• Tread Lightly

  • Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running
  • By: Bill Larson, Peter Larson
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-02-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (35 ratings)

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.
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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.
©2012 Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"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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Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Ross on 08-07-13

Must read for Runners

Where does Tread Lightly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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

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

What does Richard Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

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

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Boobie on 10-04-16

CAUSAL!!! <br />

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 12-01-14

Impossible to listen to!!!

What disappointed you about Tread Lightly?

The narrator was terrible. I couldn't last longer than 5 minutes and then had to turn it off. I am really disappointed with this one because I would actually like to listen to the book. I don't know who picks the narrators for the books but they should be fired for this one.

What could Bill Larson and Peter Larson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know. I was not able to listen long enough to get anything from the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator would pause in the middle of a sentence when there was obviously no comma then continue on. His tone was completely wrong. It was as if he was trying to do a dramatic read to a fitness book. Think of the Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skits as James Lipton. Now take away the humor and add a monotone voice.

What character would you cut from Tread Lightly?

The Narrator. I can't tell you more than that because I didn't get far enough into the book

Any additional comments?

Please pass this to the publishing company......Think of your audience when you pick a narrator. The people who will buy this book run. We are the type of people that try and pull something extra from the world around us. We strive for a little more in life. We want personality from a book. Here is an idea, when you pick a narrator have them read a chapter and then give it to a focus group of your target audience. If the response comes back negative, then don't use a narrator. I may have an MBA but I promise you I could have figured that one out in middle school. I will even give you the person to narrate it, so you don't have to do the work. The book mentions "Born to Run", the narrator of that book Fred Sanders did a wonderful job. He gave all kinds of depth to the book, hire him.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By LebowskiToes on 13-07-13

Too many lists, phony-sounding narrator

There is a lot of dull detail in this book, and a lot of lists. Mostly, it's "book report" -- a regurgitation of material from other books. Meanwhile, the narrator is trying his best to inject drama into every sentence. The combination produces a peculiar mix of irritation and boredom.

If you are this interested in the minutiae of footwear, then the written copy is probably a better bet for you.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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