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Offline Josh

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There's a linked video on metafilter of a persistence hunt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUpo_mA5RP8 (dunno if it's in the US) Its worth watching to see how they track the antelope and get into another level of consciousness.

It's made me want to get into more endurance running..it seems pretty compelling to me that this is a way hominids and early humans would have hunted.

The vid says that the runner chases the antelope for 8 hours. Some of this would be walking, stopping and thinking but still a feat of endurance.

I was wondering if you had any thoughts on which types of run would simulate this. I was considering going for a half marathon. Maybe a more accurate way would be some event with walked sections and thinking that takes longer...orienteering?


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Re: What running distance (or method) corresponds to a 'persistence hunt'?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 08:36:48 pm »
Varies a lot, I suspect. I'd say minimum of 5 miles and max of about 20 miles (and they aren't necessarily traveling in a straight line).

Remember also that they have to carry the body back to the village or camp.

I suspect isometrics are a neglected part of most paleo-centric workout routines.
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Re: What running distance (or method) corresponds to a 'persistence hunt'?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 09:20:03 pm »
Yeh, sandbag training could be a good one for that. As part of my shovelglove routine I sometimes run with the hammer, drag it up hills etc.

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Re: What running distance (or method) corresponds to a 'persistence hunt'?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 08:21:50 pm »
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