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Barefoot Running Step by Step: Barefoot Ken Bob, the Guru of Shoeless Running, Shares His Personal Technique for Running with More Speed, Less Impact, Fewer Injuries and More Fun Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"Barefoot Ken Bob is The Master. Long before anyone else was even talking about barefoot running, he was perfecting the art . . . Now, after twenty years of teaching, experimenting, and "merry marathoning" (as he calls it), the first and best source of barefoot-running knowledge is bringing his ideas to print. And it's about time."
--Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
"Ken Bob Saxton, a pioneer of the modern barefoot running movement, has logged more miles in his birthday shoes than just about anyone I know, and he has helped countless people run barefoot. As one would expect, this delightful book, full of wit and wisdom, is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to run barefoot, avoid injury, and have fun."
--Daniel E. Lieberman, professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Learn Barefoot Running from the Master!Almost overnight, barefoot running has exploded onto the fitness scene. However, it involves more than simply taking off your shoes. In fact, everything you've learned about barefoot running is probably wrong--unless you've learned it from Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton. The leading instructor and proponent of unshod running, he has completed seventy-six marathons barefoot, survived an astounding marathon-a-month challenge in 2004, and gone on to top that with sixteen marathons in 2006, including four in a fifteen-day period--all barefoot. Barefoot Running Step by Step separates the facts from the hype, outlines Ken Bob's personal techniques, and details the latest research on the newest trend in mankind's oldest sport. Whether you run barefoot occasionally, part-time, or full-time, you'll find methods for improving your form, staying injury-free, dramatically improving your speed and performance, and having more fun.
Ease into it: The steps you need to make the transition from running in shoes to barefoot running as painless and easy as possible.
Improve Speed: Barefoot running's injury reduction benefits are well-touted; however a new landmark study proves that barefooting--even part-time--can make you faster.
The Bent Knee: The hidden secret to perfect running form. How this crucial adjustment will keep you running stronger and injury-free for life.
Vibrams and Minimalist Shoes: Barefoot running is not a transition from shoes to minimalist shoes to bare feet. It's the other way around. Why you need to run barefoot before you use other footwear.
Start From the Head: Proper barefoot form doesn't start at the feet. Discover how to get the correct body biomechanics.
Barefoot Running Step by Step is filled with series photos and illustrations that show you the "do's" and "don'ts" of barefoot running, the latest research, and Ken Bob Saxton's personal experiences and insights for running barefoot for life.
About the Author
Ken Bob Saxton is the leading instructor of barefoot running in the country, featured in Runner's World, The New York Times, and the bestseller Born to Run, by Chris McDougall, who calls Ken Bob "The Master of Barefoot Running." He has completed more than 75 marathons barefoot (and one marathon in shoes), including running the Boston Marathon several times and surviving an astounding marathon-a-month challenge in 2004, which he topped with 16 marathons in 2006, including 4 marathons in a 15-day period--all barefoot. "Barefoot" Ken Bob, as he is popularly known, has trained thousands of people across the country in person at his workshops and educated thousands of new barefoot runners throughout the world, from Mumbai to Oslo, via his popular website TheRunningBarefoot.com.
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I've been running in Vibrams and using the techniques described in this book for about 2 months, and it's changed my life in regards to running and no longer having any injuries. I'm very pleased!
The structure of the book is a strong point. The first section is the usual motivational stuff. If you are already convinced that barefoot running is a good idea, you can skim through. The second section is about technique and drills. This is the core of the book. It is very easy to grasp and well written. The third section, on how barefooting can make you faster is a bit weak, but still worthwhile to read. The last section has barefoot stories. These stories are often spread across all chapters in other running books, which can be quite annoying. Here, they are clustered in one place, and they are of real people (some "famous") and they are honest, in the sense that some of his "subjects" disagrees with elements of the theories of Ken Bob, and there is no attempt to hide this fact.
The graphical design of the book is pleasant to the eye and aids understanding. As opposed to many other running books, Ken and Roy were clever enough to work with a serious publisher and editor.
It also helps that Ken Bob comes across as a very sympathetic guy, the kind of person who makes one still believe a bit in humanity. Though - I hope - he will make some money on the book, it does not come across as a commercial project, which can not be said of many of the other running methods and coaches, which seem to look for ways to monetize everything. The journalist co-writer, Roy Wallack, must have done a good job, because the book is very easy to grasp and flows well.
After reading the book (I got it 24 hours ago), I have decided to try a mix of Ken Bob and Preston Curtis (in Section 4 of of the book) break in plans - wearing no running shoes whatsoever for running for the next 3 months. I switched to minimalist shoes (Nike Free Run, Newton) and some pure barefoot running too fast nine months ago after reading - the excellent - Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage). While it felt good, and I was very happy running, I got an injury that got worse and worse, to the point where I have not done any significant running for the last three months. I will now try the super slow switch to barefoot running and then probably switch to a mix of Vibram FF, racing flats and barefoot after three months if I can get healed from my injury.
I highly recommend this book for anyone considering trying barefoot - it is well worth the $15 to get started in a serious way and avoid injury.
Running barefoot is not at all like running with shoes and this book skillfully explains the difference from the perspective of several dozen people who have run barefoot for years - some running at world record paces. If you intend to try barefoot running don't try until you read this book. You will only frustrate or injury yourself. It takes a different technique.
Whether I can use what I learned in this book or not I don't know. I ran for fifty years until at age 65 one Achilles tendon put a stop to my running. For the past seven years I have assumed that I am too old for running. If nothing else this book has made me aspire to run again in a softer and gentler manner.
I have now tried to start carefully and it seems like it might work. The hardest part is being unconventional and going out in public barefooted. I have also found that barefoot walking is not as impractical as it at first seemed and it certainly builds muscles that are not challenged by walking in shoes.
That being said, if you can power through everyone should read this book. It gives you the tools, motivation, history, and science to get you excited to jump in and change running forever. Personally I am stuck inside on a treadmill as it's currently -25 C and an inch of ice on all the running surfaces.
Final thoughts, Ken Bob you rock, love what you have to say, and perhaps consider writing a short howto 100 page book. Cheers!
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The first day with Vibram five fingers and Second/Third days with barefoot. I thought the barefoot running would hurt my feet.Read more