Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running by Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky, 2/5
The authors are passionate about their topic but I feel this book contributes little to a discussion that is already very much lacking in scientific research and consensus among experts (or at least was in 2012, when it was written). In an approach reminiscent of the average college essayist, Larson and Katovsky cite a steady stream of inconclusive scientific studies and often-contradictory information that they do not have the expertise to interpret. Slap on some weak conclusions and the reader is left with a few interesting facts and no real guidance on how to apply them.
Why I read it: My dad mentioned it in conversation.
Way cool. Though I am a passionate advocate and practitioner, I’m glad I didn’t waste my time reading it given the pile of books steadily growing next to my bed.
Yes, I think it would be more useful to read (critically) and compare books by people pushing specific techniques, such as Chi running guy, Cucuzzella, etc.