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The half marathon gets no respect. It’s always in the shadow of its big brother, the marathon, which gets all the glory.

But maybe, just maybe, the half should be your next A goal race.

And I don’t mean go race a half a few weeks during your marathon build up. I mean pick a great half marathon course and train to get really good at it for its own sake.

Why would you want to do that?

Let’s find out.

Today we’re going to explore training for the half marathon. I’ll go over:

  • Why the half distance is a great goal race
  • How training for the half differs, and
  • How getting good at the half can set you up to be even better at the marathon.

If you are graduating from 5ks or 10ks, the half is the next natural step. But if you are stuck in a marathon rut, stepping back to the half marathon for a cycle might be just what you need to break through your plateau.

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. 

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“I love this podcast so much and look forward to its release each week! It’s so informative and helpful and tackles a lot of issues us runners think and worry about silently, it’s so great to have them addressed and helpful solutions along with it. Claire is also very well spoken, and I really enjoy the interviews where she challenges the way her guest thinks/operates, she’s great at adding a different perspective and it helps the guest speaker really dive in deep with their knowledge. Amazing podcast, keep up the great work!”


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“Love this podcast. Listen when I run on the treadmill! Im just a beginner training for a half marathon and the topics are so informative! Keep it goin l!”

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