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.

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

Wise, wise words with regard to running (and life, in general) from Steve Prefontaine. Actually, he has a lot of great running quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”

“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”

As you can see, I’m trying to psyched myself up for tomorrow’s 18-mile run, which is the farthest distance I’ve ever attempted to run. I’ve walked a marathon and run 16-miles, but 18 is unchartered territory for me. And with my recent sickness, lack of motivation, and IT band trouble, I can only imagine how challenging it will be for me, so I’m doing everything in my power to prepare myself for tomorrow.

I started by reading a few running blogs and motivational quotes online (as seen above). Then, I laid out all of my running gear, which includes sneakers, gloves, Garmin 305, sports bras, a drywick t-shirt, light-weight jacket (it’s going to be in the mid-30’s tomorrow, so I’m keeping the “25 Degree Rule” in mind), running pants, drywick socks, headband, 3 packages of Gu (Lemon Sublime & Chocolate), Spibelt, chapstick, iPhone, and headphones.


This sounds like a crazy amount of stuff, doesn’t it? But, I can’t imagine running 18 miles without all of it.

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Does my pizza crust look strange to you?! Well, it should! It’s Boboli’s new football-shaped crust! 😀 Ok, I’m sort of a dork, but when I was asked to sample it, I jumped at the chance. I love fun stuff like football pizzas! 😉


I topped the pizza with shredded cheddar, marinara sauce, and Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms.


I love you, melty cheese.


On the side, I had an arugula salad topped with crumbled feta and Asian Ginger Plum Dressing.



For dessert, I broke into the Apple Crisp that I baked this afternoon. I’m so glad that I waited to eat it! 😀

In addition to perusing the internet and laying out all of my gear for tomorrow, I’m drinking lots of water and heading to bed early. I definitely need my rest for tomorrow. Wish me luck!



  1. Good luck on your run tomorrow, Tina! If I can run 18 miles, anyone can. Believe me. I agree with Keri, the anticipation is the hardest part.

  2. I carry all that plus a Camelbak Charm hydration pack. It is truly a small scale military operation! Good luck–I always tell myself the time will pass at just the same speed as if i was sitting on the couch reading a book. 3 hours passes the same, on the couch or on the road. Good luck.

  3. YOU CAN DO IT! I am not a runner, and I ran a marathon last weekend – the furtherest I’d run was a 1/2, and i had only trained for 5 wks … no injuries… you are fit and strong and prepared. Ace it!

  4. Good luck tomorrow on your 18-miler. I’m running my first marathon tomorrow in Memphis, TN (St. Jude’s)! It will be a day of firsts for us both.

  5. Thanks for the quotes! Just in time for me as I’ve been having a bit of anxiety about training for the half that I’m doing in February.

  6. Pre is amazing!!! Your quotes make me want to watch Without Limits.

    Him and Bowerman both have amazing quotes! My favorite Pre quote is, “when you set the pace you control the race.”

    To me this means that you can control your destiny, and reminds me that anything is possible if you push yourself. Don’t let the world around you throw you off your path to your dreams. 🙂

    Good luck on your run tomorrow! You will do awesome!

  7. Sometimes certain foods really do taste better when you wait for them. I’m hopeless at that kind of patience, though! I’m a dessert-after-every-meal kinda girl myself 😉

  8. I repeated “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” over and over in my head while I ran the Boston Marathon and “Don’t Think, Just run” while I ran Milwaukee’s Lakefront. I think it totally works and keeps your mind from going to “bad places.” Good luck on your run- I know you can do it!

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