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Run Barefoot Run Healthy: Less Pain More Gain For Runners Over 30 Paperback – July 1, 2011
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"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."
"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!"
"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."
"I don't want to wear shoes. Why is there a book called Run Barefoot except if it is good for you?"
About the Author
Ashish Mukharji lives in California, where he trains with the Palo Alto Run Club. He is a graduate of Yale University.
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Read it well and go slow, then find a group in your area to run barefoot with.
The author makes an excellent case for barefoot running. This book intersperses scientific fact with astute observation; good use of humor mixed with encouragement and reassurance; and the recurring theme that tossing away the sacrosanct shoe can actually provide a cure to all that ails the middle-aged runner. Is this too good to be true? Read and find out.
Am I ready to give up the shoes and run barefoot now? This is the first book that has brought me to the brink; I think I'll buy copies of the book and give them to my friends -- with some other barefoot runners in tow, the advice given here will be that much easier to embrace!
One word of caution -- if you're not really willing to consider barefoot running don't buy this book -- because no matter what your likely bias against this elemental approach to running, you'll have a difficult time coming away unconvinced.
Then comes along a book that wraps itself around you like a playful conversation with a warm, supportive friend who's done his homework. "Run Barefoot, Run Healthy" is to running what "Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance" was to cycling. Both say go ahead, get close to the ground, trust your intuition, touch down and play your life at its richest, most authentic level, stones and all.
This is a book for the mindful runner, walker or anyone else wishing to move through space with more joy and less pain. While I've not given up the comfort of my own five-toed flippers, Ashish Mukharji's willingness to question authority and inspire a new respect for our natural gait is refreshing for any age.