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"Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running" with Dr. Pete Larson

Humans evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common? Are our shoes to blame, or is it a question of running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why runners experience injuries and offer potential solutions to the current epidemic of running-related injuries. Their findings, gleaned from research studies and conversations with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, and competitive runners, are informative and enlightening. Topics include:
  • How modern runners differ from their ancestors
  • Why repetitive stress causes most injuries, and how runners can safely reduce their occurrence
  • The pros and cons of barefoot running
  • Why it s time to move beyond the pronation-control paradigm with running shoes
  • How certain running-form flaws might increase injury risk
  • How footwear has evolved over the past 10,000 years
  • The recreational runner
  • Why running shoes are not inherently evil
Tread Lightly is a highly readable, multifaceted investigation of running past and present, with a hopeful look to the future.


author Pete Larson

Dr. Peter Larson is an associate professor of biology at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is a Boston-qualifying marathon runner. His website, Runblogger, is recognized as a leading source for information on running shoe innovation and the science of running.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
27 S Main St
03301 Concord
ISBN: 9781616083748
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - June 2012

Praise for the work of Peter Larson
"Larson presents a wealth of balanced info on the raging debate over proper running form and minimalist running shoes." --Erin Beresini, Outside Online
"Peter Larson is both a scientist and a realist when it comes to running shoes, and that's a good combination." --Amby Burfoot, "Peak Performance Blog," "Runner's World"

Thursday, October 8, 7 PM--DICK FLAVIN of the Red Sox!
Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to present Emmy-award winning broadcaster, PA announcer at Fenway Park, and the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, Dick Flavin, who has put pen to paper to create this magnificent volume of verse, Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses! The book is a collection of humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox, as they end their season and start planning for next year.
His pithy and comedic verses including such gems as "The Beards of Summer," "Long Live Fenway Park," and his best known, "Teddy at the Bat."
The book is illustrated with over 50 photos celebrating the Red Sox. It's perfect for Christmas! Come get a signed copy.
Friday, October 9, 7 PM--Concord's own KEVIN FLYNN!
American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age, by Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. (We just wish we could win one!) Yes, that small state in the title is our own New Hampshire.
Kevin is an Emmy Award–winning former television journalist and the author or co-author of four books of true-crime reporting: Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, and Notes on a Killing.
He's also a great storyteller. Come early to get a good seat.
Events over the next two weeks--mark your calendars!
Friday, October 16, 5:30 PM-- local YA sensation Erin Bowman, with her new book, Vengeance Road.
Thursday, October 22, 5:30 PM--Liz Kessler, author of the beloved Emily Windsnap series, with her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls.
Friday, October 23, 7 PM--Max Wirestone, author of new novel The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss. Until he got a three-book deal from publisher Hachette, Max was the library director at the New Durham Public Library. 
On our front tables tomorrow!  New books! Click the jackets for details.
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New books, new trailers

Friday, October 9th, 2015, 7 p.m. Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. It's the dramatic story of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Sweepstakes, American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.

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