I indulged last night. I got wrapped up in the 2016 AT FKT Effort by Karl Meltzer, aka SpeedGoat. The film is wicked fun and well worth the watch to understand the same mental game that all thru-hikers face. It felt like a good way to connect with the AT in a time efficient mannor (1 min for every day Karl was on the trail at a 50 mile per day pace). The time and physical stress in a supported FKT is different as a thru hike but I would argue the same mental stress of enduring the grind in the green tunnel is familiar to what Lauren is up against. No matter how you do it, you have to wake up and brave the elements, mud, sweat, bugs etc. in an effort to acheive your dream. There is areason few make it through these hikes. The movie is well worth the watch IMO both as a way to understand the AT as well as get inspired to go for a run.
“Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken” recounts the experience of ultrarunner Karl Meltzer and his crew as they set a new Appalachian Trail thru-hike speed record. The beautifully produced film reveals the thru-hiker experience and magnitude of the Trail.
PS: In 2016 Lauren and I were passed by the INCREDIBLE FKT supported effort on the PCT by Karl Sabbe. Totally worth checking out: https://gearjunkie.com/pacific-crest-trail-record-2016-karel-sabbe/2, https://www.trailrunproject.com/blog/2934/dentist-belgium-clipped-day-off-pct-thru-hike-record
Neither the AT or the PCT supported records are as cool as the unsupported FKT records set by Heather Anderson, AKA Anish: http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/record-setting-runner-has-set-records-on-the-pacific-crest-and-appalachian-trails-whats-next/, http://runhikelivelove.blogspot.com/