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Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,692 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Are You Ready to Run?

Is there a bridge from the injury-ridden world of the modern runner to the promised land that barefoot running and Born to Run have led us to believe exists? Can we really live the running life free from injury? Is there an approach designed to unlock all the athletic potential that may be hidden within? Can we run faster, longer, and more efficiently?
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published June 3rd 2014)
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MrsJoseph *grouchy*
The last time I went on a run I blew out my right hamstring. I've gone through numerous books like Ready to Run since my injury. Not a single book has any information to assist with rehabbing a hamstring strain back into "running shape."

Ready to Run has run back to the library. There are a lot of things in the book but nothing helpful at this moment.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've taken this thing completely to heart. The difference in my plantar fasciitis from one Voodoo floss band wrap session on my right foot is insane; left foot still brittle and spikey as heck when I get out of bed. Love the stretches/mobs, zero drops for walking, emphasis on going barefoot, electrolytes, compression gear, never sitting, and think this was life changing. Couldn't care less if non-friends/fam give it a try, but it deserves five stars.

P.S. read the entire thing on my three tube s
Viv JM
Lots of very useful information - now to put it into practice!
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. After having told by many doctors, physiotherapist, chiropractors, etc. that nothing can be about my knee apart from just "stop running", now I have hope that I can "fix myself". The book offers numerous strechning and mobilizing exercises that one needs to practise daily, but it looks promising. My next order of business now is to reread the whole book and make thorough notes, then build a stretching plan for myself and start doing it. I should see results in a month ...more
Jeff Namadan
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As always, K-Star is spot on. Now I just need to commit to what he prescribes. It's only 10 minutes a day, I can find that much time though the real results come from more time. Baby steps (no pigeon feet allowed!) ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of overlap with supple leopard, but some good tests to identify weaknesses with running mechanics.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read several books about running, all helpful in their own way, but in terms of giving the reader fantastic exercises to increase their mobility, this is the best I have come across. I read the entire book, but one could skip to the back where the author explains his "12 standards" and gives tests the reader can do to determine where he or she does not meet the standards. The last section, section 3, is a series of mobility exercises tied to each standard. You do have to go back and forth a ...more
Hitessh Panchal
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Okie Dokie,

Maybe this book is Right, But i am the wrong person for it. It teaches , how a seasoned athlete can avoid injuries while running.

there were many good stretches , that were new and good.

If you are already a marathon runner, use it . If you are casual runner, this book will be of little help.

Looking forward to read the author's next book though "Deskbound: Sitting is the new Smoking"
Anthony Michel
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Great infos but the writing is very American with the author bragging for half of the book on how much this book is gonna change your life rather than actually starting the book. It could be much shorter . But like I said the info in it are awesome!
Sagar Chamoli
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
Not sure if it was wrong book for right person or vice versa but i couldn't connect with the book for some reason.

The author says there are 12 rules you need to follow. Though few of the rules made sense to me like keep your feet in natural state, wear compression socks, warm up & cool down, hydration, wear flat shoe's etc. But there are certain stretches he said we should try and check how the comfort is, incase fine all is well but not than practice it till you perfect it. I'm not sure if it's
Lee Adams
This was a trip down memory lane. (What's up, Matt?) There was a lot in here I've done in the past but have neglected for years as far as between workout maintenance. I guess that's the catch-22 of being injury free for many years. I found myself revisiting some old friends ( the couch stretch and lacrosse ball) while reading this. Good information to follow. Now just to keep it going. ...more
Samuel W.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
If your tired of nagging injuries limiting or stopping your runs, then this book will give you a range of methods to attack the underlying issues. Now in my 50's and attempting to referee over 200 soccer games a year, I've had trouble maintaining an injury free season. Working all day in a cubicle was not helping matters. Kelly Starrett has useful information that anyone can implement. And while we all need a day off to heal, his regiment is a daily combo of health tips, exercise tips and self m ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys running or athletics. Reading this turned on a lightbulb in my brain about how to approach running, and really any kind of athletic training, in a healthy way that will provide longevity. I'm not sure I would have the motivation to make some of these changes without injury, but it would be so much better to learn to practice some of the things taught in this book BEFORE injury to hopefully avoid it. Thanks Geoff Finley for sharing, I'm so glad I read it! ...more
Lowell Paige Bander
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-health
"All humans should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves."

A fantastic book on avoiding running injuries, in a style very similar to Starrett's "Becoming a Supple Leopard." That is, if you incur an injury, it isn't because you need more expensive shoes or you need to stop running -- it's because you are insufficiently mobilized, or have bad motor patterns, or are dehydrated, have shoes with too much heel.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Book packed full of information, some old, some new, mostly all useful.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for now - will see in a couple months if it works!
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Adam Parker
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, learning
This book was recommended to me by one of the most healthy, strong men I know. He happens to be a former colleague and is currently responsible for the entire health, fitness, and academy training at a major US police department; not to mention a top performer in the Special Weapons and Tactics team. When someone with those credentials swears by something, you look into it.

Needless to say, I'm glad I did. The book was written in a direct, enjoyable manner which often left me feeling challenged
Roozbeh Daneshvar
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a good book for runners and whoever runs in their workouts. I started following the exercises and I feel that I can see a positive impact (or maybe it is only my imagination). Yet, the content didn't need to be a book and it could have well been a very good web article.

I think the actual content was much less that 288 pages. I had the impression that the authors really wanted to get a full book out of it and they had only 15 pages of materials. They thought to themselves "How can we make
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starrett's guide to running and other endurance fitness regimes is a bit too advanced for me to feel like I really maxed out its potential. There are a lot of mobility techniques, for example, which are simply not going to be entering my menu. I think it's geared towards a more committed runner (the type who runs for an hour-plus, several days a weak and competes in races) than I am (runs 2-3 days a week for a half-hour and then one hour-long run with walking intervals). I'm not the type to run ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
My primary goal was to find information on improving flexibility and maintaining / strengthening joints and back. The sections on the damage done to our bodies by years and years of sitting (past and present) were / are downright scary. But I can vouch for the truth of the damages. Great advice is presented to begin to reverse and correct those damages. May have to purchase the book to keep it on hand as a valuable reference too. Now on to watching some of the author's youtube vids for more info ...more
Keith Marran
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be full of very helpful tidbits to prevent injury, increase my running power, and move through life more solidly and comfortably. There's a whole chapter dedicated to shoes so I now know exactly what I want and don't want out of a running shoe.

If you're looking for an inspiring "you can do it" book about running, this isn't it. This is the book that will keep you running your whole life.

He includes exercises for your whole body, so it is a book I will reference a lot. But
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An instructive manual on the lifestyle, mobility, and biomechanical factors that lead to a running life plagued by injury, and how to address them on a daily basis. Useful for not only amateur runners, but those who have to run for a living or for other sport. A must read, and a great reference guide with a multitude of mobility exercises and lifestyle tips to help the modern day problems caused by sedentary living.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn’t be able to run without Kelly Starrett’s help. But man, this book in Kindle form is almost incomprehensible. The pictures are tiny and you can’t zoom in on them. The language used to describe the mobilizations frequently hinges on CrossFit or PT jargon, leaving this lay reader puzzled about what’s actually going on. You’re much better served by using his videos, or a physical copy of Supple Leopard. Or, perhaps by a physical copy of this book. Disappointed.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nf-hobby
I appreciate the assessment tests and concrete methods on how to address deficiencies (even if I roll my eyes at how it was presented at times). Having a specific plan to put into action was worth me picking up a used copy of this for daily reference. Truly though the relevant information could easily have fit into a reasonably-sized article -- as a book it's overinflated, but I guess that's business. ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full of great info. I think I was able to understand and take it in better because of my background in acupuncture + physical therapy, and the plan is a little full-on if you're busy or injured already, so I'm just using the techniques and implementing them slowly. But lots of good info here for taking care of your body, your most important asset
Ralph N
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The most practical book I’ve read this year. I’ve been meaning to restart a running regimen but was nervous about injuries, especially given my increased body weight. Kelly expands on his 12 standards for safe running and gives a lot of mobility exercises that make me confident that I can reach my full potential
Kate Callahan
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Becoming a Supple Leopard this was the next logical read. Such a brilliant book - not just for runners or wannabe runners but for athletes in general wanting to become more functional and to get rid of any aches and pains.

Truly excited to start working on the 12 standards and to improve on them
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Very similar to his other titles, a nice distillation of the info that pertains to runners. Helpful if you're looking to improve your running, although he has certain opinions that not everyone agrees on. For example, he's all about minimalist shoes, but recent studies have shown that this doesn't matter in terms of preventing injury. ...more
Diëgo D.
I did not have any issues before reading this book and for some reason when implementing some footpositioning into my routine i developed some issues...

I could be doing it wrong but for now i don't really want to fix anything that is not broken (yet).

Overtraining is my only injury so far.

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