Are we born to run? Are athletes really getting better, faster, stronger? Does the treadmill have a dark and twisted past? Find out the answers to these questions and more with our Top 5 Inspiring TED Talks for Runners. Guaranteed to improve your PB!
ARE WE BORN TO RUN?
Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live.
ARE ATHLETES REALLY GETTING BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER?
When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.
THE PUZZLE OF MOTIVATION
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
THE TREADMILL’S DARK AND TWISTED PAST
The constant thud underneath your feet. The constrained space. The monotony of going nowhere fast. Running on a treadmill can certainly feel like torture, but did you know it was originally used for that very purpose? Conor Heffernan details the dark and twisted history of the treadmill.
HIGH IMPACT RUNNING
Following a near fatal attempt to complete the Marathon Des Sables, Lee Kemp reflects on what really matters in life.
Lee is an independent filmmaker and director shooting all over the world with his own production company. As a former soldier he’s served on multiple operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan and is also a snowboarder, runner and qualified scuba diver.. Lee recently made the mistake of entering the 2014 Marathon Des Sables, 156 miles of Sahara Desert running.
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