BORN TO RUN

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06/02/2013 at 13:31
Has anyone read the book Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and in particular Chapter 25 about expensive running shoes being the actual cause of many injury's..interesting reading !
06/02/2013 at 13:54

Aye its a very good book ... I now buy last years shoes in the sales so they're not as expensive, and I'm therefore less likely to injure myself 

It is a very good read, and makes some useful points.  I'd already started moving towards a midfoot strike before reading this (based on reading Chi Running) and this reinforced the message that its a better way to run

06/02/2013 at 16:38
Or buy the book that is cheap because it's the one people were talking about last year(or even the year before that)
06/02/2013 at 17:37

excellent contribution Sussex.

06/02/2013 at 17:57
Thanks CJ. That's so nice to say that. You might not exactly be the sharpest tool but what a gent you are.
06/02/2013 at 18:02

Did I miss something here Sussex?  Are you a complete numpty to everyone on here or have you just had a bad day?

06/02/2013 at 22:18
What? I thought we were being nice to each other. I hope you were being genuine about my contribution. I often have the trouble of always thinking the best of people but sometimes I get hurt by people taking advantage of my good nature.
07/02/2013 at 08:58
I would say you have many troubles, the main one being a sad little twat.
07/02/2013 at 09:25
Now there is an honest reaction. Like it.
07/02/2013 at 10:55

Hello

We're getting moderation alerts on this thread. Just to reiterate a message I left yesterday on another thread:

The RW forum - wherever you post - is for runners to talk and get advice, not feel intimidated by more experienced runners or people who've been on here for years. 

We're not saying you can't argue or debate, but we are requesting you be respectful to other members. 

Thanks,

Katie RW

07/02/2013 at 12:18

I was bought this book for xmas, about 1/3 of the way through it. It's a decent enough read but I was surprised at just how American the tone is. Nothing I can put my finger on, but almost every paragraph has a phrase or word that is just so... American.

Hell Yeah!

Apart from that, interesting enough book.

07/02/2013 at 13:10
CJ71 wrote (see)
Has anyone read the book Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and in particular Chapter 25 about expensive running shoes being the actual cause of many injury's..interesting reading !

Just worth bearing in mind that this book (whilst being a very good read) is not written by a scientist, but instead by an ex Journalist.  Don't believe all you read.

07/02/2013 at 14:30

Sir David, is he not quoting the work and opinion of the scientists/professors/doctors? 

07/02/2013 at 15:46

Sir David is correct - the author is quoting one particular research piece, but this has not been validated by peer projects.

Also, the original report doesn't attribute any identified reason why people with more expensive trainers are more likely to be injured as they are unable to eliminate other contributing factors (e.g. psychological - do people with more expensive trainers run harder because they believe their trainers will boost their speed beyond their current capability? environmental - do people with more expensive trainers have lower core strength due to a more sedentary life, i.e. are they more likely to be office workers, etc ...) 

It was an interesting statistical correlation found in the research that illustrates that more expensive doesn't necessarily mean better, what it doesn't do is prove that the trainers themselves cause the injury.  

 

 

07/02/2013 at 16:09
CJ71 wrote (see)

Sir David, is he not quoting the work and opinion of the scientists/professors/doctors? 

In a word...No.

If you want to read a good book which is far more informative (from a scientific perspective) then get Tread Lightly by Pete Larson.

07/02/2013 at 16:21

Thanks Sir David i will do...any views on the The First 20 Mins by Gretchen Reynolds?

 
07/02/2013 at 21:06

Sorry to hijack this thread, I posted elsewhere about whether there is any difference to the version published in 2010 compared to that in 2011? The covers are different, but the title/author remained identical. I'm trying to get it off amazon but they are mainly the 2010 version. Thanks!


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