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When you’re a runner, summer can be a bit of a bummer.  Every run feels harder and your speed seems to evaporate instantly, unlike the massive amount of sweat dripping into your eyes and staining your clothes.

The good news is that all your sweaty work this summer will pay off with faster times in the fall.  Your body will learn how to cool off quicker and more efficiently bring blood and nutrients to your muscles, which will make faster running easier when the weather cools off.

So how do you get through those hot races and runs to get those incredible advantages we are hoping for?  I’ll explore how.

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.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • the science of what is happening when you run in the heat
  • how you can effectively manage hot runs and keep up your training, and
  • exactly what you do to prepare for a hot race day

This episode will give you everything you need for all your hot and sweaty runs this summer. 

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.

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.


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 vegan 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.

My book, The Planted Runner: Running Your Best with Plant-Based Nutrition is available now.  I include everything you need to become a better runner all in one place, fueled by plants.  

You can order your copy today, OR you can enter to win a signed copy from me for free.  

To enter, just write a 5 star review of the podcast on Apple Podcasts.  I read every single one and I will randomly choose a winner at the end of each month for this entire year. 


I’ve created an exclusive 12-week half marathon training plan specifically for the Oktoberfest Half Marathon September 30, 2023 in Asheville, NC.   It includes everything you need to run your best race including mileage, strength training, and of course, my best mental strength lessons. 

This race is expected to sell out and training starts July 9, so sign up today at 


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

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Thank you!

“As a plant based marathoner, this podcast has provided me with invaluable information related to training and nutrition. Thank you, Coach Claire for your insight and wisdom! Highly recommend if your plant and/or running- curious!”

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great, to the point, podcast

“Thanks for all the great information! I just listened to the pod on speedwork and loved the info! Would have liked more discussion about the purpose/importance of the recovery portion of interval speedwork. So much conflicting info out there. Would love to hear more!”

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