Why did humans start running throughout their history?
- The birth of running
- Running in the practice of athletics
- The sprint race
- The middle distance race
- The long-distance race
- The ultra-distance race
- Long distance, middle distance and ultra long distance techniques
- Running and the body: the medical and biomechanical point of view of the practice
For humans, running, like walking, is considered to be their main mode of bipedal locomotion.
To describe running, we talk about a suspensive phase where neither of the runner’s feet touch the ground, which makes it the main difference with walking. This phase in suspension above the ground allows the runner to save energy . This energy is significant in relation to walking for any running pace ranging from 6 km/h (we then speak of ultra-distance running) to a run at 40 km/h (we then speak of sprinting).
In addition to being considered as a mode of locomotion, running is also widely practiced in sports. Indeed, many athletes run for the sole purpose of maintaining the body as physical exercise or for a competitive purpose when we talk about athletics .