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It can be so inspiring to hear the stories of the best in the world.  Runners who do superhuman things running at speeds most of us can only imagine.

The only problem is that elite runners are not typically all that relatable to the rest of us.

So when I had a request to interview real, every day runners, who are not professionals, I loved the idea.  Because most of us are just normal people who run because it’s our passion, not our job.  We have other jobs, and kids, and mortgages to pay, and yet running is just as important to us as the pros.

And I would argue our running is just as inspiring.

Today I’ll be talking to one of my own athletes, Nicole Dalal.  We’ll go over:

  • Her story of finding running in her mid forties
  • How going from a stock internet plan, then to a custom plan, then finally to joining the PR Team changed her running, and
  • Why getting help and finding community has been a lifesaver for her, even though she doesn’t consider herself  fast or experienced

This is a new kind of episode for me and I’d love to hear what you think.  It’s a bit of a love letter to running and finding community and it’s made possible by the PR Team.  If this sounds like what you and your running need, head to to learn more today.

And of course, 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.

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.  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. 


Follow Nicole @nikkidruns on Instagram


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great information!

“These podcasts are very helpful! As a long time runner, I’m always interested in new information on training, recovery, and nutrition to improve my running. Can’t wait until the next episode!”

RealMcCoy2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/23

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great info to be better

“I really appreciate the way Claire approaches the topics on her podcast. Each episode has great energy (which works well as I listen on my runs) but also matches scientific insights with practical advice. I’ve learned a lot and explored topics I didn’t know I needed to think about to be a better and healthier runner”

Dougship via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/10/23

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Claire is my hero

“This woman is awesome! I look forward to her encouragement and support for every runner. While on a run or just listening she is full of wisdom and kindness. When you listen you will be pleased. Thanks for your amazing gift of sharing your experience and taste!”

Wicky 17 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/09/22

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