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Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Dr. Peter Larson is an associate professor of biology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is a Boston-qualifying marathon runner. His website, Runblogger, is recognized as a leading source for information on running shoe innovation and the science of running.
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The book BORN TO RUN introduced the idea that running shoe design may affect injury rates, but provides little scientific evidence. Larson and Katovsky discuss specific qualities of shoes and how they affect running gait. This section of the book will change the way running shoes are designed and marketed. BORN TO RUN also introduced the idea that many runners run with poor running form. TREAD LIGHTLY also discusses various elements of running form, such as which part of the foot should touch the ground first, how long stride length should be, and the role of pronation.
Larson and Katovsky also discuss barefoot and minimalist shoe running at length. As the author of THE BAREFOOT RUNNING BOOK (Plume, 20112), I appreciate the balanced view the authors take. They cut through the hype and myths and place barefoot running where I believe it should be: not a magical cure-all, but a tool that will help improve running form.
TREAD LIGHTLY combines the scientific bite of books such as Noakes' LORE OF RUNNING and the readability of BORN TO RUN. I would recommend this book without reservation. I recommend this book to all my running clinic attendees and clients. In fact, I would recommend this book BEFORE my own book.
Peter Larson has looked quite hard at the genuine scientific research that has been done across a range of disciplines, to see which claims can be substantiated and which cannot. There are some surprises: not only is there no reliable scientific support for the classic categorization of runners into over-pronators, neutral runners and supinators (with corresponding shoe recommendations) but in some studies people did better (ie got fewer injuries) when running in the 'wrong' shoes.
Larson also considers the contribution anthropology makes to understanding how humans evolved as runners, concluding that for persistance hunting a gait rather like Jeff Galloway's 'run/walk' was probably natural. But he also notes the significant differences between modern man and our ancestors---not least in the way that our feet have been altered by the time we reach adulthood simply by wearing modern shoes.
This is by far the most objective look at the whole are I have seen, but that doesn't make it dry. Larson also uses anecdotal evidence from the great runners and coaches of the least hundred years to explore his topics, and his tone is consistently light and easy to read.
Most telling of all, he avoids doctrinaire conclusions, accepting that there probably is no single 'right' way to run, no single shoe that's 'right' for every runner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book that explains a lot of detail about running and how it affects the body. There is a lot of references to studies and some speculation but the author is careful... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David
This is a great book for anyone who is serious about being a runner over the long term. It is well researched and well written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Gentry
Great writing and research went into this book! To top it off I recommend hiring a running coach. Most aren't cheap. But worth every penny.Published 19 months ago by F/O
Pretty dull book really. I'm highly interested in the subject but found this hard going.Published 22 months ago by Ibex boy
Stuffed with scientific research and historical anecdote. However author does not translate the raw information presented into specific, actionable suggestions. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr.TT
This is a very good follow up to 'Born to Run' and although I agree with several reviewers that the first. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Daniel Hurley
Well written and easy to read. The author does not proclaim truths but exposes different views and research backgrounds. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by asle
I'm a serious runner (~60 miles/100 km per week) and have read numerous books in the genre. I found Tread Lightly to be one of the best I have read in a long time - it's well... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by John B