29 Oct '13, 1pm

Ben Nephew writes of his 80-mile journey (and FKT) on Rhode Island's North South Trail this spring.

Ben Nephew writes of his 80-mile journey (and FKT) on Rhode Island's North South Trail this spring.

We were still moving well as we worked our way through Arcadia past 50 miles, but I could tell Bob’s stride was shortening. He had been leading most of the way, and I made sure he was leading at this point to avoid unintentionally forcing the pace. As we approached the boulder field, he seemed to get a second wind and I was wondering if I should have stayed in front to avoid getting dropped! The first section of the boulder field wasn’t too bad, besides forcing us to basically hike, but we then realized there were two more long sections of boulders. All the awkward strides needed to get through this section aggravated Bob’s already sore knee, and the plan suddenly changed as we stopped at 58 miles to refill. Bob decided to stop to prevent any serious damage, and let me know that he would prefer it if I continued. I still felt decent and decided that I should try and finish...

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2013/10/fkt-report-the-north-south...

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