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Long Distance Speed Hiking Q&A by Long Distance Hiker

My finish photo from the AT.
My finish photo from the AT.

Long Distance Hiker is a blog that specializes in telling stories about long distance trails, helping other hikers prep and plan, and musing about trail life. I met Beardoh and Sweet Pea in 2011 when I set the speed record on the Appalachian Trail and somehow that experience must have stuck with them (and their cherry disposition and the fact that they had been following my blog astounded me—this was at the time before there were a ton of trail bloggers and I didn’t know anyone but my folks cared about what I was doing).

Beardoh and Sweet Pea were kind enough to interview me about speed records, a topic that is under heavy discussion these days. My AT hike seems so antiquated and stuck in a period of the past when people could do records without media and sponsors and instant time blogging.

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.