Sunday, January 2, 2011

Product Review – Natural Running by Danny Abshire

I have posted previously on Natural Running (see the links provided below).  Also, I have had a chance to briefly try a pair of Newton running shoes, and currently I am of the opinion that they probably do help to promote good running technique, and are excellent transitional running shoes. 

Natural Running is written by Danny Abshire, who is one of the founders of the Newton Running shoe company.  Because of this, I will state that I believe that this book’s primary purpose is to indirectly promote Newton Running shoes. That said, I think that this is book is well worth reading, and that it is an invaluable resource for all runners and coaches.

What I liked about the book:

This book is well written and gives a great deal of insight into the history and evolution of running, the biomechanics of running, running technique, running injuries and corrective methods. I found the information that I’m already familiar with to be accurate and well explained.  The information I was unfamiliar with, I found to be very enlightening and gave me a lot to think about. Of course there were a few things in the book that I would quibble with, but, on the whole, I found the information and advice in this book to be sound and reasonable.

What I liked less:

This book had a clear bias against barefoot and minimalist running.  This bias may be based on the legitimate and honest opinion of the author, but biases of the author should always be considered within the context that he is in the business to sell running shoes.  Despite this fact, I do believe that the author was doing his best give objective and unbiased information.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review of Natural Running!

    Dave Trendler