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Publisher's Summary

Record-holding endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis explores what makes women uniquely successful in the growing sport of endurance hiking and how those lessons can allow women to push themselves past their limits and to challenge their body, mind, and life.
Unlike many sports, endurance and extreme sports record-holders are not separated by sex; there is no record-setting male and record-setting female - there is only a single record-holder. The more the sport requires endurance, the less significant the gap between women's capabilities and men's capabilities becomes. What is it about women's bodies and minds that gives them an advantage in endurance sports that they don't have in other areas? And how can women harness the power of that endurance and use it to excel in all areas of their lives?
Jennifer Pharr Davis, the former record holder of the FKT (or Fastest Known Time) on the Appalachian Trail, tells the story of her meteoric rise in the world of endurance hiking and, in doing so, unpacks key traits that make women uniquely suited to endurance. With a storyteller's ear for fascinating detail and description, she takes us with her as she sets the record on the Appalachian Trail and introduces us to the mentors who helped her to identify and unlock different facets of her endurance capabilities. She reveals and investigates just what it is that gives women the ability to excel at endurance sports in ways that men cannot. She empowers women to delve deep into their minds and bodies to find the variables that will unlock phenomenal endurance in each individual, and inspires listeners to take that new-found endurance and use it to hit new personal records in everything from sports to the boardroom.
©2018 Jennifer Pharr Davis (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By RAPH on 05-22-18

Not What i Expected

In the audible description it states "She empowers women to delve deep into their minds and bodies to find the variables that will unlock phenomenal endurance in each individual, and inspires listeners to take that new-found endurance and use it to hit new personal records in everything from sports to the boardroom." Which made me think it was going to be about her racing experience and what she learned. It sounds as if it will speak to women specifically perhaps or even talk about the actual variables she experienced while racing.
Instead it was the history of the FKT... this wasn't clear. I was very disappointed as a trail runner. This is a niche she could use to share her knowledge and really highlight her different experiences from other male racers. The history is great to know if you are at heart an ultra runner, but the entire marketing of this book she be rewritten to state this. I was listening to North by Jurek at the same time - equally excited to buy these books on the same day. North was exactly what i was hoping to hear - personal experience, trials and tribulations. Also, the narrators voice - though very upbeat and positive, was unsettling. It is nice to hear people smile in conversation but not for an entire book. It sounded like every sentence ended on an upnote- the inflection was off which made it difficult to get into the vibe. If you are describing a difficult situation or troubling time, your voice should reflect this;

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert D. on 05-04-18

Informative and enjoyable!

I wasn’t exactly sure about the content of this book by the title. I knew it would be about long distance hiking but that is about it. So it was a pleasant surprise as the story unfolded, to learn about the different trail record holders from JPD. JPD is so much more detail focused than I am, and the flow of her conversations with her fellow record holders was very interesting. I think she did a good job to tell the whole story on each person, in a fair way. So at the end of the book I think I have a balanced view of these remarkable people.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a true life adventure story.

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