For many in the ultra community, word has already gotten around about the new world record on the Appalachian Trail hike. Jen Pharr Davis set that by completing the 2181 miles in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
She did not set the female record. She already held that. She set the overall record, held previously by Andrew Thompson, set in 2005, in 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes.
I had been aware of Davis' female record from last year, then this summer, right before she started her AT speed hiking attempt, I read her book "Becoming Odyssa" which was about her very first through-hike of the AT. I would have to recommend her book too, it's an easy read and one of the more enjoyable books I have read about through-hiking the AT.
Brew, her husband, kept her blog up through out the journey. Now even for hard core ultra runners, Jen Pharr Davis was covering 40 or 50 miles A DAY with no breaks. On her next to last day, she hiked sixty miles, and her last day was around 30 miles. That is just phenomenal.
Congratulation to Jen Pharr Davis!!! Women rock!!!