Michele Graglia on Going ‘Ultra' - Part 1


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How does a kid from a little town in Italy go from working in his family’s floral business to being a top fashion model in Miami to being one of the top ultrarunners in the world? Michele Graglia has done all of that, but he isn’t just about winning long-distance races and setting world records (though he’s won the Moab 240, Yukon Arctic Ultra, Badwater 135, & more). He is most passionate about human potential, helping us redefine what is possible, and motivating each and every one of us to do the same.


  • Why Michele’s book Ultra is a big book but a fast read (2:55)
  • Growing up in Italy, education, & the family business (11:00)
  • How a rainstorm started Michele's modeling career (18:35)
  • Weight, Form, & Nutrition: modeling vs ultrarunning (26:41)
  • Being disciplined vs remaining open (34:48)
  • Diet & experimentation (41:48)
  • Coaching running, practicing yoga (54:23)
  • Ultrarunning, Yoga, Vedic philosophy, & “getting to the fabric of your soul” (56:08)


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