Marathon Recap and Garlicky Pinto Beans

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.

Reese, the beagle, knows exactly how I feel after today’s marathon excitement: exhausted and ready to snooze on the couch! But, first, I want to share some photos from the big race, so here’s a bunch from the day. 

Downtown Boston, near Mass Ave, was packed with spectators! 

As soon as the first runners came through, the crowds erupted into non-stop cheering! 

We saw the women’s elite runners around mile 25. I was routing so hard for Kara Goucher (in the pink top). I wish she had won! 

The men’s winner, Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga, followed behind the women just a few minutes later. He was hauling ass up that hill! 

The pack of runners followed a little while later. 

Runners turning onto Boylston Street… almost done! 

The finish line is right around the corner! 


Tonight’s dinner was a quickie recipe from Real Simple. I swear you can’t go wrong with a fast and easy recipe from Real Simple, especially when you’re not at all in the mood to cook! For dinner, I had Garlicky Pinto Beans with a big salad packed full of veggies. 

I’m feeling lazy tonight, so I didn’t snap a picture of my dinner– instead I borrowed one from the Real Simple website. 😳

I’m off to get organized for the work week– at least it’s only 4 days! G’night, guys! 



  1. Great pics!! I happened upon the Chicago marathon one year, and the energy was electric! The beans look amazing too 🙂
    Would you be willing to do a short dinner post for a new feature on my blog, Guests for Dinner? Let me know! Thanks!

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  3. Hey that looks like so much fun! I love cheering people on during marathons 🙂

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  4. I was also cheering for Kara via the net! Too bad she didn’t win.. she looked really disappointed in the end.

    By the way, do you have a recap somewhere about how you felt after your 30 day yoga challenge?? Notice any changes in your bod? Sorry if I’ve missed it somewhere!

  5. awesome pictures. I was screaming for Kara and I am SCREAMING for her to pick it up but it just wasn’t mean to be. That picture if great, was that right after she threw off her gloves

  6. I watched the elite runners come through Kenmore! Merga – astoundingly – did not look like he had just run 25 miles. Unbelievable.

  7. I love the pics of the elites! That’s the one downfall to running the marathon – you miss all the excitement and have no idea who wins until much later. It was a great day to run and I’m so glad the rain held off!! Congrats to the other runners!

  8. Love the marathon pics – Kara Goucher is from my home state (MN) 🙂 We are all very proud here! I also loved the picture of Reese. I have a beagle named Sally and I absolutely love beagles!!

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