Breathing, the Day, and Setting 427 Records: Ultrarunner William Sichel

I first got to know multiple record-setting ultramarathoner William Sichel when he signed up for my online running technique camp last year. At the time I had no idea who he was. But as I got to know his accomplishments and his approach I realized that all the runners I work with–not just the ultrarunners–could benefit from learning how he does what he does.

So a few days ago I interviewed William about how he became an ultrarunner, how he stays healthy, and how he copes with the physical and mental stresses of the very long races he runs.

We also talked about his work as a coach and how he brings his approach to all the different kinds of runners.

Although his accomplishments are extraordinary, the cornerstones of his approach can work for any runner, so take some time to watch or listen in!

William Sichel interview | The Balanced Runner™ from Jae Gruenke on Vimeo.

Here are links to a couple of the things we talked about:

Wim Hof Method


Eckhart Tolle

And here’s how you can find William:

William’s coaching services

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I’d intended to do a Facebook Live on this post and your questions in general on Friday 1 December 2017. Unfortunately I won’t be able to do that, but stay tuned for the next FB live on Friday 8 December on The Balanced Runner™ Facebook Page.

3 thoughts on “Breathing, the Day, and Setting 427 Records: Ultrarunner William Sichel”

  1. Fantastic interview… Hearing William Sichel describe his exploration of the possibly more esoteric / mental aspects running was enlightening.

    What was special for me was his description of his own experience and strategies of putting awareness on ‘now’ in the context of running. This was done in such a simple, practical and clear way. Inspiring!

  2. Great discussion with William. A couple of things really seem important. 1. Control of awareness, he is talking mental awareness, and Feldenkrais is Awareness Through Movement, it seems shifting between mental and physical awareness would be a valuable skill in long distance racing. 2. He talked about shifting from Zen to Competitive modes during running, I need to work on this aspect also. Between Zen, Competitive, Mental awareness and Physical awareness, I’ll have lots to consider during running. 3. Skill of running slowly is another aspect that I had not considered, but seems like something I need to improve. 4. Writing down the “Why’s” will be interesting also.


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