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1080 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2011 6:10 AM by Joseph Tree
Daniel Hocking Rookie 2 posts since
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Apr 26, 2011 8:18 PM

Could you run down your lunch?

There's an theory of human evolution that postulates that our ability to run long distances evolved as a way to run down our food. Specifically, it suggests that humans evolved running abilities in association with persistence hunting in the African Savannahs. You can read more about it here:


What do you think about the theory? Do you think your team or training partners could run down a deer or antelope? Would you stick to running down broccoli instead?

  • bu11fr0g Amateur 23 posts since
    May 14, 2009
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    1. Apr 29, 2011 8:23 AM (in response to Daniel Hocking)
    Re: Could you run down your lunch?

    I can run down a turtle or a frog or many amphibians/reptiles when its cold.

    There is not a chance that I can run a mammal into heat exhaustion.  There is a funny story about a kid who went out to

  • roufarunnershusband Amateur 29 posts since
    Apr 12, 2011
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    2. May 1, 2011 6:35 PM (in response to Daniel Hocking)
    Re: Could you run down your lunch?

    I'll bet I could run down a sleeping cow, and maybe even a fat chicken.  Deer or antelope?  Nope.

    Roufa Runner's Husband

    Phil 4:13

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    3. May 3, 2011 6:10 AM (in response to Daniel Hocking)
    Re: Could you run down your lunch?

    Based on the "how to" descriptions I've read, my body is at a point where it could handle the necessary running, or just about.  The hard part's the details:  I don't have a savanna handy, and I don't think it would work in the Pennsylvania woods.  Also, I think the prey could pretty much out think me without much trouble.  That's why I am more of a fisherman than a persistance hunter.

    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

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