The Morning Run That Only Kind Of Happened

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.

Good morning!

My day started bright and early with a grumbling stomach – it actually woke me up! I had planned an early-morning run, so I got my butt out of bed and made myself a quick snack (rice cake with cashew butter on top) to get going.

Once I had a little something in my stomach, I got dressed to run and then took Murphy for his morning walk. I was still feeling pretty sluggish, so I thought a walk would help me wake up and feel more energized.

Unfortunately, that energized feeling never arrived and my run was pretty pathetic. Blah. I stopped after 1.75 miles, walked for a bit, and then just called it quits. It was just not happening, and I felt terrible. Zero energy. Oh, well. At least I got some running in, right? I’ll try again this weekend.

Back at home, I threw together a quickie breakfast of cauliflower gnocchi, kale, and Parmesan + iced coffee with vanilla bean collagen and vanilla Ripple milk.  Mmm! The meal was a nice combo of protein, carbs, and fat! 🙂

Please note my breakfast companion…

Question of the Day

Any tips for not getting discouraged after a really crappy run? 

For me, it’s knowing that I can try again – and maybe that next run will be a good one.



  1. I try to remember that one run is not a true test of my fitness. It just means I had a bad day. Although usually after I have a terrible run, my next one is great! Good luck on your next run!

  2. AH! The worst feeling, especially when you made the effort to get out there. It’s easy to get discouraged, but just remember that 1) everyone who works out has been there, no matter if it’s running/spinning/yoga/Crossfit/whatever. Sometimes it just doesn’t click…2) do you run with music? I always revamp my playlist after a run like that so I have some new jams to look forward to. 3) I try and eat a bit more carbs and protein after a workout like that, thinking maybe it’s my diet. I don’t track macros, so you probably already know if that’s your problem! Good luck!

  3. Yes, I totally feel the same some days. I’ve been fighting this cold and attempted a tempo yesterday and had to stop just to breath! Running definitely keeps you honest about your fitness haha.

  4. I’ve had a few of those. I tell myself tomorrow is a new day! I also try to drink more water since sometimes it can be a dehydration issue.

  5. I run a lot, so I have crappy runs on the regular. Not every one can be great, right? Running is hard work (we tend to forget this!), and you’re bound to have days where your body just doesn’t respond to the challenge the way you’d like it to.

    It’s really easy to get down on yourself when you have a less-than-stellar run, but just try to put it out of your mind and move on. You tried, and your next run will likely be a lot less crappy!

  6. So love your blog. Your help with diet and nutrition has helped me ( married for 34 years to my best friend, he has Chrohns since age 9…. your support and up lifting positiveness has helped me).
    I am a runner. ( age 62), my runs of recent are not great… side stitch’s that are under the umbrella of not great runs, aging body….. but still grateful I can put one foot in front of the other and get in my miles. Take it easy and one day at a time- don’t beat yourself up…. tomorrow ‘s run will be better. Remember what you do today in terms of your activity will always help with tomorrow’s activity…. a plus and Positive nod to your wellbeing all around. Luv the pics of your beautiful family and of course Murphy…. ( we have 3 pups…. luv these sweet souls in our lives). Take care!

  7. Tina, Thank you for this post. About 3 years ago, I had worked out 13 days in a row and was ready to go on another run with my boyfriend (now husband). On the way to driving to a local trail I tried to feel better, but I was feeling so tired. We got to the trail and I broke down in tears. Instead of running, I took a 2 hour nap. Over the next almost 3 years, I would not workout 13 days in a row again, but would push my body to its limits with Crossfit even if I was tired and beat myself up if I didn’t. A few months ago, I started to taper down and just realized I had to go really gentle. I now realize that it is ok if I only do a 30 min yoga video. My body is much less sore, tired and hungry. -Elena

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