The main theme of “The Barefoot Running Book” centers around the why and how of running barefoot. The author Jason Robillard comes across as very knowledgeable and experienced on the topic.
The author begins by covering the current scientific evidence regarding the benefits of running barefoot. I found reading these statistics and studies a little bland. This is probably because I am already a barefoot runner (part-time), and I have already experienced the benefits firsthand. However, if you ever find yourself needing to defend your choice of letting your little piggies free, this book contains some useful facts to support your argument.
Thankfully, the book does mention what I believe to be the most fundamental reason to go barefoot: Because it’s fun. It also does a terrific job touching on the spiritual and emotional pleasure one experiences by being in nature, doing what nature designed you to do.
In this section, the author explains how to start running barefoot correctly. According to him, because most of us have spent years wearing cushioned, “protective” shoes, a transition to barefoot running is not something to be taken lightly. The process is done by following a series of drills and exercises. All are designed to teach proper foot strike, posture, breathing and technique. The chapters are well laid out and take the reader from absolute beginner to an advanced barefoot runner.
The book also tackles many other topics that would be beneficial to any type of runner, such as training plans, nutrition, gear, racing, race reports, etc.
I was skeptical about reading an instructional book about doing something as natural as running barefoot. To me, a book based on how to go barefoot seemed ridiculous. After reading the book, admittedly, I did gain a certain amount of knowledge and I would recommend it to anyone beginning barefoot running. However, if you’re already doing it, your time would be better spent on the trails.
Buffer Boesch is world-travelling runner and adventurer. You can read more about his adventures on his blog at Wicked Lost .
** Jason is now offering his book as a FREE ebook download. You can get it HERE . **