Tread Lightly

  • by Bill Larson, Peter Larson
  • Narrated by Richard Allen
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Humans evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common? Are our shoes to blame, or is it a question of running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why runners experience injuries and offer potential solutions to the current epidemic of running-related injuries. Their findings, gleaned from research studies and conversations with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, and competitive runners, are informative and enlightening.
Topics include:

How modern runners differ from their ancestors
Why repetitive stress causes most injuries, and how runners can safely reduce their occurrence
The pros and cons of barefoot running
Why it’s time to move beyond the pronation-control paradigm with running shoes
How certain running-form flaws might increase injury risk
How footwear has evolved over the past 10,000 years
The recreational runner
Why running shoes are not inherently evil
Tread Lightly is a highly listenable, multifaceted investigation of running - past and present, with a hopeful look to the future.


Audible Editor Reviews

Runners experience a plethora of nagging injuries and pain, making this a valuable examination into the evolution, history, and future of the human body as it pertains to running. Bill Katovsky and Peter Larson look at how footwear, form, and food can impact the body, providing guidelines and possible solutions to the wear-and-tear that comes with constant running. Richard Allen displays a deft command while also performing with a light, agreeable touch, creating a welcoming and reassuring environment. Tread Lightly is an illuminating resource that will hopefully make shin splints and plantar fasciitis a thing of the past.


What the Critics Say

"Larson presents a wealth of balanced info on the raging debate over proper running form and minimalist running shoes." (Erin Beresini, Outside Online)
“Peter Larson is both a scientist and a realist when it comes to running shoes, and that's a good combination.” (Amby Burfoot, "Peak Performance Blog", Runner's World)


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What was one of the most memorable moments of Tread Lightly?

Description of shoe store sales pitches. How corrupt and scripted they are.

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Very Objective and balanced account of the industry and running in general.

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- Ross


This is an interesting review of scientific research with regard to running and injury prevention. There is good advice and the book is easily comprehensible.

The narrator brings life to the work. But there is one really annoying problem to me. A minor one perhaps.

This is not the only audio book in which the narrator makes this error and it often occurs in scientific-based works. But please, narrators and producers, the authors don't talk about "CASUAL" links they talk about "CAUSAL" links and relationships!

This mistake occurred so often that I found myself exclaiming "CAUSAL!" out loud while running much to the astonishment of passers-by who probably thought this was some kind of new running mantra.
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- Boobie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios