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.


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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. 50 hard boiled eggs–except my cholestoral would go through the roof!! Hah. Good job on your run! You are so right when you say not every mile of marathon training is great, but grinding out those extra miles is what will make the difference. Keep up with the strong training!

  2. 16 miles on your own. That’s awesome. I would get so lonely and bored. I’d never be able to run past my own house — too tempting to stop and call it a day.
    50 eggs or 100 lemons — what a choice! I’m a vegan (no eggs) with sensitive teeth (very limited citrus). But I guess I’d pick the lemons cause I do love lemon-flavored food and drinks.
    Hey, I just received my Avon products from your sis. Can’t wait to try the foot cream for after a long run — it got good reviews so I thought I’d try it even though I don’t have arthritis or anything.

  3. 50 hard boiled eggs (like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast..I hope someone understands that reference…). The acidity of all those lemons…yuck.

  4. I admire runners :-/ I want to get into running so bad and I was running alot more but I have this knee thing so the only way for it not to hurt is to not run 🙁 Bummer. Great job though!

  5. I am seriously impressed that you ran 16 miles today. It was cold and rainy. It takes a really nasty day for me to not take the kids out to recess (yes we go out in rain normally) but even I didn’t take them out today. So I’m impressed.

  6. Give me the lemons anyday!

    Those Haribo bears are my hubby’s all-time favorite. But he picks out the clear ones just for me. That’s love. 🙂

  7. Lew and I just made our fist stop on the way to the foodbuzz festival. We dropped our twins off at the grandparents and are now on the way to Nashville fly out in the morning. We look forward to meeting you in San Fransisco.

  8. Sorry about the rain, but wow, you have amazing scenery to look at while you’re running! Did you really only drink water after 8 miles? I could never go that long, especially when fueling with gummy foods. Congrats on the run!

  9. Good for you for sticking out the 16 miles alone AND in the cold and rain! That’s some awesome determination 🙂

    As an answer to your (very random lol) question, I would go for the eggs. My tummy does NOT like acidic foods!

  10. Good job on the 16 miler! When I was marathon training in the spring, I did my 20 miler alone. It was also pouring. I literally collapsed sobbing at the end in awe of what I’d accomplished, from being so glad the run was finally over and from sheer exahustion. But you know what? It was all worth it! I bet you feel the same. 🙂

  11. Congrats on the run!!!! Way to go – through the rain and all =)

    I used your chocochip squash loaf recipe today, it was great to see a recipe for a squash-bread-thing that measured the squash in cups and not in ounces!! =) Its delicious – mine turned out dense, moist, and positively yummy.

  12. SUPER huge congrats on your 16 miler, especially with the crappy weather! I know how hard/intimidating it is going to that new distance pr, especially alone – so GREAT job rocking your run! 🙂

  13. great job on the solo 16 miler!!! it can be hard to run on your own and in crappy weather but the pay off is worth it!!

  14. Great work! I get so jealous when I read about your running. I’m injured right now, and I have to lay off the running for a while 🙁
    How you keep your iphone dry when you run in the rain? Do you worry about it getting wet?

  15. Congratulations on the 16 miles!! Especially in the rain! It was terrible this morning. I’d def choose the hard boiled eggs. I absolutely HATE anything that has to do with lemon.

  16. Congrats on your 16 miles! That’s amazing you pushed through in the rain, you motivate me to want to do a long run..perhaps tomorrow! Have fun on your trip!

  17. Great job on the 16 mile run! I love reading about your marathon training. 🙂 It motivates me to get my long runs done! Caitlinhtp and I are running 14.0 in the am. yikes!

    I hope you have fun in San Fran…. I so wish I could go!

  18. I’d ea the lemons! I love lemons. I always eat them when I go out and they garnish the meal. Sometimes my fellow diners give me theirs, too. 🙂

  19. My mouth just squirted reading the question about eating lemons. I love lemons but I also love eggs. I eat three every morning for breakfast..(sans the yolks). I’d go with the eggs…

    but i’m still salivating over the thought of eating a lemon!

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