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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running Paperback – February 1, 2011
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"Most shoes are simply devices for withering the foot. Take these 'plaster casts' off and spring again like a child. This excellent book will show you how!" --John Bryant, Former Coach to Olympic Champion (& Barefoot Runner) Zola Budd
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There is a surprising amount of detail in this book, from how to get started to developing a long-term plan. Details include almost 2 pages about running on grass, sand and trail, for example.
I appreciate that the book encourages newcomers to go completely barefoot (not wearing minimalist shoes). Exceptions to this are laid out: circumstances where the terrain calls for it; weather conditions, finishing a run when the bottoms of your feet are done.
I like the outline/structure of the Complete Idiot's guide. "On Your Toes" offers brief suggestions interspersed throughout; chapters and sections are clear and relevant; you know what is "In This Chapter" at the beginning of each chapter; and bulleted "The Least You Need To Know" is at the end of each chapter. "Tip Toes" are barefoot running tips; "From The Sole" are fun facts and helpful tidbits.
I love the photos - they're very helpful to understanding the exercises the authors present. The exercises aren't overly complicated, by the way, which can really turn me away. The book even shows us the best form to have when we fall, which might sound irrelevant but it's completely tied in to the need for barefoot runners to be aware of their body movements and connection to the earth (which might go astray at some point on the trail).
I'm really glad I bought this book - it's given me important insights into the incredible world of barefoot running.
Printed on low quality paper, as the pages has turned yellow.
Enough tidbits to sustain the price, back then, but insufficient from a ROI perspective.
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