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Fueling Performance With Play: Ultra-Runner Mike Wardian On Crushing World Records & Work-Life Balance

By February 20, 2023July 28th, 2023No Comments
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Episode #737



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.”


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.

The visually inclined can watch our conversation on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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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