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Some runners just really, really love to race. So they race.  A lot. If this is you, you could be sacrificing performance on the race that means the most.  How do you prioritize?

Today’s episode is all about tune up races.  You’ll learn:

  • when to add a tune up race for maximum benefit and minimum risk

  • how to run your tune up race to best prepare you for your goal race, and

  • alternative ways to use tune ups in your schedule

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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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Claire is the best podcast host!

Coach Claire makes her topics relatable and easy to understand. Keep up the great work! BHZ”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Thank you!

As a plant based marathoner, this podcast has provided me with invaluable information related to training and nutrition. Thank you, Coach Claire for your insight and wisdom! Highly recommend if your plant and/or running- curious!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great, to the point, podcast

Thanks for all the great information! I just listened to the pod on speedwork and loved the info! Would have liked more discussion about the purpose/importance of the recovery portion of interval speedwork. So much conflicting info out there. Would love to hear more!


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