Here’s What You Can Learn From Babies, Birds And Buffalo To Improve Your Running
... babies, a bird, a movie character and a buffalo.

June 7, 2018

Some of the best lessons come from unexpected places. Here’s what you can learn about running from babies, a bird, a movie character and a buffalo.


They tend to land on the balls of their feet. Run barefoot for two minutes after your regular run, says biomechanics researcher, Professor Peter Larson. You’ll adapt to the lack of cushioning by landing closer to your body.

The Road Runner

There’s a running method to the madness of the bird’s whirring legs. Most top class runners have a stride rate around 90 steps per minute per foot. Count yours, and if it’s well under 90, shorten your stride.

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Forrest Gump

He went for a little run and ended up across the country. What you can take from this:

  • Aim to go a bit further or a bit faster each week; and
  • Use races to explore places in South Africa.


Strong tendons help these heavy beasts hurdle high obstacles and outrun horses in endurance-type races. To gain more spring, says decathlete Bryan Clay, do this plyometric circuit once or twice a week: box jump, single-leg hop, lateral jump (three sets of 10 reps each).

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