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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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Running by the Murray

Posted by Grahak on Saturday, December 13, 2014,
One of my favourite schools we visited on our run from Adelaide to Canberra as part of the Peace Run was Mannum Community College. The message of running to the goal of peace is always reinforced when teachers inspire the youth and students and take the message up before the Peace Run arrives. This is exactly what happened at Mannum. The children were motivated by their peers and teachers to offer art, poetry and songs.

They had already watched several DVD's on the run and had a huge 'Welcome...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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