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We all know that running is good for our mental health.  But it’s also good for our spiritual health as well.

Can you transform your running into something even more meaningful, even if you’re not religious?

On today’s show, we’re going to have a conversation with runner and Anglican priest, Martha Tartarnic.

We’ll cover:

  • How running can transform from a punishment to a source of deep meaning
  • How reflection while running can make you better at your job and a better parent, and
  • How you can use spiritual concepts to quiet negative thoughts and keep your head calm when running hard.

This conversation is a little different and more reflective than most of the topics that I cover on this show, and if you like it, let me know with an email to [email protected].

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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“Whenever a new episode of The Planted Runner podcast is released, I feel a surge of excitement! The show's host and interviewer, Claire, is excellent, and she consistently brings on fascinating guests to discuss topics that are pertinent to me and my running journey.”


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“If you are a runner and especially a plant-based athlete, the planted runner offers information that is science-based, practical and inspirational. Topics run the gamut from running form to endurance to injury prevention to plant-based nutrition made simple. Claire is a tremendously talented interviewer, likely because she is so very experienced herself. The guests are knowledgeable and clearly dedicated to passing their insights onto others. The podcast is a welcome companion on training runs as often as new podcasts are available. I also find myself returning to certain ones to glean every bit of information out of it I can. Thanks, Claire.”

Scott R. from Normal, Il

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“I was searching for a new running podcast and gave The Planted Runner a try. Wasn’t sure if it would be for vegan runners or exactly how it might connect with me. I loved it! Coach Claire Bartholic’s voice and background music are very easy to listen to. I especially liked her thoughts about result based goals vs process goals. Definitely adding this to my weekly playlist! Highly recommended.”


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