Katahdin in 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. But first, he has to hear what that doctor has to say. Meanwhile, McConaughy is still thinking about other record attempts in his future. He stopped at a stream and tried to chug water, but that was difficult with a persnickety filter. McConaughy crushed the mileage he … In 2017 he set a record for the Appalachian Trail. Ultrarunner Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy was well on pace to shatter the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail until he reached New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Still, McConaughy, age 26, couldn’t help but brainstorm about his next feats—maybe he’d try to set a 100-mile track record, just to see what would happen. McConaughy first made a real name for himself as a distance runner while enrolled as a student at Boston College. About an hour later, he overtook one of the runners, who he says had collapsed of heat exhaustion on the trail. That’d be the signal for him to start hitting a button that allows for manual location stamps and to take photos and videos, which he then posted on Instagram. I would love to go over it, but I don’t have any plans to do it for speed (laughs). Most hikers take 6 months or more to finish the trek. That was daunting—knowing I had a handful of trail mix to get me through another three to four hours of running. Maybe, then, he could break their records with a self-supported attempt. If verified (which is looking likely), this record will smash both the self-supported and supported fastest known time (FKT) on the AT. My ankle was pretty bad but that’s also toned down. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. On August 31 2017, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy reached Katahdin after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes. Bakwin says McConaughy did a heroic job at validating his attempt—and set the bar steep for all those who will try to best him in the future. “I really love it where these real traditional thru-hiker types lay it down and go after the supported record,” he says. I also spent two weeks in Canada where I was hiking and running the majority of the day, just to get my body used to that sort of grind. Joe McConaughy has a serious case of cankles. If you ask if you had fun, it may not necessarily be fun when my knee’s swelling and hurt, but when I think about it, it is something I’m proud of and enjoyed. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. His parents flew out to wish him well as he started his attempt at Georgia’s Springer Mountain. An FKT attempt of the Pacific Crest Trail, even though he’d never run more than 20 miles in a day. Weird, but whatever. I’ve eaten a lot and sat around a lot. Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy did it in a staggering 45 days, 12 hours, and 15 minutes. Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy brought the AT record to a new level. These guys have all the pedigrees and all the support,” says McConaughy. Katahdin in Maine, which marks the end of the Appalachian Trail. The trail which starts at Springer Mountain, GA., and finishes at the Summit of Mt. I thought I could do 43 days. But there’s this imaginary threshold. Get 25% off membership →, the then fastest-known completion of the AT by Karl Meltzer in 2016, Harvey Lewis On Track to Set a New FKT on the Appalachian Trail, Kilian Jornet Sets a New FKT on the Bob Graham Round. He talked about the experience for Competitor.com soon after finishing the trek. As audacious as that seemed, McConaughy figured it was worth a shot. It’s nice to see that.”. Eventually, two ultrarunners passed by, took one look at him, and offered him their salt tablets, which he readily accepted. Il faut marcher sans relâche pour atteindre son but en quelques mois. I’ll do it the way normal people do it. I had really good energy and made it all the way through. He asked friends and family to keep track of it as well, and they’d text him whenever a couple of hours had gone by without an automatic update. Record lié à l'âge. He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the journey in an unsupported fashion. McConaughy, 26, grew up in Seattle and went on to run track and cross country at Boston College. The longer I take my rest break the less time I’ll have to run. I definitely need a full month of recovery before I start thinking about that. NEXT > Nov 14, 2017 Marion Fernandez . I knew I was going to have essentially two days to run 90 miles, and then I had a bad day and I was like, “I’m going to have two days to run 100 miles.” Then it creeped up to 110 miles (laughs) … I was pushing way harder than I was used to because the trail allowed it and my body, for whatever reason, was agreeing. Gift a PodiumRunner membership and save 20% → But I pushed through and I got there. Averaging an amazing 48 miles a day, Joe McConaughy crushed the previous unsupported speed record for hiking the Appalachian Trail. I had a blast. Another ultra-speedy hiker, Joey Campanelli, is still making his own bid for an Appalachian Trail FKT. The gray area of it all, he says, can easily become paralyzing—not to mention an exercise in futility. Lead Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty, our entire suite of free newsletters here. It will be around another few months or so. I tried to run everything (in the weeks before) with my backpack, with between 5 and 12 pounds, sometimes more, and doing 100-mile weeks. I had maybe 600 calories and I needed to go about 12 more miles until I’d get to a place where I could get some food. That was the only time I almost fell asleep (laughs). Along with its famous counterpart the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the other side of the continent, the AT is one of the two most challenging trails you can find. Find more newsletters on our. “I got chubby. Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy just set a new unsupported FKT on the Long Trail with an overall time of 4 days, 23 hours, 56 minutes—besting the previous unsupported record by nearly a day. My nickname came during my speed record attempt on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014. Joe McConaughy declared his intentions for pursuing the Appalachian Trail speed record on June 21, 2017, in a Facebook post. Thank you. Bakwin agrees. Less than a week into his attempt, he developed rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening condition in which dead muscle fibers are released into the bloodstream, compromising kidney function and sometimes leading to cardiac arrest or organ failure. He figures he sustained a noteworthy injury pretty much every day. When I did actually run, it felt miserable.”. McConaughy initially hoped that he was just dehydrated, so he slowed his pace and upped his water consumption for a couple days. It’s lonely in the wilderness. For 45 days I was trying to cover as much ground as I could in any situation on every day. He then tried walking and, eventually, jogging slowly on the trail. Any food was good food. It was McConaughy’s second attempt to set a FKT on the Long Trail, following a failed bid in 2015 and successful FKTs on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. 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