If you’ve been following Karl Meltzer’s bid to break the Appalachian Trail speed record then you may have heard that he ran into a little trouble that has put his record quest in serious jeopardy. In fact, based on his last blog entry, he has more or less conceded that he won’t be breaking the record this go around.
Problems began for the ultra marathon runner early on when he was forced to trek through several days of rain in Maine that resulted in a nasty case of trench foot. He also contracted poison ivy on the toes on his left foot, forcing him to over-compensate on the other foot which resulted in tendonitis. All of this has forced him off the trail for at least three days in-a-row now.
In his last blog entry he vowed to continue on for the learning experience, and suggested that he will try for the record again in the future.