It Takes a Village (For Me) To Run a Marathon

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.

Tomorrow, I will run the 119th Boston Marathon. It is a dream come true and one that wouldn’t be possible without the support from so many wonderful people in my life. Training was really tough at times. Dealing with the snowiest winter ever in New England made running seem almost impossible at times and figuring out how to balance training with a baby, work, home life, and everything else took quite a bit of coordination.

But, of course, I know I am very lucky. So very lucky. It is a privilege to run the Boston Marathon, and I am so fortunate to be chosen by Stonyfield to represent the brand and run the marathon that I have always wanted to run. I couldn’t have made it to race day without their encouragement and support as well as that of a number of important people in my life. This post is dedicated to them because they were part of the “village” that helped me prepare for one of the most special days of my life.



Mal was so supportive during my training. He watched Quinn while I ran for hours and hours + while I recovered (and we know how time-consuming the recovery process can be). Mal also encouraged me to run the marathon because I really wasn’t sure if I could. When Stonyfield approached me about running Boston, I was only 3-months postpartum and running just a few miles at a time, often with walking breaks mixed in. I really didn’t think I could run 26.2 miles, but Mal kept emphasizing how it was such an amazing opportunity. Of course, I knew that, but I still wasn’t sure. After debating about it for days and days, Mal finally said: This is the race you’ve always wanted to run; you should do it. Eventually, I said ”˜yes’ to Stonyfield and haven’t looked back since. I am so grateful to have Mal as my partner, best friend, my everything. He knows me better than anyone else, and he knew I would regret turning down a chance to run the Boston Marathon, so I am incredibly thankful he encouraged me to do it.


This kid. He is such a great baby. I am so thankful that he’s flexible, adaptable, and enjoyed going to daycare a couple of days a week while I trained for this marathon. He’s my heart, my little love, and the most joyous part of my life. And training for this marathon made me a better mom to him. IMG_1404


I can’t say enough wonderful things about my friend Monica, especially during my training. I literally talked to her everyday and asked her all sorts of questions about running and marathons. Some of them were probably dumb, but she never once made me feel that way and always offered her honest opinion. AND she flew across the country to run 20 miles with me! She is an incredible friend, and I honestly don’t think I could have gotten through marathon training without her.

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Kerrie + the lovely ladies of KFIT

I have so many things to thank Kerrie for during my training: The great programming at KFIT that kept me strong, her treadmill that she let me use whenever I wanted (and, boy, did I need it this winter), and her unwavering friendship and support for all 15 weeks. And a huge thanks to the lovely ladies of KFIT, especially the evening Tuesday classes, who listened to the constant whirl of the treadmill while I ran and ran and ran. I also appreciate the supportive waves, smiles, and company, so I didn’t feel like a total weirdo running on treadmill all by myself.

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My long-distance running buddy! Marisa is an incredible athlete, who trained for a couple of Boston Marathons herself, so she was always willing to join me for long, cold, and snowy run during my training. It was so nice to have someone to chat with for all of those miles.

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Allison (my massage therapist)

Allison at Muscle Medics kept my body happy and healthy for 15 weeks of training, so a huge THANK YOU to her. I honestly don’t think I could have made it to race day in one piece without her magic touch.

Megan of Run Like a Mother

Megan’s Boston Marathon training plan was amazing. It had me running three days a week with two cross-training days mixed in, so I didn’t experience the typical overuse injuries that I did in the past. I also loved the variety in her plan (hills, tempos, Yassos, long runs), so I was never bored and always looked forward to my next run. I truly can’t thank her enough– obviously, for such an awesome plan, but also for her constant support and running expertise during my training.


Oh, how I love Brooks. They are such a wonderful company, and they provided me with the most important piece of equipment for my training: Glycerin 12s, which carried me almost 400 miles since the New Year. They also outfitted me in some pretty snazzy gear that kept me motivated and excited about running, including the Boston Launch 2s (aka “lobster sneakers”) that I love sooooo much.

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You guys

A BIG THANKS to you guys! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your motivating comments, running advice, words of wisdom, and endless support. You guys are the best. Thank you for following my Boston Marathon journey!



And, of course, none of this would be possible without Stonyfield. From selecting me to be part of Team Stonyfield to sending monthly coupons and everything in between… THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Question of the Day

When it comes to training/fitness/exercise, who is part of your village?



  1. Hi Tina! Enjoy the race tomorrow – I read the blog daily – you certainly have trained for it!

    As a new mom also in the Boston area training of my first marathon in May I agree it takes a village! I don’t know about you but I am a happier person and( I think a better mom) when I take the time to squeeze in a workout.

    Best of luck! Can’t wait to read about your experience!

  2. Good luck tomorrow! I have enjoyed reading along your training journey and can’t wait to hear all about the marathon 🙂

  3. You are going to rock it! You don’t need luck, just enjoy every minute of it! I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow!!

  4. Hi Tina, I have been following your blog for years, and wanted to wish you all the best for the Marathon tomorrow. Being from the Boston area, the Marathon has always been such an emotional and inspirational event for me……even more so since Boston Strong. I’m so happy for your achievement and look forward to reading about your experience. Run Tina, run! 😃

  5. You’re going to rock it tomorrow Tina! After this winter we are ready for anything mother nature will throw our way. And also- I just wanted to thank YOU for your awesome blog posts throughout training the past few months! They served as my inspiration to get out there and “just do it” over this tough winter. If I had an “it takes a village” post, you and your blog would be in it! 🙂

  6. Good luck! You are so deserving of the opportunity! I’m sure it will be an incredible experience 🙂

  7. Good luck tomorrow Tina! We are going to do great no matter what! After training this winter, no elements are too harsh for us. #BostonStrong

    P.S. That last picture of you is so beautiful…

  8. This: “And training for this marathon made me a better mom to him”

    So much this. I’m trying everyday to remind myself that as a new mom! Taking time for ourselves is really, really important for physical and mental sanity!

    Also, love the pug onesie. We have a 1 year old pug named Goober at home and I NEED to find that onesie for my little four month old!

  9. Have so much fun tomorrow!!!!!!!! I’ll be there cheering somewhere!

    (PS This year’s marathon jacket is my favorite of the one’s they’ve had recently. I loooooove the purple and love seeing it everywhere this weekend!)

  10. Good luck tomorrow Tina! You are an awesome lady, and running a marathon is no easy thing, but you’re going to have so much fun! 🙂

  11. Good Luck, Tina! Reading along while you train has been so inspiring, especially as I’ve been training for my first marathon next Saturday in Nashville. Best of luck!! You will rock it!

  12. Hi Tina! You have been so inspiring during all of this! And so positive, even in the face of so many treadmill runs. I can’t wait to read all about your race. And as far as my village for my fitness pursuits? Just my hubby and my class members. I love devoting my life to teaching group fitness. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  13. So excited for you! Good luck tomorrow! Your post made me teary eyed. I’m so thankful for my village too. Wouldn’t be where I am without them 😊

  14. So, so super excited for you!! I lived in Boston many moons ago and loved the excitement around the race. All the best!

    To answer the question of the day, my husband is a great support and fitness pal. We keep our workouts fun and different to stay motivated. Also, my sister and brother in law are working very hard this year to drop a lot of weight and seeing their determination is really inspiring.

  15. I read your blog every day, but rarely comment. However, I just had to today to wish you the very best in the Boston Marathon tomorrow. Enjoy your run!

  16. This was such a cute post – made me smile! Right now, I am not working out due to an injury but my mom, my three best friends, and my boyfriend are definitely my village when it comes to everything in life. Good luck tomorrow!

  17. You’re going to do great! Are you going to wear anything under your Stonyfield singlet? I have a singlet for my charity team and can’t decide if I want to wear a short sleeve tech shirt under it for a little extra warmth, or if I’ll warm up and should just go with the tank.

  18. This is such a nice post. It’s true it takes so much support and organization to accomplish something so big. Congrats to you and your team on all the hard work and have a great race!

  19. This was such a sweet post. I almost cried reading the parts about Mal and Quinn! It’s so exciting that this big day is almost here for you and that you’ve taken us all along for the ride with you. I wish I could be on the East Coast to cheer you on!

    When it comes to training, the biggest parts of my village are my boyfriend and of course, the coaches and athletes at my CF box. My boyfriend is in Korea right now and doesn’t have a real CF box to train at, so he’s doing Invictus programming by himself. It’s amazing to me that he is motivated enough to do tough training alone, and it inspires me to try my hardest because I am surrounded by a great group of people. My coaches have given me so much to be thankful for. I’ve come a long way in my two years at our box, and through many doubts and bad training days, they’re still there day in and day out to get my ass moving.

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