Having run around the same block more than 22,500 times, Cunningham is on intimate terms with every crack in the pavement. And even the smallest distraction can turn the mind away from the pain and boredom.
"Guys twist the top of a particular fire hydrant when they run past, like a Buddhist prayer wheel," he says. "The other thing is there is a gate latch that you lift as you go past and it makes a nice 'donging' sound."
Several times I try to get to the heart of the most obvious question - why put yourself through such monotonous torture? But while there is nothing evasive in his answers, it's clear he finds it hard to articulate a response.
"When you finish it's almost like a dream," he says...
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