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Injury-Free Running by Natural Running Center

Become A More Efficient & Faster Runner

This 72-page-booklet was designed to help all runners understand the basics of natural running. We wish to share this information in an accessible way the average runner can understand. The essential core message of the Natural Running Center is that we want every runner to be able to make an healthy, injury-free adaptation to more efficient running mechanics.

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How Healthy Are Your Feet? by Natural Running Center

Conclusions Drawn from a Comparative Study of the Feet of Barefooted and Shoe Wearing People 

Dr. Phil Hoffman’s full study of feet from the Philippines and Pygmies of Central Africa (1905 with its original photos and charts) with contributions by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, Dr. Ray McClanahan, Casey Kerrigan, M.D. and Dr. Phil Maffetone.  A 72-page e-booklet filled with useful and relevant material about maintaining good foot health, especially if you are a runner.

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The Big Book of Health and Fitness by Dr. Phil Maffetone

Take your healthcare into your own hands—create a personalized diet and exercise plan to keep you fit, healthy, and active throughout your life.

Taking control of your health and well-being is a necessary and personal journey. From teens and parents fighting obesity in America, to aging baby boomers refusing to go quietly into the dark night—everyone can stay fit, healthy, and active for many years to come! This book lays out a sensible and holistic road map that makes health and fitness an ingrained part of your lifestyle, and an easy-to-achieve goal for both men and women at any age. In-depth discussion of feet, gait, and healthy running.

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Dr. Phil Maffetone

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing teaches runners and endurance athletes how to stay healthy, achieve optimal athletic potential, and be injury-free for many productive years. Dr. Philip Maffetone’s approach to endurance offers a truly “individualized” outlook and unique system that emphasizes building a strong aerobic base for increased fat burning, weight loss, sustained energy, and a healthy immune system. Good nutrition and stress reduction are also key to this commonsense, big-picture approach.

1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom by Bill Katovsky

Sage advice from lifetimes of experience, for wherever life’s hills and valleys may lead.

Within these pages, runners will find a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and even a little humor to encourage them in their sport. But whether comical or serious, the quotes contained here represent the finest writing and wisdom on running. Geared towards everyone from the long-distance enthusiast to the relative or friend of one, the musings collected are poignant, sentimental, and amazing, all within the span of a single page.  There’s chapters on barefoot running, women, and running form.

Some sample quotes: Running should be tap, tap, tap…not thud, thud, thud. –Mark Cucuzzella, M.D;

I believe in keeping running simple and, in regard to shoes, that would mean no gimmicks, unnecessary cushioning.—Bill Rodgers;

Train, don’t strain.—Arthur Lydiard

There’s nary an animal alive that can outrun a greased Scotsman.–  Groundskeeper Willy, from The Simpsons;

Do or do not. There is no try.–Yoda, from Star Wars.


Tread Lightly by Pete Larson and Bill Katovsky

Footwear, form, and the quest for injury-free running.

We evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common among contemporary runners? Should blame be assigned to shoes, running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, co-authors Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why and offer potential cures to halt the current epidemic of running injuries. They spoke with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, running coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, specialty running store owners, and elite runners. The end-result is a highly readable, multifaceted investigation of running—past, present, and the future.


Chi Marathon by Danny Dreyer

In Chi Marathon, Danny Dreyer, creator of the revolutionary ChiRunning program, highly respected running coach, and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running—much like T’ai Chi—making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one’s training. Chi Marathon is the first book to focus not on building stamina first (though that is covered here) but on how to run all those miles without harming your body. A staggering 80 to 90 percent of marathoners face injuries during their training. This book debunks the myth that marathoners need to push through and beyond pain, and presents a technique-based plan for pain- and injury-free, high-performance half and full marathons. Chi Marathon also shows how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event, and will help you cross the finish line feeling strong no matter your age, body type, or running ability.

Iron Heart by Brian Boyle and Bill Katovsky

On the way home from swim practice, eighteen-year-old athlete Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his Camaro. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds. He then willed himself to get back in shape…and two years later, completed the Hawaii Ironman, and numerous marathons since then. Boyle currently speaks to large groups and schools on behalf of the American Red Cross.

Natural Running by Danny Abshire

Natural Running is the middle ground runners have been looking for. By learning to run the barefoot way—while wearing shoes—runners will become more efficient, stronger, and healthier runners. Backed by studies at MIT and Harvard, running form and injury expert Danny Abshire presents the natural running technique, form drills, and an 8-week transition plan that will put runners on the path to faster, more efficient, and healthier running.

In Natural Running, Abshire explains how modern running shoes distort the efficient running technique that humans evolved over thousands of years. He reviews the history of running shoes and injuries, making the case for barefoot running but also warning about its dangers. By learning the natural running technique, runners can enjoy both worlds—comfortable feet, knees, and legs and an efficient running form that reduces impact and injuries.

Return to Fitness by Bill Katovsky

Bill Katovsky was a two-time Hawaii Ironman finisher, a guy who bicycled solo across the U.S., an endurance athlete who competed in a three-day race mountain bike race across Costa Rica. But through a series of misfortunes, including depression, losing his dog, death in his family, and debilitating health problems, Katovsky went from being a multisport junkie to complete couch potato. He stopped working out. For almost ten years! By the time he hit fifty, he decided it was time for a change. How he fought his way back to fitness is not only a riveting, brutally honest, and ultimately inspiring story, it is also a hands-on guide to help anyone reclaim health and well-being.

Katovsky supplements his personal story with those of others successfully making a return to fitness—an astronaut who spent five months in space; a former Wall Street trader who lost seventy-five pounds and became Hawaii’s Fittest CEO; a retired two-time world-champion Hawaii Ironman triathlete with a bum hip that needed replacing, a Yosemite park employee who broke her spine in a hiking accident and is now back on the trails; and a sixty-something business educator who’s had six heart bypasses but still backpacks and goes to the gym.

Born to Run by Chris McDougall

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

The Barefoot Running Book by Jason Robillard

Ditch those cushiony running shoes—they’re holding you back and hurting your feet!

You’ve heard about barefoot running and how it can reduce injury and allow for better form. Maybe you’ve even tried it and learned how shedding those heavy, overly- manufactured shoes can make running more enjoyable. Regardless of your expertise level, Jason Robillard—a leading expert on barefoot running education and director of the Barefoot Running University—synthesizes the latest research to ease you from barefoot walking to slow running to competitive and trail running vis-à-vis simple drills, training plans, and useful hints from fellow barefoot runners.

Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry

Running has become more and more popular in recent years, with thousands of people entering marathons, buying new running shoes with the latest technology, and going for a daily jog, whether on the track or on a treadmill. Unfortunately, with running comes injuries, as a result of wrong information and improper training. Author Jay Dicharry was tired of getting the same treatments from doctors that didn’t heal his joint and muscle pain from running, so he decided to combine different fields of clinical care, biomechanical analysis, and coaching to help you avoid common injuries and become the best runner you can be.

Freedom Run: A 100-Day, 3,452-Mile Journey Across America to Benefit Wounded Veterans by Jamie Summerlin

When Jamie Summerlin felt the calling to do something more meaningful with his life, the former U.S. Marine came up with an extreme idea. His desire to bring attention and assistance to wounded veterans led to a 100-day, 3,452-mile run across America. His journey was intended to inspire those who sacrificed for America’s freedom, but along the way Summerlin realized he was the one being inspired. “Freedom Run” not only tells the story of Summerlin’s amazing run across America and his attempt to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and other similar charities, but it reveals the heartfelt stories of the many veterans he met along the way. Beginning in Coos, Oregon, and ending in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Summerlin’s trek across the nation and the stories of the veterans he encountered serve as an inspiring and eye-opening tale of courage, determination, and honor in America.

Run Like an Athlete: by Jay Dicharry

THIS IS THE UK EDITION OF ‘ANATOMY FOR RUNNERS’, retitled to more fully reflect the book content. Running is often associated with the quest for your next personal best, and the agony of irritating injuries. Wouldn’t it be great if you learned how to make running easier on the body and more efficient? Run Like an Athlete takes a deeper look at running, and provides you with the knowledge and tools to solve the problems that limit your performance and lead to injuries. If you want answers, tools, secrets to achieve your best, look inside for expert advice.


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