• The Lost Art of Running

  • A Journey to Rediscover the Forgotten Essence of Human Movement
  • By: Shane Benzie, Tim Major
  • Narrated by: Clifford Samuel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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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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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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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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solid

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

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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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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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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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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.

The material is strong, but the author often adds a lot of story such as how long and hard the journey to a remote part of Nepal was.

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

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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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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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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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  • K R
  • 10-31-20

Story a bit over-dramatised for the content

A struggle through to get some already known info. Well read and don't want to be cruel as form is crucial but the story/journey was irritating with the info presented as a big epiphany when it's been said before elsewhere.

Some books focus on training volumes/zones, fuelling, etc. Others focus on mindset. Most have more real content than this book. This one is about form and emulating an elite endurance runner's technique. The story is a bit long winded and the actual practical content a bit thin, it could be summarised on an A4 page and have similar persuasiveness. I think Running rewired by Jay Dicharry is far more practically applicable and breaks down running well into clearly defined sections of form, posture, strength, plyo/springiness etc.

If you want to see good form explained there are many form analysis YouTube videos available nowadays.

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  • HANNAH MEYER
  • 10-27-20

Listen while running

Helped me improve my form. As Shane says, the first few runs feel harder as you are concentrating on posture, foot strike, cadence etc but once you get into a rhythm, it starts to feel more natural and less of an effort.

Try it.

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  • S. A. Taylor
  • 11-15-20

Wonderful Book

As a trail and hill runner I love soaking up information about running, especially the how. This book gives you do much to think about. I will defo listen again, more than once, I'm sure. Also plan to buy the book, better for reference purposes. An added bonus, know a number of the runners he has worked with. A really great listen.

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  • Yukaene Rivera
  • 11-19-20

Running Wisdom

I am so glad I read/listened to this book as a beginner runner. It has me approaching running now in possibly the smartest natural way availble now and the consequence of these ideas will not only benefit ones running, but experience of life as well. I will be coming back to this book again and again.

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  • Jonathan T
  • 10-20-20

Fascinating and thought provoking

A fresh and intriguing perspective on the art and science of running. Potentially a very important book if you want to maximise your running in a natural way. Congratulations to the narrator on a superb job.

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  • simon
  • 09-29-20

Fantastic!

I’ve previously attended one of Shane’s running camps and know a number of the people discussed in the book. He is the real deal, this is a great book. On top of that, it may significantly improve how you run!

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  • Aaron
  • 09-26-20

Essential for anybody who moves

The gripping account of how the author came to understand the forgotten fundamentals of how to actually run. Engaging, interesting, and brimming with immediately useful information every chapter - i couldn't stop listening. Will be buying the paperback.

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  • MR MARK J PEDDER
  • 11-17-21

the art of running is right here

Really loved this book. It has so much detail and advice within that you are constantly reviewing how you perform as a runner inbetween the chapters. This book seemed to come at the right time for me. Just when my mojo was rock bottom here comes this book to slap me back into reality. Lots of this book has been absorbed into me concentrating on how I run and how you are never to old to learn new ways of running. Thank you

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  • Jammin042
  • 10-21-21

Inspiring

Started off well and get better and better as it went on. A great book and I felt inspired not just to run but to seek out a better running style and made me believe it is possible. Highly recommended.

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  • Muzza
  • 11-17-20

Great book of you want to run efficiently

Don't think about it, just go for it, read it and run better. It's told in a very easy to understand way

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-22

Great read

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

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  • Dewald
  • 04-19-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

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