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Heart rate variability (HRV) can be an insight into how well you are training and recovering.

This is because the changes in length of space between heartbeats is a harbinger of changes in your physical and mental health.

And it is clear that this metric will inform the training of the future.

I’ll show you how you can use it today.

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, we are going to explore how you measure and use heart rate variability to get the most out of your training and recovery.

You’ll learn:

  • What HRV is measuring and why

  • How and when to accurately track your HRV, and

  • How to interpret the data, because it’s not as simple as some might think

I’ll also share my personal opinions on whether you should even bother tracking yet another metric at all, and here’s a quick spoiler–it’s not for everyone.

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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I’m a newer runner and this has been a very helpful podcast! Coach Claire is so personable and engaging, and inspired me to sign up for my first half. She does a great job at breaking down running lingo. I like that episodes aren’t too long and that tips are applicable. Excited for future episodes 🙂


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