• Time Warp

    May 16, 2012

    Annnnnd… I’m home.

    Wow. That trip felt like a time wrap. Boston —> New York City —> Boston. So glad to be home— at least for a little while.


    I never sleep well in hotels (because I’m usually on edge and wake up every hour worried that a stranger is going to come into my room and kidnap me), but I slept like a rock last night. Apparently, there was a ton of noisy street construction outside our hotel window, but Beth said I slept right through it. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. I guess I was really exhausted.

    Once we were ready for the day, Beth and I headed to Birch Coffee for breakfast.

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    I ordered a cold brew coffee with soy milk and an egg and cheese sandwich on a flaky, buttery, holy yum croissant.

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    Yummmmm! Cheese and I are best, best, best friends lately.

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    After breakfast, I said goodbye to Beth and then walked to 34th & 8th to grab the Bolt Bus home. I was supposed to take the 10:00 bus, but I managed to hop on the 9:00, which was running late. Hooray! Good timing. And I got home an hour early!


    At Birch Coffee, I bought a Lenka’s Nuts & Berries Granola Bar to eat on the bus. It was made with rolled oats, cashews, peanuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, brown sugar, and raisins. The bar was really crumbly, so I made a mess trying to eat it on the bus. Oops. It was really delicious though!

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    I also bought a banana from a street vendor (on my walk to the Bolt Bus) to eat as a snack.

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    When I finally got home, I was hungry, but dinner was just a couple of hours away, so I threw together a salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, pickles, sliced ham, truffle oil, and balsamic vinegar to hold me over.

    Once I finished my salad, it was time to start packing and preparing for Reach the Beach.

    On my What to Pack for an Overnight Running Relay post, a few of you guys mentioned packing each of your running outfits into a separate Ziplock bag to make finding things easier. You guys are so smart. I love this idea, but I didn’t have any large Ziplock bags on hand, so I used some drawstring race bags that I had laying around. I always end up saving these bags, but I never know what to do with them, so I’m glad that I could finally put them to use.

    I laid out all three of my outfits, each with a running top, bottom, sports bras, socks, and even a (matching) BIC Band.

    Then, I rolled up everything nice and neat inside each of the individual bags. (I plan to use these bags for my sweaty post-run clothes too.)

    I still have a little more packing to do, but I’m about 90% done. The rest I will finish in the morning. I can’t believe Reach the Beach is so soon! Ahhh! I’m so excited!

    BIC Bands Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a set of BIC Bands. Here’s your winner:


    I’ve been wanting to try a bic band!! So many bloggers talk about them and how wonderful they are! Not to mention that they are super cute too!! I would love to win one and try it out!!

    Congrats, Britton! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

    If you didn’t win, but still want to get your hands on some fun BIC Bands, OpenSky is offering a deal on them right now. Get them while you can!

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    sounds like a quick trip home! Glad you slept well, I actually sleep better in hotel rooms! Weird…


    Sneakers2Sandals May 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I always throw those bags away or give them away when I get them. What a good use for them…putting your clothes inside. Now I’m regretting that I never kept em!

    Have so much fun. I love how neat you are, it makes me happy 🙂


    Lindsay May 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I love all your trips and treks lately! It makes for great adventure reading and gets me pumped to go out and search for fun new haunts in Seoul. I’m glad you and cheese are besties…I have a love of goat cheese that can’t be stopped!


    Brita May 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    You are so cute with the matching headbands! I love choosing my race day outfits. Fact: looking cute makes you run faster 🙂


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Man, you sure have been one busy lady!! I hope you get some time to just relax at home soon! 😉 But at least your trips have been fun!!


    Angela@The Chicken Scoop May 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Awesome idea for the race bags! I keep them too. And they collect dust. Thinking about making something out of them one day when I have enough. We’ll see!
    PS. Why does your comment moderator hate me so? Or do you moderate all comments? LoL!


    Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third May 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    What a great idea to put your clothes in the bags! I would have never thought of that.
    … and now I’m craving a crossiant sandwich… that looks amazing!


    Lauren May 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Girl you are all over the place these past few weeks but it all sounds incredibly exciting! Can’t wait to meet up soon. I can’t believe the Boston Run to Remember is next weekend! 🙂


    Cait's Plate May 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    That breakfast sandwich looks so good!

    Bolt Bus should offer you discounts on the Boston to NYC route with the amount you use it! 🙂


    Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’m always afraid of someone busting into my hotel room too!


    Traci May 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I thought I was the only person that put pickles in my salad!


    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet May 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Wow that sandwich looks THE BOMB! They need to make a gluten free croissant asap! I’m so excited to hear about the race when it’s done!!! Good luck 🙂


    Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Croisants are my favorite bread by far, yum!


    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! May 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    That croissant egg sandwich looks amazing!!! Oh man. Glad you had a good trip back!


    Taryn @ Careeristas May 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I had to comment! I feel the same exact way when I travel for work!… “because I’m usually on edge and wake up every hour worried that a stranger is going to come into my room and kidnap me” Glad to hear I’m not the only one who keeps myself up worrying 🙂


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Y’all are going to have so much fun!! Enjoy every moment.


    Madison Fai May 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I’m insanely jealous of your life! AS well as your organizational skills! Packing your different outfits in different bags is genius! GENIUS!!


    Jac @ Challenged & Running in the Bike Lane May 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Using the drawstring bags to pack your outfits individually is super smart!! Love it!


    Catalina @ Cake with Love May 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    OMG Tina that croissant looks amazing, so much melting delicious cheese on the flaky and buttery dough!!!


    Ellie@Fit for the Soul May 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

    whoa that croisssant….makes me drool….
    And you and those who suggested ziploc bags are so good at this! I don’t think I could be that organized for the life of me, hah! xD


    Khushboo Thadani May 17, 2012 at 1:51 am

    That breakfast looks amazing…croissants are one of the few things which I prefer savory over sweet!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Awesome idea on the bags! I have tons of those race baggies as well that are always floating around 🙂


    Teresa @ fitnwoodbine.blogspot.com May 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I have so many of those bags too! Great idea!!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I never sleep well in hotels either. I was on a trip a few weeks ago and I tossed and turned every night. I was a zombie by the end of it!


    mary @ minutespermile May 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

    good luck on the race!


    Heather @ Run Eat Play May 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I love all the outfits with matching headbands! The bag idea was great.


    Kelly May 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    When I was in college we had someone give a safety and self-defense talk. She recommended traveling with a metal door stop that wedges in the hotel door when someone tries to open it. Similar to this:


    Lindsay May 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    separating outfits into bags… that’s a great idea! definitely filing that away for future reference.


    Life's a Bowl May 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Such a great use for those bags! I cannot count how many I have collected over the years from various sporting events and social meetings!


    Jess @ Blonde Ponytail May 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Good luck this weekend and I LOVED seeing you kill it at the CrossFit workout in Boston. You are looking strong and lean. See you in Carson, CA in July!


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