Warm-up: 2 Rounds – 20 Dislocates, 20 Sit-ups, 20 Push-ups, 20 Air Squats
Lax ball hips
MetCon – For Reps:
Tabata High Knees
Finisher: Max L-sit for time
As most everyone knows by now, we were unsuccessful in our attempt to run the entire 72 miles of Appalachian Trail through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Our start was auspicious enough, but it soon turned to tragedy. Nietzsche, speaking through The Birth of Tragedy, says tragedy is “that phenomenon whereby pain awakens pleasure while rejoicing wrings cries of agony from the breast. From highest joy there comes a cry of horror or a yearning lament at some irredeemable loss.
At face value, this is exactly what happened to us out on the trail. We experienced much pain. But we knew going in to the run we were to experience that pain and also knew that such pain would, indeed, awaken pleasure. I think I speak for all three of us who were on the trail that day: we still need more time to internalize all that went on during our short run through the woods. With those internalizations there will be more posts to come recapping, speculating, and setting plans for our next attempt. But for now, let us look at the run by the numbers…
Miles run: 124 combined miles
Hours slept Saturday night: 0
Hours slept Sunday night: 12-14
Gu packets swallowed: 46
Camelbak Elixer tablets consumed: 18
PB&J sandwiches eaten: 11
Estimated footsteps: 180,000
Liters of gas passed: A lot
Liters of water gulped: 26
Ounces of Hydropel applied: Liberally
Jars of sweet potato baby food: 8
Hums, whistles, and sings of main theme from Last of the Mohicans: Incessantly
Big thanks to everyone out on the trail who resupplied and offered support. You all were chief in the small success we did have. Getting to the Slocums and Joe 50 miles in was one of the biggest “weight out of my bowels” moments I’ve experienced in my short life, literally. All of the food, water, but most importantly the support you all so selflessly brought up to the AT was more important than you probably realize. Thanks.
Can’t wait to do it again and go the distance,
P.S. – 5k tomorrow for those who missed the last one. If you ran it last time, there is a different MetCon for you. Come prepared if you are running the 5k.