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At some point in your running you are going to get stuck.

It might be a performance plateau, or it could be a motivation issue when you can’t seem to get out of the door for a run when you used to love it so much.

Or maybe you are stuck in your head and you can’t seem to will your legs to do what you want.

It might seem like it’s a physical limitation, that you just aren’t fit enough or young enough, but more often, it’s mental.

Is there a way to get unstuck in all these situations? Let’s find out.

On today’s show, I’m joined by Adam Alter, a psychologist at New York University and New York Times Bestselling author. His new book, Anatomy of a Breakthrough, explores how to get unstuck when it matters most. 

You’ll learn:

  • Why we often get stuck as runners, especially in the middle,
  • Why our obsession with round numbers and data can be a good thing, and
  • how to work with our natural anxiety with perfectionism and on race day.

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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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Mental Strength!

“I found The Planted Runner blog and podcast when I was in the midst of training for my first half marathon this past spring. Coach Claire’s information on a variety of running topics have really helped as a beginner; I especially love the mental strength minute segment! I never thought that running would be a part of my life, but I started a running habit in order to combat postpartum depression. I’m so thankful to have this podcast as a resource so that I can continue to train in an intelligent way, with a lower chance of injury. In the fall, I am planning to run my second half marathon. I am so excited to start my Half Marathon training plan from The Planted Runner in a few weeks. 😁”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great info whether you are plant based or not.

“I’ll start by saying I’m not a runner(mountain biker), and I’m not plant based. However this has become one of my new favorite podcasts. I stumbled across it by searching “running shoes”. Lots of good health information, and interviews.”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Claire is the best podcast host!

“Coach Claire makes her topics relatable and easy to understand. Keep up the great work! BHZ”

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