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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Heterodox (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983035407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983035404
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"The paradigm has shifted and this book captures it beautifully. The days of trying to build up shoe support with stiff materials and inserts are being replaced with a more natural, intrinsic approach - barefoot running. Ashish convincingly presents why this is the ideal way to build foot stability, balance, and prevent injury."
Michael Fredericson, M.D.
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Head Team Physician, Stanford Track & Field
Stanford University School of Medicine

"Like most runners I know in their 40s, I am desperate to again be able to run healthy. I fought the central thesis of this book, but by addressing some of my main concerns again and again, Ashish has convinced me to try barefoot running."
Alex Tilson
American 50K record holder (2002-2009)

"This thought provoking and easy to read book had me intrigued and tempted within minutes. It truly puts the burden of proof back on the running shoe industry!"
Chantelle Wilder
2009 Canada World Cross Country team
Runners Feed writer and co-owner
Former barefoot running skeptic

"Whether you run in shoes or barefoot, the fundamentals described in this book, like posture, and how your feet touch the ground, will be invaluable."
Bill Bilodeau
Recreational runner, barefoot and shod, 52 years old

"I don't want to wear shoes. Why is there a book called Run Barefoot except if it is good for you?"
Greta Gunter
Six years wise

About the Author

Ashish Mukharji lives in California, where he trains with the Palo Alto Run Club. He is a graduate of Yale University.

More About the Author

After 20 years of running injuries, 38-year-old Ashish Mukharji decided to try something different - he took off his running shoes. And with that first doctor-forbidden barefoot run, Ashish "cured" his chronic shin splints, IT band syndrome and plantar fasciitis.

Now running as much as 70 miles/week on city roads, sidewalks and trails, Ashish races marathons barefoot and without injury: no more MRIs, painful physical therapy or insurance co-pays. No more jarred back, numb fingers and sore neck. No more blisters, corns or bunions. No more smelly feet!

Ashish is a popular teacher and speaker, and has given talks on barefoot and injury-free running to the US Air Force (Osan AB), the University for Peace, and many points in between.

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Read the book, and start enjoying your runs!
Katharine Benjamin
The Q&A format makes the book an easy read, and also a good reference, in case you want to quickly get information on a particular topic.
As a skeptic of barefoot running I approached Ashish's book very cautiously and prepared to be dismissive of the ideas in it.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mindy on October 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was skeptical when I recieved this book that I would find anything other than someone pushing a new "craze". Boy was I wrong. I loved this book. I loved the Q&A style of writing. I loved that the author brings in lots of other sources of reference and "testimonials" from other barefoot runners. Barefoot running is a hard concept to wrap your head around and I'm the first to admit that even after reading, I'm still a little "scared" to lose my shoes. But Ashish makes such a strong case for it - that it's making me think I'm crazy NOT to try it. Even if you are skeptical and don't think you will EVER consider running barefoot, I would recommend buying this book. I think it's a must-read for ANY runner at any age.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Ryan on July 17, 2011
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I was unable to walk for exercise because I was in too much pain. The research behind this book convinced me to try walking barefoot and I have been walking an hour or more a day with minimal pain. I was amazed to read that there is no scientific evidence that arch support or cushioning prevent injury. The Q&A sections and interviews are written with good humor and are full of info. I thought there wouldn't be that much to say about running barefoot (take off your shoes! go run!) but there is great advice about posture and getting started running barefoot. What I really enjoyed, though, was the research that amounts to an expose of the running shoe industry.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mohit on July 11, 2011
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Finally a `How To' book that speaks the same language as the reader - at least in my case! I'm a casual runner, but have been intrigued by the `barefoot running' phenomenon but have not yet attempted it. While I've had several conversations with barefoot runners trying to understand more about it, I never really got the benefits of barefoot running nor how I could `try it out'. This handbook puts these concerns of mine to rest.

I must say that despite his degree in mathematics to which the author attributes his fondness of data, he expresses himself very clearly and thoughtfully, answering all the possible questions I had on the subject. He lets his sentiments (read sarcasm) occasionally emerge in his answers, which can be quite entertaining. I guess I realized when I ordered a book titled, "Run Barefoot, Run Healthy" that the author is a not a big Nike fan.

I read the book in one sitting and am looking forward to my first barefoot run tomorrow (I prefer to start in the daylight).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher F. Wilson on April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Having done 3 marathons in New Balance stability shoes, plus 3 in Vibram 5-fingers, and trained for the LA Marathon (about 550 miles) barefoot with the LA Roadrunners, I did not need to be convinced about why or how. Still, Ashish Mukharji helped me learn more about how to do it better - lift feet rather than pushing off to reduce blisters on balls of feet (might add that lifting versus pushing reduces cramping in calves over a marathon distance). Liked the Zola Budd foreward and the format - sort of like listening to a co-runner while plowing along through a long run. Liked the emphasis on what the research papers showed. Maybe a bit too harsh about the VFFs, which work well on what I call Class 3 terrain (Class 1 being sidewalk or new pavement, Class 2 being older pavement that is less comfortable but passable at race pace, Class 3 being gravel on pavement or rocky trail that requires one of moderate experience to slow down a good bit). Race organizers should be encouraged to evaluate and describe their courses as one would for white water rapids (such as 90% Class 1 with 10% Class 2, etc.).

Good discussion of gyms - though the right answer for Equinox (for me at least) seems to be to just show up and keep showing up without shoes (rather than asking permission). I heard the "liability concerns" objection once - huffed back about waiver and left that day, but came back the next as if no one had objected and staff looked other way.

Maybe five stars if book had 1) talked a bit more with runners from places like Kenya and Ethiopia who run really fast without shoes; 2) discussed other books in the run barefoot space (Mike Sandler book).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. DeBrock on September 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an avid runner I'm always trying to stay current with the latest technologies in running. So when it became apparent that the 'barefoot running' craze was taking off and popular shoe manufacturers began making 'barefoot' and 'minimalist five finger' shoes to mimic the feeling of running barefoot, I became intrigued! Run Barefoot, Run Healthy is a terrific look into the science and benefits of barefoot running. The author, Ashish Mukharji, has a lot of experience as a shod and barefoot runner. After discovering that barefoot running prevented him from the nagging running injuries that were sidelining him for long periods of time, he decided to write this book to share his revelation with the masses. Run Barefoot, Run Healthy is an easily digestible read and includes research, personal experiences, and interviews with doctors and barefoot runners. It paints a picture I'd never really thought of before, that going back to (barefoot) basics and losing my running shoes, might actually stop me from having running injuries! As I get older, I've definitely stopped stuffing my poor feet into pointy toed, high heeled shoes choosing comfort over fashion. But it never occurred to me that my running shoes, which are touted as engineered to my foot and stride to help prevent injuries, could actually be causing my injuries!! This book is an eye opener. Since reading it I've taken some of the tips to heart. I've chucked my shoes (or as Ashish refers to them, foot coffins) and have started to walk barefoot around the house. After a few weeks of barefoot walking I plan to experiment with my first barefoot run. After reading about all of the benefits of losing constricting running shoes, I can't wait to feel the pavement under my toes!
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