helpful tidbits.
I love the photos - they're very helpful to understanding the exercises the authors present. The exercises aren't overly complicated, by the way, which can really turn me away. The book even shows us the best form to have when we fall, which might sound irrelevant but it's completely tied in to the need for barefoot runners to be aware of their body movements and connection to the earth (which might go astray at some point on the trail).
I'm really glad I bought this book - it's given me important insights into the incredible world of barefoot running.
With clear and concise writing, it really gives you all you need to know about why you should consider barefoot running, and how to go about learning the technique.
One of the authors, Thomas Hollowell, was speaking in my area recently. I drove an hour to attend his talk, and it was well worth it. His talk was great and his feet were unbelievable!! Strong as an ox ( aka Beastly Feet!!). If everyone had feet like that, foot pain would be a thing of the past.
This book is definitely one of the most thorough, in depth, and to the point, a must-buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought this book back in February of 2011, but never got around to reading it until laterly.
Printed on low quality paper, as the pages has turned yellow. Read more
Informative book,step by bare step instructions on the dynamics of running barefoot.Easy read and full of facts and knowledge. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by peter
This is a book about barefoot running. It gives a nod to running in minimalist shoes but only after you run barefoot. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Gerard
Why in the world would you run without shoes? Because you were born to. Avoid the injuries that 60-80% of all runners get every year by ditching your running shoes. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Stephanie
From the reviews I had high expectations, but the book was just alright. Part 1: Background, is the first 60 pages. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Gamer
I'm sorry, but I just don't understand why the author chose a cover photo that shows a runner obviously preparing to heel-strike for a book that advertises itself as a... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by FireChuck
I purchased the E book version of this book and will end up buying the hard copy.
I found this book to be a very in depth step by step guide guide to relearning how to run,... Read more
if you like to be beaten over the head over and over and over and over again, this book is for you. assuming you have at least a middle school education, this book might be below... Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Kendrick Carroll