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Downhill running and racing is a unique challenge that affects you differently than flat or rolling courses.  And if you don’t learn to train and race it right, all the gravity in the world won’t help you get a faster finish.

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.

On today’s show, I’m going to talk all about downhill running and racing.  You’ll learn:

  • how downhill running uniquely affects your body
  • how to run downhill properly to minimize the negative effects, and
  • how to train better for a course with lots of decline

So if you have a downhill race coming up or if you’d just like to learn how to capitalize on this great training tool without falling on your face, this is the episode for you.

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.


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 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.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Informative and fun!

“Whenever a new episode of The Planted Runner podcast is released, I feel a surge of excitement! The show's host and interviewer, Claire, is excellent, and she consistently brings on fascinating guests to discuss topics that are pertinent to me and my running journey.”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The Best Running Podcast on the Planet

“If you are a runner and especially a plant-based athlete, the planted runner offers information that is science-based, practical and inspirational. Topics run the gamut from running form to endurance to injury prevention to plant-based nutrition made simple. Claire is a tremendously talented interviewer, likely because she is so very experienced herself. The guests are knowledgeable and clearly dedicated to passing their insights onto others. The podcast is a welcome companion on training runs as often as new podcasts are available. I also find myself returning to certain ones to glean every bit of information out of it I can. Thanks, Claire.”

Scott R. from Normal, Il

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great advice and easy to listen to

“I was searching for a new running podcast and gave The Planted Runner a try. Wasn’t sure if it would be for vegan runners or exactly how it might connect with me. I loved it! Coach Claire Bartholic’s voice and background music are very easy to listen to. I especially liked her thoughts about result based goals vs process goals. Definitely adding this to my weekly playlist! Highly recommended.”


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