Running Urges

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.

After publishing my breakfast post, I had a sudden urge to go outside for a run. I’m planning to go to Body Pump tonight, so I already had my workout covered for the day, but the beautiful weather was just calling my name. The combination of sunshine + light breeze was perfect for a morning jog. So, I threw on my sneakers, grabbed my Garmin, and headed out for a run. I ran 3 miles in 25:52 (8:37 pace), which was a nice, relaxing run for me.

When I returned from my run, I took Murphy out for a walk. I figured he’d like to enjoy the wonderful weather, too! 😉 We covered 0.65 miles in about 14 minutes.


I felt like lunch was all over the place today. I had a little of this and a little of that, but somehow it all worked. In the mix: homemade salad, leftover pita pizza, Siggi’s blueberry yogurt with Raisin Bran, and an orange.


Reader Requests

If there’s something that you would like for me to blog about or address on Carrots ‘N’ Cake, please leave a comment on this post. I have a running list of ideas, but I can always add more! 😉

2010 Boston Marathon Runner Profiles

I’m so excited to kickoff this series! I love the Marathon Monday, so what better way to celebrate than profiling its participants, right!?! So, without further ado, here are your runners! (I’ll continue to profile runners from now until April 18th, so if you’d like to be featured, please email me your info.)


  • Age: 31
  • Location: Hingham, MA
  • # of marathons: 5 completed; 4th time running Boston
  • Blog: Running in Hingham

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I am running Boston for the third straight year! It is hard to believe. It will actually be my sixth marathon and fourth Boston. More important to me, it is my third marathon since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. When I was diagnosed, I thought my running career was over, but I have actually improved. I also have become a running coach in this time, and I train runners to complete the Hingham Road Race. It is only 4.6 miles, but for many of my runners, it is their very first race!

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  • Age: 26
  • Location: Brighton, MA
  • # of marathons: I qualified for Boston by running the 2007 Philadelphia Marathon in 2:59:23. I ran Boston in 2008 but collapsed at mile 24 due to dehydration. I woke up under the medical tent and demanded that the EMT’s let me finish, and when I tried to stand up I passed out again. They brought me to the ER. In 2009 I was signed up, but had to defer because I was injured, so I can’t wait to run – and finish in 2010! In between marathons I’ve been running a lot of half marathons (Boston, New York, San Francisco), which I absolutely love.
  • Blog: Boston Running Fitness Examiner and Twitter
  • Charity: Steps team (Ryan Hall’s foundation)

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  • Age: 31
  • Location: NH Seacoast
  • # of marathons: 12 completed, 5th time running Boston
  • Blog: Runner Belle


It has been a special tradition with our family for the past few years with either me or my mom running or both of us! This year both my mom and I will be running, I am so happy she will be running it again after 2 years without her heading to the start with me. We started running together back when I was 16 and she was 50, we never dreamed of doing marathons and were so proud of ourselves when we completed our first 5K. Now 15 years later, we both have run 12 marathons and have qualified for Boston multiple times (after thinking I NEVER could do it!). I am so inspired by my mom, whenever people say they are impressed with how many marathons I have done, I tell them about my mom. I would look like a slacker if I didn’t run marathons, if my 65-year-old mother can do it so can I!

P.S. You have until tonight to enter my Bertolli giveaway!



  1. I personally am struggling right now with how to not let the scale ruin how I feel about my body (and honestly how I feel about myself in general). Just writing that I know it is crazy! I lost 30lbs and maintained my weight for about 4 months, but I have now gained about 4 lbs and it really is effecting how I feel about myself. The weird thing is is that I know if I wouldn’t have stepped on the scale I would feel absolutely fabolous: I am active, eating healthy, and my clothes fit just fine. So why am I still letting the scale control how I feel? I don’t know, but any tips you have about this would be greatly appreciated.

  2. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for over a year now. I would be interested in some information about heathly yogurts. I’ve tried incorporating them into my diet, but I’m confused about how much sugar they should contain, what’s this stuff with fiber in it? Some yogurts seem like desserts with lots of grams of sugar…how much is a reasonable about? What about added fiber? Is it real fiber or some odd chemical version of fiber that is added to the yogurt. I like greek yogurts but how are they different from regular yogurts? Is the process different to make them? Thanks…I’m always impressed with the healthy choices you make each day while not depriving yourself of a treat every now and again.

  3. I’m training for my first half marathon and I would like to know what you use for hydration/nutrition on long runs. Right now I’m using a camelbak running belt but I don’t really like how it pulls on my stomach. Thanks!

  4. I love your blog, Tina, and have been reading it for the past year and a half or so. Truly has helped me eat healthier and feel confident in taking the Power Group class at my gym. BUT … I’m 49 and holding … was wondering if you personally knew of a blogger geared for the 50’s crowd! Also … are the new toning sneaks the real deal??!! Thanks!

  5. Thank you. I’ve begun looking at the Fit & Forty Something blog! Of course, I’ll still read Carrots ‘n Cake as it makes me feel happy and a tad younger!

  6. I’d be curious to see (if he’s willing to share, of course!) how some of your meals compare with Mal’s. I often struggle to maintain a healthy balance when I share meals with my BF. I see him consume 5 pieces of pizza and a six-pack of beer in one sitting, and it’s easy to justify indulging in a similar fashion. Maybe you could highlight some of the ways you stick to healthy meals and portions when (or if) Mal opts for a less health-conscious option.

  7. YAY Britt! Britt is my running inspiration (to the extreme as I am just a beginner but her blog inspires me to keep at it!) and Carrots N Cake is my balanced eating inspiration. That there is blog overlap today is like winning the lottery, or the Twilight Zone, haven’t decided which yet, ha ha.

  8. I was wondering if you could do a post about getting a puppy? I just got one (he’s 6 weeks according to the vet though I was told 8 by the people at the rescue organization I rescued him from…) and he’s running my life. I can’t leave him for one second or he gets into something, runs off, cries, goes to the bathroom, almost gets eaten by my cat, etc. I never have time to use the restroom, eat, drink, clean, study, etc. this is the first break I’ve had online since I’ve gotten him because he’s actually taking a nap! in his crate, he cries and destroys the inside of it. he isn’t old enough to have all his shots so he can’t even be taken out of the house for walks or anything yet. I don’t know what to do. I have the patience and I do have some time, but I can’t spend 24 hours a day taking care of him. I feel so depressed because I love dogs but this is too much 🙁 I was wondering how you dealt with Murphy and still worked, exercised, left your house, traveled, etc? How did you train him? How did you give him the attention? ANYTHING else you have to add would be great. maybe it’d help someone else, too. thanks, Tina. seems like you really enjoy Murphy so I’d love to know how you do it. I’m losing my mind: gaining weight, failing exams at school, barely sleeping, etc 🙁

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