Product Review: Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running
So I will start describing myself so you understand my judgment. I’m a college runner that after college decided to try triathlon/duathlon. I used to run 5k/10k in college, and now I focus on 5k/40k/5k duathlons.
I decided to buy this book since I’m a follower of Pete’s work in Runblogger. Also the resume presented by Bill was impressive to me. Both factors made me think that their perspective and focus when writing the book would be well-thought, unbiased and with real-life results in mind.
The book arrived quicker than expected through Amazon. The cover page gives a sense of freedom and confidence. Once you open it and start reading you will find the personal stories of Pete and Bill. And it’s right there when you start to think: “Wow, they know what they are talking about”. I identified myself with Pete’s story, you know, that typical college athlete that after graduation stops exercising and then comes back later.
I don’t want to narrate all the book chapters in here, but I will try to explain what you will find the rest of the pages. I liked the way they put it all together. Normally you don’t have a solid background story on things, but the authors managed to present a great background dating back our ancestors. And how that benefited me? It made me understand why our ancestors ran, how they ran, when they ran. And then, you get back to life and compare yourself with what you just read.
What else is covered?
– Barefoot running is something a lot of people talk and try to convince you. The authors manage to present it in a very well documented way. They don’t try to convince you, instead they again give you the background, why people get injured, what are the pros and the cons, so you can make your own judgement.
– Injuries. Which are the most common injuries related to running form. But what really amazed me was to confirm that most of the injuries are caused by people trying to rushing themselves and not hearing the body.
– Running shoes history and evolution. The common types of injury related to running shoes with statistics and clear evidence for easier understanding.
To wrap up, I like the way the authors worked with professors, scientists, athletes and researchers combined with their own experiences to write this book. It is a solid piece of information for me and anybody interested in knowing more about running form and history. I can say this is the book that made me think about and analyze every stride I make.