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Going plant-based as a runner can be really simple.  Or it can be a confusing, frustrating struggle of boring salads and tasteless tofu.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  You don’t have to give up flavor or fun as a plant-based runner and you can get all the nutrients you need, deliciously.

And today, we’re going to explore exactly how.

On today’s show, I’m joined by Amy Katz from Veggies Save the Day.  She creates delicious plant-based meals and she’s run 40 marathons!

You’ll learn:

  • Some great ideas for meals and snacks for hungry runners

  • Simple ways to add flavor and depth to your food, and 

  • How you don’t have to spend a lot of money or time getting the quality nutrients you need.

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. 

➡️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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“As a runner in his mid-60’s, the recent episode regarding strength training is a very important topic for senior runners and seniors in general. The episode reinforced the 2 to 3 day per week strength training I have been doing over the last 4 years. Also, having a physical therapist discuss this topic was great. Like running, being consistent with strength training is not only important for running but also conducting everyday functional activities. Great episode. I enjoy this podcast with great and relevant running topics. Keep up the good work Claire. Thank you. Dave S” 


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Refreshing approach to plant based running and life!!

“Thank you Claire for an amazing podcast! I am transitioning to a more healthy plant based nutrition plan for both my running as well as my life! Your motivational podcasts and inspirational stories have really galvanized me to start a new journey. Thank you for providing honest and real feedback & experiences, and for the Mental Strength Minute. I love how one minute a day, can change my outlook on the rest of my 24hr day! Please continue to do what you do, you change more lives then you know!”


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“I’ve been a fan of yours since run to the top and have listened to your show since the beginning. I am 67 and preparing to run my third marathon. I am by no means a pro having just started this after I retired. Love the interviews and tips, and especially the information you have shared on strength training. That is an area I have been struggling with. Listen to your latest episode and it put things into place for me. Have even checked out the videos on YouTube. Please keep delivering great content.”

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