Monday, May 30, 2011

Just AT Ruminations

I am up early to work-yes again-Day 4 of 6. Got told again I should take it easy with the running, so will do so. I may still go to Mohican and explore some new trails-and hike and run. Or I may take my compass to Salt Fork and do a little off-piste exploring, if the multi-flora rose briars haven't gotten too big. Or that could be good way early Frozen Head Training.

I have been interested in stories of folks who have hiked the Appalachian Trail way before Adam and Kadra started on their epic journey this spring.

I just finished reading Jennifer Pharr Davis' book on her first AT hike: Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail. This was her story when she first hiked the AT, at age 21, just out of college. Pharr Davis went on to set the women's record for the fastest speed hike on the trail.
In June, she is going for the overall record for speed hiking the AT. Her goal is to hike the entire 2,181-mile faster than the current overall speed record of 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes.

Another AT book recently read was "Awol on the AT" by David Miller, also an enjoyable read. Miller quits his job in order to hike the AT. Miller was at a different point in his life/career than Pharr Davis, so it was interesting reading these two books close together.

Do I want to hike/speed hike/run the AT? Not really.I have plenty of epic runs/races that I want to experience. I would like to do a long multi day hike or run, solo. Or as solo as I could make it.
Hiking/running the Buckeye Trail in Ohio sounds cool, but in reality, there is some good portions of the BT that are on roads. So that doesn't interest me too much.
I had thought in the past it would be cool to solo the Laurel Highlands Trail, but I've pretty much done that in a race.
Oh well, I've got too much time on my hands of not running. But maybe I can conjure up the idea of some epic long run for the future.

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