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Runners have very specific needs when it comes to strength training.  We don’t need to be super-strong like bodybuilders; we need to be durable, stable and balanced.

Unilateral training, or lifting using only one side of the body at a time, can be critical to not only building strength for runners, but also improving imbalances that can lead to injury.

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.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • why unilateral strength training is so important for runners, 

  • which exercises benefit runners the most, and (this is important)

  • when not to use unilateral movements, because as good as they are, they do have limitations.

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.


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 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.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐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. 😁


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great info whether you are plant based or not.

“I’ll start by saying I’m not a runner(mountain biker), and I’m not plant based. However this has become one of my new favorite podcasts. I stumbled across it by searching “running shoes”. Lots of good health information, and interviews.”


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Claire is the best podcast host!

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


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