Let The Training Begin

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Six races in six weeks:

One week in Las Vegas:

It’s time to get serious about my training.

The next race on my schedule is the Run to Remember at the end of May, which means I have just 5 weeks to step-it-up. My only goal for this race is to PR. Anything faster than my time at the National Half Marathon will make me happy.

Even though I’ve run 20 races from 5K to marathon with all sorts of distances mixed in, I still consider myself a beginner runner. Of course, I know a thing or two about running, but I read running blogs and love to learn ”˜tricks of the trade’ from more experienced runners. Just a couple of weeks ago, a few of my runner buddies told me about Smart Coach, which I am now obsessed with. It’s the BEST training program ever. I plan to use it for all of my races in the future.

Check this thing out! You can totally personalize your program to meet your running goals. Look at all of the options!


Here’s what Smart Coach turned out for me:


This training program looks pretty good to me, so I hope to stick to it in preparation for the Run to Remember. Let’s hope it helps me get faster!

How do you come up with training plans for yourself? Do you use online tools? Create them yourself?


Mid-morning, I took a break from my work to eat a quick snack: red grapes + a blueberry muffin.

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A few hours later, I took another break to eat lunch on the sun porch with Murphy. On my plate: Sandwich Thin with veggie hummus, arugula salad with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and flax oil, strawberries, and Swiss and cheddar cheese cubes.

I love tasting plates like this”” I find that the flavors, colors, and textures are very satisfying, mentally and physically.

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I’m off to the gym to tackle my first training workout.

See ya!



  1. Smart Coach looks great! I’ll have to try that!

    I can’t wait for the Run to Remember! I’ve heard such good things about the course. 🙂

  2. I usually look at a few different training plans and then adjust them to fit my schedule (I do mid-week long runs) and preferences.
    I think most of my meals are combinations of a food different foods–I like the variation!

  3. I love smart coach! I have used it to train for a couple of races. I have “tweaked” it a bit, but all and all really like it! Good luck!

  4. I’ve always had good success with Smart Coach. I don’t follow it to a “T” and tend to skimp on the warm up and cool down portions. A new training plan is a great motivator!! Have fun!!

  5. Love that you’re focused and have a clear goal for this next race. Since I don’t have a next half marathon yet, I’m using it for a 10k!

  6. I love Smart Coach! I’ve used it to train for two marathons (PR of 3:43) and 4 half marathons (PR of 1:43). I’m going to start another Smart Coach training plan this summer hoping to get that elusive BQ this fall!

  7. Thanks for sharing about Smart Coach! Great tool!
    i’m a newbie runner, and I found the track workouts you posted when you were training for the marathon very useful and I use them very often.. They helped me tackle a 5K three weeks ago! and i’m planning on running a 10K in June 😀 Can you please post your running workouts when you start training with the time, speed, incline and distance details? i’ll be eternally grateful!

  8. You are doing amazing with all those races!
    I have the same program you show (the Smart Coach) as an App on my droid (just an FYI, don’t know what phone you have). I love it! I found it after I had already started training for my upcoming run but will definitely be using it for next time!

  9. i think that Smart Coach works for distances less than a marathon. I just put in stats for 16 week marathon and it had me running way high mileage early in the training. It should take into account what your base is and then adding the 10% every week with a cut back after 3 weeks.

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