The Simple Path to Stronger, Healthier Running
Natural Running teaches you to run the way nature intended, mimicking the healthy, efficient barefoot style you were born with, while keeping feet safe from rough modern surfaces. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire explores the science of how the body evolved to run, giving you the practical tools and information to analyze your own feet and form. Natural Running offers the technique, drills, and an 8-week transition plan for faster, better, healthier running.
In Natural Running, Abshire explains how modern running shoes distort the efficient running technique that humans evolved over thousands of years. He reviews the history of running shoes and injuries, making the case for barefoot running but also warning about its dangers. By learning the natural running technique, runners can enjoy both worlds - comfortable feet, knees, and legs and an efficient running form that reduces impact and injuries.
2010, 224 pages, hardcover.
About the authors:
Danny Abshire is a passionate lifelong runner and co-founder of Newton Running, where he has spent 10 years designing and refining Newton running shoes. As a longtime running form coach and injury expert, he has worked closely with thousands of athletes, from beginners to Olympic elites, helping them improve their running form and technique.
Brian Metzler is Senior Editor for Running Times and has written about endurance sports for Runner's World, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, Men's Health, Men's Journal, and Outside.
"Danny is one of the lead voices in the current natural running revolution." -- Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning
"Abshire has long been a go-to-guy for elite runners and triathletes struggling with injury, and in Natural Running he dives deep into the surrounding subjects ignited by Born to Run." -- Competitor magazine
"Natural Running by Newton Running founder Danny Abshire takes the reader back to the basics. The tools, tips, and 8-week transition plan are designed to get runners to run as efficiently and healthily as possible - the way nature intended." -- Triathlete magazine
"Danny Abshire's approach gives hope to those who have struggled with injuries and uncomfortable running. He brings a simple, sensible, and usable approach to transforming your running so you can reach your potential. Danny's knowledge of running form and biomechanics can help all runners become more efficient." -- Mark Allen, six-time Ironman World Champion, co-founder of MarkAllenOnline coaching, and co-author of Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You
"Danny Abshire has devoted his professional life to studying and teaching proper and efficient running technique. He has worked with some of the best runners and triathletes in the history of endurance sports and just speaking to him will make you a better runner." -- Craig Alexander, three-time Ironman World Champion
"One of the virtues of Natural Running is the education on running biomechanics that it provides. A comprehensive, understandable overview of this topic has been badly needed since the barefoot running trend began with Born to Run. Abshire covers everything from the structure of the foot to individual gait assessment." -- Running.Competitor.com
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