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Running Beyond the Marathon: insights into the longest footrace in the world Paperback – August 5, 2013
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About the Author
Grahak Cunningham is an ultra runner and keynote motivational speaker. He is a four time finisher of the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race which involves running for 18 hours a day for 51 days. Grahak won the event in 2012 averaging 115km a day for 43 days. He resides in Perth, Australia.
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On a personal note, I used to run long distance myself but because of some injures and health problems I have to be satisfied with shorter distances these days. So, this book brought back my absolutely golden memories of never ending miles on the road, plus gave me tons of inspiration to try get back those golden moments.
Anyway the book is unusually sincere, very funny and full of good advice for any aspiring runner.
A book about challenging the Himalayan peaks of human potential but also about sincerity, humility other great virtues not that easy to find in today's society.
I couldn't put it down till finishing the last page.
Thank you very much Grahak for sharing these stories!
However, with the inspiration of his spiritual Teacher, Sri Chinmoy, a firm foundation in his own spiritual life, and, no doubt, a set of most extraordinary genes, Grahak Cunningham has done it several times.
The book gives an inside look at the experiences of the runners, and draws some lessons that will be useful to all of us when we try to reach goals that are outside our usual range.
The book is, for the most part, well-written and absorbing.
Full of entertaining stories, tough and joyful experiences, it really inspires us to go beyond our capacities and try to transcend ourselves.
As a non-native English reader my only difficulty was the very rich vocabulary, but fortunately there is an English dictionary included in Kindle.
I recommend this book, five star.
His description of what it takes to run the world's longest certified foot race, the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, has you believing that there is no such thing as impossibility.
You're with him every excruciating step of the way -- from the trepidation of his first race in 2007 to his ultimate winning victory in 2012 -- as he puts in 18 hours a day for more than six weeks, running 5649 laps around a blistering-hard concrete block in New York City.
It's a story of inner determination and dauntless courage; of solitude and friendships; of harrowing despair and side-splitting humour. Grahak has been through it all and has come out the other side still smiling.
His writing style reflects his personality: relaxed, cheerful and focused, all underpinned by a will of steel and an unshakeable faith.
He is an inspiration not only for his extraordinary athletic achievements, but in the way he is able to so clearly communicate the message of `self-transcendence' which has become the motto of his life.
For anyone who dreams of challenging the limits of human endurance, or even for those with the more modest goal of self-improvement, there is inspiration here on every page. In short, this is a book you'll never regret buying.
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This book provides so much inspiration that it makes me feel like I can get up out of my wheelchair and run a few hundred...Read more