Shelly and I have been on the road for the last 10 days, so my posting has been infrequent. The trip is almost done, but this post NEEDED to go up today.
I just finished reading Pete Larson and Bill Katovsky’s new book “Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running.” Over the next week or so, I’ll dive into many of the topics Pete and Bill discuss throughout the book. Here’s my incredibly quick synopsis:
The book discusses many of the topics I’ve been exploring lately, but provide a ton of supporting evidence. Pete and Bill discuss issues like the history of footwear, the function of specific footwear characteristics, barefoot running, foot strike, cadence, diet, and a host of other topics related to running.
‘Born to Run’ introduces a few hypotheses about our evolutionary running heritage and the role of shoes in injuries. My book, along with Ken Bob, Sandler, Dryer’s ‘Chi Running’, Romanov’s ‘Pose’ technique, and a few others taught people how to improve running form. Pete and Bill’s book brings all of this together to answer the fundamental question- “What can we do to run healthier?”
Pete and Bill rely on a thorough assessment of the available empirical research and approach each of the topics with the skepticism of good scientists. While it does get fairly technical at some points, they do an excellent job of writing for a wide audience. If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll recognize nearly all of the topics they cover… but they go a step further and provide extensive support for their conclusions.
The topics they discuss are the exact same topics I’ve been discussing with running store employees and podiatrists… and we’re closing in on some degree of agreement on some fundamental elements of running form. This book very well could be the book that triggers the tipping point I talk about frequently. It’s the single most sensible treatise on running form I’ve ever read.
This book should be required reading for anyone involved in the running industry, including:
- Novice runners
- Experienced runners
- Medical professionals
- Shoe designers
- Shoe marketers
- Shoe distributors
- Retail shoe store owners, managers, and employees
That’s right. If you’re on this list, order this book today. It is THAT important to furthering our understanding of what it means to reduce running injuries. The book was so intriguing, I woke up at 3 am the last two mornings to complete it despite recovering from Sunday’s 50 miler and subsequent 18 hour car ride back to Michigan.
Look for a more detailed discussion in the coming days as my schedule winds down.
For those that have been lucky enough to get a look at the book, what are your initial thoughts?