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The Extramilest Podcast

Jul 14, 2023

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Maria Lurenda Westergaard is a runner, a Doctor of Medicine and member of our Personal Best Program. She shares her success with low heart rate training and improved health.


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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



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