Significant Numbers

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.


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.

This morning at 5:45 AM, 98.6 was a very significant number. It meant that I could run the Chilly Half Marathon! Wahoo!! :mrgreen: If I had a fever at all when I woke up, I wasn’t going to run it, but my temperature was normal and I felt a million times better.



Mal and I sort of dillydallied this morning, so we took breakfast to go. We had our usual pre-run food: peanut butter + banana and iced coffee with soy milk.


I had mine on raisin bread this morning.



For today’s race, I tried fruit-flavored Gu. After many unsuccessful attempts with “chewy” fuel, I decided that Gu is the way to go for me. It’s much easier for me to eat while running. It still takes me a little while, but I don’t have to slow my running pace too much in order to eat it.

Gu is easy to eat and pretty tasty (I really liked the Lemon Sublime flavor), but I’m not a fan of the sticky aftertaste in my mouth. I planned to take my Gu before a couple of the water stops, so I could wash-out my mouth. It worked well.


The half marathon course was super hilly! Holy moly!! I was not mentally prepared for it, but it was a really pretty run through Newton and Chestnut Hill. We even ran down infamous Heartbreak Hill! πŸ˜€


Overall, I felt good on today’s run. There were moments when I felt sort of crappy and my legs felt like they wouldn’t move, but I managed to push through for a PR of under 2 hours! :mrgreen: (I ran my first half marathon in 2:06:04, so I crushed it this morning!)

The race had a gun start and a chip finish, so I used my Garmin to track my time. I was actually in the line for the bathroom when the gun went off, so I was definitely a couple of minutes behind the official clock.

  • Mile 1: 8:58
  • Mile 2: 8:50
  • Mile 3: 9:04
  • Mile 4: 8:42
  • Mile 5: 9:03
  • Mile 6: 9:26 <— Gu #1
  • Mile 7: 9:32 <— Holy hills!!! 😯
  • Mile 8: 9:15
  • Mile 9: 8:52
  • Mile 10: 9:03 <— Gu #2
  • Mile 11: 9:11
  • Mile 12: 9:10
  • Mile 13: 8:43

Total: 1:58:01

I realize that the distance on my Garmin isn’t quite 13.1 miles, but I guess the course was a little short? Even still, I accomplished my goal of running a half marathon in under two hours and that’s all that matters to me! :mrgreen:


My speed demon husband finished in 1:27:37. Um, yea, he’s FAST!Β HeΒ placed 20th out of 904 runners! Impressive, right? I’m so proud of him!


Time for a shower and second breakfast!

Happy Sunday! πŸ˜€



  1. Hey Tina! I ran it too and wow o wow was it hilly. New PR by six minutes though. How sweet are the shirts?? Love them. My garmin came up as 12.93 miles–kind of a bummer but whatever! Still a great accomplishment. Your time is AWESOME and Mals? Forget about it.

  2. WHOA!! Mal is a speedy runner! Congrats on your new PR…it’s even more impressive considering what a busy week you had with moving/being sick. Great job! I have my first marathon in Philly next weekend, my own PR for distance πŸ™‚
    ps: Congrats on the new house!

  3. Tina, take care of yourself. As the daughter of an RN, I have been made well aware that your body temp is always lowest in the AM. I, too, have woken up with normal temp only to have it spike to over 100 by lunch time. Be careful and rest!

  4. Hi Tina! Not sure if you’ve posted about this, but just wondering if you could answer this (if it’s not too personal). Has Mal had trouble keeping his weight up during marathon training?
    My bf has been training for a half marathon and has lost 10 pounds in a little over 2 months (and he’s already skinny!) He eats a TON so I’m not really sure how to help him!

  5. I’ve noticed that depending on the course my Garmin isn’t accurate either. If there’s a lot of windy roads, I’ve seen mine be off by a quarter of a mile even.

    But congrats on your half marathon and PR! I can’t wait to run my first one in February. I can only hope to be as fast as you were.

  6. Hey Tina! I also ran the Chilly Half this morning and set a PR. Such a pretty course. I saw Mal in passing, but no luck finding you. My Garmin was also a little off – I saw that I ran 13.00 and not 13.1, but I’m wondering if it’s because I was running on the sides of the road and not the middle for most of it? Glad you’re feeling better!

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