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TIL that humans are the best long-distance runners on the planet, able to beat horses (and everything else) in marathon distance races.(r/todayilearned)
This is basically the subject of the book “Born to Run”
I really recommend reading it if you’re interested in this. There are several things we’ve learned about the human body that makes us the most efficient runners on the planet. Not the fastest, the most efficient.
Our bodies can sweat to regulate temperature which means we can maintain a fast pace for far longer than many animals such as dogs. For many animals, once their internal temperature reaches a certain point, they simply stop running because their instincts tell them they will die. Primitive man literally chased animals to death.
Our lungs can also breath at a faster pace while we run. Many animals has a physiological structure that only allows them to take a single breath for each stride. A cheetah for example can only breath in as it lunges forward and out as it contracts. We can take several breaths in a single stride that provides more oxygen and allows us to maintain a better pace.
It’s been awhile since I read the book, but if you’re interested check it out. It’s every bit as fascinating as it is inspiring. It might make you become a runner. Our bodies have evolved to make us the best runners of all time. Besides, it’s also got a great story of some amazing people.