Hydration Plan

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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I didn’t get my butt out the door until nearly 9:00 this morning, so I forced myself to take water with me on my run. I’m really not a fan of carrying water with me, but the last time I attempted a long run without any water, I almost died.

I own a Fuel Belt and a Hydrapak, which I’ve used at various times in the past. I like them just fine, but I’d prefer not to run with anything, ya know?

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I find that the Fuel Belt is less annoying. I wear a Spibelt on all of my long runs, so running with the Fuel Belt isn’t all that much different. Once I get going, I don’t even notice it bouncing around. I thought the Hydrapak would solve all of my problems, but I don’t like having it on my back when I run. It makes me feel hot and sort of restricted.

Long story short, I didn’t chose either option for my run this morning. It was just too hot to deal with them. I ended up filling one of the bottles from my Fuel Belt with water and carrying it for 8 miles. It actually wasn’t as annoying as I thought it would be.

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What do you guys do for water on your long runs? Maybe I just need to give the Fuel Belt and Hydrapak another try?

The first mile of my run was pretty slow. My legs felt super tight, so I stopped at Mile 1 to stretch them out. After that, I continued on at a pretty good pace, and I tried to stay just below 9:00/mile.

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Around Mile 5, I stopped and munched on some Peach Tea Chomps, which were very delicious. The flavor was quite summery.

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The heat really started to get to me around Mile 6, so I lost a little bit of steam, but the final two miles were mostly flat and somewhat downhill, so I picked up the pace to finish strong. I also just really wanted to be done running!

  • Mile 1: 9:09
  • Mile 2: 8:49
  • Mile 3: 8:50
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 8:51
  • Mile 6: 8:58
  • Mile 7: 8:44
  • Mile 8: 8:35

Total: 1:10:48

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The second I walked in the door of my house, I chugged a huge bottle of water!

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Before my run, I fueled up with two pieces of toast with almond butter spread on top.

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After my run, I refueled with some cheesy scrambled eggs.

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I also mixed up an iced coffee drink with Ensure, soy milk, and vanilla protein powder.

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Once I showered and got myself ready, Mal, Murphy, and I visited our local farmers’ market. We’ve heard about it a bunch, but we never had a chance to check it out until today.

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It was pretty small, but we were still able to buy lots of goodies.

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Mal and I bought a ton of fresh produce and a dozen eggs, which I am totally psyched about. Farm fresh eggs taste so amazing!

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Off to run some errands. Hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday!



  1. I hate running with stuff, I never want to run with the belt, I have it but never tried it. I like when my husband rollerblades next to me instead. Haha I am sorry u missed the event today, did u get all the cool stuff they gave out, I hope!

  2. I use a fuel belt for anything longer than 8 miles – I’ve become very used to it. It’s not ideal and the only way I use it is if I have a cotton-feel long-ish tank on. With tech tees and anything too “silky” it just rides up to mid-waist and makes me insane. Hand-held bottles are ok – but I find the water/gatorade warms up kind of fast.

  3. I like my Nathan hand held water bottle bc it has a pouch where I can put my food and a car key. But it is a bigger water bottle so it takes some time getting used to carrying 16 oz with you. I’ve just had trouble when I try the waist belts so the hand held was more comfy to me.

  4. I used my Camelbak Aurora for the first time running today. I knew the 5mile race was going to be a hot one, plus my longest distance ever. It was a lifesaver! I had used it the other night for a 15mile bike ride, and I was impressed with not having to mess with a bottle or stopping. I put ice cubes in the camelbak and it actually kept the water cold and my back too.

  5. amphipod water bottles are the best! so easy to carry and there is a little zip pocket for a gel or a key.

  6. I love farmers’ markets!! And you’re right… it’s really amazing what a difference farm fresh eggs can make (especially when it comes to the fluffiness of cakes and such… just saying ;)). Congrats on making it through your long run 🙂

  7. I have a watch and a hairtie with my house key on it…I can’t imagine carrying anything else and I haven’t even started my long distances run yet. One most of my training days, I have the day off so I get out on the road by 5:30am so it is still pretty cool outside.

  8. Holy moley! My hubs and I raise chickens (for fun) and sell the eggs to our friends for $1! I think we need to reevaluate our prices…

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  11. My brother in law always places water bottles, and running fuel in strategic places on his run (usually when running for marathons). Usually hidden by a tree or in tall grass.

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  13. I also hate having extra stuff on, but I do use a hand-held for my longer runs. I definitely like it better than my camel back (I’ve never tried the belt kind). I have an “Amphipod” brand one, I think it’s 20 onces and it’s curved to fit in my hand with a strap that tightens. I freeze water in it the night before my run and wrap a hankerchief around it to help keep it a little cool. Not ideal, but does the job for me.

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