Review: The Barefoot Running Book

Written By Barefoot Dawsy

The Barefoot Running BookIf you’ve read Born To Run, and want to learn how to run barefoot like a Tarahumara, then I’ve got just the book for you! Last month, Jason Robillard (Barefoot Jason), from, published the eagerly-anticipated latest edition of his Barefoot Running Book.

We’ve discussed Jason before, and even give away an earlier edition for free download(!). His older stuff is great and really useful, but believe me, the latest edition is a departure from what he’s done before, and it’s well worth picking up.

Jason Robillard is one of the ‘old guard’ of barefoot running. He started running barefoot long before Born To Run was published, has logged thousands of barefoot miles, and has run a heap of ultramarathons in various states of foot nakedness. Needless to say, he brings to the table a wealth of knowledge, and with writing skills honed from years of blogging, is able to effectively and entertainingly communicate them.

The Barefoot Running Book: The Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running is a book about barefoot running, but also includes tips on cross training and ultra training. Don’t be put off if it sounds too advanced though, as the book is squarely aimed at the new barefoot runner.

The book runs readers through a series of exercises, drills, and advice on how to go from shod running right up to your first few miles barefoot and beyond.

Interspersed in between all of these useful tips and tricks is a series of wonderful quotes from some of the best know people in the barefoot running community, such as Ken Bob Saxton, Nick Vaernhoej and Tamara Gerken. Oh, and in case you have no idea who these guys are, there’s a comprehensive “who’s who” of barefoot runners included at the back of the book that lists all the key players from Abebe Bikila to Zola Budd!

On top of all this, it includes a comprehensive glossary, an excellent list of blogs/websites, and even a full (and entertaining) account of Jason’s first 100 mile ultramarathon.

I read this book from cover to cover in 3 sittings, as it was very difficult to put down. I sincerely wish that I could have read this book a few years ago, as it would have been a huge help when starting out.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in starting barefoot running, and want a good book to teach you the basics, then look no farther than the Barefoot Running Book.

Beginning Barefoot would like to thank Jason Robillard and Penguin Publishers for supplying a copy of The Barefoot Running Book for review. Please support the author by purchasing his book online.


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