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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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Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler is the best book on the market on how to begin and excel at barefoot running. I highly recommend it.
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Enjoy the insights this book has to offer. . . . It is about form, joy, and the love of running. Run free! -- Micah True, Caballo Blanco de la Sierra Madre of Born to Run
About the Author
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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He tends to make some embarrassingly pseudoscientific statements, which damages his credibility. The worst has to be the discussion on page 18 about how barefoot running 'grounds' the runner, eliminating the 'buildup of positively charged free-radicals' which are implicated in all sorts of diseases. Um, what?
First of all, free radicals have a complex relationship with health and are not universally bad. They are actually a very important weapon the immune system has to destroy invaders. For example, macrophages use a process called oxidative burst to kill invading bacteria. On the other hand, too much free radical production can damage tissues and presumably lead to some diseases.
But does running barefoot eliminate free radicals? And, more importantly, will running barefoot actually reduce the risk of nasty chronic diseases? The sad reality is that there is no scientific evidence at all to support these statements.
The barefoot running 'community' needs to focus on the fun and relaxing aspects of the sport before making sweeping statements about health. Leave that to the scientists, please - who incidentally are doing some very good work on impact stress and injury rates.
I think even if you still buy the myth of running shoes, you should improve your stride by using this book and translate that new brain learned response back to your traditional running shoe regimen. Although I think you'll find your old running shoes to feel unnatural and clunky like I did. I can't go back. The neat thing is that there are plenty of minimalist shoes to choose from for all seasons and conditions.
This book will also serve as a reference. I often flip through the pages to learn more about something like their advice for difference surface types. It is a good companion for people who want to know if their experience of barefoot running is normal since there are not a lot of people out there to share experiences with (yet). I also joined the barefoot running group.Read more ›
Well Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee's book "Barefoot Running" is truly such a product.
I was lucky enough to discover the joy and benefits of Barefoot or minimalist running after reading Chris McDougall's excellent book "Born to Run".
After buying my Vibram 5 finger shoes, I did a bit of research in order to transition smoothly and found the wonderful book Barefoot Running.
Thanks to Michael's account of how he got into Barefoot running after a debilitating accident, and then following his advice and detailed explanations on why and how to run barefoot in proper form. I learned to run properly and enjoy barefoot running.
In a short 18 months I went from 1 mile to a full 26.2 mile Marathon earlier this week.
While there are several great leaders in this field including Barefoot Ken Bob (who also has an excellent book), Barefoot Ted (great Luna Sandals) etc. that I have been fortunate enough to meet and learn from.
It is Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee's work that did it for me. Not only is it so easy an logical to understand the technique behind BFR, but Michael's story and writing is truly inspirational and motivational.
And so while I recommend all the people and books mentioned above, if there is ONE book that is a must get if you are interested at all in a healthy, natural and enjoyable way to run, I have to say that the book is "Barefoot Running".
I was lucky enough to meet Michael and Jessica last week and the NYC Barefoot run, and if you get a chance I hope you get to do a clinic with Michael as well.
Ivan M. Olarte
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The beginnings of actually living in our bodies with respect and well being. Dont miss this book. Doctor DohnPublished 9 days ago by James B. Dohn
This is an awesome book! For anyone who likes to go barefoot, it gives you great reasons to run barefoot. I'm not a runner, but I still like the book.Published 14 months ago by Toni Bate
I dont know...I love the idea of running barefoot, and they do a great job of putting you on a path to running barefoot. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Soren G. Brockdorf
This book changed my life! I am a disabled USMC Veteran who was taught the WRONG way to run in the military. This book motivated and TAUGHT me how the human body was MADE to RUN!! Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by CrazyRo
Luckily, I have a wonderful podiatrist (he's also a triathlete). When I told him I'd gotten this book and asked him about barefoot running, he said the only good thing about it... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Joys G.
This was my mentor guide for the last 2 years. I have explored this book and it led me to the point that I can run freely, free of shoes. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I started barefooting because of an early bunion and fallen arch. Used this book for exercises and general advice, even though I'm not a runner (and still am not running barefoot,... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by tamarinera
I just started barefoot running and needed a reference. This is a great place to start. It contains information on running in all different conditions. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by K. Wheeler