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Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth Paperback – September 20, 2011
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About the Author
MICHAEL SANDLER is a barefoot runner athlete, coach professionally for nearly twenty years. After an accident left him with a titanium femur and hip, Sandler was told he could never run again. It was only by going barefoot and feeling the ground that he began to heal. He now runs ten to twenty miles a day, pain free.
JESSICA LEE experienced nagging knee pain and hated running until the day she went barefoot. Now she helps women of all abilities experience the joy of running light and free.
Michael and Jessica are the co-founders of RunBare Company. Together they travel around the world, teaching people how to rediscover the joy of running.
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These people are really hard core runners. In that sense I felt a little humiliated by my limited abilities. They do say that even limited people like me are really runners. I consider this fabulous information for standing, walking, running and almost any activity. I also found it interesting to read. I highly recommend the book.
After some searching, I came across the paperback version of this book and gave it a thorough read. This book, in addition to ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running helped me get back into running, but this time I was running for fun and not just to complete a half marathon.
Probably the best parts of this book (got the Kindle version so that I could refer to it when needed) are the exercises to strengthen the feet and toes. After having recovered from top of the foot pain, I did many of the exercises like tiger walking and picking up objects with my toes. These exercises helped strengthen my feet and arch. I don't run barefoot, except on a treadmill, but many of the exercises from this book, and the section on injuries, helped me a lot. Three half marathons later, all run in my Vibrams and without injury, and I'm looking for my next challenge, but all the while remembering that the joy of running comes first.
For myself, following the book has kept me from overuse injuries and reinvigorated my running. I've always had ankle injuries and plantar fascitis, but running barefoot has built up all the small helper muscles I didn't know were weak, and made me a stronger runner overall.