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Running podcast to motivate and help runners of every level, speed, and age run their best. Claire Bartholic interviews running influencers, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, and everyday runners with inspiring stories.

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Running podcast to motivate and help runners of every level, speed, and age run their best. Claire Bartholic interviews running influencers, scientists, psychologists, nutritionists, and everyday runners with inspiring stories.

    The most effective way to fix your muscle weaknesses and imbalances

    The most effective way to fix your muscle weaknesses and imbalances

    Most recurring running injuries are caused by some kind of muscle imbalance or weakness.
    The imbalance or weakness in one part of your body causes another part to compensate by doing more work, usually resulting in some type of overuse injury.
    Strength training is the best way to fix this…but not just any type of strength training. Specifically, you’ll want to focus on what’s called unilateral training. 
    On this episode of the Run to the Top Podcast, I’m going to explore:

    What unilateral training is 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’re constantly suffering from recurring injuries, this is a must-listen episode!
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    This week’s show brought to you by: AG 1 Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?
    I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.
    But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.
    That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.
    That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.
    Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.
    Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

    • 13 min
    How to Finally Qualify for The Boston Marathon

    How to Finally Qualify for The Boston Marathon

    For many runners, qualifying for Boston is a dream.
    So how, exactly, do you do it? What does it take and how long does it take to get faster in the marathon so you can achieve your dream goal?
    In this episode, we discuss…
    How to determine if you have the innate ability. What does it take and how long does it take to get faster in the marathon How much can we expect to improve from your first marathon in a quest to BQ Our best tips to finally qualifying. Whether you are dreaming of running it one day or if you run it every year, you’ll learn some tips and tricks to get you to Hopkinton all the way to the finish on Boylston.
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    This week’s show brought to you by: LMNT When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 
    Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets.  They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 
    Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 
    What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 
    That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.
    Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

    • 46 min
    How Walking Can Make You A Better Runner (Even if you’re experienced)

    How Walking Can Make You A Better Runner (Even if you’re experienced)

    Believe it or not, walking can make you a better runner, even if you’re experienced. 
    From increasing your aerobic capacity to allowing you to run farther and recover faster, walking can be a tool you add to your training tool-belt.
    In this episode, you’ll learn…
    The science behind why walking works The benefits walking can add to your training How to implement, even if you’re experienced, for the best results. Connect, Comment, Community Follow RunnersConnect on Instagram
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    This week’s show brought to you by: Inside Tracker Inside Tracker is the ultimate resource for runners who want to optimize their health and nutrition.
    Using their patented algorithm, InsideTracker analyzes your body’s data to provide you with a clear picture of what's going on inside you.  Then, they offer you science-backed recommendations for positive diet and lifestyle changes. 
    Next, InsideTracker tracks your progress every day and adjusts based on real-time feedback from your body.
    The best part is that you can do it all from home and it isn’t expensive. Plus, for a limited-time you can get 25% off any InsideTracker plan or service when you use the code RTTTPRO25 . 
    Just head to https://runnersconnect.net/insidetracker and use the code RTTTPRO25 for 25% off.

    • 14 min
    The Science on How to Recover and Fuel Your Running Without Gaining Weight

    The Science on How to Recover and Fuel Your Running Without Gaining Weight

    We know that nutrition plays a critical role in our recovery and running performance, both in training and while racing.
    Yet, it’s often difficult for runners to balance the needs of their running with the desire to eat healthier overall and keep the weight off. The difficulty is compounded when we realize that no one diet or nutrition plan is right for everyone.
    That’s why we’ve brought nutrition expert Brian St. Pierre onto the show to discuss…
    The problems with calorie counting and how to do it better. Why under fueling is a major issue with most runners The science of fueling for your workouts Balancing performance nutrition with healthy eating And much, much more.  For those that don’t know, Brian St Pierre is a registered dietitian and has a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition.  He’s also a certified Sports Nutritionist and serves on the Men’s Health Board of Advisors.  
    He works with Olympians as well as pro athletes from the US Open, the NBA and the NFL.  He’s been featured in too many publications to even list, including US News & World Report, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, BuzzFeed, and more.
    You’ll love this conversation, not just for the specifics on how to better fuel, but Brian’s open-mind when it comes to finding the right nutrition plan for you.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The 3 Most Important Variables in a Training Plan

    The 3 Most Important Variables in a Training Plan

    Perhaps the most common mistake runners make when writing their own training plans is trying to change or add in too many variables at once. This leads to overtraining and not being able to identify what is (and isn’t) working.
    When it comes to writing your training schedule or adjusting your plan to take your training to the next level, there are 3 main variables to take into account: frequency, duration, and intensity.
    In this episode we’ll discuss…
    What frequency, duration, and intensity mean and why they are important Show you ways you can alter each to positively impact your training Why trying to change more than one at a time is often a recipe for disaster And how to combine all 3 variables to take your next training block to the next level. This is a must listen if you’ve plateaued in your progress or keep hitting injury or overtraining ruts when training for races.
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    This week’s show brought to you by: AG 1 Ask yourself - do you get enough green veggies each day?
    I'll admit, I don't. It's tough to fit all of those greens in with an active and busy lifestyle.
    But getting in your fruits + veggies is SO crucial as a distance runner for recovery, digestion, and optimal performance.
    That's where Athletic Greens is a gamechanger. One scoop has 75 bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and whole food-sourced ingredients including a multivitamin, multimineral, probiotic, green superfood blend, and more.
    That means fewer stomach issues, more focus and energy throughout the day (because the workday matters just as much as the morning run), and overall ... just feeling healthier.
    Look, if you're struggling to get those fruits + veggies in - or if you keep buying them but they always go bad in the fridge - Athletic Greens will make getting those micronutrients simple and delicious.
    Get 5 BONUS travel packs and a year's supply of Vitamin D when you order at athleticgreens.com/rttt. Get yours now!

    • 15 min
    Why Nutrition for Optimal Performance May Contradict Nutrition for Optimal Health

    Why Nutrition for Optimal Performance May Contradict Nutrition for Optimal Health

    When your race fueling and prep calls for sugary drinks and gels, how do you balance optimal nutrition for your running performance with what’s best for your optimal health?
    To get answers, we turned to Dr Krista Scott-Dixon, the curriculum designer at Precision Nutrition, one of the top nutrition certification and coaching programs in the world.
    In this episode, we discuss…
    Eating for top performance vs optimal health. The tricky subjects of weight loss and metabolism change.   Why nutrition is more complicated than just calories in and calories out And how we can have a more holistic approach to fueling our bodies. Krista’s more holistic approach to nutrition is so refreshing and I think we all can take a step back and think about what is best for our goals right now, and for the long term to be sure that we are runners for a long, long, life.
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    This week’s show brought to you by: LMNT When coaching endurance runners of all levels to be their best, I always emphasize the need for proper hydration with the right balance of electrolytes. Most athletes I’ve coached are surprised to learn that their sodium needs are actually much higher than they expected and it’s been hurting their performance. 
    Part of the reason athletes need much more sodium than they think is not just because they lose electrolytes through their sweat, but also because athletes tend to eat very healthy diets.  They’ve been told that salt is a bad thing in food and frequently don’t get enough for their lifestyle. 
    Much of the science of sodium is based on people who eat highly processed diets which also are very low in potassium. It could actually be the low potassium levels causing the issues that sodium has been blamed for! 
    What is clear is that both sodium and potassium at the proper levels are essential for high performance (and for life in general!). 
    That's why we partnered with LMNT to offer a free sample pack of their electrolyte mix.
    Head to drinklmnt.com/runnersconnect to get yours now. The Sample Pack includes 8 packets of LMNT (2 citrus, 2 raspberry, 2 orange, and 2 raw unflavored).

    • 1 hr

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81 Ratings

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Fantastic podcast for all types of runners!

I started listening to Run to the Top late winter early spring 2021 and have been hooked ever since. The guests, detailed information, and wide range / scope of topics will keep runners of all ages and abilities engaged and motivated! Highly recommended!

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Wow, thanks to this podcast

You will learn so much by just listening to this podcast.

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