I Bribe My Dog to Run with Me

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Hi, 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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Yesterday started bright and early at 4:30 AM once again. Mal offered to get up with Quinn since his alarm usually goes off at 5:15 AM for school, but I couldn’t fall back to sleep, so I got up and hung out. And Mal offered to make me breakfast, so, yea… food.

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Mal left for school. Quinn and I played. We sang. We read books. I watched the news. I drank iced coffee. I tried to do work.

When the mid-morning rolled around and the weather warmed up a little, I got us ready for a trip to the dog park with Murphy. I usually pack dog treats to help keep the pug’s attention when he’s off-leash at the park, but I forgot them this time. Fail. I really wanted to run with the stroller and I knew Murphy would only half listen to me if I didn’t have treats, so I swung by CVS to buy some. I also needed (yes, needed) to buy some dark chocolate covered cashews while I was there. I am obsessed.

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After that, I drove to Bare Cove Park with Quinn and Murphy, broke out the jogging stroller, and off we went!

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Bribing Murphy with the treats worked really well. He stayed right with me and trotted along behind the stroller.

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We ended up doing 2.5 miles, which was mostly running with only a few brief stops to walk and regroup. (Murphy got distracted by other dogs, people, and smells on occasion.)

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After the park, I ate second breakfast, which was overnight oats made with Greek yogurt, raspberries, chia seeds, sliced almonds, and almond milk. Delish! And then a couple of hours later, I finished off some leftovers from the previous night’s dinner: pasta with roasted broccoli, edamame, garlic, and crumbled feta. And, of course, I broke into the dark chocolate covered cashews and ate approximately 800 of them.

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A few hours later, I ate an afternoon snack: Baked potato with Light Creamy Swiss from The Laughing Cow. Mmm… it was pure comfort food.


At the park, I ran 2.5 miles, which seemed like a good distance, especially since I had Murphy with me, but what I’ve really been digging lately is running for time instead of distance.

Last Friday, I headed out to do a 70-minute run and it could not have gone any better. After having such a bad flare (and basically bleeding to death/dying for more than a week), I wasn’t sure how things would go, but I ran the entire time. It was awesome and it made me so happy. I also think mentally preparing myself to run for 70 minutes instead of 7-8 miles made it seem much more manageable. At one point, I couldn’t remember if I had run 5 or 6 miles, but it didn’t really matter because I knew my goal was 70 minutes and if I needed to walk I could, no big deal. This way of thinking definitely helped me get through it!

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Question of the Day

Would you rather run for time or distance?

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