Not In the Mood

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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I was not in the mood to run today. My muscles were a little bit sore from yesterday’s Body Pump class, I didn’t sleep well last night, and it was cold and dreary outside. Wah, wah, wah. πŸ˜• Then I remembered:Β I am training for a marathon.

To me, every training run counts. And every run makes me stronger. I’ve followed the Team In Training schedule almost exactly since the beginning (I’ve only missed 1 or 2 workouts) and it really works. I’m getting faster and stronger everyday. Plus, TNT has trained thousands of people for marathons, so I trust their training schedule and want to stick to it.

So, I went out for my 4-mile run as scheduled.Β I started out slow and steady on the first two miles, but once my stiff, robotic legs warmed up, I increased the pace for the final two miles. Usually, it takes me about a mile to get warmed up, but I’m not surprised that it took a lot longer for my running legs to kick in today. Mentally, I was not prepared to run.

4 miles: 37:40 (9:25 pace)

  • Mile 1: 9:28
  • Mile 2: 9:33
  • Mile 3: 9:19
  • Mile 4: 9:16

As always, I’m glad that I went out and just did it. And not every run is going to be a good run, right? I just hope the next run is better for me.

Even though I wasn’t in the mood to run today, I was NOT not in the mood for Pumpkin Blondies! πŸ˜‰


I’ve attempted Pumpkin Blondies a number of times in the past, but they never come out quite right. Today, I got a little bit closer to the Pumpkin Blondies of my dreams! These babies are delicious! :mrgreen:


Pumpkin Blondies

Makes 9-12 bars


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips


1. Preheat oven to 350*F degrees.

2. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.

4. Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes until blondies are cooked all the way through.

4. Let blondies cool completely in baking pan before cutting.

5. Eat and enjoy!


If I had to critique my Pumpkin Blondies, I’d say they’re a bit too cake-like for my liking. I enjoy thick, chewy, dense blondies. Of course, they’re a delicious treat, but there are some really yummy-looking pumpkin blondies recipes that are next on my list: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies, Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Blondies, andΒ Pumpkin Blondies with Cinnamon and White Chocolate Chips.Β So many blondies, not enough time!!!

I’m off to find lunch and pick up some groceries for tonight’s dinner. I’m excited about this one! πŸ˜€



  1. Those blondies look amazing! I usually like blondies chewy too but I might have to try these out. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  2. It’s definitely important to keep up with training. I’ve missed a few runs and it drives me crazy! Good job getting up the motivation to stay on track.

  3. Oh i like cakey stuff like that!
    Well done on the run πŸ™‚ I was proper stiff today too (that’s what Jillian 30 Day Shred does to you after 3 weeks off from it…), but I did my 10miles and felt much better πŸ™‚

  4. I really want to make Allie’s blondies — they look unbelievably good.

    Tina I think its great that you are following your training program — I used Hal Higdon’s program for my marathon and I just had to trust that the plan would work. Each week I pushed myself, but it was never too much. I think I had way more good runs than bad ones — I hope it has been that way for you too!

  5. I’m always glad when I just get out there too!! Keep in mind, you don’t have to run every run fast in order to meet your goals! I followed the Runner’s World Smart Coach for my first marathon. It said that I had to run all my long runs at anywhere from a 9:30 to a 9:20 pace. It seemed a little slow to me, but I did it. I also did speedwork once a week. I ended up running my marathon in 3:48 hours which was about what Runners World said that I would run it if I followed their schedule.

    Good luck!!

  6. Great job on the 4 miles!
    These blondies sound really good! I like “cakey” textures so these would be perfect. I wonder if they’d work with whole wheat pastry flour….

  7. I’m not a fan of cakey brownies/blondies/cookies. I like things more gooey and chewy.

    I hate days where I’m just not in the mood. At least I know I will likely feel stronger and happier if I just get the workout in though.

  8. We all have days when we’re not in the mood for a work out, I find that I feel much better after I finally finish it though! Good job!

  9. I wonder if the blondies would be less cake-like if you left out the baking powder…
    I love baking because its kind of like a science experiment every time you make something!
    So fun!

  10. I like the addition of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in yours!
    If you want dense you should definitely try the vegan ones. I like baking with eggs but I find they make things cakier (good for breads and muffins!). The blondies were dense but not too dense and not too cakey.

  11. It’s getting out there and running, like you did today, that cause the incredible sense of accomplishment when you cross the marathon finish line. Days like today are what set the marathon runners apart from those who just wish they did it! Keep it up!

  12. Holy yum!! I’ve been thinking all morning about what I want to do with pumpkin this weekend… I think I may need to recreate some blondies a la gluten free vegan style!

  13. I absolutely love blondies! yes, dense is always better… but cakey is still yummy! And I hear ya on the whole “not feeling like working out” thing. I am the same way today. but I know that once I do it, i will feel sooo much better afterwards and more proud of myself. Good Job! πŸ™‚

  14. You should be really proud of yourself for going out there and doing the run even though you weren’t feeling it! That pace was much faster than I could have done, even if I was in a running mood! You are an angel for posting this recipe. Pumpkin blondies sound heavenly right now. I especially love the addition of the butterscotch chips πŸ™‚

  15. You’re pumpkin blondies look amazing! Like you I’m just obsessed with pumpkin just about anything. Here’s a recipe for Carrot Pumpkin Bars which look amazing!

    Getting out there for the run and doing it is the most important part. Good job! Don’t you always feel better after the run? I always try to remember that especially when other things are competing for my attention like snuggling with my cat on the couch or going shopping!

  16. yum – this looks delicious!!

    I also was not in the mood to run today. I tend to overthink things. I think the trick (if I ever start using it) is to not think about it, just get dressed and go. Maybe I need to get back to sleeping in my running shorts.

  17. Aw, you should have taken the day off, I bet your run tomorrow would have felt a lot stronger!

    I like dense blondies too, I have fluffy cake-like desserts.

  18. I feel you on the running thing..I feel like I should do something since I’ll be taking the entire weekend off, but my body’s telling me no. It’s sooo hard to listen to it, but the achiness and light nausea are good reminders.

  19. I was so not in the mood to work out when I got home after work, and had just decided to be lazy and stay in when I read your post! Now, I’m heading outside for a run in the beautiful fall weather.

  20. OMG I am SO getting the stuff to make these tomorrow! Holy cow! BTW… tip: reduce your flour by 1/2 cup to make a little less cake like…. add a 1/2 cup to cookies to make them “softer” which technically if they were put in “bar form” would make them more cake like.

    I’ll try it with 1/2 cup less flour, let you know how they worked! OMG these look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. I like Beverly’s suggestion to cut back on the flour; I was going to suggest cutting back on the baking powder. Baking powder in a cookie makes it cake like; baking soda makes them crisp. I am not a baking scientist, just going by what I have heard. Maybe try less baking powder.

    They look so good I may have to try it myself this weekend!

  22. I had to try this recipe tonight, and mine came out great! My family loved them.

    I took out the baking powder, increased the butter to 4 tbsp (and melted it before adding it), and added just under a 1/4 cup oil. They were perfectly chewy – not cake-like!

  23. Hey I have a question, when you go running for a short run 3-5 miles, do you have a breakfast before? Or do you just eat after? I am more concerned about dropping some pounds so I was wondering if you burn more fat on an empty stomach?

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