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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Lost Art of Running by Shane Benzie with Tim Major, read by Clifford Samuel.

The Lost Art of Running is an opportunity to join running-technique-analyst coach and movement guru Shane Benzie on his journey across five continents as he trains with and analyses the running style of some of the most gifted athletes on the planet. 

'Running technique has to be one of the most subjective issues out there: 10 minutes' investigation on the internet will generally confuse rather than confirm what you should or should not be doing. Mother Nature gave us some amazing gifts as runners - if we rediscover them and use them, we can transform our dynamic and everyday movement.' (Shane Benzie)

Part narrative, part practical, this adventure takes you to the foothills of Ethiopia and the ‘town of runners’; to the training grounds of world-record-holding marathon runners in Kenya; racing across the Arctic Circle and the mountains of Europe, through the sweltering sands of the Sahara and the hostility of a winter traverse of the Pennine Way, to witness the incredible natural movement of runners in these environments. 

Along the way, you will learn how to incorporate natural movement techniques into your own running and hear from some of the top athletes Shane has coached over the years. Whether experienced or just tackling your first few miles, this ground-breaking book will help you discover the lost art of running.

©2020 Shane Benzie with Tim Major (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"A fascinating book." (Adharanand Finn, the best-selling author of Running with the Kenyans, The Rise of the Ultra Runners and The Way of the Runner)

"Shane's approach to running movement really works. Shane helped me prepare for my fourth Marathon des Sables. I am convinced that the insight from these sessions was instrumental in me being able to run as well as I did and secure my second win in a highly competitive race." (Elisabeth Barnes, ultra endurance runner)

"Shane is the Indiana Jones of the running world." (Damian Hall, ultra marathon runner and journalist)

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great story. looking forward to have some coaching to improve my style to make it easier on my body

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A must read for every runner

I have read or listened to many books about running and related. The Lost Art of Running felt like a novel packed with truly amazing and helpful information.
The message is clear concise and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your story and insight. It has been a privilege learning from your experience and years of research. I look forward working through it again.
I can strongly recommend this book.

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A must read for runners

A great book that made me more aware of how running form affects performance.

On my first listen I have already seen benefit in making changes to how I run. I will build on this as I slowly adapt to using better form and techniques.

Even if some of the stories in first section are a little repetitive, they do help to set the scene and introduce how different runners have benefited from different aspects of what Shane discusses in this book.

I will be listening to this a few more times to ensure I take it all information on board.

Highly recommended

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  • Catherine Kenny
  • 24-08-2020

Fantastic

A book I thoroughly enjoyed and will listen to many times again. Perfect balance of theory and practical with relatable examples to improve running technique. If you’ve any interest in running a must read

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  • kgohl
  • 04-08-2022

If you’re a runner, you need this book

If you are a runner you’ll find this book very useful, especially if you’re someone who has had little experience with running coaches. I listen to books as I run, and not only was this one entertaining—a prerequisite—but by the end of it I had changed my running style enough that I’d knocked almost a minute off my average pace. Now I don’t really care that much about speed since I don’t race, but I was surprised at the results.

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  • Phil M
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solid

interesting hypothesis to improve your running form. we'll see if it works as I tested out on myself.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-03-2022

Well Worth it if you are a runner

He is long winded and redundant but his obsession with running form and the efficiencies that result from better form is compelling. I listened to it as I ran and made corrections mid stride which seem to make a difference. I wish the book was more organized and focused on form instruction but he gets the message across.

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  • steve finkelstein
  • 07-03-2022

Very disappointed

If your purpose in reading this book is to actually improve your running style, skip to part three and ignore the fluff. If you want to hear someone yammer incessantly about their ego, then this is the book for you.

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  • Nathan A. Beaty
  • 30-11-2021

Stunningly brilliant

As a high school running coach regardless of the books length I cannot tell you how much of a gem this book is. If you are looking for ways to improve your running as a professional or amateur athlete or even as a coach you won’t regret it.

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  • mattbgrays
  • 24-09-2021

Good natural running intro

Narration is pleasant to listen to, but I wish he made it clear when he starts reading a quote because it can be confusing.

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Good book for anyone wanting a primer on natural running form that is backed up by some science.

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  • LocoRunner
  • 06-08-2021

good book

so many running books and all just seem to brag about how great they are. this one seemed different in that it actually got me thinking about how to incorporate some of the authors ideas into my training. made me think about how we approach running in general.

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  • Eva
  • 29-07-2021

Eye opening

I absolutely loved this book. Since there is a lot of back and forth between the author’s viewpoint and the viewpoint of someone he worked with, it was often hard to keep track of “who was talking.” Not sure how this could be solved fluidly, but either way I really enjoyed this eye opening read.

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  • Phillip Goodwin
  • 06-07-2021

Learned a lot about running biomechanics.

Through narration of many runners' stories from around the world, the book eloquently explains the key ingredients to running beautifully and practical things that runners can do to improve their biomechanics.

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