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The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running Paperback – Aug 28 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 Original edition (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298453
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Jason Robillard is a master at teaching people the art and science of barefoot running. His book is highly motivating, and gives you the skills to go as far as you want.” - Dr. Michael Nirenberg


“An invaluable guide by one of the experts in the field of barefoot and minimalist shoe running.” - Dr. Joseph Froncioni


“The Barefoot Running Book is a no-nonsense approach to barefoot running recommended for anyone wanting to ditch their over-padded trainers and to learn what their feet have been "dying" to tell them!” - Barefoot Rick Roeber

About the Author

JASON ROBILLARD is a professional educator with more than a decade of experience training for and running in barefoot ultramarathons. He travels the country, promoting barefoot running full-time.

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An Author That Actually Knows What He's Talking About Sept. 5 2012
By Vanessa Runs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ever since Born to Run, the barefoot craze has been growing with more and more people trying to capitalize on the barefoot/minimalist market. Author Jason Robillard was one of the very few who were teaching and practicing barefoot running long before it became popular. His passion for this topic is genuine, and he has years of experience. While many barefoot runners stick to easy surfaces, Jason has run on technical trails, and even run barefoot ultra marathon distances. He has explored the full spectrum of barefoot running and pushed his feet to the limit. I don't know anyone better suited to write this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Down to earth, practical advice Dec 6 2012
By BF in AZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While there are a lot of good reasons to try barefoot running, some people overstate the case, promising miraculous instant results. Jason Robillard is not one of those people. He takes a very real world approach to barefoot running, basing his advice on his own experiences and those he knows. The advice itself is excellent, drawing from a variety of eclectic sources (ChiRunning, Pose Method, etc.) while weeding out misinformation and questionable dogma. Robillard doesn't bog the reader down with too many details, but everything that a new runner needs is clearly laid out here. He even covers racing, training schedules, cross-training, and ultrarunning, so this book is all many runners will ever need. The organization can be a little bit disjointed at times and it's not inspirational in the way that Born to Run is for many people, but the end result is a book that lays out the basic information a new barefoot runners needs in a straightforward, unconfusing way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Run Run Run Sept. 21 2012
By Rollercoaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A great introduction for me to the world of barefoot running and minimalistic footwear. It's good to know this is something I can work on. After reading Born to Run I needed a more practical books, as in, what do I do now? And this is that book. Very clear, with pics, etc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must read for those considering minimalist or barefoot running Oct. 14 2013
By RunningPrincess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I began running in minimalist footwear several years ago after reading the inspiring Born to Run. This book does a great job of giving pragmatic advice, exercises and an unbiased point of view. If you're thinking about going barefoot - ease into it. But read this book!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Interested in barefoot running? Start here! Aug. 28 2012
By Paul A. Mastin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been following Jason Robillard's blog, Barefoot Running University, and recently had a chance to meet him in Fort Worth at one of his barefoot running clinics. If you've read his blog, attended one of his clinics, or had the chance to meet him at a race, you'll know that Jason loves to run and is a passionate evangelist, spreading the good news of running. In my estimation, his promotion of barefoot and minimalist running is an outgrowth of that passion. He believes that running is best enjoyed with less on the feet, and wants to help other people discover that.

Jason first published The Barefoot Running Book in 2010. This new edition adds to and expands on the original, making it a more complete and up-to-date resource. If you've read Jason's blog or attended on of his clinics, you won't be surprised by much of what you read. Although Jason prefers barefoot running, he is very realistic about wearing footwear appropriate to the surface on which you're running. Through trial and error, and personal preference, every runner should seek the footwear that provides the best foot flexibility, ground feel, and protection, depending on the terrain.

By the same token, although there are many schools of thought on running form, Jason's take is try them out, see what works for you. He writes that he's learned something from Chirunning, the pose method, and others, but he's not tied to any one method. He encourages the reader to do as he did: check them out, experiment with the methods they promote, and find what fits you best.

His laid-back, do-what-works-for-you tone may detract from the book for readers who like firmness and certainty. But for the runner who wants an introduction to barefoot and minimalist running, The Barefoot Running Book is a perfect place to start. It's simple, practical, and realistic. It may not be "everything you ever wanted to know about barefoot running," but it definitely points you in the right direction. Now take those "foot coffins" off and run!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy.


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