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Helping Ashprihanal

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 13, 2015,
After moping around for a few days after pulling out with an injury Ashprihanal asked for some help. He is on world record pace and is averaging an outstanding 76.7 miles a day. He already has new records from 1500 miles to 2200. Helping is definitely better for me than it is for him. After exiting early it is easier to sink into a depressed state which I was starting to do, crewing for him really picked me up.



It is pretty interesting. He has three breaks of 15 minutes at 11am, 4pm, and 8pm....
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Running Beyond the Marathon

Posted by grahak on Thursday, August 7, 2014,


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Founded in 1997 to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York. It is the world’s longest and most grueling running race.

Running 18 hours a day, from 6:00am to midnight, for 51 days, runners must average a minimum of 60 miles a day (96.6km) to complete the distance. This involves circumnavigating the block 564...

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Half Way is Coming Home

Posted by grahak on Wednesday, July 23, 2014,


Yuri: Photo by Jowan

All the runners who are going to make it are well past the half way point. "It is like coming home." Former Serbian Champ Ayojan Stojanovic once said to me, or as multiple winner Asprihanal Aalto calls it "reaching the turnaround point." Downhill is another analogy. Making halfway certainly helps mentally in any race. From 5k all the way up to 5000k.

Sarvagatta Ukrainsky managed 81 miles a few days ago. The best he has ever done and an outstanding effort. It shows how you...

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Crewing and Helping in an Ultra Marathon - 3100 style

Posted by grahak on Sunday, July 13, 2014,



Having a helper in the 3100 or any ultra is a real bonus. From the helper's point of view it is a nice way to give and offer something to the runners. For a runner it ultimately adds to your performance levels. But...it is not always smooth sailing at extreme endurance events and there are pluses and minuses. Asphrihanal Aalto, one of the world's best multi-day runners never has a handler. Sarvagata Ukrainsky an equally talented runner, often has 2-3 helpers attend the 3100 mile race. So what...
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William Sichel and the Other First Timers Running Well

Posted by grahak on Monday, June 30, 2014,
I spoke to Stutisheel and Sopan recently via phone when they were out on the course. Both were going well and enjoying the cooler weather. It is great the temperatures have been kind to them. When you start, your body takes two weeks at least to get used to the surface, pounding, lack of sleep and the routine of the race. Usually you can include temperature in the mix but if it's nice it is one less thing to adjust too in that initial period. I talked for a while, but poor reception meant it ...
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Preventing Blisters when Running

Posted by on Thursday, October 3, 2013,

How to Prevent Blisters:

Some people are susceptible to them and others aren't but it is much easier to prevent blisters rather than have to treat them. Below are some ideas.


  • If it is going to rain in your run or race, rub in a light coating of olive oil. It waterproofs the foot to a degree. Waterlogged skin gets chewed up a lot more easily than otherwise (think about what your skin is like after a long bath, now think what would happen if you rubbed it over and over!) Corn starch or talc is gr...

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What Equipment to Take on Your Next 100k Ultra Marathon

Posted by grahak777 on Friday, August 16, 2013,


Although it has input from three ultra runners, this list may not be comprehensive and obviously it changes depending on the course (loop, trail etc), distance between aid stations, weather conditions, your own preferences and so on. The main thing is to take a really good crew who will be in charge of:

Anti Chafe equipment eg corn starch, petroleum jelly
Food (medicinal) eg licorice and ginger candy (good for digestion)
Food (nutritional) eg rice pudding, sweet potato, watermelon, baby food, lo...

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The First and Second Winners

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Sunday, August 4, 2013,


Atmavir Spacil crossed the line yesterday evening in 47 days 16 hours 24 minutes. It was remarkably his 7th time running 3100 miles- very motivational. Speaking after the race he announced he wasn't coming back next year, understandable, doing it that many times, but is obviously in his blood so hopefully he changes his mind. Atmavir passes a lot of the time bouncing his handball as he runs and as a result has made friends with many New Yorkers down at the hand ball court he passes 5649 times...

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The Crew and the Heat wave

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Tuesday, July 23, 2013,
The value of a good crew in an ultra can't be underestimated. Surrounding yourself with the right team and team building inspiration leads to greater success and achievement. Utpal Marshall a great runner himself, has touched on the topic looking at the world record ultra runner Madupran Wolfgang Schwerk in particular in his outstanding blog...http://perfectionjourney.org/2013/07/22/july-22-elevate-to-your-highest-height/

It appears the New York heat wave is over. The sight of the finish line ...
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Ultra Runner Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, June 24, 2013,


Sopan Tsekov is Mr Consistent this year at the 3100 Mile Race. The last 6 days in a row he has done 62 miles on the dot (that's about 103km). Sopan hails from Bulgaria and spends time in the ski slopes outside of running. Finding motivation in the mountains is something most trail and ultra marathoner runners can relate to, but is very different to the 3100 mile course. Sopan Tsekov was 24 when he first completed the 3100 mile race, the youngest in history. I was 30 when I entered my first ...


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Two Runners Neck and Neck

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, June 20, 2013,
2012 - 3100 Mile Race

It's been raining again and Atmavir and Vasu are both at the same mileage after day 3 of the 3100. No biggie, there's still around 2900 miles to go.

Atmavir Spàcil from the Czech Republic is an accomplished multi-day and ultra runner, he’d completed 13 ultras and six multi-day events before his first 3100 mile race in 2007, even making it to 1085 miles (1746km) in a 1300-mile (2092km) race, which had a brutal cut-off time of 18 days. 2007 was my first race also and it was great having ano...


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3100 Mile Race 2013 Underway

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, June 19, 2013,
Day 1 2013. Photos by Abakash

The runners started their ultra, ultra, ultra marathon journey on Sunday, with plenty of rain I believe- which I dislike immensely but I will talk about some other time. Sarah Barnett is the first female Australian to ever compete.

Vasu Duzhiy has taken an early lead with 79 then 70 miles. He hails from Russia and works near the border of Siberia, cutting wood. He is super friendly with a handshake that crushes your bones.
Three things I recall about the friendly Russian from 2012. I once came ...

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Mental Toughness in Ultra Running

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, March 30, 2013,

 

Mental depression and doubts were as draining as the actual physical exertion required to complete my daily mileage in the 3100. The secret to keeping the mental toughness needed in the race was to conquer or overcome the negative qualities existing in the mind and to remain happy. I am frequently asked how I manage to get up in the 3100 mile race, day after day, and perform a task I don’t necessarily want to do. If I were to wake and put on my running gear with the despondent thought, “...


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If you think you're beaten...

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Friday, February 22, 2013,
"If you think you're beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't."- 
Anon

Above is John Tarrant's (the Ghost Runner) favourite poem.

Below Day 22 wearing my AURA singlet.

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Running

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, February 6, 2013,
Running is an individual sport that brings people together. There are not many sports where you can compete on the same field as the world's best. Enter any big city race and you will be competing with champions, elite athletes, regular joggers, people in shape, out of shape or getting into shape. We all begin at the same starting line, together, in unison. We all finish at the same goal- even if we are hours apart. It reminds us that are all one family. Some people maybe faster, some slower ...
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Unusual sleeping patterns

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, November 19, 2012,
Day 9 and 10.

Day 9 was interupted by some huge thunderstorms. It was self-transcendence for me because for the first time in four years I fell asleep in the toilets (portaloos) whilst avoiding the second storm. It was so pleasant in there so I stayed for about 35 minutes and came out feeling quite fresh and did good miles. 


Day 10 (thank God we are in double figures now).

I had real problems, all sorts of doubts, wondering what I'm doing out here, and shedding a few tears.
I just think I nee...
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The Spa Bath

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Friday, November 16, 2012,
I looked forward to an epsom salt bath every evening. It wasn't a marbled 5 jet spa/hot tub, just a glorified bucket I only just fitted into. It did wonders for my rash though.





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Getting Back to Normal, Post Race Comments and trophy received

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

I had a really fast race this year. It was my PB by nearly a day. I went into it wanting to average 70 miles a day (113km) . I thought I could do it because in 2007 I did 69.8 or something with a really bad blister. If I could stay blister free I thought I could get close.



My start was great, perhaps too fast but I was managing mileage and I didn’t think I would ever achieve it. I was having really nice feelings of power and gratitude especially in the evening. Savagata was also chasi...
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The Offending Chair

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

I had an almost dreadful incident with an inanimate object in the race. Showering and bathing was really pleasant. All the grime collected in the day disappears and the paper tape around blisters and toes comes off really easily. I soon took to shaving and brushing my teeth under the shower. For speed I would shower the traditional way, standing up. If I was really tired I would take the longer option and sit on a flannel on the tiles to take th...


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I got a bad rash and lost toenails

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,
I got a bad rash and lost toenails

As one friend commented so many screen saver options here!

Ultra running does have it’s painful side. It definitely has to be transcended.

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The Self Transcendence 3100 mile race

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, October 25, 2012,

Founded in 1997 by fitness guru Sri Chinmoy to exemplify the endless possibilities of the human spirit, the Self-Transcendence 3100-Mile Race is held every year on a concrete footpath around an 883 metre block in Queens, New York. It is the world’s longest and most grueling foot race. Runners are given 18 hours a day, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, for 51 days, to run a minimum of 60 miles a day (96.6km) to complete the distance. This involves ci...


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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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