Racing Versus Running

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Hi, 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.

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TGIF!!! I am sooo ready for the weekend!

Last Night’s Dinner

Last night’s dinner was inspired by a recipe from Taste of Home for Asian Chicken Pasta Salad, which ended up being a fun twist on regular ol’ pasta salad. Just in time for summer!

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I didn’t have all of the ingredients that the recipe called for, so I improvised with what I had on hand. I nixed the chicken and bamboo shoots because we didn’t have any, and I substituted ground ginger for fresh gingerroot. I still think the recipe turned out really well! Next time, I want to try baked tofu in it!


This morning’s breakfast was sort of boring, but still satisfying: whole wheat Bagel Thin with sunflower butter on one half and Vermont Avalanche Peanut Butter on the other, topped with chia seeds. I finished off breakfast with a dark chocolate Adora disk.

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Racing Versus Running

The Run to Remember is on Sunday, and I’m totally unprepared for it. After my epic month of racing, which included three half marathons in just as many weeks, my goal was to PR at the Run to Remember because I would have time to train for it. I created a half marathon training plan and stuck to it religiously””I was even kicking butt on my speed training””until my knee starting acting up. Since then, I haven’t run very much, so now I’m not sure how to feel about Sunday.

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Should I even try to PR? Would setting that goal disappoint me if I don’t achieve it? Should I just run the race for fun?

If I train for a race, my goal is always to set a new PR (I’m competitive like that), so it’s sort of hard going into Sunday knowing that I might just run the race for fun. I guess I could just enjoy a pressure-free run, right? I’m still undecided, but we’ll see what happens on race day.

Question of the Day

Do you enjoy running races just to run them or do you prefer racing?

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway on Trading Up Downtown to win Cristina Ferrare’s “Big Bowl of Love” cookbook!

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