Seventeenth day R 7/23/20

START:  Punchbowl Crossing  4:35am

FINISH: Reids Gap     11:30pm
47.4 miles    18:55   2.5 mph
Hot  / Thunderstorms
845.6 total miles      49.7 mpd
6.3 miles ahead of Jennifer
23.5 miles ahead of Stringbean

Wet feet make for blisters – not too bad, but we have to spend ten minutes each morning dressing them.
Long descents of 3,000′ can reintroduce shin splints. Mercury’s pace was slowed down 2/3’s of the way through when she re-injured her left shin on the long descent to the Tye River. She won’t be able to run for a bit making for longer days and less sleep.
At least she had company the last half of the day and into the night.
Hopefully, Mercury’s injury will heal over the somewhat ‘less difficult’ terrain ahead.

This is about ENDURANCE not speed!


Who is Mercury?

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

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