Monday, June 17, 2013

How to Run, 1836

"The tread is neither with the mere balls of the toes, nor with the whole sole of the foot; and the spring is made rapidly from one foot to the other, so that they pass each other with great velocity... A mile in five minutes is good running. Two miles in ten minutes is oftener failed than accomplished. Four miles in twenty is said to puzzle the cleverest." 
Donald Walker, British Manly Exercises (1836)
It's hard to focus on division problems when you're dashing around in a top hat, but take it from The Past: if you can run four miles in twenty minutes, you are a genius


  1. Dear Past, I have been browsing your excellent advice (and illuminating commentary) with great enjoyment. But what is the connection between this text and Walker's Manly Exercises, 1855? See How to Run like a Man.

  2. (sorry, should have been 'swim like a man')

    1. You are astute! Walker's Manly Exercises is a later edition revised and expanded by someone other than Walker. (Still very manly, though!)

  3. According to these directions it appears imperative to keep your hat on at all times.


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