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How do you advance from being a good runner to a really good runner? Do you add more miles? Speed up all your paces? Run more often? Or maybe it’s a little of everything.

Let’s find out.

Today we’re going to explore how to step it up a notch. I’ll cover:

  • how to break through a running plateau when your performance is stuck
  • how to safely accelerate your training to reach new milestones, and
  • what warning signs to look out for as you advance

I’ll also share more about my own story of how I was able to break out of a nearly 2 year marathon plateau and finally run my dream marathon.

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.

If you need more help, you can order my book The Planted Runner: Running Your Best With Plant-Based Nutrition wherever you get books or request a copy from your local library. 

➡️Or you can enter to win a copy for free, just by writing an Apple Podcasts review. I choose a new winner every month.

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.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This Podcast Transformed My Running

Never thought I would find a perfect podcast for me! Coach Claire’s insights are incredibly interesting, easy to digest, and most importantly, have transformed me as a runner. I can’t tell you how many things she’s discussed that I’ve ended up implementing in my life. That includes the fact that I now regularly do Pilates for Runners, have adopted a safety routine for each of my runs, been making some yummy plant-based recipes, and even paced my recent 50 km race with negative splits to get a PR! Claire, I love your positivity and passion for what you do. Keep up this good work and inspiring runners like us!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My Fav running podcast

I’ve been listening to this podcast for about a year, typically when out marathon training. What I like about it is the range of subjects covered that I find relevant to marathon training, along with the occasional guests who give a bit more expert advice on certain topics. I’m an experienced (10+) marathoner but I find Claire’s podcasts have allowed me to tweak my plans (a memorable podcast on doing the ‘right’ type of speed training) or simply remind me of the things I already know but sometimes let slip. Thanks Claire!

Si Ell


As a runner that has listened to many different running podcasts, coming across this one has been refreshing. Love the variety in topics, the guests, and the emphasis on a plant-based diet behind all of our running success.


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