Disclaimer: I love you, Mom.
I visited my parent’s house this weekend, and my mom asked me if I was obsessed. I asked her what I would be obsessed with, and she said, “Well I read your posts, and it seems like you’re obsessed with this whole running and barefoot thing”. This is a lady who asked me after I got home from a cross-country meet in high school, “Where’s your medal? I thought you were a good runner, and you always get medals so where’s your medal this time?” I let her know that the medals didn’t make it to the meet in time, and that mine was being mailed to me. I love my mom, but sometimes she doesn’t get what I do. I asked if she had read the last post about addictions and how I argued against it, which would give the indication that I’m not obsessed. She said she had read it, but everything is just always about running and barefoot stuff. I reminded her that my site is called “go barefooting” so the majority of info on it will center on running and a barefoot lifestyle. Still, no one wants to disappoint the parents so here’s something a little different.
I watched a video on YouTube the other day that ESPN made about Usain Bolt called Cracking Bolt’s Bolts. In the video John Anderson mentions that as fast as Usain Bolt is, he would be caught by most animals if he were chased. I remembered how as a kid they told us speeds of animals, and I was always amazed. So here is a list of animals and their top speeds. I still love this stuff.
Speed of Animals
Most of the following measurements are for maximum speeds over approximate quarter-mile distances. Exceptions—which are included to give a wide range of animals—are the lion and elephant, whose speeds were clocked in the act of charging; the whippet, which was timed over a 200-yard course; the cheetah over a 100-yard distance; humans for a 15-yard segment of a 100-yard run; and the black mamba snake, six-lined race runner, spider, giant tortoise, three-toed sloth, and garden snail, which were measured over various small distances.
|Cape hunting dog||45.00|
|Mongolian wild ass||40.00|
|Black mamba snake||20.00|
|Six-lined race runner||18.00|
|Spider (Tegenearia atrica)||1.17|
For the record Usain Bolt’s speed peaks at 27 mph (I’m guessing that is him in this chart), and he averaged 23 mph during his record-breaking 100 meter run.
The chart and info courtesy of www.infoplease.com