Here is an example related to your "Slow" question/comment: The Appalachian Trail is about 2,100 miles in length. In May, 1991, an ultra-runner named David Horton and an endurance hiker named Scott Grierson set off within two days of each other to traverse the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. David Horton, the ultra-runner had a network of support crews waiting at road crossings and other strategic points, and he needed to carry nothing but a bottle of water. Each evening, David Horton was taken by car to a motel or private home to rest. Horton averaged 38.3 miles/day with 10 to 11 hours.day running.
Scott Grierson, the hiker/walker, meanwhile, walked an average of 18 hours/day up and down the mountains that are part of the Appalachian Trail. Grierson carried a 40 pound pack containing tent and other equipment, and he slept on the Trail not in comfortable lodgings like Horton.
Although Grierson, the hiker, had only a two day head start on the pampered runner Horton, it took Horton 39 days to overtake Grierson in New Hampshire. Horton did set a record of traversing the 2,100 miles of the Trail in 52 days and 9 hours by running and with a very elaborate support crew. It took Grierson, the walker, without any support crew and carrying a 40 pound pack ..... only two days less time.
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