Solo Sixteen

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.

Up and at ’em!!

As soon as I woke up, the thought of 16 miles popped into my head. (I’m missing my team run on Saturday, so I decided to do it on my own today.) I immediately got out of bed, walked the pug, and made my usual pre-run breakfast: Sandwich Thins with peanut butter and banana slices.


While I let my food digest (about 30 minutes), I got everything together for my run. Apparently, I take a lot of stuff with me!


For my running “fuel” this morning, I tried out a package of Honey Stinger Energy Chews and Haribo Gummy Bears. (I grabbed the gummy bears at CVS this morning.) Both fueled me through my run, but I’ve decided that I just don’t like running and chewing at the same time. I’m definitely sticking to the “gu” from now on.


For my 16-miler, I made an 8-mile loop (using Gmap Pedometer), which started and ended at my apartment, so I put water and my second package of fuel on my front porch for easy access. It also made a great “rest stop” at the halfway point.


When I started running, the weather was cold, gray, and a little rainy, but it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle… or so I thought!


By mile 2, the light drizzle turned into full on rain. 😕


Which continued for the next 14 miles. No joke. It actually sort of sucked at times. 🙁


I’m quickly learning that training for a marathon is not all rainbows and butterflies. It also includes boogers and stomach cramps, and not every run is fun and wonderful. Running is hard! It’s even harder in the rain and wind. But, I tackled 16 miles and that’s all that matters! 😀

  • Mile 1: 9:16
  • Mile 2: 9:07
  • Mile 3: 9:18
  • Mile 4: 9:23
  • Mile 5: 9:30
  • Mile 6: 9:43
  • Mile 7: 9:36
  • Mile 8: 9:33
  • Mile 9: 9:30
  • Mile 10: 9:24
  • Mile 11: 9:31
  • Mile 12: 9:39
  • Mile 13: 10:14
  • Mile 14: 10:03
  • Mile 15: 10:26
  • Mile 16: 9:30

Total: 2:33:49



It was just about lunchtime when I finished stretching, Tiger Tailing, icing, and showering, so I whipped up a quickie meal. I made scrambled eggs with pesto, roasted brussels sprouts, and a piece of whole wheat toast with butter and Garlic Gold. My gosh, this meal tasted amazing!


I also drank an iced coffee with lunch. I missed my morning glass because Mal finished off the batch, but he put on a new pot for me. I just needed to let it chill.


Avon Fundraiser to Benefit TNT

Remember how I mentioned that my sister is going to donate 50% of her Avon sales through Carrots ”˜N’ Cake to Team In Training? Well, a few readers left comments and emailed asking for products recommendations, so my sister made a list of her favorite Avon products. Be sure to check it out! Avon is actually really affordable. I was pleasantly surprised!

If you’re interested in purchasing something, just click over to my sister’s special Avon Fundraising page.


Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s LUNAFEST Giveaway. Here’s your winner: 25!

25. Ryane

My friend and I have been looking for ideas for different “girls nights outs” besides just hitting a martini bar”¦ this looks a lot more fulfilling!

Congrats, Ryane! Please email me at to claim your prize.

Question of the Day

Would you rather eat 50 hard boiled eggs or 100 whole lemons (minus the peels)?



  1. Great run, Tina! Doing it alone is the HARDEST part! 50 hard boiled eggs DEFINITELY 🙂 I happen to love them. Heheh. But ew, that thought is making me nauseous right now…

  2. Man and I’m being a weenie about going out to run 3 miles today, its cold and rainy out there! Great job on getting the miles in despite the weather!

    Um lemons but only if I could have unlimited water…. and maybe some sugar…. lemonade???!!

  3. God, I am in awe of you! I remember when it hurt to run a few miles and now you are training for a marathon! How is your hip holding up? Are you doing anything differently?

    And I vote for 50 HB eggs. I LOVE eggs. As long as the yolks aren’t gray and overcooked!

  4. How long do I have to eat these lemons or eggs? I think I’d go with eggs, but not if I have only a short time. Where’d you get this question?? You’ve been watching too much Man v Food! Or maybe that’s just me. Congrats on the long run!

  5. 100 lemons. Great job getting your 16 miles in in the rain, I wouldn’t have wanted to. Also I’m pretty sure at the end of every long run I have snot all over my face, so cute.

  6. Great job! I always consider 16 miles to be when marathon training gets serious. After that, you *only* have 10 miles to add on. Training can definitely be tough some days, but the rewards are worth it.

  7. I’d definitely take the eggs over the lemons!

    Tina what a great run! I ran a 1/2 marathon on July 4th and it poured rain the entire time! My shoes and socks were soaked and I was miserable. But when you run, weather sometimes tries to get in the way. Good for you for getting it done!

  8. uhhh, lemons think. They wouldn’t fill me me and it seems like the sourness would desensitize me to more sourness after a few lemons.
    Running in the rain isn’t much fun. It’s worse when it’s really cold out though. Hopefully you stayed warm!

  9. You need more to eat!! You ran 16 miles today!

    50 hard boiled eggs – I am obsessed with eggs – I love them:)

  10. You are so right – marathon training is not always about fun and feeling great. Training in the winter is particularly tough – lots of really cold, windy, rainy/snowy runs that I might not feel like doing but afterward I was always happy I did it, and it’s always so worth it in the end! Marathon training made me tougher 🙂

  11. Wondering if you have any tip for getting over running cramps? I get them sometimes and find it nearly impossible to keep running when one hits… sounds like you took some on this morning and I’m curious about how you did it.

  12. Congrats on making it through your run! Esp, with the rain and wind! you’re a machine!
    I’d have to say the lemons, I have a weird thing about eggs haha

  13. Congrats on your excellent run! 😀

    And to answer your question, I would much rather eat the lemons than the eggs…

    Reading your question, my mind went to that movie “Cool Hand Luke” (like many others, judging from the comments). Luke ate 50 boiled eggs, and it looked SO PAINFUL. Never in a million years would I try that. Nope, never.

  14. Congrats on your 16 miles! I would do 100 lemons in a heart beat. I have a weird nack for being able to eat lemons without making a sour face. I actually love eating lemons plain. However, I’d probably have to go to the dentist after because even a few lemons do something weird to my teeth (but I don’t know what exactly).

  15. Looks like a rough run, but I bet you’re happy you pushed through it!

    If I could put the 100 lemons in in cookie or tart form, I’ll choose those. Otherwise, I think the eggs might make me a little stinky, if you know what I mean 😉

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