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About the Author

Dr. Kelly Starrett, coach and physiotherapist, is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach performance as it relates to movement, mechanics, and the actualization of human and athletic potential. He and his wife, Juliet Starrett, co-founded San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where they share their innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with millions of athletes and coaches around the world. Kelly travels the world teaching his wildly popular CrossFit Movement & Mobility Course and also works with elite military forces and every branch of the military; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and nationally ranked and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning and medical conferences nationwide. Kelly believes that all human beings should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. He lives in northern California with his insanely talented and amazing wife, Juliet, and their two young lionesses, Georgia and Caroline. His chief life goal is to spend more time on the beach with his family.

T.J. Murphy, over the course of a 20-year career, has established himself as one of the endurance world’s most prolific writers. He has served as editor-in-chief of both Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines and as editorial director of Competitor magazine. His endurance journalism has appeared in Outside and Runner’s World. In 2012 he gave things a twist when he chronicled his personal odyssey into strength, conditioning, and mobility in the seminal work Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628600098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628600094
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, running is a requirement of my job (USMC) and for a couple years now I have been plagued knee problems revolving around my IT Band. Starrett's previous book (Becoming a Supply Leopard) helped me get over the worst of my injury. As a result, I was excited when Ready to Run was published because it is running specific.
Some strengths are
1. Runner responsibility. If you're looking for a panacea to all your running ailments that requires nothing of yourself, you're looking at the wrong book. Ready to Run hammers home the point that you must take control of your running in order to fix yourself. In fact, most of the methods illustrated are quite painful and add more work to training. They do, however, address problems.
2. With diligence, the methods outlined will alleviate short term running problems, as well as stave off long term problems. Once again though, you have to be willing to work when you buy this book.
3. The illustrations and explanations are top rate as usual. As well as step-by-step photos, there are detailed explanations attached to the mobilizations.
Now a weakness
1. *the reason for my 4 star rating* Ready to Run teaches you how to make your body an healthy and efficient machine, however, it does not teach you how to utilize that new found healthy and efficiency. It advocates a loose running style (neutral foot strike, flat shoes, glute dominant gait) but does not teach the movement of running itself. Do not buy this book expecting it to teach you proper barefoot or minimalist running technique. (Should you be interested in that, buy Jay Dicharry's Anatomy for Runners) Personally, the book feels half finished without a section on proper running technique as well as programming to switch from overbuilt shoes to minimalist or barefoot.

As a whole, the book is still an excellent reference for performing in-home body maintenance that empowers runners to take control of their bodies.
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I REALLY like this book! Kelly Starrett has done it again with the new book "Ready to Run." I was honored to receive an advanced copy of the book and it's an outstanding read. I read the entire book just in a few days as it was extremely engaging content. Here's what I can tell you. While the book is obviously geared towards running, the principles and standards apply in many other areas of function and peak performance. If you're a student of movement, mobility, and performance as I am, then you'll absolutely LOVE this book.

The central themes of the book are about how we can improve performance and reduce the risk for injury. If you're a hardcore runner, I'd say this book is absolutely required reading. I'd also say it's a must read for every athlete because of the applications to optimizing function and performance with so many valuable insights.

As beautifully stated in the book, "running is a compound, functional movement that we were designed to do in daily life." Understanding that statement, this is why it's a read for everyone. Full disclosure, I'm not a runner and I love the book. I'm a strength athlete (and also a former physical therapist), so I appreciate the principles and biomechanics that Kelly covers in detail in "Ready to Run."

The 12 standards are the foundation of the book. These standards are the required movements, mobility, and performance standards we need to meet to be "ready to run." While the standards are designed for running, they are applicable and relevant to human performance in general. They are the framework to restore poor positions, improve range of motion, and correct poor movement patterns, which is really awesome material.

The 12 standards are:

1-Neutral Feet.
2-Flat Shoes.
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Don't be deceived by the word "Run" in the title. This book is filled to the rim with info, insights and correctives for anyone who is exhausted from not just running, but from the "run-around" of the pain & injury treadmill.

Kelly and TJ elegantly lay out the 12 standards they believe every runner (and mover) should master. Their tone simultaneously educates you and makes you crave the corrective movements they describe. The photography clearly illustrates some very unusual techniques. And the sidebars provide a window into current studies and statistics to back up their theories.

I began running as a teen and was constantly plagued by shin splints. I had an on-again off-again relationship to running throughout my twenties and thirties. When I came across Mobilitywod videos a few years ago and studied/practiced some of Kelly and Brian MacKenzie's foot/ankle mechanics and jump-rope tactics, I resolved my own bad running mechanics that had eluded me.

Though my personal movement goals have changed (I am not interested in competition, long-distance runs or field sports anymore), I remain fascinated by human movement. This book satisfies my desire to understand why I was such a bad runner while still helping me to be a better mover.
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Kelly does a great job of clearly and concisely presenting a template for people to follow to get them up and running safely. Too many injuries are seen in runners and more often than not they just started running without any regard for how they ran or if they had the ranges of motion or tissue quality necessary to handle the rigors of logging miles. The 12 standards are great to start working toward as you begin your journey. He presents very safe and effective strategies to help you meet the standards and explains how they relate to running and why you should care about meeting them. This helps to place some of the responsibility on the athlete to solve some of their own issues and help people to get away from the model of wrecking themselves and then asking someone else to tell them what went wrong and fix them. Will this solve everyone's problems and eliminate all running injuries? No. But he is probably the first person to put all this in a book and tell people running is a skill and it needs to be practiced as such.
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