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If you run a marathon every month, this episode is not for you.

While that is amazing and inspirational, this episode is for those who prioritize quality over quantity.  

This is for runners who love the marathon more than any other distance and want to discover how to get your very best performance, no matter what your age or natural talent.

And to truly train to run your personal best marathon, year after year, you shouldn’t be running one month after month.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why always training for the marathon eventually backfires,
  • How many marathons per year is optimal, and
  • What to train for when you are not training for a marathon

This episode will give you lots of training ideas to plan your own in-between training cycle when you are not specifically training for 26.2 miles.  

Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode for another Mental Strength Minute.  Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.

Welcome to the Planted Runner.  I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.


I have helped hundreds of real runners chase their dreams and conquer what they never thought possible. My coaching philosophy combines science-based training, plant-based running nutrition, and proven mindset techniques to unlock every runner's true potential.

I’m a certified vegan running coach, sports nutrition specialist, mom, and borderline obsessive plant lover.

As an athlete, I went from a 4:02 first marathon all the way to a 2:58 finishing time at the age of 42, entirely plant-based.

I coach vegan, plant-based, and plant-curious runners to achieve the same dramatic success, from those on a walk-run program, general fitness, up to high-level athletes.

My book, The Planted Runner: Running Your Best with Plant-Based Nutrition is available now.  I include everything you need to become a better runner all in one place, fueled by plants.  

You can order your copy today, OR you can enter to win a signed copy from me for free.  

To enter, just write a 5 star review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts.  I read every single one and I will randomly choose a winner at the end of each month for this entire year. 


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I absolutely loved this podcast and shared on Facebook. Cynthia is wonderful in sharing her story and inspiring. As another older runner it gives me inspiration and courage to keep moving forward. Love the podcast and I am also a plant fueled runner. Happy trails! Debi C.

Duffy62 via Apple Podcasts ·United States of America ·05/12/2023

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Loved interview with Cynthia Miller.

I’m almost 64. Only began running about 8 years ago. Finished my 2nd half marathon on Sunday at 2:30. Happy with that! Run on master women athletes! Great show. Thanks for all the terrific information.

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