KARL MELTZER

Men's Journal - - THE ART OF THE FAIL -

PRO ULTRARUNNER

“I failed to set the Ap­palachian Trail thru-hike record twice.

The first time, in ’08, my shins went down. The sec­ond time, in ’14, I wasn’t in great shape, so with 600 miles left, know­ing I was off-pace, I said screw it and went home. That was hard to swal­low. But by ’16, I had learned to laugh off bad patches and fo­cus on how lucky I was to be do­ing what I was do­ing. That’s when ev­ery­thing clicked: It took me three tries, but I set the record, at 45 days 22 hours. If you can con­vince your­self that things will get bet­ter, they will.”

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