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Amazing Running Feet

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Friday, October 27, 2017,

Need some running motivation. Dipali Cunningham is a great Australian runner you probably haven’t heard of. She has lived in the USA for 35 years and has raced almost exclusively in North America but she stills call Australia home. She might be small in size and quietly spoken, but her running achievements are towering by any standards, especially in the field of multi-day running.

A netballer in her youth, Dipali only started running when she was 21, pushed into it by her brother who...


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Cyril Jackson High School Health Festival

Posted by Grahak Cunningham on Thursday, 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

Speaki...
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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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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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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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Motivational Quote from Arnie

Posted by grahak on Wednesday, May 21, 2014,

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger


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Motivational Speakers, Youth Speakers and the Legacy of Mandela

Posted by Grahak on Friday, January 3, 2014,


The passing of this great man has led to a lot of reflection about his life. He was an inspirational to everyone and corporate and youth speakers will be quoting his wisdom for centuries."The greatest glory in living is not in never failing," he said. "But in rising every time we fall."

So what are some of the things we can learn from his life and times?

Resilience

Incarcerated for 27 years the man never lost his dignity or hope."You must fight the battle for dignity," he stated. "We put our foo...
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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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Running Blisters: Blister Treatment and Blister Prevention

Posted by on Monday, September 30, 2013,

How to Treat Running Blisters

Blisters. Annoying. We all know it. They make for an uncomfortable journey, slow you down and can destroy a positive outlook on a race you've done plenty of training for. So how do you prevent them? Firstly if your not going to the doctors, try and be as sterile and hygenic as you can. Keeping broken skin clean and needles sterile helps prevent infection. 

  • As soon as you get a hotspot (which is what you notice before the onset of a blister) do something about it (s...

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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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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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No Pain, No Gain

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Thursday, July 4, 2013,
It is a quote thrown at us by motivational speakers, business speakers, keynote speakers, business analysts, fitness trainers, coaches and so on. In training and fitness endeavors, it’s pushing yourself to the limits or the boundaries. That is what is needed to get fitter, stronger, better. Sometimes it does hurt to extend ourselves. To get fit requires improving your current self. It doesn’t happen by remaining idle, it doesn’t necessarily happen through pain either. The 'No Pain, No ...
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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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She is too obese to run.

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Saturday, June 15, 2013,
 
Runners, I have a friend who feels she is to overweight to start running because people will stare and laugh at her.
I find it motivational when someone out of shape gets out there and gives it a go and I am sure most of us feel the same way. So... runners unite! Leave some positive comments and I will pass them on, it might give her enough inspiration, motivation and energy to get outside and give it a go. And I haven't named any names so I can't possibly get in any trouble!

Based in Austral...
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Running Across the Nullarbor

Posted by grahak777 grahak777 on Tuesday, May 28, 2013,
I am running across the Nullarbor at the moment in the peace run team. Tomorrow is a 186 km stretch of straight road. It is hard to stay motivated. We can't wait to see a town again. Its fairly nice running weather with mainly a tail wind and plenty of eagles above. Visit www.peacerun.org for daily reports




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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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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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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 World's Longest Race : Resting and recovering.

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

I was told by someone who knows that the photos that are up of the Self Transcendence 3100 mile race could be better.
Below are some by professional photographer Prabhakar Street.
View the gallery at http://gallery.srichinmoyraces.org/3100/2012/

I have changed my site around to reflect the Perth Motivational Speaker tour I’m doing. That’s how I lost the original blog reposting them now.

People often ask what the prize is for the 3100, I received it at a ceremony. The prize…a plastic tr...
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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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Get Some Running In

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

So on day 27 there was a Pavlova debate going on with the cooks.
 
I asked for some Australian Pavlova (they are from New Zealand), and they just laughed at me and said it was from NZ. Then they delivered a special package that night labelled 'Australian Pavlova' and when I opened it, it was empty! On the food table was NZ Pavlova (stacks of it.)

Anyway they decorated it with Kiwi fruit so I thanked them for the Australian Pavlova with a Chinese Gooseberry on top.



I've been str...

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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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