No topic in running has gotten more attention lately than minimalist shoes and barefoot running. Proponents say that running barefoot or in lighter, lower shoes leads to better running form and fewer injuries. But others caution that ditching your regular running shoes for barely there models can increase, not decrease, your risk of injury.
In this indispensable guide, veteran running writer Scott Douglas draws on the knowledge of leading coaches and other running experts to show how and why to make the move safely to running in less shoe. Full of real-world wisdom, The Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running explains why most runners should consider minimalism, gives simple tests to determine if you're ready, shows how to make the transition safely to running in less shoe, and reveals easy exercises to improve your running form once you've switched.
If you've been wondering whether minimalism and barefoot running are for you, let this book be your guide to a lifetime of healthy, happy running.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Minimalism: The ideas behind running in less shoe, and how this book will help you safely implement them 1
Chapter 2 Why Bother?: Reasons for running in less shoe 13
Chapter 3 A Brief History of Minimalism: There was a time when all shoes were minimalist 37
Chapter 4 Facts on Form, Footstrike, and Footwear: What research shows-and doesn't show-about running shoes, injury rates, barefoot running, and more 53
Chapter 5 The Many Modes of Minimalism: The characteristics and categories of minimalist shoes 71
Chapter 6 Steps to Minimalism: How to transition safely to running in less shoe 93
Chapter 7 Reasonable Barefooting: The theory and practice of running without shoes 121
Chapter 8 Minimalism for Life: How to stay healthy long-term while running in less shoe 135
Chapter 9 Minimalism in the Long Run: Where are minimalist shoes headed? 167
A Minimalism Glossary 185
Online Minimalism Resources 195
About the Author 201