The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running Paperback – Aug 28 2012
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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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So, he claims to be an am basso for barefoot running but says this smart Alec response to a (quite natural) question. One could certainly respond with. "That's nice, I choose to use these devices that allow me to look farther than the immediate ten feet in front of me. I call them shoes."
There's also very little substance in this book. I found it to be disappointing. I do run with minimal or reduced shoes and didn't find much of use other than to increase mileage slowly. The last part of the book was basically filler where he discussed his race report from an ultra he did while wearing Vibrams.
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.