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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

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. DH and I live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – where Troeg’s brewery is. 🙂
    Hubs recently went on their brewery tour and taste, and came home with a CASE of Troegenator! LOL
    He had a few too many his first time out of the corral – it has like 9.5% acohol in it! – and hasn’t been back for more yet. Poor guy. 🙂

  2. I know exactly the route that you described and I love it! Can’t beat the Charles on a sunny day. I would always start from BU Beach, run down to river street, cross and follow the Charles down the Museum of Science and loop around to BU again.

  3. That does sound like a really good day! I have never run with a running club. There is one that meets really close to me, but I’m hesitant because I love running alone. I guess having people to challenge you helps though.

  4. I’m glad to see you enjoy watching a little bit of trash T.V. on the weekends after working so hard all week. Me too, me too! I’ve really enjoyed reading your new book this weekend!

  5. i love your blog, been reading it for awhile, not sure if i have commented before or not. But reading about you guys watching the Bruins,i had to. I am from Philly and a huge Philly (all sports) fan, so obviously i am not happy about tonights outcome! Hopefully the series ends like it did last year…….biggest comeback in sports history!

  6. Days like this make me miss Boston! A lot more so than, say, a gray, icy day in February, lol!

    We had gorgeous weather here. I taught my pilates class in the morning, stopped for an iced coffee, then went home and fell asleep for 2 hours.
    Guess I’m not fully over the cold I’ve had all week.
    I did get out to walk the dog, then the kids and I watched “Doctor Who.” Not a bad day, all in all. (Especially as Hubby vacuumed the house!

  7. I always thought I preferred running solo but after a run with a friend a few weeks ago, I realised I was wrong. Especially when the runners wall kicks in, having someone next to you helps you push through it until the adrenaline kicks in again! Nice job on the time!

  8. Great running route! When I was training for my very first marathon–the Chicago Marathon–I used to do all of my long runs in Southie where my boyfriend lived. I’d run this loop x3 for about 18 miles: start at Castle Island and run all the way down and around UMass Boston, past the JFK Museum and back up (approximately 6 miles). I ran the Boston Marathon last year and if you ever do run it, I highly recommend finding some major hills to train on, the pancake flat Southie loop or the Boston Common–> Mass Ave–>Memorial Drive one wouldn’t help that much. Now that I live in Charlottesville, VA I wish I could find a flat route!! 🙂

  9. Congrats with your nice run! It’s fun to know if you’re getting faster!

    Aha I saw some belgian trapiste on your picture! 🙂 It’sa great beer but a lil heavy 🙂

  10. Sounds like a fun day! I’m usually a solo runner too, but when I do get a chance to run with others (especially those who are faster) I definitely end up pushing myself more than if I was alone!

  11. tina,
    i am actually just getting passed some runner’s knee myself, training for a marathon. i was really nervous it was going to keep getting worse and that i would have to miss too much training but what i’ve been doing seems to help. I take IB prof almost everyday for it. maybe not the best idea but it honestly helped the pain so much. I iced after each run, and then a couple times throughout the day, even on days off. I foam rolled a few times which really seemed to help, because runner’s knee can often be associated with really tight/ irritated quads or IT bands. And I’ve been trying to keep my leg straightened as much as possible. Not sure about you, but mine hurt the most after sitting for a while, but I found if I propped it up it hurt a lot less. Also I took a few days off of running when it was really bad, and added the elliptical for one of my days of running a week now. So after all that, 2-3 weeks it feels a ton better! Hope that helps!

  12. Hey!

    I was just visiting OhSheGlows and noticed the A-mazing cookies that she posted based on a recipe from your new book. The cookies look fantastic & I can’t wait to try them! YUM! Congratulations on the book! What a huge accomplishment!

    Happy May Day! Have a WONDERFUL day!!!


  13. Nice job on the faster pace. Love me some Real Housewives…beer tasting, umm, no. Hawaiian pizza…yum!

    I am in the market for a running watch. Are you happy with your 305 or should I get the 405? I just want something that’s pretty simple, I hate messing with electronics…I’m not one for reading directions. 🙂


  14. Beer Tasting! YUM!! There is nothing more I love than some down time with any of the Housewives!! Looks like you guys had a wonderful day 🙂

  15. I’m so intrigued/curious by the Almond Joy coffee – is it Almond flavored? Or does it taste like the Almond Joy candy bar (Coconut/Chocolate)?

    If you like coconut flavor in your coffee, World Market has a Coconut/Marshmellow flavor in stores right now that is deeeelish!

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