A Really Good Day

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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Gorgeous weather. Running with friends. Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee. Beer tasting. Hawaiian pizza. I’m not sure today could get any better.

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My morning started with my usual pre-long run (and race day) breakfast: peanut butter and banana on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin with a glass of iced coffee with soy milk. This breakfast never lets me down.

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After breakfast, Mal and I drove to Southie to meet our running group for a 9-mile run:

”¦ from the store – up D street – past the Common – cross
over to the Charles – turn left – follow the Charles to Mass Ave – turn right – go over
the Mass Ave bridge – turn right – run towards the Museum of Science –
turn right – follow the Charles – back to the common – follow the same route
back to the store. 

Confused? Here’s the full map of today’s running route.

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Typically, I’m a solo runner. I enjoy running alone, but, I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to run with other people– mostly because all of my running buddies live far away. But, this morning, I ran with Nick and Ashley, who pushed me to keep a faster-than-usual pace for the entire 9-mile route.

I’m surprised how much I enjoyed running with other people. I can already tell that running with these two will make me a better runner. Running with them encourages me to keep trucking along when I want to slow my pace or stop to rest. I know I can keep up with them, so I push myself to do so and run faster as a result.

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Around mile 5, we stopped to refuel. I ate some Gu Chomps. We also stopped for water around mile 7.

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I finished 9.25 miles in 1:22:40, which is an average pace of 8:56. I’m getting faster!

  • Mile 1: 9:34
  • Mile 2: 8:38
  • Mile 3: 8:56
  • Mile 4: 9:04
  • Mile 5: 8:46
  • Mile 6: 8:47
  • Mile 7: 9:17
  • Mile 8: 8:46
  • Mile 9: 8:38

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After our run, we stretched and chatted for awhile about running and upcoming races. Then, Mal and I decided to reward ourselves with No Stopping Monday shirts! We’ve both wanted one for weeks now, so we finally splurged. Maybe someday we’ll both run the Boston Marathon. Never say never!

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Mal and I said goodbye to our running group and then headed straight to Marylou’s for iced coffee. It was recently “Volunteer Appreciation Week” at Back on My Feet, so they gave me a gift card to Marylou’s. Sweet!

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I ordered an Almond Joy iced coffee at Marylou’s and enjoyed it while icing my bum knee on the couch and watching the Real Housewives of New York City.

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I also ate a piece of leftover buffalo chicken quesadilla from last night’s dinner.

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Once I iced, ate, and showered, Mal and I headed to the Annual Spring Grand Beer Tasting at Curtis Liquors. The complimentary event featured a ton of fabulous brews, including Troegs, Cisco, Innis & Gunn, Dogfish Head, Crooked Line, Victory, Haverhill, Sam Adams, Ayinger, Shipyard, Duvel, Blue Hills, Longtrail, Southern Tier, Clipper City, Sierra Nevada, Weihenstephaner, Wachusett, Mayflower, Brewery Van Steenberge, Chang, Samuel Smith, and many more.

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It was awesome”” and totally packed!!!

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My favorites from the tasting:

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My favorite beer of the day was the Trogenator, which I bought as a six-pack to enjoy at home.

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Now, Mal and I are eating Hawaiian pizza with Dave and watching the Bruins game. Well, the guys are watching the game, and I’m blogging.

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Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!



  1. That sounds like the perfect day! My favorite pizza is Hawaiian.

    And I totally got a kick out of the Hoptimus Prime beer. Haha. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful run! I had a knee issue after swtiching from Mizuno Wave Inspire 6’s, too! The 7’s are so different, so I had to switch shoes up completely. I wish I would have bought 9 pairs of the 6’s becuase they were so great!

  3. Before learning I have a gluten intolerance or allergy, that was my pre-run breakfast of choice too – except I drizzled some honey over the bananas 🙂

    Now that I’m GF, I’m still trying to figure out my pre-race/long-run meal. it’s a work in progress!

  4. Sounds like the perfect Saturday to me! I’m usually a solo runner too, but a group run is such a great challenge (and great for training). This post has me craving an iced coffee. Hope your Sunday was just as wonderful 🙂

  5. My husband and I live in Delaware where Dogfish Head is made. We toured the brewery and had awesome, locally grown food at the restaurant. The brewery tour is free and you get to taste four different brews at the end. My favorite is Midas Touch which sort of tastes like a honey wine. It is oh so delicious!

  6. Awesome running time!! I like to solo run also, or with other people as long as they don’t try and talk to me (I know…defeats the purpose of running with someone haha). My hubby would love beer tasting – better take note!

  7. Sounds like a great day. With all the hard work you do, you definitely deserve all this and more:)

  8. Yeah Troegs!! Its made in Harrisburg Pa, the brewery is just down the street from my apartment. Trogenator is my favorite too.

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