What is a world-record-holding, 2:17 marathoner with a family and a full-time job’s key to success?
It’s not his steadfast dedication to his craft, his strict training regimes, or a complicated training program. It’s play.
Meet ultra-legend Mike Wardian.
From running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, to running across America, Mike has accomplished a staggering amount as a runner over the years. He holds FKTs all over the globe from D.C. to Israel and won a 100k world championship silver medal. He even competed in a race wearing a spiderman costume.
And he’s done all of this while holding a full-time day job and spending time with his wife and young children.
“If you keep doing the little things, the big things happen.”
– MIKE WARDIAN
In today’s conversation, we dive deep into Mike’s unique relationship with running, setting his world records, his experience running across America, and how he balances all of his athletic accomplishments with his responsibilities. We also talk about how his hobbies, like pickleball, chess, cycling, and CrossFit complement his endurance training.
It was an absolute pleasure to have Mike on the show. I’m grateful he made the time to come sit down with me. This one is packed with wisdom and practical tools regarding endurance, motivation, time management, and being a life-long learner.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Mike: Website | Facebook | Instagram
- Sports Illustrated: Mike Wardian Wins Quarantine Backyard Ultra Marathon After Running 262.52 Miles in 63 Hours
- Outside: The Quarantine Backyard Ultra Is Perfectly Insane
- New York Times: How to Run for 2.5 Days
- Washington Post: Michael Wardian set out for a virtual ultra marathon. He kept running for 2½ days.
- YouTube: Mike Wardian | World Record 7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents
- Washington Post: What’s it like to run 90 miles around the Beltway on the hottest day of the year? ‘Terrible.’
- Washington Post: Michael Wardian dodged cars and was struck by kindness on run across United States
- The Manual: An ultra-marathoner tells us the secret to race training
- Running: Mike Wardian has big plans to follow his transcontinental run
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