Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Book Review

Barefoot Running

I have just finished reading this book and I loved it.  Michael Sandler was seriously injured in an accident and was told that he would never run again.  He started running barefoot and was soon "dancing on the trails and flying on the roads". 
The book covers everything from why you would want to run barefoot, tearing off your shoes and feeling the earth beneath your feet, running as a dance with nature , rediscovering the joy of running and what to wear if you must wear something on your feet. 

The foreward is written by Danny Dreyer of Chirunning, who says, "We've spent the better part of the last 60 years evolving a lifestyle that has left us increasingly desensitized to the earth we live on" and "Walking or running barefoot on a daily basis is the perfect antidote for a culture desperately needing to find balance and grounding." 

The major appeal of this book, for me, was the inclusion of the earth connection and the natural ways.  Michael talks about running in the now and running awarefoot, being the observer of your own experience and feeling the ground.  There are all the practicals that I was looking for too, like the warm-ups and strengthening exercises and a 12-week plan to barefoot running.
I can highly recommend this book if you are in anyway looking at moving toward a barefoot running experience.

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