Black Cat 10 Miler

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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Success! :mrgreen: I am so proud of myself! My goal for the Black Cat 10 Miler was to finish under 90 minutes, and I did it!!

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Monica, Chandra, and I woke up bright and early to drive to Salem for the race. We needed to pick up our race packets, so we made sure to get an early start. Unfortunately, we didn’t get there early enough because the race people “ran out” of t-shirts. Wicked bummer.

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Monica and Chandra each received a shirt, but I didn’t. I know it’s just a shirt, but the shirt is one of the best parts about running a race!! It’s a little memento that always reminds you of race day when you wear it.

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I guess what bothered me most about the whole thing was there was no rhyme or reason for giving out the shirts. The three of us pre-registered for the race months ago and we all picked up our packets at the exact same time. Plus, a number of runners, who picked up their packets after us, still received shirt. It made no sense. I know it’s just a shirt, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Ok, I’m done complaining. Sometimes, I just need to vent.

Ok, back to the race recap!

Promptly at 8 o’clock, we lined up at the start line. 

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And then we were off!

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Monica and I stuck together for the first 3 miles or so, but I lost her on a big hill.

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My little legs just couldn’t keep up. She was en fuego!

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The course was a little hilly and very scenic. Salem is such an adorable town.

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I felt pretty good for the entire race. I lost a little steam around Mile 9, but I finished strong and ended up coming in at 1:29:23, which was an average pace of 8:57! That’s fast for me!!!

  • Mile 1: 8:39
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 9:00
  • Mile 4: 8:44
  • Mile 5: 8:49
  • Mile 6: 9:11
  • Mile 7: 9:02
  • Mile 8: 9:04
  • Mile 9: 9:20
  • Mile 10: 8:35

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After the race, I had a huge smile on my face! I was so happy and proud of myself– and I didn’t care about that stupid race shirt anymore.

I bought my own green shirt to remember the race by. It says: “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” Indeed it is.

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YAY!!! We did it!!

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After the race, we headed back to my house. On the ride home, we stopped by Marylou’s for iced coffee, and I snacked on a banana and a Matt Damon Cookie.

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All in all, it was a great race. I’m so glad that I had Chandra and Monica to run it with me! Good times.



  1. I hate not getting a shirt! Or when you sign up for a medium and then they give you an extra large…grrr!

    Great time on that run!

  2. That sucks about the shirt, but congrats on your time!

    I’m sure you’ve considered this before, but have you ever thought about getting an iPhone app for Carrots’n’Cake? You have so many fun recipes and stats and all sorts and users could even be notified every time you publish a new post? Just an idea! I think heaps of people would download it.

  3. Ugh, everyone knows the best part about the race is the T-shirt!! What a bummer, but to tell you the truth, I like your green shirt BETTER! 🙂 Congrats on the race girl.

  4. I would have been annoyed about the shirt thing too! My dad has t-shirt that says “I race for the t-shirts” and that is so true! haha! He got it at an expo one year. Congrats on the 8:57 average…you were smokin!

  5. I would have been pissed about the shirt too, races are expensive and the shirt makes it seem a little better. Great job on your time!

  6. Wicked bummer on not getting a shirt, that’s the best part about the race! good for you for finishing strong though and kicking that 10 miles where it counts 🙂

  7. Congratulations!!! Great time. I used to race in high school, but I’m such a wimp about long races now. I’m scared I won’t race well and will disappoint myself. How did you get the courage up to try longer-distance races?

  8. I think the shirt you bought was better than the race one anyway! What a great reminder that we can mentally rise above and change our fate even on the crappiest of days! Congrats to finishing another race, and whew! Great pace!!

  9. I’d be mad about the shirt, too! The race I ran on New Year’s ran out of finisher’s medals, they mailed them to people who didn’t get one at the race but still… the fun stuff is part of what makes all the hard work worth it!

  10. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!! i would be upset about the shirt too-esp. if you pre-registered!!! i had a TERRIBLE long run today!!! dumb it band!!

  11. Congrats! I really do love reading your blog and I can not wait for your book. I have a question, has Monica stopped blogging? I also love reading “Run Eat Repeat” but the blog has been down for a couple days and am hoping it gets back up soon! Thanks!

  12. Do not feel bad about the tshirt rant! I would have felt the same! I did a race this past weekend, and I was pissed that there weren’t any tshirts at all! and the registration fee was almost $40! boo.
    congrats on your victory though!

  13. CONGRATS to you on your run and on achieving your goal.
    i beg to differ…it’s NOT *just * a shirt. i ONLY do races for the shirt! and you DID receive unfair treatment. i can see if you registered late/last minute or shirts only guaranteed to first 1000 entries or something…but i would contact the race organizers and politely inquire. never hurts to ask!

  14. Congrats on the race!
    I know just how you feel. I ran a 10k on Saturday and when I went to pick up my bib and shirt they had only x-large left. You could sign up to get the shirt later (they didn’t say how). Hopefully I’ll get it soon.

  15. Congrats on the race! I also ran the black cat 20 miler this morning 🙂 Such great running weather!

  16. I’m surprised they didn’t offer to send you one in the mail! I volunteered at a half marathon expo and that is what they did when they ran out of large shirts. I would have been mad too- rant away! Awesome job too 🙂

  17. wow! you are such an inspiration! I love reading your blog. Those splits are great. I hope to run my first half marathon in the fall. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  18. Way to go! Totally w/ you on the race shirt thing – I have had a few experiences where the shirt sizing is all over the place. I’ve had size smalls be either ENORMOUS or so short/tight I can’t comfortably wear them. Boo!

  19. That’s a major bummer about the shirt… I have put on a number of events where participants get shirts and making sure EVERYONE gets their shirt or at least making the shirt handout policy well advertised is a top priority. Major bummer… glad the race was a good one for you though!

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