Eighteen On My Own

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.

I guess my preparations paid off because I did it. I ran 18 miles. I’m so proud of myself! :mrgreen: I can only imagine what finishing 26 miles will feel like.

I started the morning with my typical long run breakfast: peanut butter and banana on a toasted English muffin with a small glass of iced coffee. It hasn’t let me down yet!


After breakfast, Mal and I drove to Southie, but we were late meeting our team at the South Boston Running Emporium, so our coach explained the route and we headed right out to git ”˜er done.

The group started down D Street, past South Station, and into Downtown Crossing, which was decorated for the holidays. Obviously, I had to stop and snap a photo! 😉


The next few miles took us around Boston Common and down Beacon Street to the Charles River.


Running around this part of Boston never gets old for me. It’s so pretty!


I ended up getting separated from my teammates, so I trucked along the river for the next 5 or 6 miles by myself.


I rocked out to the Lady Gaga station on Pandora on my iPhone. It’s the best running music. I listen to it on every run.


Eventually, I ended up in Brighton. Yep, Brighton.

If you live in Boston, you know just how far I ran, which ended up being in the wrong direction. I was supposed to head down to the Museum of Science bridge and loop back to the Mass Ave bridge, but I got lost. I have no idea how, but I did. It’s amazing how easy it is for me to get lost. My husband claims that I “can’t find my way out of a paperbag.”


At one point, I crossed over to the Memorial side of the Charles and ran until I found the Mass Ave bridge.


I actually ended up getting so lost, I missed all of the Team In Training water stops, so around Mile 14 at Boston Common, I crashed a road race and grabbed a bottle of water. I was parched!

From there, I ran back through Downtown Crossing, past South Station, up to L Street, down East Broadway and West Broadway to A Street, and back to the store, which ended up being just over 18 miles.


I totally did my own thing on today’s run, but I ran 18 miles and that’s all that matters!

  • Mile 1: 9:17
  • Mile 2: 9:41
  • Mile 3: 9:49
  • Mile 4: 9:44
  • Mile 5: 9:51 <— Gu #1
  • Mile 6: 9:40
  • Mile 7: 9:39
  • Mile 8: 9:30
  • Mile 9: 9:38
  • Mile 10: 9:35
  • Mile 11: 9:39 <— Gu #2
  • Mile 12: 9:35
  • Mile 13: 9:42
  • Mile 14: 9:42
  • Mile 15: 9:58 <— Gu #3
  • Mile 16: 9:25
  • Mile 17: 9:59
  • Mile 18: 9:45

Total: 2:54:58


Success!!! :mrgreen:


Once we stretched, Mal and I headed to P.S. Gourmet for iced coffees. (This is also part of our long run ritual !;-) )


I ordered a Toasted Almond iced coffee with milk and sugar. My goodness, it was delicious! One of the best (if not the best) flavors that I’ve tried from P.S. Gourmet.

At home, I made a couple of eggs, which I ate with a few pieces of French bread. (We’re having fondue tonight, so I broke into the loaf a little early.)


After getting some food in my belly and taking a shower, I helped Mal clean the house from top to bottom.


We’re having a friends over for dinner and drinks, so we wanted to make sure the place looked really nice.


I’m hungry again and there’s no way I can wait until dinner to eat, so I think another peanut butter and banana sandwich is in my future!

Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!



  1. congrats on the run – im doing my first 20 miler tomorrow and im nervous as hell! can’t wait though!

    i have a question about your marathon training – do you feel like you lost/gained anything different by doing your training with TNT? do you think you would have had a different experience so far by training on your own?

  2. So my ex would “trick” me into doing a long run- I would go w/o a Garmin and he would give me a post-it of all the directions. I was so busy getting around that I would not even realize how tired I was.Sometimes getting lost is a good way to get a long run in!

  3. Wow! It’s amazing how much you can see in 18 miles by foot.
    Congrats 🙂

    I just bought and received your garlic gold gift box. It’s amazing! I can’t wait to give it to my dad for Christmas

  4. Yayyy, you ran EIGHTEEN miles! I hope to have the same success tomorrow when I set out to run 18, myself. The longest I’ve gone is 17.25, months ago, pre-injury. I’m nervous but this post came just in time.

    Congrats on 18 longs miles.

  5. Wow, congrats! I’m glad that your knee didn’t bother you during your run. You kept up such a great pace, too. I hope that you had a nice night with your friends!

  6. 18 miles is awesome! And I know about getting lost – I’ve gotten lost at least 4 times while doing different training runs. Including getting lost 1/2 a mile from where I work!

  7. awesome job tina! doesnt matter how you did it, you DID IT 🙂

    i always, always get lost on my runs, too. terrible sense of direction here… oh well. at least i’m running, even if its in circles.

  8. Congratulations, Tina! 18 miles is definitely a milestone. (As is 26, of course!) I remember being so excited the first time I ran 18 miles.

    I love seeing on blogs the standard “pre-long run” breakfasts different runners eat. My pre-long run breakfast is two pieces of French toast, made with whole wheat bread and plenty of cinnamon. I think the combination of carbs/fat/protein really fuels me. The only problem is that, come the end of my training, I am puking sick of French toast.

  9. Great job on 18! Love that you got water at that race 🙂
    I did my 19 miler as planned and that run really kicked my butt! I’m impressed that you had the energy to entertain that night, I hadto park on the couch and order take-out! haha! I’m hoping the rest of training goes well for you and we both have success in January!

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