The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things I liked about this book:

  • “I believe the movement will pressure shoe manufacturers to examine the research and development of their current shoes more critically resulting in moving away from the supportive and cushioned technology so prevalent today.”
  • Alternative sources (to Vibram) for minimalist shoes
  • “There is no single right answer”
  • “Listen to your body”
  • Includes training plans that incorporate injury-free barefoot running into current running routines
  • “If you have the power to be an agent of change, embrace the opportunity.” I especially like this when taken out of context. ;-)
  • “Educate yourself about the merits of minimalist shoe running AND the merits of shod running. Both have pros and cons. Learn them and be able to calmly discuss the issues.”

Things I did NOT like about this book:

  • No index!!!! Unforgivable.
  • “If the soleus doesn’t stretch properly, the hip extensors can be up to 75% weaker due to a lack of heteronymous reflexive control.” Jason, wha choo talkin bout?
  • Alternative sources (to Vibram) for minimalist shoes – now I want moccasins!

I find The Barefoot Running Book to be very well balanced, with Robillard even suggesting that barefoot running might not be for everyone. Throughout, he provides many sources for additional information, other “experts” to try if his training plans don’t work for you, and articles written by Doctors and experienced barefoot runners. The evidence suggests that I should forgive Robillard his lack of an index, and I am seriously considering it. But his next book better have one!

Written by Helen H.

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