15 Oct '16, 7pm
A Day Inside Karl Meltzer’s Appalachian Trail Record Attempt https://t.co/Zm82M1Yd9j
As soon as we had a rhythm going we began to talk. The topics were far reaching and disparate. From family and friends to the Ultrarunner of the Year voting, Karl and I literally covered dozens of topics. Mostly, I just let him take the conversation where he wanted it to go and in the process I felt as though I was in the presence of pure focus. Karl’s pace was extraordinarily consistent. The terrain and trail surface seemed to be impertinent, as he remained purposeful in his steady 3.5-4.5 miles per hour pace. When he felt like running he did and he loped along in that classic Meltzer stride, slightly duck footed, perfectly upright posture, seemingly floating over the rocks. When he hiked, which was about 70% of the time, he did so with a sense of calm precision that seemed to suggest barely a bit of wasted movement.