Are You Faster Than A Caveman or Cavewoman? Probably Not.
Regular hairy encounters with four-legged foes made our ancestors insanely fast. Thanks to this and having to chase down their dinner, only our most elite athletes can even compare to ancient caverunners.
The Average Caveman was on Par With Today’s Elite Runners
Thanks to 20,000 year-old fossilized footprints, Australian anthropologists found that barefoot Pleistocene Age runners were travelling at 22.9 mph and that’s on uneven terrain, armed with heavy spears! In 2009, when Usain Bolt set the 100m world record he was doing an only slightly quicker 23.35 mph. Given today’s training advantages (or even shoes) the Stone Agers would have beaten today’s athletes out of sight at everything.
Can You Compete with Stone-Age Runners?
So what are you waiting for? Grab the leash and let furry face set the pace, or summon your inner jungle cat and run like your life depends on it.
Author bio: Martin Sandman is stoked on surfing, tai chi and running to energize mitochondria and breathe deeply. Martin is a Copywriter and word nerd at Road Runner Sports and has been with the company seven years.