Eighth day T 7/14/20

START:   Nolichucky River (Erwin, TN)     4 am
FINISH: Rt. 19E  (Roan Mt, TN)   11:53 pm

50.9 miles     19:53        2.6 mph
393.7 total miles   49.2 mpd average

Another nice day of weather, especially for the exposed heights of the Roan Highlands.
Shin splints (more on the right leg than the left) still keeps Mercury walking rather than running resulting in longer days to do the required mileage. Longer days result in less sleep to recover. Hopefully this cycle will change sooner rather than later.
Jupiter is impressed with Mercury’s endurance the past few days and her ‘fearlessness’ to do hours of night hiking alone both in the morning and in the evening.
However, it is hoped that Mercury can return to a ‘normal day’ of walking/running 17 hours a day,  sleeping for 6 hours a night, and having a half-hour in the morning to arise and a half hour at the end of  the day to prepare for sleep.

Who is Mercury?

Liz Derstine, trail name “Mercury”, is a distance runner, endurance hiker, writer, and musician residing in Boston, MA. She holds the fastest known times for a woman on the Appalachian Trail (supported, northbound), Long Trail (self-supported), and Pinhoti Trail (self-supported).

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