Meet the Marathon Man – Mike Wardian

Meet the Marathon Man – Mike Wardian

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Meet the Marathon Man – Mike Wardian

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The marathon: sport’s classic test to those seeking to push their limits.

Unless you’re Mike Wardian, who cranks one out every other week in all corners of the world – he ran more than two dozen marathons, ultra marathons or longer in 2016, including all six city majors, setting a new record for combined time (an average of 2:31:09).

Wardian talks to Inside Sport about how he fits in training at every possible moment.

Finding time and distance

“I do a lot of training during the week. I run 10km to work, 10km home, and probably 7km at lunch. That’s a really typical day. If I’m not doing that, I’ll run first thing Tuesdays and Thursdays with my dog, Rosie. We’ll run trails for an hour and a half.

“That’s how I’ll get my runs in. On weekends, if I’m not racing – like this past Sunday, I ran 35km. I did 25km with a friend, and another 8km with my kids. I pushed them around as they mountain-biked around a park. And Saturday, I just ran 15km relatively hard.

“I love being in motion. If I don’t get a chance to run, it’s definitely not my favourite. Especially big travel days, where you’re in a plane more than on the ground, at the airport I’ll try to find a way to get a workout in. Carry my bags up and down steps for an hour, you know, just to get a sweat going. I’m the guy who does push-ups while waiting in line. On the plane, the guy who stands up and goes to the galley out back – it’s funny, you see people get inspired what you’re doing, when you’re cranking out squats and they’re just standing there.”

Running start

“I played lacrosse growing up, and in college at Michigan State. When I stopped, I wanted to stay fit, so I picked up running. I’d always run, and was one of the faster guys on the team over distance, not really sprinting. But if we were in trouble and [the coaches] made us run all day, it never really bothered me. I’m good at this – yeah, OK, that’s not really a motivation for me.

“I started out doing 5k, then 10k, and one weekend I went to my buddy Vince’s house, and his mum had just finished the Boston Marathon. It was the first time I met a person that had done a marathon. I kind of looked at her and thought: ‘If Vince’s mum can run a marathon, I can run a marathon.’ And she was cool enough to help me, gave me a little training program. Over that Easter weekend in 1995, I decided to run a marathon … The Boston Marathon [April 2017] was my 20th anniversary.”