All Along the River

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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What a beautiful day for a long run along the Charles River!

I really loved my 10-mile run this morning. I’m pretty sure I had a goofy-ass smile plastered on my face for the entire time!

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My morning started with my usual pre-long run breakfast: nut butter (today it was sunflower butter) and banana slices on a toast. This breakfast never lets me down.

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I rocked my new Road ID on my run this morning. I’ve been meaning to get one for awhile now, so when the nice folks at Road ID offered to send me one for free, I took them up on their offer. I mean, I do a lot of long runs on my own, so I should really have one. I actually felt a lot safer wearing it on my run today.

Printed on my Road ID is my name, emergency phone numbers (Mal and my mom), and CARPE DIEM, which is my life motto.

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Our running group didn’t meet this week, but Mal and I still decided to drive to South Boston, so we could run around the Charles River. It was such a gorgeous morning; I’m so glad that we did!

Mal and I started together at D Street at West Broadway in Southie. We ran down Summer Street through Downtown Crossing to Boston Common. (Here’s the full route.)

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Mal only planned to run 6 miles, so once we hit Boston Common, he took off at his insanely fast pace.

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About 3.5 miles into my 10-mile run, Mal lapped me just before the Mass Ave bridge. I’m telling ya, he’s speed demon!

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I cruised along for the rest of my run and enjoyed the scenery along the Charles. It was so pretty this morning! It was also really motivating to see so many other runners out there!

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The rest of my run took me over the Mass Ave bridge, along the Charles towards the Museum of Science, around Boston Common once again, and then back to D Street. 

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Around Mile 6, I found a water fountain and ate a package of watermelon Chomps. I didn’t bring water with me, so I ended stopping at every water fountain that I saw along the Charles. Thankfully, there were quite a few!

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I ended up keeping my pace just below 9-minute miles, which I’m pretty psyched about. I’ve come a long way since this time last year!

  • Mile 1: 9:05
  • Mile 2: 8:36
  • Mile 3: 8:49
  • Mile 4: 8:48
  • Mile 5: 8:35
  • Mile 6: 8:54
  • Mile 7: 8:58
  • Mile 8: 8:59
  • Mile 9: 8:47
  • Mile 10: 8:41

Total: 1:28:19 (8:50)

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At home, I refueled with an iced coffee mixed with vanilla protein powder and soy milk. Delish.

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I’m spending the rest of the afternoon eating. Booyah.



  1. Nice job on the run! Does it ever frustrate you how fast Mal is? I sometimes get annoyed with how fast my husband can run even though he doesn’t consistently workout and here I am running all the time and he still beats me! haha

  2. Those pictures of your run are amazing!!! So gorgeous!!! Its rainy and cloudy in Vancouver 🙁 At least I can look at your pictures!!!

    Great idea of the runners id. I’d never heard of them before now.

  3. Haha I love that you’re spending the rest of the afternoon eating. That was totally my mantra when I was training for my half last year. It was awesome.

  4. I was supposed to do a long run this morning. I got up at 5am so I could have some coffee and food and beat the heat. I fell asleep shortly after having my coffee and woke up at 8 just feeling sick from having the coffee swish around there for so long. I’m hoping I can just relax, spend the day inside doing chores and get out there for the run at 7:30 before sunset. These long runs are so hard for me. I don’t mind getting up early at all; I just need to figure out a morning routine that works. What is your routine usually like?

      1. @Tina: Awesome! I did just that this morning and the timing worked out well. I think the key is cutting coffee out of my morning routine and just being well rested the day/night before. Thanks for the advice!

  5. The watermelon Gu chomps are my favorite…so tasty! Congratulations on a great long run, and I’m insanely jealous of your scenery…I love NYC but our river views aren’t quite that good 🙂

  6. hi Tina 🙂 I tried to look back through your posts- have you had the runner specialist/guru answer our questions??

    Also, do you stretch a lot after runs specifically long ones? Do you take ice baths?

    1. @eliza: Yep, I stretch and foam roll after ALL of my runs– both short and long ones. The only ice bath I’ve ever taken was after my first marathon, and it was quite the experience! When I get up to the longer training runs, I’ll probably start doing some icing.

  7. Hi Tina,
    I’m jealous, because running was always my favorite type of exercise. But now, after hip replacements and back surgeries, it has to be biking or swimming for me. Just wondering……how do you avoid joint injuries? Or, have you had problems with that? If I had it to do over again, I’d stick to soft surfaces, of course.

  8. Question for you: You just got a Road ID, which is awesome. But, when it comes to long runs, what else do you carry on your person when your running? Do you use a spi-belt or similar?

    What did you carry before the Road ID. I always took an old, expired drivers license and on the back used a envelope sticker — with packing tape over it, as I’m a sweaty runner — with my address/hubby & phone number. And I always carry at least $5-$10 bill.

    Also, do you plan your route? If so, how?

  9. I just started taking up running (thanks to all the healthy living bloggers!) and ran my first race this morning! It was only 4 miles – but I ate the official “carrots n cake” pre-race breakfast and it worked like a charm! Thanks for all your inspiration !!!

  10. Wowww running along the river sounds great!! You don’t get that in these here parts of Cali hahaha. And that’s so funny! Love the saying on the banner, because that’s exactly what goes through my mind when I yawn. 😛

  11. thats my prerun breakfast too… except usually an english muffin.
    Does Mal have any interest in qualifying/running Boston?

  12. Great run, Tina! Along the river sounds like the PERFECT place to run. Not only do you get an excellent view, but I’m sure the cool breeze coming off the water feels great too! 😀

  13. PB & Banana on toast is my fave pre-run breakfast too. Looks like a nice running route… I’ve never driven anywhere to go running (usually just start and finish at my house) but that’s a good idea to switch up the scenery.

  14. I love seeing photos of Boston 🙂 such a great freaking city! Totally agree with wearing a RoadID too…I have the one that goes on my sneaker and I tell people that it’s so important for anyone who runs near cars…if I’m hit no one will know who I am or who they should call. Nice motto too!

  15. Impressive running time, as always! My husband and I did 7 miles today, but our time wasn’t nearly as good as yours (he runs slow for me haha).

    How do you carry your camera with you on your runs? Or is that your phone you’re using? Do you have a pocket somewhere that you keep it in? Just curious. 🙂

  16. Love running near the water! Always makes working out that much better 🙂 Just curious, where did you get that coffee cup with the green lid or what brand is it?! I love it!

  17. Sounds like an awesome run! The Run ID is a really good idea, I’ve often thought about something like that as a precaution. Maybe I’ll get one too. And an afternoon spent eating sounds fantastic!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  18. Way to go! I ran a hilly 10K in about 90% humidity today. My b-friend and I each have a Road ID – we wear them while exercising, traveling, or almost anywhere. I especially appreciate mine since I travel a lot for work by myself.

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