Runners experience a plethora of nagging injuries and pain, making this a valuable examination into the evolution, history, and future of the human body as it pertains to running. Bill Katovsky and Peter Larson look at how footwear, form, and food can impact the body, providing guidelines and possible solutions to the wear-and-tear that comes with constant running. Richard Allen displays a deft command while also performing with a light, agreeable touch, creating a welcoming and reassuring environment. Tread Lightly is an illuminating resource that will hopefully make shin splints and plantar fasciitis a thing of the past.
Humans evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common? Are our shoes to blame, or is it a question of running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why runners experience injuries and offer potential solutions to the current epidemic of running-related injuries. Their findings, gleaned from research studies and conversations with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, and competitive runners, are informative and enlightening.
Tread Lightly is a highly listenable, multifaceted investigation of running - past and present, with a hopeful look to the future.
©2012 Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Larson presents a wealth of balanced info on the raging debate over proper running form and minimalist running shoes." (Erin Beresini, Outside Online)
“Peter Larson is both a scientist and a realist when it comes to running shoes, and that's a good combination.” (Amby Burfoot, "Peak Performance Blog", Runner's World)
There is a lot of dull detail in this book, and a lot of lists. Mostly, it's "book report" -- a regurgitation of material from other books. Meanwhile, the narrator is trying his best to inject drama into every sentence. The combination produces a peculiar mix of irritation and boredom.
If you are this interested in the minutiae of footwear, then the written copy is probably a better bet for you.
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
The narrator was terrible. I couldn't last longer than 5 minutes and then had to turn it off. I am really disappointed with this one because I would actually like to listen to the book. I don't know who picks the narrators for the books but they should be fired for this one.
I don't know. I was not able to listen long enough to get anything from the book.
The narrator would pause in the middle of a sentence when there was obviously no comma then continue on. His tone was completely wrong. It was as if he was trying to do a dramatic read to a fitness book. Think of the Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skits as James Lipton. Now take away the humor and add a monotone voice.
The Narrator. I can't tell you more than that because I didn't get far enough into the book
Please pass this to the publishing company......Think of your audience when you pick a narrator. The people who will buy this book run. We are the type of people that try and pull something extra from the world around us. We strive for a little more in life. We want personality from a book. Here is an idea, when you pick a narrator have them read a chapter and then give it to a focus group of your target audience. If the response comes back negative, then don't use a narrator. I may have an MBA but I promise you I could have figured that one out in middle school. I will even give you the person to narrate it, so you don't have to do the work. The book mentions "Born to Run", the narrator of that book Fred Sanders did a wonderful job. He gave all kinds of depth to the book, hire him.
His voice itself wasn't that bad, once I got used to it, but what was completely inexcusable was saying "casual" when the authors clearly wrote "causal." I also suspect he mispronounced several of the scientists names, which is kind of important, since a large part of the book is an overview of scientific research.
This was a great book, but I wish I'd gotten the print version. The history of shoe design and discussion of gait was much more interesting than it sounds, and the only negative aside from the narrator is that the last chapter is inexplicably devoted to the paleo diet - totally unrelated to anything that came before it, and it struck me as being out of the blue.
"Must read for Runners"
Description of shoe store sales pitches. How corrupt and scripted they are.
Very Objective and balanced account of the industry and running in general.
Definitely if they are into running. Provides a concise review of the data available on form and equipment.
First time listening to Richard Allen. Found him quite annoying at first, sounded like a robot was reading - very stop start with little fluidity. You get used to it after a while but would make me think twice about purchasing a book read by him again.
Felt a bit left on my own. I was hoping they would tell me one way or another to go barefoot or use runners. Not the books fault, I guess its just more complicated than two choices but the book did give a good guide to what might be right for you.
"Very poor, Born To Run knocks this outa the park"
Nothing, it is plagiarised from Born To Run and made into a very boring version of an originally brilliant book.
Not at all suitable for a running book.
Although the subject matter has been covered in great detail in the excellent Born To Run book, there is room for another book on the subject. The author made little attempt to re-hash the content of Born To Run, yet made the content very dull.
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