Day 14 Update: my 2015 race is over!

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 I am having trouble just walking a few metres to the bathroom.

I had a few other minor issues with a swollen calf, an infected blister and fever at night, but they were manageable. The hip however was a real problem.

I feel a little but down at the moment but what can you do. The organisers and other runners have all been very supportive. They understand that withdrawing from a race like this is not a decision that you take lightly.

When I made the decision to pull out I got a lift back home in the race garbage van, which seemed amusingly appropriate. Sometimes you just have to see the lighter side of things!

Well my 2015 campaign is now finished. For the time being I will stay in NY and support the other runners. I have donated my shoes to Galya, one of the Ukranian runners.

My final mileage was 868 miles or 1396km.

Thank you for all your messages of support. I am sorry to let you down! 

Life goes on!



Day 9 Update

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

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

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

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

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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Cyril Jackson High School Health Festival

May 7, 2015

I went to Cyril Jackson School yesterday and spoke to some of the youth. They hosted a huge health festival that's held annually every year. It is not an academic school but specialises mainly in vocational education. You get well looked after. The students studying hospitality come around and feed everyone as well as serving up morning tea. The kids studying event management help everyone set up their booths and the students studying theater check everything is aesthetic.

Youth Speaker

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Time Management

March 31, 2015
Time is scarce at the moment, I am busy. Training, working and recovering. Everyone is suffering from lack of time and I am sure you have heard, "Where has the year gone?" shouted by friends or colleagues.

I had one meeting scheduled and the person I was meeting was late. Not 5 or 10 minutes late but half an hour. Something I find immensely frustration. Personally I often arrive over early when I am meeting my clients, as a result I am not flustered when I get there and it makes conversation ...
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Living to One Hundred and Tennis

January 22, 2015
Whilst Australia and India battle it out on the cricket field this season it is obvious every batsmen wants to reach a Test century. For us mere mortals, the closest thing we can aim for, is to celebrate a 100th birthday. Woodlands resident William Stevens (Chum) reached that motivational milestone on January 13th, 2015. Chum happens to be my neighbour and a great friend.

Outside of cricket Chum was one of the first West Australians to visit India to play high level sport in the country. Tenni...
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Spontaneous Meetings and Mindfulness

January 8, 2015

On the Peace Run, in Waikerie I went into a major supermarket chain asking if they would sponsor the team some groceries, 'begging,' we humorously called it. Whilst speaking to the manager a curious passer by, her interest piqued by my uniform, asked what I was doing. "Running from Uluru to Canberra." She was a teacher, inspired and motivated, “Come speak to our school,” she said. “Well, school's finished for the day and it'll be hard to organise.” I stated. “Nonsense, I am the Pr...
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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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