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Let’s face it.  Our culture values youth, beauty, and in the running world, speed.

We train to get faster, stronger, and to cross that finish line just a little quicker than we did last time.

The good news is that if you picked up running as an adult, even at an age where you are past your biological physical prime, you can grow muscle and run faster with good training and nutrition.  And you can keep improving for years, possibly even decades.

But if you’ve been running your whole life and were well-trained at your physical peak, you will eventually slow down with age.  Paces that once seemed easy for you will become harder and harder.  Race finishing times will get slower and slower.  And you will find that recovery from training and racing takes longer and longer.

It’s enough to depress even the most upbeat masters runner into hanging up your running shoes and settling for life in a rocking chair.

In this episode, we are going to have a conversation about running and aging exceptionally with master’s runner Cynthia Miller.

You’ll learn:

  • About how Cynthia started running in her first pair of waffle soled Nikes,
  • How her passion for running has only grown despite the normal effects of getting older, and
  • How changing her perspective about what’s truly important in life and in running helps bring her joy and meaning, no matter what her race times are now.

Cynthia shares moving and inspiring stories about how her running has evolved over the years and how it keeps her feeling young even at almost 70 years old.

So if you plan to run as long as you possibly can, but are struggling with the downsides of getting older, this is one you don’t want to miss.  And you’ll definitely want to check this one out on YouTube because you are not going to believe how youthful Cynthia looks.

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 (link below or wherever books are sold).  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. 


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“I always pick up something new when I listen to Claire's podcast. I have also reached out to her with question on my training and while I am not a client she is always nice enough to take the time and answer my questions. Really respect her and listen to her regulary!”

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“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.”

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