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Some runners rely almost exclusively on their heart rate to tell them how hard or how easy their runs are and some even plan their entire training around heart rate zones.

The only problem is, well, heart rate training is problematic.

So why do so many runners use it?  And should you?

Let’s find out.

Today, I’m joined by one of my favorite running coaches, Elisabeth Scott from Running Explained.  

We go over:

  • The pros and cons of heart rate training

  • How you can determine your max heart rate without going to a lab, and

  • She explains why common formulas and heart rate zones might be more confusing than helpful.

If you’ve ever struggled with keeping your heart rate low on an easy run or wondering if it’s getting too high on a workout, we’ll get to the heart of the matter in this episode.

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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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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Claire is knowledgeable and entertaining. As a fellow plant based eater and somewhat new runner, I was searching for someone who could guide me on my running journey. I hit the jackpot with this podcast. I also followed Claire’s training plan last year to guide me to my first half marathon and I finished strong with her advice!

Runner Steph 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Really love this podcast!

Claire is so knowledgeable and her podcast has such a great balance - it’s to the point, easy to understand and always so informative. I love listening to it while I run 🙂

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Love the podcast

As a plant-based runner, very interested in performance this is right up my alley! thank you for all of your tips and tricks


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