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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Lost Art of Running by Shane Benzie with Tim Major, read by Clifford Samuel.

The Lost Art of Running is an opportunity to join running-technique-analyst coach and movement guru Shane Benzie on his journey across five continents as he trains with and analyses the running style of some of the most gifted athletes on the planet. 

'Running technique has to be one of the most subjective issues out there: 10 minutes' investigation on the internet will generally confuse rather than confirm what you should or should not be doing. Mother Nature gave us some amazing gifts as runners - if we rediscover them and use them, we can transform our dynamic and everyday movement.' (Shane Benzie)

Part narrative, part practical, this adventure takes you to the foothills of Ethiopia and the ‘town of runners’; to the training grounds of world-record-holding marathon runners in Kenya; racing across the Arctic Circle and the mountains of Europe, through the sweltering sands of the Sahara and the hostility of a winter traverse of the Pennine Way, to witness the incredible natural movement of runners in these environments. 

Along the way, you will learn how to incorporate natural movement techniques into your own running and hear from some of the top athletes Shane has coached over the years. Whether experienced or just tackling your first few miles, this ground-breaking book will help you discover the lost art of running.

©2020 Shane Benzie with Tim Major (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating book." (Adharanand Finn, the best-selling author of Running with the Kenyans, The Rise of the Ultra Runners and The Way of the Runner)

"Shane's approach to running movement really works. Shane helped me prepare for my fourth Marathon des Sables. I am convinced that the insight from these sessions was instrumental in me being able to run as well as I did and secure my second win in a highly competitive race." (Elisabeth Barnes, ultra endurance runner)

"Shane is the Indiana Jones of the running world." (Damian Hall, ultra marathon runner and journalist)

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Fantastic

A book I thoroughly enjoyed and will listen to many times again. Perfect balance of theory and practical with relatable examples to improve running technique. If you’ve any interest in running a must read

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Eye opening

I absolutely loved this book. Since there is a lot of back and forth between the author’s viewpoint and the viewpoint of someone he worked with, it was often hard to keep track of “who was talking.” Not sure how this could be solved fluidly, but either way I really enjoyed this eye opening read.

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Learned a lot about running biomechanics.

Through narration of many runners' stories from around the world, the book eloquently explains the key ingredients to running beautifully and practical things that runners can do to improve their biomechanics.

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Loved this book!!

As an aspiring runner I felt this book had many great insights to help me run efficiently, faster for longer times.

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perfect

it is exactly what I was looking for. I've already started to apply the principles and am seeing results. I'm going to listen again.

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Thank u

U have made me enjoy running thank u🙏🏻🤙
I loved the book lots of knowledge and care involved.

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After 6 years of running...

...this book really hit the right chord in my head. Information provided apart, this is also a great novel, very pleasant to hear, how else, on my long runs... This was a great choice and I'm happy with it! Never give up!

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happy that I read the book

a great book with lots of food for tought. tnx for the author. cheers

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  • 10-31-20

Story a bit over-dramatised for the content

A struggle through to get some already known info. Well read and don't want to be cruel as form is crucial but the story/journey was irritating with the info presented as a big epiphany when it's been said before elsewhere.

Some books focus on training volumes/zones, fuelling, etc. Others focus on mindset. Most have more real content than this book. This one is about form and emulating an elite endurance runner's technique. The story is a bit long winded and the actual practical content a bit thin, it could be summarised on an A4 page and have similar persuasiveness. I think Running rewired by Jay Dicharry is far more practically applicable and breaks down running well into clearly defined sections of form, posture, strength, plyo/springiness etc.

If you want to see good form explained there are many form analysis YouTube videos available nowadays.

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  • Kenny Mosley
  • 08-21-20

A Great book

As many other runners I'm constantly looking to improve my running and if like me you love the science behind it all, you won't be disappointed in this book, Great narration too.

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  • HANNAH MEYER
  • 10-27-20

Listen while running

Helped me improve my form. As Shane says, the first few runs feel harder as you are concentrating on posture, foot strike, cadence etc but once you get into a rhythm, it starts to feel more natural and less of an effort.

Try it.

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  • Yukaene Rivera
  • 11-19-20

Running Wisdom

I am so glad I read/listened to this book as a beginner runner. It has me approaching running now in possibly the smartest natural way availble now and the consequence of these ideas will not only benefit ones running, but experience of life as well. I will be coming back to this book again and again.

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  • S. A. Taylor
  • 11-15-20

Wonderful Book

As a trail and hill runner I love soaking up information about running, especially the how. This book gives you do much to think about. I will defo listen again, more than once, I'm sure. Also plan to buy the book, better for reference purposes. An added bonus, know a number of the runners he has worked with. A really great listen.

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  • Jonathan T
  • 10-20-20

Fascinating and thought provoking

A fresh and intriguing perspective on the art and science of running. Potentially a very important book if you want to maximise your running in a natural way. Congratulations to the narrator on a superb job.

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  • simon
  • 09-29-20

Fantastic!

I’ve previously attended one of Shane’s running camps and know a number of the people discussed in the book. He is the real deal, this is a great book. On top of that, it may significantly improve how you run!

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  • Aaron
  • 09-26-20

Essential for anybody who moves

The gripping account of how the author came to understand the forgotten fundamentals of how to actually run. Engaging, interesting, and brimming with immediately useful information every chapter - i couldn't stop listening. Will be buying the paperback.

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  • Muzza
  • 11-17-20

Great book of you want to run efficiently

Don't think about it, just go for it, read it and run better. It's told in a very easy to understand way

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-20

Essential reading/listening for the novice and professional alike

An excellent book which takes a careful look at key aspects of how to run; however, the book doesn’t lecture on how someone should run. Very importantly, the narrative is grounded in rigorous analysis, accounts, and example from some of the best athletes, coaches, academics, and experts in the world. Even given the scientific underpinning, the book is neither overly complex nor tedious. A great book which belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

A must read for runners

A great book that made me more aware of how running form affects performance.

On my first listen I have already seen benefit in making changes to how I run. I will build on this as I slowly adapt to using better form and techniques.

Even if some of the stories in first section are a little repetitive, they do help to set the scene and introduce how different runners have benefited from different aspects of what Shane discusses in this book.

I will be listening to this a few more times to ensure I take it all information on board.

Highly recommended