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If you’re a marathoner training for a spring race and you’re running goal marathon paced workouts in January, you’re doing it wrong.

Let’s explore a better way.

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about race-specific workouts from the 5k to the marathon. We’ll go over:

  • Why the timing of race-specific workouts matters
  • Why and how to plan workouts that focus on overall fitness instead, and
  • When to narrow your focus so you peak exactly on race day

I’ll also give you some examples of my favorite race-specific workouts from the 5k to the marathon.

This is a topic that will probably bust a lot of common myths out there about race training whether you are brand-new to racing or you’re a veteran runner looking for ways to sharpen up your fitness at exactly the right time.

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. 

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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 am so grateful that I found this podcast that provides so many tips and informed support for me as a be 63 year old vegan runner who is pursuing a goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon. From the interview with Shannon Thomas on how to mentally motivate oneself or your personal motivational story, I as a 63 year old marathoner find much inspiration and training tips. Thank you! I hope to join your PR Team soon.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Injury free

I have learned so much since I started listening to this podcast. I have been improving every this year. I share your podcast with everyone in my Run group. this weekend, I will be running my first marathon, and I am the strongest I have ever felt. Thank you for teaching me how to improve my life and my running.

Sonya Sutton, 01/11/2024

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I love this podcast as a recreational masters runner. I learn something new and gain helpful insights and practical tips from each episode even without being plant-based myself.


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