The Persistent Hunter – Say what?

Posted by on January 31, 2012

You are probably asking yourself, “So why is this blog called Persistent Hunter?”. 

The “hunt” for the long run is what I love the most about running. Being an overcompetative person it is the untimate endurance challenge. It you your mind against your body. For me the mental aspect can he the hardest thing to conqure. I don’t worry too much about speed since that is not why I run.  Sure, I have time goals for my races and keep my own personcal records but often with ultra running it is about just finishing strong and under the cutoff time.

If you break down “persistent’ and ‘hunter’ it makes perfect sence.

per•sist•ent /pərˈsistənt/
Adjective: Continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

hunt•er /ˈhən(t)ər/
Noun: A person searching for something: “a bargain hunter”.

But it goes a little deeper than just the definitions and word combination. I recently finished the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage)
. A big part of the book is about persistence hunting and the human body is build for running despite what most doctors will tell you. I won’t got into all the details in cse you have not read the book but Wikipedia gives a good defintion.

Persistence hunting is a hunting technique in which hunters use a combination of running and tracking to pursue prey to the point of exhaustion. While humans can sweat to reduce body heat their quadruped prey would need to slow from a gallop to pant. Today, it is very rare and seen only in a few groups such as Kalahari bushmen and the Tarahumara or Raramuri people of Northern Mexico. Persistence hunting requires endurance running – running many miles for extended periods of time. Among primates, endurance running is only seen in humans, and persistence hunting is thought to have been one of the earliest forms of human hunting, having evolved 2 million years ago.

Sounds pretty fitting for an ultra running blog don’t you think?

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