Top positive review
An excellent reference guide with one weakness
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015
First off, running is a requirement of my job (USMC) and for a couple years now I have been plagued knee problems revolving around my IT Band. Starrett's previous book (Becoming a Supply Leopard) helped me get over the worst of my injury. As a result, I was excited when Ready to Run was published because it is running specific.
Some strengths are
1. Runner responsibility. If you're looking for a panacea to all your running ailments that requires nothing of yourself, you're looking at the wrong book. Ready to Run hammers home the point that you must take control of your running in order to fix yourself. In fact, most of the methods illustrated are quite painful and add more work to training. They do, however, address problems.
2. With diligence, the methods outlined will alleviate short term running problems, as well as stave off long term problems. Once again though, you have to be willing to work when you buy this book.
3. The illustrations and explanations are top rate as usual. As well as step-by-step photos, there are detailed explanations attached to the mobilizations.
Now a weakness
1. *the reason for my 4 star rating* Ready to Run teaches you how to make your body an healthy and efficient machine, however, it does not teach you how to utilize that new found healthy and efficiency. It advocates a loose running style (neutral foot strike, flat shoes, glute dominant gait) but does not teach the movement of running itself. Do not buy this book expecting it to teach you proper barefoot or minimalist running technique. (Should you be interested in that, buy Jay Dicharry's Anatomy for Runners) Personally, the book feels half finished without a section on proper running technique as well as programming to switch from overbuilt shoes to minimalist or barefoot.
As a whole, the book is still an excellent reference for performing in-home body maintenance that empowers runners to take control of their bodies.