Back before the days of cars and planes, the mail used to be delivered by horseback. The Pony Express was set up in the 1860s to facilitate communication from the East to the West and it stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California.
In commemoration of the 150 year anniversary of the Pony Express, ultra-marathoner Karl Meltzer actually RAN THE WHOLE TRAIL. Yes, Meltzer ran 2,064 miles in just over 40 days, averaging out to over two marathons a day. Yup, people talk about preparing for a single marathon by running 10 miles a day. This guy did more than two of them per day and completed the journey last week.
So how the heck did Meltzer do it? “It took a lot of preparation, including about 5-7,000 calories of food each day, and half a can of Red Bull every 5 miles to keep Karl at his pace,” said Meltzer’s trainer Ted Meyer.
For just over 40 days, Meltzer’s job was to run from 7:00am-5:00pm. On a typical day, he would wake up at 4:50am, take a blood test, eat breakfast, and then set out to run. After he was done running, he would use a heart monitor then take an ice bath for an hour to recover before eating a greasy dinner. Check out some of these cool stats from his run: