Great Friday

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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 Friday ended up being Great Friday for me! :mrgreen: I ran, I baked, I shopped, I ate, I drank, I socialized— what a day! It’s one of the best days that I’ve had in awhile and I have SO MUCH to say about it! I have a feeling this is going to be a loooonng post! Hope you’re ready! 😉

11:30 am: Mission Accomplished!

I ran 9 miles in a row without stopping for the first time ever yesterday! I felt so proud of myself! And I finished 9 miles in almost the same time as I ran 8 miles! I ran 8 miles in 1:22 (9:25 pace) and 9 miles in 1:23 (9:17 pace)! Crazy, right?

It was the perfect day for running: warm, sunny, and breezy. The beautiful weather put me in a “happy place” for running and my 9 mile run didn’t even seem that hard! I’ve heard that running is mostly mental, but never really believed it until yesterday. I started my run with a 9 mile goal in mind and pushed myself to do. It also helped breaking-up the long run into smaller goals.

For example:

  • My first goal was to run 3 miles (no problem)
  • My second goal was to run 1.5 miles to the half way point in my run (easy)
  • At the half way point, I only needed to run 4.5 miles home
  • Once I got past 6 miles, it was a countdown to the end: 3 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile, which wasn’t overwhelming at all. 

Breaking my long run into shorter runs kept it interesting and pushed me to keep up my pace until I completed each section. I still can’t believe that I ran 9 miles… with zero pain in my hips! 😀 10 miles next! 

12:30 pm: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Strawberry Muffins

After my run, I was planning to refuel with a snack that included yogurt and strawberries, but when I opened the yogurt, I found this yummy-sounding recipe for Strawberry Muffins from Stonyfield under the lid and my plans changed. I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand to follow this recipe exactly, so I made a few substitutions:

  • 1/2 cup wheat bran for 1 cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites for 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp canola oil for 1/4 cup of melted butter

My muffins came out sweet, soft, and very much “melt-in-your-month!” 😀  These muffins would be perfect for a springtime brunch!

2:00 – 5:00 pm: Shop ‘Till You Drop

Mal and I spent a good portion of yesterday afternoon shopping downtown. I wasn’t planning to do a big shopping, but I’m so glad that I did! I got some great deals from Banana Republic (40% off shoes) and I finally broke down and bought some quality bras from Intimacy. My Target bras were just not cutting it anymore, and I learned that I was wearing completely the wrong size! My experience at Intimacy was absolutely outstanding and I highly recommend this store if you have trouble finding your size. 

5:30 pm: Al Fresco Dining

I was famished after shopping all afternoon, so Mal and I popped into Sonsie to grab a bite to eat and a drink. We scored a table at the front of the restaurant where the doors opened right onto the street. Mal and I people-watched while we relaxed. 

I enjoyed a wonderful glass of Côtes du Rhône. 

Mal and I shared a brick oven pizza from the Sonsie’s cafe menu: MUSHROOM with caramelized onion, mozzarella, and brie cheese. It was delicious and totally hit the spot! 

I was so hungry, Mal let me have an extra piece of the pizza! 😉

Mal and I love Sonsie! 😀

7:00 pm: Cocktails with Friends 

After a leisurely meal at Sonsie, Mal and I walked over to Eastern Standard to meet up with a few of our friends for Friday evening cocktails. 

Eastern Standard is such a great place and it’s strange that I haven’t wrote about it on the blog yet! Eastern Standard’s cocktail menu is easily the best part about this restaurant– it is quite expansive with very unique recipe combinations. It is also a beautiful place to drink, socialize, and relax. 

We sat outside and enjoyed our cocktails al fresco. 

Hooray for heat lamps! I wouldn’t have survived outside without them! 

It took me a good 10 minutes and about 5 questions before I decided which cocktail to get. They all sounded so interesting! 

I ended up picking the “Flying Dutchman” in honor of my college’s mascot! 😀 The Flying Dutchman is made with citrus- and spice-infused Batavia Arrack, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, crème de cacao, pineapple juice, and Elemakule Tiki Bitters. The flavor was so complex and vibrant– the nutmeg and pineapple were easily the strongest flavors. 

Our waiter, who we renamed “Super Waiter” because of his very attentive service, brought our group a round of complimentary cocktails, which were made with apple brandy, sherry, grapefruit juice, and bitters. I tried a sip of mine, but I wasn’t a fan. I generally don’t like “brown” liquors, but everyone else at our table liked this cocktail quite a lot and my drink didn’t go to waste! 

My second drink of the evening was recommended by “Super Waiter:” Mot Chaud. This drink included house-infused vegetable vodka, fresh lime juice, Luxardo Maraschino liquor, cayenne simple syrup, cucumber, celery bitters, and salt. It was light and refreshing with a kick of spiciness at the end. I loved it!! 

All in all, it was a GREAT Friday! Hope you enjoyed reading about it! 

Ok, it’s brunch time! See ya later, guys!



  1. Congrats on your long run Tina! I can relate to the mental roadblock dilemma. This week I biked farther than I thought I could and it felt fantastic! It’s unfortunate the mental limitations we put on ourselves. Just goes to show that positive thinking can really help you achieve your goals! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. Wow. That’s all I have to say about the 9 miler. It definitely takes a whole different mind-set to do that instead of just a couple miles like I do. Congrats!

    Drinks look great, especially the one w/vegetable infused vodka! YUM 🙂

  3. Awesome long run! I do the same with my long runs, I break it down and it makes it seem easier! I did my first 12km (~8mile) run last week and it felt SO good. Shopping, food, running, sounds like you had my kinda day.

  4. It seems like you had more of a Great Friday instead of Good!

    Awesome job on the running the 9 miler. I love the feeling of running further than you have ever have before. You feel so accomplished. Have a great weekend!

  5. What a great Friday, indeed!! Shopping and eating great food is always fun. Congrats on your run – that’s fantastic!

  6. You’re such an inspiration. I’d love to work my way up to doing 9 miles, and love the idea of breaking it up into “easy”, smaller runs to make it interesting and doable. 😀

    And all the food looks delish…hope the rest of your weekend is just as great! 😀

  7. Congrats on the run. If you have done 9 you can totally do 13! And I looooove Eastern Standard. Sounds like a great night!

  8. My best friend from middle/high school lives in Boston now, and when I come to visit Sonsie and Eastern Standard are some of our fave places!

    Looks like you had a great time!

    Great job on your run, I have a half marathon in October and looking forward to seeing how I do on long runs!

  9. Sonsie is the best! I always kind of thought it was just the restaurant where the beautiful people ate, but then I actually tried their food and it was delicious!

    And I love the Eastern Standard heat lamps 😀

  10. oh my gosh – it sounds like you had such a FUN FRIDAY! yaaay on the run! those are great tips for keeping one encouraged throughout the run!

    and you look so beautiful in the photos 🙂

  11. Sonsie always looks so alive when they open up their doors to the street. What a great spring/summer lunch spot! Friday was soooo beautiful. Too bad it didn’t stay very long – it’s all rainy now. 🙁

    I hope your Saturday went well!

  12. It certainly does sound like a great Friday – congrats on the 9 miler 🙂

    Good tip about Intimacy… I might have to take a trip to get sized.

    You were in my neighborhood – I live about 5 minutes from Eastern Standard, but we were sitting on the Mass Pike while you guys were enjoying your delicious cocktails. I love Sonsie! I’m debating between Sonsie and Stephanie’s to bring my bridesmaids to for my bachelorette weekend. So many fantastic Boston restaurants to choose from!

  13. awesome job on the run!! i’m am so inspired to do a long run now…its been way too long since i’ve run more than 5 miles…i’m in a rut.

    that cocktail place looks so fun! you did have a great friday 🙂

  14. For all the blueberry muffins I’ve freaking made, I never thought to make strawberry muffins!! I definitely want to try that recipe sometime!! Thanks for taking the picture of it!

  15. What a great day! I love really long distance runs – 9-12 miles. If you’re not going to for speed, I actually find them quite relaxing. I love running around the lakes in Minneapolis. If you have interesting things to look at, the miles just flow by. Great muffins!

  16. Wow! Congrats on your running milestone! I hope to increase my mileage this summer when I have more time to devote to exercise–you’re an inspiration:)

  17. Sounds like it was a great friday!! Congrats on your run- that’s so awesome! I really really want to run a half marathon, but my longest distance has been 8.25 miles in 1 hr 30-40 minutes and I got discouraged- but seeing that you’re going to do a half and haven’t ever ran 13 miles yet really encourages me!!

  18. So many things in this post, I don`t know where to start!

    1. Congrats on the 9 miles!! That is a huge accomplishment.
    2. That pizza looks incredible!!
    3. You and Mal look adorable in that picture!
    4. That bar makes me want to go to Boston even more!!! It looks amazing!!!

  19. 9 miles?! You rock it.

    That pizza? Um, SO delish looking. Brie on pizza is my new eating goal. Must.Find.

    Such a cute pic of you and Mal.

    That last cocktail sounds fab!

  20. This sounds like the best day ever. Congrats on the run!!! The muffins look AMAZING, moist and delicious! I LOVE eating outside!

  21. My school’s mascot is the “Flying Dutchman” too! Definitely thought we were the only ones 🙂

  22. i am going to boston in a few weeks to visit my sister and she talks about sonsie all the time!!! i will definitely have to check it out, thanks for the reminder 🙂

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