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Adam Campbell- Sub 2:30 marathon runner

adam22“So everyone is looking for the magic formula – how do I get faster and what can I take to improve my performance? The answer to these questions is easy.  Train more and train faster.

However if you are going to buy into that little motto, then you need to make sure that you are recovering between sessions. I think it was the US marathoner and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor who said “there is no such thing as over-training, just under-recovering”. A key element to recovery is through diet. Anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. How could diet not affect performance? It is the building block for your cells, muscles, bones, blood…As a hard training athlete, you are also more likely to leach essential nutrients and minerals from your body as you stress the system.

I have always enjoyed pursuing physical challenges, from Ironman racing to running marathons.  My new love and passion is mountain running. When I began training for the Jungfrau marathon, an uphill marathon with over 5000 feet of elevation gain, I knew that I would need improve my ability to recover if I was going to be able to handle the workload and stress of training for such an arduous event. I was fortunate enough to come across 7SYSTEMS at the beginning of my prep for this race and with the help of 7SYSTEMS I was able to complete my biggest run mileage ever, and proceeded to have the best ever finish by a Canadian at a mountain running world championships.

So if you care about your health and you care about your performance 7SYSTEMS is more than worth a shot.”

Adam Campbell is the 2007 Canadian Mountain Running Champion and has a 2:29 marathon personal best.  He is currently at law school studying to become a lawyer.

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Ray Zahab- Ultramarathoner, Adventurer, Founder of impossible2Possible

May 2011

On November 1, 2006 former “pack a day smoker” Ray Zahab and two other runners set out on an epic expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One hundred and eleven days and 7500 kms  after leaving the coast of Senegal they completed their journey stepping into the Red Sea. The epic expedition had the trio running an average of 70km’s a day, without a single day of rest. National Geographic tracked this epic expedition by web, and the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’ – produced by Matt Damon, directed by Academy Award winner James Moll – was filmed in an effort raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in Northern Africa.  After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis in northern Africa, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and believes in. Running The Sahara would begin a journey of discovery- of learning that some of the largest barriers to success are the ones we put upon ourselves. Breaking these down, we can truly achieve extraordinary things.

In 2007, Ray ran the three coastal trails of Canada, back to back and non-stop. The Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island, East Coast Trail Newfoundland and West Coast Trail in British Columbia.

Motivated by the Sahara run- Ray conceptualized the CanadaONExONE Run in May 2008. Along with a team of runners, Ray ran an average 80 kms per day in each of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories in so many days. Schools were visited, students participated, and communities became engaged in many of the child based issues  ONExONE is addressing. In Saskatoon alone, several thousand students and 27 schools were involved in school rallies and a city wide relay with Ray and the team.

Two years after touching the Red Sea, Ray, and two other Canadians, broke the world speed record  for an unsupported expedition by a team to the South Pole, In the process, Ray trekked this traditional route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole solely on foot and snowshoes- without the use of skis. Students and classrooms from all over North America joined the team as they trekked to the South Pole on a daily basis- communicating and actively taking part  in an educational resource– becoming “team mates” of the expedition.  This expedition was completed as part of Ray’s organization, impossible2Possible.

In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, and inclusion and participation in expeditions.

Ray is a proud member of the board of Directors of the Ryan’s Well Foundation, is the official Athletic Ambassador and a board member of the ONExONE organization, and is a representative of SpreadTheNet.  Ray was the recipient of the ONExONE Difference Award in 2007, and the Torchbearers Award in 2010.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, expeditions have included: an unsupported 13 day run the length of frozen Lake Baikal, 3 Youth based expeditions to Baffin Island, Tunisia and the Amazon. All of these expeditions supported various initiatives through an Experiential Learning program in which thousands of students participated as active team members during the expeditions, from classrooms all over the world.

Ray has appeared multiple times in the media, including CNNi, The Hour, CBC, CTV, BBC, Jay Leno, Discovery, etc.

In addition to his running adventures, Ray speaks around the world at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, Idea City, The Economist World in 2010 and 2011, World Affairs Council and countless major corporate events- spreading the message that we are all capable of the extraordinary in our lives and that in fact, the impossible is possible.

August 2009 
Ray has been using 7SYSTEMS to help him achieve some truly amazing adventures.  Always full of energy, he is an example of someone who is always striving to DO MORE.  Which is exactly why he is a member of the 7SYSTEMS 2010 Pro Team.  Below is his take on this year’s accomplishments and his answers to 7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS.
 
“This year has been amazing. A 650+ km unsupported run across Lake Baikal in Siberia (in winter running an average of 50 kms per day!) and the impossible2possible RunningTunisia expedition in which 4 Youth Ambassadors ran 260+ kms through sandstorms, searing heat and endless dunes.
The Ambassadors recorded their experiences by video which CNN then used to broadcast updates twice a day! Even more amazing…they communicated LIVE to close to 10 000 students that tracked their daily progress using the latest technology-and the students in classrooms participated in an Experiential Learning Program based on the topic of water.  The students in the schools following have raised close to  $20 000 for water projects in Africa!”
 
Check out the video journals in the Experience the Run section of www.runningtunisia.com
 
 

 

February 2009
canada-at-south-pole“I’ve completed many multi-week expeditions before but I have never recovered as well, day after day, as I did on my way to the South Pole. 7SYSTEMS was integral in providing our bodies with the support they needed to complete this grueling expedition.”

In December 2008, three world-class adventurers, including ultra-runner Ray Zahab, legendary arctic explorer Richard Weber, and elite adventurer Kevin Vallely began a self-supported trek from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole; a distance of over 1,100km. With an existing record of 39 days and a goal of 40 days, they dragged sleds weighing over 170 pounds (73 kilograms) each, and arrived at the Pole on January 6th, 2009 in a new record time of 33 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. Their choice of supplement: 7SYSTEMS endurance sport supplement. Ray Zahab is a world renowned ultra marathon runner and adventurer. His story is as compelling as the adventures he undertakes.

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7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

RZ: The day I finished my first impossible2Possible Youth Expedition…to see young adventurers do and complete an expedition that very few people would attempt was incredible! I am also very proud of each of the expeditions I have been fortunate to complete- from running all 3 of Canada’s coastal trails back to back, to running across the entire Sahara, from west coast to east coast of Africa.

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

RZ: Whenever I have a bad day or start feeling sorry for myself to remember that guaranteed someone is having a much more difficult time then me. In other words, never lose appreciation for what I am so fortunate to do day to day.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

RZ: There are several factors. I do love to challenge myself and push my limits, but lately on expeditions such as Siberia, the difficulty of the conditions and the running are insane. With very little sleep, frigid conditions and exhausted body, i am still so-o-o pumped at the end of each day on an expedition to fire up the BGAN and communicate with the students. They inspire me!

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

RZ: Again, many people. Some of note… Phil Fontaine, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Marshall Ulrich, Richard Weber, Lisa Smith. These are all people with conviction and dedication to what they believe in- and in my opinion are pioneers.  

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

RZ: Celebrating Inuit Art 1948-1970 with assorted essays by folks like Anne Hanson. It would be my piece of Canada.

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

RZ: Potato Chips, burgers, pizza, poutine…help, I can’t stop!

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

RZ: Some funky little place in a small community in Mali halfway across Running the Sahara that had chicken. First chicken i ate in 50 days, and it was awesome!

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Brad Cunningham – Ultra Marathoner

brad-in-water“The reason we train is to see if we can be better than our former self. In order to be better we need to do things differently than we have done before. For me, that was moving beyond just running all the time. I started to pay attention to the details that affect performance, like diet and recovery. 7SYSTEMS helped me become better.  I found the world of supplements to be confusing and expensive. The 7SYSTEMS team made that world simple for me. Everything I need is in one packet – simple, portable, and smart. Now I’m getting everything my body needs in order to be better than it was before, while saving money at the same time.  What I like about 7SYSTEMS is that it’s designed by athletes. These are people who have done what it is I am trying to do, and they have found a way to simplify the confusing world of supplements.   One packet per day, that’s it! And everything is covered.   The difference between average and good is training.   The difference between good and great is details. 7SYSTEMS has helped me take care of the details.”
Brad Cunningham is an ultra-runner, coach and teacher.


Jonathan Moncreiff

“Having taken several years off from competitive running and triathlons, I found that returning to competition and the fitness level I desired was not as easy or as straightforward as I would have hoped. In short, although the mind was willing, time had taken its toll on my body. While getting through the mandated workouts was possible, recovery did come as quickly as before and as a result it took longer to make the desired progression.  Moreover, whereas I could once focus much of my energy on my fitness pursuits (be it workouts, rest, dietary requirements, etc.), today’s reality is that I have many different and competing interests for my time. Each day only has 24 hours in it and I, much like most people I know, frequently find it difficult to get done (both work and training related) what I would like to before I need to get to bed to be rested enough to face the next day.  Thus, faced with these new challenges, it became evident that if I wanted to meet my lofty fitness goals, I was going to need to be smart about my training. Luckily, it was at about this time that I discovered 7SYSTEMS. Since starting to use 7SYSTEMS, I have noticed both increased energy levels (specifically when I wake up) and that my recovery is accelerated (both crucial elements in my book). The fact that all my supplement needs can be met in one product is also a huge advantage. Gone are the days of having to purchase, organize and carry around multiple individual supplement products. I highly recommend this product.”
Jonathan Moncrieff: Corporate Lawyer; Competitive Runner and Triathlete


SOUTHPOLEQUEST

In January 2009 Ray Zahab, Richard Weber and Kevin Vallely broke the world record for an unsupported trek from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole; a distance of over 1,100km. In the process, Ray became the first person to complete the route using only snowshoes and without the use of skis.  7SYSTEMS supported this endeavor.