Runners Lesson From Hummingbird


Runners Lesson From Humming Bird Tattoo Picture

Runners Lesson From Humming Bird Tattoo Picture courtesy of Larissa

Runners lesson from hummingbird is what I have in mind after reading a friends feed online;

“I got my first tattoo yesterday, the hummingbird symbolizes perseverance & tirelessness and energy…”

Let’s see why LORA B from Dailymile(dot)com did it. And we’ll share a little research, we got ours from wikipedia, to validate her arguments here;

Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are also the only group of birds able to fly backwards. They can fly at speeds exceeding 31 miles per hour.

Runners Lesson From Humming Bird #1 – Quality Diet

OK, let’s see some runners lesson from hummingbird.

Hummingbirds drink nectar, a sweet liquid inside certain flowers. Like bees;

  • they are able to assess the amount of sugar in the nectar they eat
  • they reject flower types that produce nectar that is less than 10% sugar
  • and prefer those whose sugar content is stronger.

Nectar is a poor source of nutrients, so hummingbirds meet their needs for protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. by preying on insects and spiders.

Runners Lesson From Humming Bird #2 – Persevere or Die

With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute. They also consume more than their own weight in nectar each day, and to do so they must visit hundreds of flowers daily. Hummingbirds are continuously hours away from starving to death, and are able to store just enough energy to survive overnight.

That’s one good runners lesson from hummingbird.

Runners Lesson From Humming Bird #3 – Store Up Energy

Studies of hummingbirds’ metabolisms are highly relevant to the question of how a migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbird can cross 800 km (500 mi) of the Gulf of Mexico on a nonstop flight. This hummingbird, like other birds preparing to migrate, stores up fat to serve as fuel, thereby augmenting its weight by as much as 100 percent and hence increasing the bird’s potential flying time.

Runners Lesson From Humming Bird #4 – Myth or NOT

Runners lesson from hummingbird or not. This is good to know (I think…)

Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans, the talismans being representations as well as actual hummingbird fetishes formed from parts of real hummingbirds: emblematic for their vigor, energy, and propensity to do work along with their sharp beaks that mimic instruments of weaponry, bloodletting, penetration, and intimacy. Hummingbird talismans were prized as drawing sexual potency, energy, vigor, and skill at arms and warfare to the wearer.

I don’t’ know if Lora knows all these but she hit a few target…

What about you, what’s your running tattoo?

Anyways, hopefully you will pick some runners lesson from hummingbird.


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