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How to Stay Safe When You Are Running

Posted by on Tuesday, January 17, 2017,

There's a number of great races around the world in or around big cities. From the Laugavegur Ultra in Iceland to the scenic surrounds of Boston Marathon qualifier, the Rockland State Marathon in upstate New York, it is time to start your training and your travel plans if you plan on visiting and competing. I feel it's always worth arriving a minimum three days early so you can recover from the travel, stay injury free and see the sights.

It is important to think about safety when you are...


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Yuri Wins, Ashprihanal Second and Kaneenika Finishes

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Tuesday, September 6, 2016,
Yuri Trestenyuk was the victor in this years race. It was an amazing finish, the closest in history. Just a few hours separated first and second, the 3100 mile equivalent of a sprint finish. Ashprihanal was inspired to chase 5 days from the finish. It must have been torturous for Yuri but he didn't cave in all, taking no breaks, trying to hold on to his lead."Yuri can do only do around 70 miles," was whispered amongst runners, handlers and organisers. "He can't hold on." Ashprihanal had him c...
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New World Record in the 3100 Mile Race

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Monday, July 27, 2015,
Ashprihanal Aalto finished the 3100 mile race in 40 days and 9 hours. He averaged 76.7 miles a day for the duration of the race. He beat the previous mark that many people thought was untouchable by almost a day. He was feeling the joy of it all in the final 3 days leading up to his finish as the end was in site and was really happy, motivated and relaxed during this time. Reducing his breaks to just 7 minutes and allowing media to come in and photograph him while he was napping. He new he ha...
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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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Youth Speaker at Helena College

Posted by Grahak on Wednesday, December 3, 2014,
I spoke to some of the youth at Helena College Graduation Ceremony on Friday evening. It was the keynote presentation and I talked about my memories of graduation. Not having any goals, dreams or ideas of what I wanted to do and that being OK because I gave 100% to being the best I could at what ever I was doing. Whether it was academic and socially related, giving 100% and improving myself kept doors open for me for when I had more clarity on where I was heading.



It was an inspiring event. T...
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Running from Adelaide to Canberra

Posted by grahak on Friday, November 21, 2014,
I just returned from running the leg from Adelaide to Canberra as part of the Peace Run, an international torch relay dedicated to spreading the idea of peace through running and the peace torch that is carried and passed from hand to hand, heart to heart along the way.



It was a great event and we met so many inspiring people and together with the 11-13 international runners that were on the team, formed some great friendships. I found the whole thing really motivational and we were speaking a...
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Safety Tips for Running

Posted by grahak on Sunday, September 21, 2014,


Running is a great sport. Personally I find that it is much easier to get injured playing other sports where there is more lateral and sideways movement or danger (thanks friendly soccer game for the calf strain!) There are things we can do to reduce risk of injury or harm which keeps our motivation and love of running fresh. It is worth always listening to your body when you are starting out. As you gain experience you will learn when to save yourself for another day or when you can push thr...

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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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William Sichel Massive Negative Split. Stutisheel Lebedyev and Sarah Barnett with big PB's

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, August 5, 2014,

William Sichel, photo by Jowan

William Sichel and Sarah Barnett have reached the goal and finished the world's longest race. Both did huge negative splits: pleasing in a race from 1 mile to 3100 miles. William had to. His first half of the race was basically completed at the end of day 27. To finish within the cutoff time he had to draw on all his experience and talent. Pegging back the extra miles he missed out on when he was going through difficult times he finished in 50 days 15 hours and 6...
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3100 Mile Sprint Finish

Posted by grahak on Saturday, August 2, 2014,

Vasu finishing from Perfection Journey

Slovakian runner Pranjal Milovnik and Russian Vasu Dushiy will both finish today, with probably around 30 miles between them. Vasu will take third and Pranjal fourth. Amazing after 47 days they will be finishing so close together. It is the equivalent of a sprint finish in the terms of the distances they are doing. No rest for some. Pranjal will be back out running again tomorrow to keep his record intact of running a minimum of 2 miles a day for the last...
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Sarvagata is the 2014 Champion

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, July 29, 2014,

Picture: Perfection Journey Blog

Sarvagata turns into a super athlete during this race. His skin goes really tanned, He comes in a little overweight and on occasions with his busy work schedule saving for the race, slightly under trained. Then he begins to shed kilograms, sometimes up to fourteen in total, and then he starts churning out the miles. Sarvagata UkrainskyI is set to finish around 1pm during day 44 and beat his best time ever. He is an incredible ultra distance runner. A natural,...

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Meet Pranjal

Posted by grahak on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,

Pranjal Milovnik is a giant of a man standing at 195cm and weighing in close to 100kg. He is competing in his tenth 3100 mile race. On day 20 he ran 72.44 miles. Perhaps (apart from day one), the most he has ever run at the 3100. I feel Pranjal will break the world record for the most completions of the race. He loves it. The struggle. Bad weather. Exhaustion. He laps it up and keeps marching along. Below are some interesting facts about Pranjal.

  • His best time is 47 days averaging 105.7km a da...

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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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President Nelson Mandela and Running in Iceland

Posted by grahak777 on Friday, December 6, 2013,
Outside of my last run across the Nullarbor and the 3100 mile race, one of the most memorable runs I have done is the Peace Run in and around Iceland. The Peace Run is an international torch relay that promotes peace and friendship through running.

Sadly a living representative of this ideal passed away today: President Nelson Mandela, who I think, did more than just end apartheid. He taught the world about forgiveness. Incarcerated for 27 years for trying to free his people, upon his release ...
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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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Teen and Youth Speaker on the Nullarbor

Posted by grahak777 on Monday, September 23, 2013,

I led a team across the Nullarbor through May and June. It was great running and the weather was fantastic. Adelaide to Perth is about 3000km all up and you really get to see it from a different perspective running rather than driving or flying. There is something about camping under the stars and running in the middle of nowhere.

 

There was an international group of runners: Australians, Mongolians, Romanians, Austrians, Kiwis and Americans. It was relay style run where each runner did be...

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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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Half Way in a Race

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, July 10, 2013,
Halfway in any race is so great. Whether it's 5, 21, 42 or 5000 kilometres

When I reach half way it is my favourite milestone. I feel relief more than anything. Halfway is like running downhill. Every moment seems closer to finishing. “It feels like you are coming home,” the 2006 3100 Mile Serbian Champion Ayojan Stajonovich once told me when I reached 1550 miles in my first race in 2007. It is like you climb the summit at half way. Sure coming down is difficult but it is easier than goi...


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Some Runners Finding it Tough

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Monday, July 1, 2013,

While some runners are continuing to excel (Atmavir Spacil with another 112km or 70 miles on Day 14). Others are finding it tough. The heat is tremendous in New York in Summer and it has affected a few of the brave soldiers trying to cover 3100 miles. Australian Sarah Barnett has apparently had digestion problems and both her and Ananda Lahiri managed around 50 miles on days 12 and 13 but I am sure they will bounce back.

Ananda-Lahari is the most saintly runner on the course. No matter what ...
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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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One of the Worlds Best Ultra Running Legends

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, June 22, 2013,


Day 5 and Asprihanal lead the mileage for the first time with 71.8 miles. Unusual for the champion Finn, he is taking a while to warm up. He has won the event more than anybody.

Ashprihanal can’t weigh much more than 50 kilograms. He is very otherworldly, almost elf-like, with small chiselled features, light blonde hair and a running engine that rarely falters. His style and gait are more like a dance. He flays his arms all over the place and rocks from side to side, the floating waltz ste...


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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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Pioneers are Motivational

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, April 25, 2013,
When a pioneer does something, it always makes it easier for others to follow. They motivate the rest of us. After Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954, the record was rapidly improved by other runners. Previously, like the sound barrier it was considered impossible to break. Once one person went under the four minutes the running community knew it could be done. It will be the same for the sub-two hour marathon when it happens. Watching someone set a benchmark inspires the worl...
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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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Training Tip

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Wednesday, January 2, 2013,
Less punishing than ice baths submerging yourself in water can aid your recovery after a long run. I mainly use the ocean. The Indian Ocean off the coast is usually cool all year round and it definitely helps relieve the legs of soreness. In Australia many professional rugby, football and cricket teams will have a beach session followed by a swim to aid recovery after a big game or hard training.
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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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