EP09 – Learn How To Smash Trail Records With Ultra-Runner “Stringbean” Joe McConaughy

What is an FKT? That stands for fastest known time. And Boston’s “Stringbean” Joe McConaughy is no stranger to setting them.

Have you ever thought about going out for 2,000+ mile run? Do you think even if you had the physical strength, you could muster the mental stamina? This week on the Stokecast, record-breaking distance runner, Joe McConaughy, shares what it takes to smash records on the world’s longest trails.

First on the 2,659-mile long Pacific Crest Trail, then the 2,200-mile long Appalachian Trail (obliterating the self-supported record, coming in hot at 45-days, 12-hours, and 15-minutes), and most recently, crushing Ireland’s Wicklow Round.

Joe McConaughy takes to The Stokecast to chat with Jonathan and I about…

  • How he came to be a runner, and even crazier, an ultra marathon trail runner
  • Combining your passion with a cause (Run for Colin)
  • What you learn when you dig deep
  • His journey on both the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail (to crush the speed records)
  • How a positive mindset works wonders
  • The importance of gratitude and having a support crew
  • Jonathan also gets his first sub 5-minute mile right before we interview Joe!

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Thanks for joining us. Until next week!

Emily Holland
Emily Holland

Co-Host, The Stokecast

Lover of all things outside. My life is mountains, rocks, running, dogs, fitness, & music. NY born, Boulder-based.

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