90-Minute Run + Running Headband Giveaway

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Woohoo! I finished a 90-minute run today! Yayyyy!

Ok, I can’t say I felt totally awesome during all of it, but I kept trucking along and finished with a smile on my face. And, hey, that’s the important part, right? Plus, it’s always fun to accomplish a “new” running goal. Well, technically, I’ve run these distances many times in the past, but not since October 2013 when I was pregnant, so it’s all new-ish to me again!

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Before I headed out to run, I snacked on banana with some almond butter and finished my iced coffee from breakfast. I needed a little something in my stomach before I hit the pavement. Running on an empty stomach = no bueno.

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While getting ready to run, I broke out my stash of GU from my marathon training days more than 3 years ago. I hadn’t taken GU on my long runs until now, but I figured I might as well for a 90-minute one. I mean, if I didn’t need it, I didn’t have to eat it, ya know? Better safe than sorry!

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In my Spibelt: GU, Chapstick, headphones, and gloves, which, weren’t actually inside my Spibelt, but I brought them along just in case I needed them. (I drove to Southfield to do my run, so I stashed a few things in my car while I ran.)

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It was 42 degrees and sunny, so I didn’t wear my gloves. I also left my water bottle in the car just in case I needed a water-stop during my run.

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My run went fairly well. Although, right from the beginning, I could tell it was going to be a rough one. I just didn’t have a ton of energy and my legs felt so heavy. I ended up struggling through the first few miles and then around 40 minutes decided to take my packet of GU. It actually helped, and I felt pretty good for the rest of the run. Not super speedy, but definitely better than I had felt at the beginning!

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After my run, I was cold and hungry, so I warmed up in the car. My hands were so stiff, I wasn’t sure if I could drive right away. (I should have worn my gloves!) Once I was good and warm, I headed to Whole Foods to grab lunch. I pretty much housed my salad when I got home. I really wanted to take a hot shower because I was so cold, but I knew I needed to refuel my muscles ASAP, so I chowed down. (Btw, my hot shower was amazing after I finished eating!)

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On my run today, I wore a running headband from the folks at Janji, a running apparel company that provides clean water around the world. Each purchase of their apparel provides anywhere between 3 months to 3 years worth of clean water to a person in need. How amazing is that?

I really love the headband that they sent me. It’s funky, right? And reversible, so it has a cool design on the inside too! It acted as headband, keeping my hair off my face, as well as an ear-warmer, which was especially important on my chilly (and holy windy) run today.

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I thought you guys might also dig Janji’s gear and what they are all about, so we’re offering one lucky CNC reader a $50 gift certificate to buy whatever they’d like from the Janji website!

To enter: Click over to Janji, check out their running gear, and a leave a comment on one piece that you really love and would likely buy if you win the gift certificate. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday. Good luck!

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435 Comments

  1. I love your headband!! I am just starting to train for my first half marathon and it’s so hard to find a headband that will stay on my head and keep my hair out of my face!

  2. Awesome job on the run! I feel like all accomplishments done prior to pregnancy were wiped out! Clean slate after my LO so like you I have a whole bunch of fitness goals to go after including half marathon, PR clean & jerk, snatches, relearning DUs which I hate ;)….list is endless! 6 weeks post delivery and excited to be back at it full steam when my LO schedule allows of course! The printed tights looks super cute!

  3. Love the headband! I would like a hat, but don’t know about shoving my ponytail into a hat. The headband solves that problem.

  4. I just started running a few weeks ago (used to be a spinner), and I would love the printed running tights – it’s freezing at 7 AM when I go out for my run!

  5. Hi Tina,
    I just started perusing your blog and really enjoy it. I live in MA too so love seeing other races to consider in the area (your race in Cambridge looked awesome!). Good luck with your marathon training; you are brave, bold, and an inspiration (esp to train this time of year and that distance!). This website is great; I like the Peru running shirt especially because I have been to Peru. What a cool company. Thanks for sharing.

  6. If I won the gift card I would buy the Flamingo Haiti Long Sleeve Running Shirt. I love flamingos and the shirt is super cute!

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