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Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally Paperback – October 21, 2014
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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:
2-Flat Shoes.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book. But still trying to figure out how to implement it. 10 minutes a day does not seem enough. Nor in what priority.Published 5 days ago by Craig R. Homann
Not fully finished but has already changed my running skills. Very well though and practical. If you're serious about getting rid of bad habits (and orthotics) this is a must have... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Alek Dabo
As a bigger runner, 6'3" 240 lbs I always thought I would have knee pain and that was my life if I wanted to run. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mjolnir
this is a quick read, but jam packed with usable information. I learned more about running related mobility from this book than from twenty years of athletics training. Read morePublished 17 days ago by mountain man
Great fast read. A very useful reference to help alleviate pain and prevent injuryPublished 22 days ago by Vern A Wagner
I'm a K-Star fan-boy. Fully admit it. But IMO, the admiration is founded in the great information he presents to the readers of his books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Peterson