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If you want to reach your true potential, it’s not enough to just train your body. You need to train your mind. To become your best, you need to develop both the skills needed to push hard and the ability to pace and hold back.

Thankfully, both of those get better with time and practice.

On today’s episode of the Planted Runner Podcast, I invited the runner who literally wrote the book on pacing to teach you how to do it right.

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.

Matt Fitzgerald has written over 30 books to date on everything to do with running and his new one “On Pace: Discover How to Run Every Race at Your Real Limit” is another must-read for runners.

We talk about:

  • what it means to pace properly
  • why most runners are naturally really bad at it, and
  • we also go over practical techniques that you can use today to get better at it yourself

Matt is always great to talk to and I know you’ll come away from this conversation with some new ways to pace and race just a little closer to your true limits.

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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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Thank you!

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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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐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!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great Resource for Plant-Based Runners

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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