Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running

Author(s): Scott Douglas

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Proponents of running either barefoot or in minimalist shoes argue that by introducing a thick layer of cushioning and an elevated heel between the foot and the ground, modern running shoes alter a runner's natural running form, which leads to injury. Conversely, they posit that a return to a more natural running gait by running in little-to-no shoe will lead to improved form, resulting in lower injury rates. Beginning with a brief history of the barefoot/minimalist running movement, Scott Douglas shows readers how to successfully transition from conventional running shoes to barefoot running or minimalist shoes, how to prepare one's body for the stresses of that transition, and how to stay injury free in the process. Along the way Douglas offers his thoughts, advice, and training tips in addition to outlining his vision for the future of the movement. Whether readers want to learn more about the barefoot movement that's swept the nation since the publication of the bestselling Born to Run or want to introduce barefoot running into their own training plans, this indispensable guide contains everything they need to get started.


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"Scott Douglas' book on the minimalist running movement is a must for any runner looking to go down that avenue. Scott clearly informs the reader with the reasoning behind running more freely. He also does a great job of breaking it down into step-by-step instructions, allowing your body to adapt to this new style of running."--SHALANE FLANAGAN, three-time Olympian, Olympic bronze medalist, and US record holder for 10,000 meters"What makes Scott Douglas so good is that he doesn't have an agenda to push--besides helping more people run more miles. This is a terrific, fair, and thoughtful book, with everything you need to know about minimalist shoes. Read it and run."--NICHOLAS THOMPSON, editor,, and 2:39 marathoner"Scott Douglas's book is an eminently sensible, practical, and nonfaddish guide to the 'minimalist' fad in the running world. As a longtime minimalist runner myself, I found a number of valuable tips about the best use to make of these shoes--and, more important, the most useful ways to think about running and fitness as lifelong pursuits. Anyone interested in running will learn from this book."--JAMES FALLOWS, national correspondent for "The Atlantic "and 3:02 marathoner

Scott Douglas is the news editor of and the author or coauthor of five other running books. A runner since 1979, Douglas lives in South Portland, ME.

General Fields

  • : 9781609612221
  • : Rodale Incorporated
  • : Rodale Incorporated
  • : February 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Scott Douglas
  • : Paperback
  • : 240