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.

Happy Monday! 😎

Are you just catching up with posts from over the weekend? Well, here you go, all in one place for your convenience:

I woke up bright and early at 6:01 AM for an early morning run. It’s supposed to hit 90*F today, so I knew it was now or never for my run!


I did a quick two miles around the neighborhood and then did some exercises from my running coach, including Inner Ankle/Foot Exercises, Toe/Shin Walks, and Donkey Kicks. He also suggested some upper body and core work today, so I’m taking a Body Pump class later this morning.


Once I finished two out of my three workouts for the day, I whipped up breakfast.


I had scrambled egg whites with Garlic Gold and nutritional yeast mixed in, a piece of toasted with melted cheddar cheese, and an iced coffee with soy milk. I also ate an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie, which tasted really delicious with my iced coffee.


So, this morning, I officially started training for the New York City Marathon. Crazy, right? I feel like I just announced that I was running it!


My original plan was to wait until August to officially start training for NYCM, but I’m just too excited to wait. At first, I didn’t want to have an insanely long training schedule like I did for Arizona. (I trained for 22 weeks, so I battled unnecessary injuries and periods of really low motivation.) This time around, I’ll have 18 weeks to train, which seems much more manageable to me.

As you probably remember, I didn’t get into the NYCM lottery, so I’m running with Team for Kids, an organization that raises money for health and fitness education for kids in low-income areas. Team for Kids has a great marathon program, which includes weekly training plans and constant communication with their coaching staff. Recently, I was put in touch with Lauren Antonucci, who consults for the Team for Kids marathon team.

Lauren Antonucci, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, CDN, is the owner/director of Nutrition Energy and combines her experience as a Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Sports Dietitian and athlete to lead the Nutrition Energy team. She provides comprehensive nutrition therapy and personalized nutrition planning for individuals. She also consults for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training marathon, triathlon and cycling programs, the NYRR Team for Kids marathon team, the Galloway NYC marathon team and the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club. Antonucci has run many marathons and competes in the Ironman event.

After gaining nearly 10 pounds during marathon training the first time, I had a bunch of questions for Lauren with regard to nutritional needs, proper fueling, and cravings (so my clothes continue to fit me this time around). I know a bunch of you guys are training for fall races too, so I asked Lauren if she would also answer some of your questions and she agreed!

Question of the Day

What questions do you have for Lauren?

Just leave a comment on this post with your question, and I’ll be sure to ask her and then post the response on CNC. The questions can be anything with regard to nutrition, running, training, fueling, cravings, weight gain, etc.

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  1. I had a similar problem training for my last marathon, and now that I’m training again, I worry about this all too! Any advice she has on how not to just eat everything in site when you’re burning so many calories, or the best things to eat to keep you full and nourish your muscles would be great.

  2. Hooray for the beginning of a great training cycle, I’m sure! I’m already excited for November 6 as well, and can’t wait to follow your training.

    I’ve spoken with Lauren before for a grad school project and she’s great! One simple but of advice of hers – eat half a PB sandwich for a snack (something I never thought of because to me, a sandwich = a meal). But this is perfect to satisfy runner hungryness and has tons of nutrients!

  3. GREAT! I am training for my first marathon (Chicago 2011) and I have lots of nutrition questions!!! First, I’ve read the body needs 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour for any runs lasting longer than an hour. Can she answer when is the best time to take in this fuel?? For example, if it’s an hour and a half run, do you do eat/drink this half way through the run, or at 1 hour, or when you feel like you need it? I’ve been struggling a lot with how to fuel during long runs, so details about when and how much would be great!!! Any other info would be great too! Can’t wait to hear more! Thanks Tina!

  4. I hope I don’t repeat a question, but I’m in week 4 of my training for my second marathon and I’m already seeing the scale creep up. I log all my food so I’m wondering, what is an ideal number for net calories consumed (after you subtract your exercise calories) to stay fueled but also maintain (or even lose) weight? Thanks! Good luck training!!

  5. Alrighty, questions from a noon-ish runner:
    What are the top 5 most important techniquesto keep in mind for running? How important is it to refuel with something like gu or other energy gels mid-run? Are there any big running “no-no’s” ?

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