Candy Cane Forest

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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I thought this morning’s run would never, ever end! I felt like I “passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”


Seriously, it was so tough. I struggled through the entire thing. I thought running 15 miles would seem like cake compared to running 20 miles, but it was still really hard. Holy cow. Plus, running out in the country through long stretches of forest was a little boring and even sort of creepy at times. I’m so glad to cross this run off of my list!


Before I headed out to run, I ate my usual breakfast of peanut butter + banana. I didn’t snap a photo, so here’s a little reenactment:


After breakfast, Mal and I mapped out the 15-mile run using Gmaps Pedometer. I wrote the route on an index card just to make sure that I wouldn’t get lost. It tends to happen sometimes! πŸ˜‰


Mal and I must have underestimated our run a little bit because my Garmin only said 14.67 when I arrived back home. I thought about running until I hit 15 miles, but I was truly exhausted. I just didn’t have it in me.

  • Mile 1: 9:10
  • Mile 2: 8:56
  • Mile 3: 9:02
  • Mile 4: 9:01
  • Mile 5: 9:02
  • Mile 6: 9:15
  • Mile 7: 9:19
  • Mile 8: 9:29
  • Mile 9: 9:33
  • Mile 10: 9:29
  • Mile 11: 9:34
  • Mile 12: 9:39
  • Mile 13: 9:32
  • Mile 14: 9:34
  • Mile 15 (0.67): 6:15

Total: 2:17:08


The pug was so excited to see me when I returned from my run. His happy pug face immediately cheered me up! πŸ˜€


I received lots of kisses!


Even one right in the eye!


By the time I got home, Mal had already stretched and showered. Who is he!?!



While I showered and dressed, Mal made us lunch, which was ham and Swiss sandwiches with mustard on whole wheat bread.


A little while later, I ate a container of Chobani with some Kashi mixed in.


Then, I drank a glass of apple cider. Now, I think I am satisfied!


My family’s Christmas Eve party is in about an hour. I still need to bake brownies!

Merry Christmas Eve!!!



  1. Great job on the run. Both of you are fast, I am so competetive that I would be frustrated not being able to keep up with someone, which is why I like running alone. However, I do think it helps me push myself a bit more and sometimes you can talk to the person on a run. Anyways, Merry Christmas!!

  2. Congratulations on the 15 miles! I had a rough 6 miler a few weeks ago that I thought was going to be a cakewalk, but ended up being one of the most (mentally) exhausting runs of my training. Good job for pushing through it! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the festivities and have a very Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  3. you kept up a great pace for being by yourself on a new course and recovering from an injury! enjoy your taper and have a great christmas!!!!!!!!

  4. I think sometimes shorter (ha, shorter + 15 miles should never be together) because you don’t get yourself psyched up in the same way. Anyway, at least you must be glad to have that over with! Merry Christmas!

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