what did you think?
Hi, finished reading born to run today and i did think the whole book was very impressive and knowledgable. I am a tiny bit inspired to try bare foot running but i was wondering if the part about the running shoes was all true? I can't get my head around why Nike and other brands sell running shoes if they don't actually help and even cause injury. Have you read the book, if so what did you think?
The book is interesting, if probably slightly fly with the truth.Mcdonalds don't sell burgers to make you healthy though, they sell them to make money.Nike has shareholders too..
i see what you mean but Nike sell "running" shoes so shouldn't the shoes be good for running instead of like the book suggests, are more likely to give injury
I'd agreed with that. My impression (so far; am about two thirds through the book, just after the 'Nike' part) is that there's a study waiting to be done by someone on whether more people get injured running now than pre-'72, and the heavily cushioned shoes that then became prevalent, because those same shoes made it easier for lots of people who wouldn't otherwise have tried/stuck with running to take it up.
In other words, is heel-striking an 'easier' option when you're a running virgin; and if that option didn't exist (i.e. no heavily cushioned shoes) would a lot of potential runners try it and give up quickly, rather than perserve and end up with injuries? I recall reading that running popularity did increase a lot from the 1970's onwards...
Of course that may all be answered by the end of the book! Will get there in a day or two
Very enjoyable book that. I too have read it twice. It didn't make me want to cast off my running shoes though. My feet are trashed enough, what with the general wear and tear of lots of running, without getting them covered in dog poo and broken glass too
It did make me more sensible in my approach and to forget brands, and colours, and prices etc. The next time I bought running shoes I went by one factor alone....what felt the most comfortable on my feet.
Great book and i'm with Padders, I now buy whatever feels best.
I really enjoyed it. Must admit it opened my mind to running shoes.
I decided to try wearing an old pair of Mizuno Phantom Racers for initially a week, to see how they fared with regard to what the book said about lighter shoes.
I ran 3-6 miles per day for 6 days a week over varying speeds. I'm 5ft 10in and14 stones, so no lightweight.
No difference, so I ran for another week then it ended up as a month, then another and another ending up wearing the Mizunos for training for three months. No injuries and bar a bit of stiffness, no difference. I admit I was very pleasantly surprised.
Oh I wasn't inspired to run barefoot. Too much broken glass unfortunately around .
Inspiring book and a great read, wont make me try barefoot that''s for mad people, but did make me think about how far I could go, like a lot of people I'd aspired to Marathon distance, through this I booked an ultra and was pleasantly surprised to do my third 13 miles as quick as my second thirteen.
SR: Good shout re shoes in 1980s.
Aye I've read it too, and a very good read I agree, most entertaining. The one thing that struck me for the first third of the book was the apparent hatred for Nike the autor had, they literally took a slating every second page.
Don't really have an opinion on them (Nike) myself but I thought it spoilt the tone of the book for a while. The rest of the story, once he'd met Cabello (spelling?) etc was fantastic though.
The shoes I started to run in in earl;y 1980s were basic by comparion to thios e 10 years later. Todays shoes that are 'basic' models (bottom of price range) have served me fine.
uknick: AgreedtThe Tarahumara tribe are an awesome endurance running tribe.
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