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    I think a lot of people think persistence hunting is like doing a marathon after an antelope. I don't think that was the case. I think it was extremely light jogging, to a trot, to a brisk fast walk.

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    Agreed. That's why I said some Groks were "distance runners". The cardio stress of going 26 miles as fast as possible is a different story. But it's also probably foolish to assume they didn't pressure the animal with a lot of pace at times. They also took many angles of pursuit to set up a relay handing off the beast to the runner who took the right shortcut. Then the others could rest while that runner tried to drive the animal towards fresh human legs. And they ran with spears in hand jumping bushes and rocks through varied terrain. Kind of like the logo...

    I think in my 20s I would have enjoyed the hell out of this type of hunt. A bunch of my buds acting like a pack of wolves.

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    Im pretty sure I wouldn't have lived long back in the day........but that's neither here nor there.

    I can see both sides of this debate to an extent. I can't see myself ever giving up running completely, although I do like to tinker around with my routine and I also include sprint intervals on a step platform in between each mile. (Was a step aerobics addict and always will be - for me, those classes were as fun as going out dancing!) I'm sure there will be more tinkering now that I've gotten so many ideas from the many fit folks here.

    With distance running, it's not just about the physical benefits for me. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best free therapy there is. It helps me de-stress and clear the ole noggin. I figure it's a little more Grok-like than sitting in the office of a shrink. However, Grokness isn't my goal. (thank God)

    Thanks to all for an interesting read. Even though opinions vary greatly, I appreciate the passion people have about the subject(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon79 View Post
    I think a lot of people think persistence hunting is like doing a marathon after an antelope. I don't think that was the case. I think it was extremely light jogging, to a trot, to a brisk fast walk.
    Here's a video of some of the few people in the world who still do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon79 View Post
    I think a lot of people think persistence hunting is like doing a marathon after an antelope. I don't think that was the case. I think it was extremely light jogging, to a trot, to a brisk fast walk.
    I agree. I think Grok was an ultramarathoner who had a very substantial base from a lifetime of primal exercise. A long, loping run to persistence hunt antelope by grok might have been analagous to me taking an 8 hour hike in moderate terrain. There is a line of logic that some runners hold to that the best training is high volume low aerobic - that this will actually increase race tije performance at higher paces over time compared to moderate-high intensity sustained runs (not talking intervals here). I haven't read enough or experienced enough to know if the logic holds up; just that there is this thread of logic, which would be pretty compatible with PB exercise logic.

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