Whether you think working on running form is important, or not, this book is a must read. For the non-believers, the book makes some good arguments. For those who already believe form is important, the book will give you a different perspective on form; it is not about one component, like cadence, but about several components, including our lifestyle, which affect each other and our running.
The Lost Art of Running by Shane Benzie and Tim Major is part story and part self-improvement. It is divided into 3 parts: The Journey, The Foundations, and The Practical. Shane starts off by telling the story of how he noticed that in some areas of the world runners had a nicer running style and seemed to be able to run faster with less effort, and this observation eventually leads him to wonder if this quality can be taught. Shane ends up travelling the world in search of how he can teach good running form, and lays out a basic foundation that we can use to try and help improve our own running.
Big thank you to the publisher, Bloomsbury Sport, for providing a review copy of the book. We were not able to connect with the author for an interview, but we hope you enjoy our chat anyway. If you are not able to get the book through your local book shop, you can find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.ca/Lost-Art-Running-Rediscover-Forgotten/dp/1472968085.
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