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Review: The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard

Review of The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard


First I have to gush about how nice it is to have authors writing more and more books about barefooting and barefoot running.  Since Christopher McDougal’s book, Born To Run, the interest world-wide has grown from a trickle into a stream.

Jason Robillard’s book is another example of the great knowledge and enthusiasm the barefooting world has.

My first impression was surprise. It’s a small book. The cover which pictures bare feet standing doesn’t depict the running theme of the book and in total it is no more than 65 pages.

After reading the book I found myself feeling rather different.  While it is no doubt a short book, it is well written.  It has some humor to break up the pace, and it really dose an excellent job of not only covering all the bases and steps of barefoot running, but doing so in a straight forward and well organized fashion.

What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in its digestibility.  You can read Jason’s book easily in an afternoon and after having finished understand exactly what it is that you need to do to start running barefoot.

The book explains concepts well and links them to studies done on the subject.  It then guides you through the process of barefoot running, starting from a pre-running perspective and taking you through to long distance barefoot running.

Each step is clear.  Jason’s approach is to explain concepts and goals rather than focus on too many details.  He breaks the process down into 6 key principles, and then divides the progression of learning into: pre-running, starting to run barefoot, intermediate barefoot running, and advanced barefoot running.  Each section has clear goals and drills to complete.  Best of all he does a great job of explaining when you are pushing yourself too hard, and when you are ready to go onto the next phase.

After reading The Barefoot Running Book you will have a clear understanding of how to run barefoot and all the steps you need to take to get there safely.

The price of the book is high when compared to other paperback books of its size but It is important to keep in mind that this is a self-published work. All production costs have been absorbed by Jason.  The printing cost per-book is also much higher.  Given these facts I think it is a great value.

The short length adds to the attractiveness of this book.  It is a pleasantly digestible and agreeable read (mush like a cookie!) that will leave you jumping out of your recliner and out into the streets running barefoot in an afternoon.  After all, isn’t that what you really want?

Click on the following link to buy Jason’s Book: The Barefoot Running Book: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running

If you haven’t already listened to Jason’s interview than don’t waste any time and listen to our interview with Jason Robillard on Episode 13 of The Living Barefoot Show.

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3 comments for “Review: The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard”

  1. [...] See our review of The Barefoot Running Book Here [...]

    Posted by The Living Barefoot Show – Episode 13 – May 15th, 2010 We Interview Jason Robillard | Living Barefoot | May 17, 2010, 15:58
  2. Jason sent me the book to have it reviewed on my … French website where I try to introduce French runners to barefoot/minimalism. I read it yesterday. Great work ! Informative, clear, full of practical exercises … I really enjoyed it.
    I will post my review at the end of the week.
    By the way, great website here :-)

    Posted by FRED | June 9, 2010, 04:40
  3. Hi Fred, Nice to hear from you! Thank you for comment. Make sure you add your site to BarefootFinder.com as well!

    Everyone else, you can buy Jason’s book on a link through our site – look for the review to find the link directly to the store.

    Posted by Al Gauthier | June 9, 2010, 05:14

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