Browsing Archive: June, 2015

Day 14 Update: my 2015 race is over!

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Tuesday, June 30, 2015,

My 3100 Mile race came to an abrupt end on day 14 of the race. My hip injury deteriorated to the point to the where I was advised by the race doctor to pull out of the race. I have never pulled out of a race before in my life. It was very upsetting.

The hip had been niggling me for quite some time in my lead up to the race, though it seemed I was managing to cope with it during the first week. Unfortunately it just started to go downhill to the point where it was utterly excruciating. Even now...

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Day 9 Update

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Tuesday, June 23, 2015,

Following is a transcript of an audio blog post by Grahak:

Here I am on day nine. The weather is quite good today. It is about 25 degrees Celsius and there is a nice breeze. The weather yesterday was pretty brutal. It was incredibly humid in the morning, by midday it was scorchingly hot and then we had thunderstorms in the evening. To put it in culinary terms, we got steamed, fryed and then washed. It was intense.

Despite the challenging conditions yesterday was my best mileage since day one. I...

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Day 4 Update

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Thursday, June 18, 2015,
Following is a transcript of an audio blog post by Grahak:

Here I am on day 4 of the race.

Day one was pretty good for me. Everyone was going bezerk on the mileage. The collective energy swept us all along. The Russians and Ukranians were all looking very strong right from the get go. Asprihanal did 94 miles! At one point I asked him how far he had done and he just said 'tonnes'.  

Day 2 was absolute torture for me. I don't think I have ever had a tougher day on the course. It got off to a ba...
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Bad Haircuts

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Friday, June 12, 2015,


The weather is warm over here, but the start is predicted to be a little cooler which is nice. Hopefully it stays that way. I had my hair clippered yesterday. It is the standard style for most of the runners (except the girls). It keeps you a little bit cooler through the warm days. The local barber Sundar hacks it all off and he does it free. So besides food and a bike to ride to and from the course each day it is included in the entry fee. If you know anyone who needs a hair cut perhaps jus...

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Last Moments of Freedom

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, June 8, 2015,
  
Leaving tomorrow for the USA. It is a little terrifying knowing what is install. Still I get to eat lots of ice cream so I can put on a few kilograms before I begin the 3100. I have been busy. Packing, shopping, training, preparing.

Andrew Burrell from The Australian did a really nice article on the race and the mindfulness of a long distance runner. This led to an interview on ABC Perth, ABC South West, 2UE Sydney, Channel 7 and Channel 9. It was all pretty busy.

Guest Speaker

I was a gues...
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Getting Motivated for the 3100

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, June 1, 2015,


I have been pounding the pavements lately,  training to compete in the longest certified road race in the world - the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. In the race, runners must complete 5649 loops of an 883 metre footpath around a New York school block and must deal with fatigue, boredom, humidity and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. Competitors must run almost 100 km a day to complete the race in the 51 day cut off time. Feet swell an extra size during the run which is ...
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I am ultra runner from Australia. I am into motivational exploits involving any sort of physical feat that is inspirational and positive. On the side I work as a motivational speaker, business speaker and trainer, keynote speaker and youth speaker.

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