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Think you need a complicated strength routine to get the best results? Physical therapist and strength coach Dr Victoria Sekely disagrees.

On today’s show, we explore the do’s and don’ts of strength training for runners and you’re likely to need a lot less time in the gym than you think!

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.

You’ll learn:

  • Exactly what kinds of exercises you need to do to get in and out of the gym fast
  • How your strength training should change over the year, depending on your goals, and
  • How to time your workouts so they support your running, instead of hurting it.

Victoria is the owner of Train Smart Run Strong, a New Jersey-based doctor of physical therapy and running coach. She trains runners all over the world with her strength training programs, with the goal of keeping them strong, healthy, and training well.

And of course, don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the conversation for another Mental Strength Minute. Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.

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.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Practical and interesting podcast

I recently found the podcast and binge on all the episodes. All the episodes are interesting with approachable advise. As a plant based runner I’m thrilled by the advise on plant based nutrition tailored for runners. I found that most running coach include animal products. So I’m so happy I found the Planted Runner.

Helli L via Apple Podcasts ·Germany 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Highly Recommend!

Running into my 40s, as a complete novice, I began listening to many running podcasts. The Planted Runner podcast is my favorite! The topics covered are relevant and interesting. Added bonus: already seeing improvement with my runs. If you’re new to the running scene, find yourself overwhelmed with all the information, or just want to be a better runner…start here! There’s something for everyone, no matter your life stage or experience level.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Mental Strength!

I found The Planted Runner blog and podcast when I was in the midst of training for my first half marathon this past spring. Coach Claire’s information on a variety of running topics have really helped as a beginner; I especially love the mental strength minute segment! I never thought that running would be a part of my life, but I started a running habit in order to combat postpartum depression. I’m so thankful to have this podcast as a resource so that I can continue to train in an intelligent way, with a lower chance of injury. In the fall, I am planning to run my second half marathon. I am so excited to start my Half Marathon training plan from The Planted Runner in a few weeks. 😁


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