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MAF Low Heart Rate Success with Maria Lurenda Westergaard | Extramilest Show #69

By July 17, 2023July 2nd, 2024No Comments
Maria Lurenda

The reasons why we run has to be much more than saying ‘I will run at this pace or finish at this time’, for me it’s much, much more than that.. it’s a deeper reason for why I’m doing this.” – Maria Lurenda S. Westergaard

Maria Lurenda Westergaard is a runner, a Doctor of Medicine and member of our Personal Best Program. In our conversation, Maria shares insights from her research and tracking (stress, sleep, nutrition and strength) approach to running. Maria is an inspiring runner, who talks about health and asks about what really matters, when it comes to running.

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Enjoy my conversation with Maria.

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Show notes:

  • 00:00 Compare to yourself
  • 02:38 Sponsor: LMNT
  • 03:50 Welcome Maria! Running and background.
  • 05:34 Relocating to Europe from the Philippines, Medical work, Boston Strong
  • 09:05 Maybe I should run a marathon!
  • 11:37 Early stages of Maria’s running journey
  • 15:04 Developing as a runner, using your strengths to improve confidence
  • 18:39 Comparison should be inspiring!
  • 21:06 MAF improvements, data over time
  • 23:40 Other forms of success
  • 25:19 Health first, running performance will follow..
  • 27:39 Energy level after running, heart rate indicators
  • 29:16 4 areas of tracking: stress, sleep, nutrition & strength
  • 42:00 Benefits of data and journaling
  • 43:48 Coffee and Floris’ upcoming Berlin Marathon
  • 45:48 Valencia Marathon
  • 51:00 Different types of runners, what really matters?
  • 58:28 Health concerns, running with grief (Copenhagen & Guam)
  • 1:05:00 Calm and low heart training, problem-solving while running
  • 1:07:44 Lessons from low heart training journey, future goal: Marathon at 80!
  • 1:14:00 Find out more about Maria
  • 1:15:35 Closing thoughts

What was your favorite lesson, takeaway or quote from this episode. Please let me know in the YouTube comments. 

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