Thank you. (Murphy and Dillon documented that in their film, Why Not.). Unlike the prior record holder, Karl Meltzer, he … “I didn’t enjoy it anymore,” says McConaughy. That’s a big part of what makes this dual record so significant, says Peter Bakwin, of, the clearinghouse for FKT attempts. It’s nice to see that.”. On Thursday, McConaughy beat the speed record for the Appalachian Trail by 10:41, finishing in 45 days 12 hours 15 minutes. You’re out on the trail, you’re worrying about a million things and the 50 miles you have to finish, so a GPS isn’t really your first thought. Stung by wasps, among 70 mile-an-hour winds, Joe McConaughy reached the northern terminus just before dark on August 31. Bakwin agrees. You read about them in books, which is enough to tell that they are some of the best, to say the least. Subscribe to our What You Missed newsletter for the top headlines from the outdoor world, in your inbox six days a week. Interview originally published September 2017. (Both the fundraising and the FKT were the subject of Run for Colin, a documentary produced and directed by Jack Murphy and Michael Dillon.). McConaughy’s pack weighed 27 pounds when he started at 6:30 a.m on June 10. Get 25% off membership →, Gift a PodiumRunner membership and save 20% →, Give the gift of PodiumRunner. So I want to do the indoor mile. When it came time to pick a thru hiker trail name, it was an easy choice. Joe McConaughy’s Appalachian Trail Self-Supported FKT Interview. “You’re already concentrating on accomplishing the most challenging thing you’ve ever done. Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy is already well-known in the thru-hiker world, having already beaten the Pacific Crest Trail record, finishing the 2,660-mile journey in just 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes. He averaged about 50 miles a day and completed the journey in an unsupported fashion. von Steffen Schröer. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. McConaughy, whose trail name is Stringbean (@thestring.bean on Instagram) lives in Boston and works in sales for the travel company EF College Break. “Joe isn’t really a traditional thru-hiker, but he saw the value and the aesthetic of the thru-hiker style. I love the community. (laughs) I wouldn’t have told you that all the time on the trail, but you know you can see some incredible things and meet really interesting people. By Marion Fernandez Publish Date: Nov 14, 2017 . McConaughy first made a real name for himself as a distance runner while enrolled as a student at Boston College. His graduation present to himself? Katahdin in Maine is 2,190 miles long. Averaging an amazing 48 miles a day, Joe McConaughy crushed the previous unsupported speed record for hiking the Appalachian Trail. Then we’ll see what the next year has for me.”. Definitely there are some shorter trails (records) I’d like to go after. Rhabdo, as it’s often called, is fairly common in the ultrarunning world and often first manifests as unusually dark urine. You don’t really factor that into your calculations before getting started,” he says. Ones that have intrigued me are the Long Trail in Vermont, the Wonderland Trail (in Washington), the John Muir Trail in California, the Colorado Trail. The trail which starts at Springer Mountain, GA., and finishes at the Summit of Mt. explore_mag_de . I was dealing with the hamstring and my feet started to hurt a bunch and they started to swell. McConaughy tended to him as best as he could, dousing the runner in water and trying to force him to eat. The first day went off smoothly. Joe McConaughy, du sud vers le nord, le 31 août 2017 en 45 jours, 12 heures et 15 minutes [33]. It’s a long process. Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy brought the AT record to a new level. The gray area of it all, he says, can easily become paralyzing—not to mention an exercise in futility. Joe McConaughy at the top of Mt. He then tried walking and, eventually, jogging slowly on the trail. But first, he has to hear what that doctor has to say. And then it was all up to him. That’s one reason he also made the decision to grant Bakwin full access to his Spot, a satellite tracking device, which he figured would make validating his claim easier. 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. “And while we waited for him to get well enough to stand, they told me all about how serious rhabdo really is.”. In the first two weeks or so that was fine. For 45 days I was trying to cover as much ground as I could in any situation on every day. Overall, he … In the end, McConaughy bested Meltzer’s time by more than 12 hours—completing the route in 45 days, 12 hours, and 15 minutes—even after losing nearly two days in the White Mountains to injuries and complications surrounding that infected foot. He holds the … Contrast that with Joe, who carried a 25-pound pack and set up his own camp and slept on the ground every night.”. “It was kind of frustrating,” says McConaughy. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) considers every hiker that completes the Trail a "2,000-miler," whether they take the average 6 months to thru-hike or a lifetime of section hikes. Most hikers take 6 months or more to finish the trek. Walking and sometimes running about 48 miles a day, Joe McConaughy managed to crush the previous unsupported speed record for hiking the Appalachian Trail. McConaughy initially hoped that he was just dehydrated, so he slowed his pace and upped his water consumption for a couple days. Still, he couldn’t help but think about that FKT. That was the only time I almost fell asleep (laughs). It’s lonely in the wilderness. “I consider it part of the AT, just like any other trail amenity.”. Find more newsletters on our. “I keep thinking I’m in really good shape, even though I know I’m actually destroyed,” he laughed. Weird, but whatever. I’ll do it the way normal people do it. Those big gaps don’t exist in McConaughy’s data. Still, there have been some detractors who point out that McConaughy accepted those salt tablets from the ultrarunners. McConaughy did that on June 21 with a post on the Trail Animals Running Club’s Facebook page. That said, you have to have a certain physical and mental shape going in. We hope you’ll support us. So every day you’re pushing to cover as much distance as you can, so I tried to run as much of it as I could. McConaughy says he’s definitely looking over his shoulder right now. Stringbean tells the story of ultrarunner Joe McConaughy as he attempts to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. The self-supported AT FKT was last set by Heather “Anish” Anderson in 2015, with a time of 54 days. Plus, resupplying on the AT is much easier than it is on the PCT. Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy has plenty to share. That was my low point. On Thursday, McConaughy beat the speed record for the Appalachian Trail by 10:41, finishing in 45 days 12 hours 15 minutes. I talked with my girlfriend about maybe hiking that one day. Everything hinged around my re-supply boxes, so I packaged around 7,500 to 8,000 per day. As audacious as that seemed, McConaughy figured it was worth a shot. I was pretty tired. On August 10, 2014, 23-year-old Joe "String Bean" McConaughy—a recent college grad who grew up in Seattle—took his last steps on the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail, crossing into Canada’s Manning Park exactly 53 days, 6 hours, and 37 minutes after setting off from the Mexican border. 7th September 2017. 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. 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. I think the longest break I took was when I sat on a log for maybe 15 minutes and rested my head in my hands. Wasn’t the pizza the same thing? It’s been a week since 26-year old Joe McConaughy broke the Appalachian Trail record. About an hour later, he overtook one of the runners, who he says had collapsed of heat exhaustion on the trail. He finished his course work in 2014. Friends and family had offered to meet him along the trail just to say hello, but McConaughy didn’t want to risk any claims that they were helping him. If verified (which is looking likely), this record will smash both the self-supported and supported fastest known time (FKT) on the AT. Nach dem finalen Sprint in 37 schlaflosen Stunden auf den Mount Katahdin hält Joe McConaughy den neuen Rekord für die schnellste jemals … “Guys like Jurek and Meltzer run with a fanny pack or a hydration vest. Give the gift of PodiumRunner. Others raised objections when he posted an Instagram photo of himself with pizza that he’d ordered outside Sugar Grove, Virginia. He hiked GA to ME in a remarkable 45d12h15m, July 17 - August 31, 2017, averaging 48 miles per day and beating Karl Meltzer's fully supported time by over 10 hours! February 25, 2019 Doug Williams Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today. No one showed up to help McConaughy. 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. Join Active Pass from PodiumRunner to access exclusive content, free books, 1,000s of training plans & more. Eric Senseman on September 8, 2017 / 27 comments. Lead Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty, our entire suite of free newsletters here. McConaughy was also a collegiate runner, competing in track and field and cross country for Boston College, and he has now earned a reputation for superhuman endurance. I find a lot of peace in being able to say I did everything I could on that day and being proud of that. It appealed to me in the sense I really do want to be adventurous and challenge myself. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. But what’s actually first on my list, I always do a few indoor track races. I honestly thought I was going to get pretty close to that until I hit the White Mountains. Later it was more like 9 or 10,000 calories, which I’d get through towns or trail magic, just stuffing my face. I’ve eaten a lot and sat around a lot. I definitely need a full month of recovery before I start thinking about that. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. I did bonk toward the middle of the day with like 28 miles left. But there’s this imaginary threshold. 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. Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. I loved it … Now that I finished, I loved it. NEXT > Nov 14, 2017 Marion Fernandez . Stringbean carried a SPOT tracker and typically sent several track points per day, though there were some "holes" in the track of up to 30 hours or so. It was 37 hours to get to the top and I didn’t take any (long) breaks. 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. To that end, he points out that Binde’s use of other hikers for resupplying wasn’t ultimately what did in his claim: It was his inability to resolve inconsistencies between his trail log and his Spot tracker, along with big gaps in his GPS data. They pointed to Dan “Knotts” Binde, who claimed to have set an FKT on the AT earlier in the season and was criticized for sending his credit card off with other hikers to get him supplies. “From the start, I was always injured, always knocked around from the trail. It was not only the fastest self-supported trek, but it also beat the then fastest-known completion of the AT by Karl Meltzer in 2016 by 10 hours. Just how difficult the attempt would be became apparent to McConaughy from the start. On Aug. 31 McConaughy reached the end of the 2,189-mile route atop Maine’s Mt. Joe McConaughy | Appalachian Trail FKT and Ultrarunning eric schranz September 14, 2017 Podcasts Earlier this month, Joe McConaughy stepped off the trail in Maine after demolishing the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 2,200-ish mile Appalachian Trail. 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. Or see if he could get a late entry into a 50-mile trail race near his house. McConaughy beat the supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail that year—it took him 53 days, 6 hours, and 37 minutes—but the attempt took its toll. Breaking the speed record: How Joe McConaughy mastered the Appalachian Trail. McConaughy crushed the mileage he … Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. Everything you do, you feel you’re being timed. But it’s the reality of what you have to do.”. Then there was the psychological toll. McConaughy dedicated the run to his cousin, who died of cancer at age two, and raised $30,000 for cancer research along the way. But I pushed through and I got there. I got injured, too, that hurt, but I didn’t realize how much the White Mountains would slow me down and how much I would get injured doing them. These guys have all the pedigrees and all the support,” says McConaughy. My ankle was pretty bad but that’s also toned down. He figures he sustained a noteworthy injury pretty much every day. Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy, a well-known speed hiker, set a new record on the Appalachian Trail today. But it’s the reality of what you have to do.”. That was daunting—knowing I had a handful of trail mix to get me through another three to four hours of running. My name is Joe McConaughy, aka Stringbean. Watch: STRINGBEAN – Joe McConaughy’s Appalachian Trail FKT Documentary Watch Joe McConaughy's recently released 14-minute documentary depicting the challenge and beauty of his self-supported FKT record on the Appalachian Trail in 2017. To inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle. I am an ultramarathon, marathon, and fastpacking coach currently living in Seattle with my wife Katie and our new pup, Crash Bandipooch. Le sentier de l'Appalachian Trail s'étend sur plus de 3500 km. Maybe, then, he could break their records with a self-supported attempt. On August 31 2017, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy reached Katahdin after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes. He holds the speed-record (FKT) for both the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail. Or find another qualifier for next year’s Western States 100-mile endurance race, one of the toughest around. Three months later, he was doing more physical therapy than trail running. His knees are puffy, swollen masses, walking is “a chore” and his appetite is unrelenting. In 2017 he set a record for the Appalachian Trail. Curated running advice, news and perspectives for people who love to lace up. 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. Every ten miles, they come across their crew, who rub their legs while they sit in a chair eating food someone else has prepared. He was, by his own admission, kind of a wreck: blisters and sores just about everywhere, strains and possible tears in both hamstrings, an infected foot, and an injury behind one knee that he thought was probably serious. Photo Marie-Soleil Desautels, La Presse. And he’s hopeful that he’ll be back to ultrarunning a lot faster than he was after the PCT. Because it’s such a big endeavor people assume you must do some kind of superhuman training to prepare, but honestly, once you get out there for a week or so you get your trail legs under you and it becomes a lot more routine. “A GPS isn’t really your first thought. I wanted do the Appalachian Trail because it’s the sister trail of the PCT and I wanted to do it self-supported because the trail lends itself more to being self-supported (with more places along the route to buy food or ship it in advance). Gift a PodiumRunner membership and save 20% → Heather Anderson du nord au sud, le 24 septembre 2015, en 54 jours, 7 heures et 48 minutes [34]. Exactly a week after smashing the self-supported fastest known time record on the Appalachian Trail, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy was fidgeting in the waiting room of a Boston-area sports medicine physician. He then set a record in 2014 for the fastest-known supported time on the Pacific Crest Trail, covering 2,663 miles in 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes. To bag the record he had to run nearly nonstop over the final 36 hours to cover the 110 miles to the finish while dealing with a hamstring injury, swollen legs and a bad ankle. 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. Any food was good food. 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.

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