Dreamcatcher Classic 5-Miler + Thanksgiving

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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Good morning and happy Monday!

I’m a little behind on blogging about Thanksgiving, but, hey, it’s better late than never, right? We had a great Thanksgiving, which included a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at our neighbors’ house. Pumpkin martini? Yes, please! I had a great time, but, let’s just say, I should have stopped at one!

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The next morning, I met the lovely ladies of KFIT for the 23rd Annual Dreamcatcher Classic Road Race, which includes both a 2- and 5-mile option.


Last year, Mal and I ran the 2-miler with Quinn, which was such a fun experience. Baby’s first road race! I ran the 5-miler in 2012 with a time of 40:36 (8:07), which I immediately thought was quite speedy for me. I mean, holy hell, I was fast back then! I could never run 5 miles at that pace now. But, then, I decided to think a little more positively about it. Plus, I figured: What the heck? I might as well TRY to beat it. I mean, who cares that I drank two pumpkin martinis and two glasses of wine the night before? Maybe all of that extra sugar will give me a boost?! (Uh, it definitely didn’t, but I decided to try my hardest and give it my all!)


The first mile of the race was pretty crowded, but it eventually thinned out, and I got into a groove. I played my Boston Marathon Playlist and just kept pushing at a “comfortably hard” pace. I didn’t feel great (definitely dehydrated), but I knew it was a short race and, as long as I could pace myself for the first 4 miles, I’d be fine finishing strong. (The app I use to track my runs is RunKeeper.)


My plan worked for the most part, and I kept a consistent pace and then picked it up at the end… although, it definitely wasn’t my strongest finish. I was SO ready for the race to be over! Just look at my face! So much pain!


I finished in 40:50 (8:10), which was just 12 seconds slower than my previous Dreamcatcher time (and much faster than I expected), so I was happy. Post-race, we celebrated at KFIT with mimosas!

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After the race, I headed home, quickly showered/got ready, and then drove out to my Grammie’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

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We had a wonderful time catching up with family, eating delicious food, and playing outside!

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Questions of the Day

Did you put away your Thanksgiving/fall decorations this weekend?



  1. Your Thanksgiving looks so New England picturesque! For the first time ever we didn’t have any decorations because we were traveling but I still insisted on making a turkey and all the sides!

  2. I always find a run after a night of drinks sobering. I like to think I’m sweating out the toxins! That pumpkin martini did look mighty tasty! I instantly thought it would be a clear drink but creamy? No wonder you had one more 😉

    Thanksgiving/Fall decorations were mostly put away and Christmas decorations were out the day before Thanksgiving, I added final touches on Friday. I just love the way our home feels with all of our Christmas decorations out, just feels cozier. Plus I was super excited to show my 1 year old some things!

  3. Congrats! Love the mentality of “why not TRY to beat it?” I think those self-proclaimed phases of “being out of shape” we all go through can be such a negative cycle because we limit ourselves. Love Quinn’s outfit 🙂 Such a beautiful little family!!

  4. Awesome job! I did put away my fall/Thanksgiving decorations yesterday and decked our apartment with Christmas stuff. As I type, everything is lit up and cheery. 🙂

    Pumpkin martinis sound so good! The run sounded rough, but congrats on still pulling a great time.

  5. Great job on the race! Mmmm mimosas 🙂 And I’m intrigued by that pumpkin martini…

    No Thanksgiving decor around here north of the border 🙂 but I definitely need to start getting my festive winter decorations up—twinkly lights and garland and such. Hoping to decorate sometime this week!

  6. Congrats on pushing yourself despite the best efforts of the pumpkin martinis! I put away all of the fall decor, but still have not pulled out the Christmas decorations -I’m in limbo. 🙂

  7. Nice finish girl! It’s pretty awesome what a positive mindset can do for you. I have yet to take down the Thanksgiving stuff and transition to Christmas. The thought of putting up the tree seems like so much work right now haha!

  8. I can imagine those pumpkin martinis were dangerous in the best way possible 🙂 We finally put threw away our mini pumpkins and gourds that were throughout the house this weekend. I’m so ready for the x-mas season!

  9. I’m not one for alcohol, but that pumpkin martini entices me. As for your race, you killed it on the pace! Seriously, I’m impressed with how quickly you ran in the midst of such a crowded race.

    Love the family pictures. You’re a beautiful bunch! <3

  10. You have such beautiful photographs! I love the Thanksgiving dinner table. So pretty and festive!

    I doubt that I’m ever going to be able to run in one of these things, not because I can’t get fit enough to do it but because I’m one of those busty women who’s big enough that they don’t make sports bras big enough to fit. I wind up getting slapped in the face if I run. On the other hand, I would so love to be able to take one of my favorite nine-mile walks again. It’s definitely a goal that I’m keeping in mind!

    Alcohol isn’t my thing, but Mimosas? Any excuse to drink sparkling wine or the real deal champagne!

    Congrats on finishing!

  11. Love those jeans! Yes Christmas decorations up the Saturday after Thanksgiving (while wearing Christmas PJs of course!)!

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