When it comes to trails, the Appalachian Trail (A.T. to its friends) is the most formidable out there. It stretches a whopping 2,190 miles (3,525 kilometers), from Maine to Georgia, making it the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. With stats that daunting, of course there are people who want to run the whole dang thing. In fact, many have: Jennifer Pharr Davis set a speed record in 2011, Scott Jurek broke that record in 2015, and Jurek's friend Karl Meltzer broke that record a year later. Although the new record has since been surpassed by 26-year-old Joe McConaughy, Meltzer — or "Speedgoat," as his fans call him — had plenty of advice to dole out after his hard-earned victory. Here are five lessons we can all learn from him.
Focus on What You Can Control and Forget What You Can't
Stay Positive, No Matter What
Enjoy the Ride
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Written by Ashley Hamer August 17, 2018
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