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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; Original edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Danny is one of the lead voices in the current natural running revolution.” — Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning

“Abshire has long been a go-to-guy for elite runners and triathletes struggling with injury, and in Natural Running he dives deep into the surrounding subjects ignited by Born to Run.” — Competitor magazine

Natural Running by Newton Running founder Danny Abshire takes the reader back to the basics. The tools, tips, and 8-week transition plan are designed to get runners to run as efficiently and healthily as possible—the way nature intended.” — Triathlete magazine

“Danny Abshire’s approach gives hope to those who have struggled with injuries and uncomfortable running. He brings a simple, sensible, and usable approach to transforming your running so you can reach your potential. Danny’s knowledge of running form and biomechanics can help all runners become more efficient.” — Mark Allen, six-time Ironman® World Champion, co-founder of MarkAllenOnline.com coaching, and co-author of Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You

“Danny Abshire has devoted his professional life to studying and teaching proper and efficient running technique. He has worked with some of the best runners and triathletes in the history of endurance sports and just speaking to him will make you a better runner." — Craig Alexander, three-time Ironman® World Champion

“One of the virtues of Natural Running is the education on running biomechanics that it provides. A comprehensive, understandable overview of this topic has been badly needed since the barefoot running trend began with Born to Run. Abshire covers everything from the structure of the foot to individual gait assessment.” — Running.Competitor.com

“Running efficiently is a precursor to running any distance fast and exuberantly. No one knows this better than Danny Abshire, whose lifelong study of the body in motion has helped many champions reach their goals, me included. Natural Running is the definitive guide for anyone who craves the joy of effortless and timeless runs.” — Lorraine Moller, four-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist and co-founder of Lydiard Online Training Systems

“For two decades Danny Abshire has been a lone voice in the wilderness, patiently showing the fortunate few the correct way to run. Now the rest of the running world gets the chance to learn from Abshire's running-form wisdom in Natural Running. With the pendulum finally swinging towards proper running shoes and technique, I expect Natural Running to be the standard reference source for years to come.” — Mike Sandrock, author of Running with the Legends

“Danny Abshire has an innate knowledge of running biomechanics and an ability to translate his knowledge into a fix for running injuries.” — Paul Huddle, triathlon coach, contributor to Triathlete magazine and author of Start to Finish Ironman Training 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon

From the Back Cover

“Natural Running is the definitive guide for anyone who craves the joy of effortless and timeless runs.”
—Lorraine Moller, Olympic bronze medalist and co-founder of Lydiard Online Training Systems

Enjoy all the benefits of barefoot running—while wearing shoes.

Natural Runningteaches you to run the way nature intended, mimicking the healthy, efficient barefoot style you were born with, while keeping feet safe from rough modern surfaces. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire explores the science of how the body evolved to run, giving you the practical tools and information to analyze your own feet and form.Natural Runningoffers the technique, drills, and an 8-week transition plan for faster, better, healthier running.

Discover how you were meant to run.

“Danny brings a simple, sensible approach to transforming your running. His knowledge of running form and biomechanics can help all runners become more efficient.”
—Mark Allen, six-time Ironman World Champion, and co-author ofFit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You

Danny Abshireis a passionate lifelong runner and co-founder of Newton Running, where he has spent 10 years designing and refining Newton running shoes. As a longtime running form coach and injury expert, he has worked closely with thousands of athletes, from beginners to Olympic elites, helping them improve their running form and technique.

Brian Metzleris Senior Editor forRunning Timesand has written about endurance sports forRunner's World,Triathlete,Inside Triathlon,Men's Health,Men's Journal, andOutside.


More About the Author

Newton Running products were conceived and designed by Danny Abshire through his experience as a runner and designer of lightweight custom orthotics. Working with elite athletes, Danny dreamed of creating a shoe that would help runners of all levels get back to natural running techniques. Danny has been a running coach and the Director of Biomechanics and Injury Prevention for Multisports.com since 1993. He is also a consultant with the Lydiard Foundation and received his Pedorthic training from Northwestern University. Danny not only is an avid runner but also enjoys art, camping and spending time with his wife Jennifer, who manages the Newton Running Lab, and his two sons.

Customer Reviews

Abshire doesn't suggest that his shoes are the only, or even the best way to run with a natural gait.
John Miller
The last part of the book provides a training plan for the complete beginner, along with form exercises designed to strengthen your feet and improve your form.
Scott
Good info, good book Has some fairly practical explanations of why barefoot running works and why it is a healthy way to train.
B. Soares

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Scott HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2011
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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 thousands of miles in shoes and was already committed to natural running before getting the book, however reading it just gave me a much better understanding of the practice and makes me more confident in my decision to move away from cushioned shoes. A lot of it I was familiar with and are the same old points (landing on your heel is effectively a braking motion, landing on your heel transfers all the impact of your weight to your knees, etc), but there is a lot of original stuff in this book too.

Once Abshire has convinced you that heel striking is bad, he then looks at proper natural running form.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John Miller on March 14, 2011
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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.

Disclaimer: Natural Running is written by the founder of Newton Shoes, but there are very few references to it here. Abshire doesn't suggest that his shoes are the only, or even the best way to run with a natural gait. He mentions the Nike Free somewhat disparagingly, saying that it still has a rather raised heel, but mentions that nearly every other company is developing shoes aimed at a more barefoot feel.

The book does argue against completely barefoot running as a main training method, especially on pavement and trails, saying that the risk of cuts and stress fractures is too high. It does, however, suggest running barefoot on grass and other natural surfaces. Here in the Boston area, where pretty much every block has broken glass, I want _some_ protection, darnit.

Nice to know those form exercises I learned back in high school track really do work!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By re4l_mu5ic on November 14, 2011
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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 and how much better shoes like Newton's are at least 20 times. I got the point after the first or second time. I would have also liked if he included more recommendations on shoes, especially with all the natural running choices available now. If you get this book to learn natural running, I would recommend just reading the technique and work out parts. If you read through it start to finish, you'll notice a lot of repetition.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christine H. Deane on December 17, 2010
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I am not a runner. I chose this book to improve my WALKING and stair climbing. I am about half way through and immediately began applying the suggested form changes and immediately my knees stopped hurting.

I have just bought 4 more copies to give as Christmas presents.

I am 63 years old and not an athlete.

If you are able to run, you should read this book.

If you are able to walk, you should read this book,

Learn how to stop hurting yourself.
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