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MAF low heart rate training with 2:44 marathoner, Wissam Kheir

By April 14, 2023May 20th, 2023No Comments
Wissam Kheir MAF running Lebanon

Wissam Kheir is a PB Program member who started MAF training in 2018. He is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and an Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Wissam is also a marathon and ultramarathon runner, swims, bikes and is a self-confessed data freak.

We talk about health and race improvements through MAF low heart rate training and the important psychological aspects of goal setting, self-actualization and building the aerobic base.

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Enjoy my conversation with Wissam. 

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Show Notes:

    • 5:12 welcome Wissam!
    • 6:16 from no pain – no gain, to MAF
    • 13:19 dealing with early stages of MAF training
    • 17:39 running from a psychological perspective
    • 20:35 progress and breakthrough with low heart rate training
    • 23:56 first marathons, to improvements through MAF
    • 31:24 dealing with a hot climate and sauna in Winter
    • 35:34 goal setting, discipline, self-actualisation, context of culture
    • 38:26 always ready with MAF, 100 mile self-navigated run
    • 42:55 getting out of your comfort zone, dealing with pain, race pace
    • 49:05 the MAF population: being humble and being obsessive
    • 53:52 bike accident
    • 55:29 Ironman
    • 60:52 combining family life with training, finding time
    • 62:24 being selective, adaptive behaviours, the company you keep
    • 1:06:36 recovery tools
    • 1:07:37 nutrition, intermittent fasting, high training volume
    • 1:14:17 ice bath, working with discomfort
    • 1:16:01 training and racing goals / bucket list
    • 1:20:03 closing thoughts

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