Taper Time

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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I’ve been such a space cadet in the kitchen lately. The other day, I confused baking soda with baking powder, and, this morning, I added cumin to my oatmeal instead of cinnamon. Where is my brain!?!

If you’re curious, there’s absolutely no way to cover-up the taste of cumin. I tried to add nutmeg, ginger, and more cinnamon to my oatmeal, but it was useless. Cumin is a STRONG flavor!! I hate to waste food, but this batch of oatmeal was inedible. It went right into the garbage. 😕

The second breakfast that I made myself was a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, raisins, and chia seeds on top.


On the side, I had a juicy tangerine.


And iced coffee with eggnog.


Taper Time

Not only did I complete my longest run ever over the weekend, but I have officially entered my taper! I’ve been training hard for 4 months, so now I will take the next few weeks getting my body ready for the marathon.

According to my TNT coach, the taper is not a time to try to “add” in extra miles. Basically, what is done is done and the majority of my training is behind me. Now, it’s time for some nice easy runs, a few longer runs, and lots of stretching and icing. The end goal is a rested body before the race. Our coach shared this article from Runner’s World that has some good taper tips.

Our next long run is a 15-miler, which Mal and I plan to do on Christmas Eve day in our hometown. We’ve never done a long run there, so it’ll be a nice change of scenery.

Feel Great Weight

With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, I thought this post would be helpful: 5 Tricks to Silence the Holiday Food Pushers.

Question of the Day

This one is for the runners:

What are your taper tips?

Any advice, insights, words of wisdom are greatly appreciated. I need all of the help I can get!



  1. I am mostly a swimmer, but here are my taper tips:
    -Have a consistent bedtime; it’s easy to feel overenergized and skimp on sleep, thereby defeating the purpose of your taper.
    -Watch extraneous activity – extra cleaning, household projects, running up and down stairs, etc.
    -Meditate. You’ll be bouncing off the walls.
    -Watch your food intake, it’s easy to gain weight on taper because you are exercising less.

  2. My friend did the opposite once. She added cinnamon to a black bean casserole instead of cumin. Thankfully you couldn’t really tell. Apparently cinnamon is a lot easier to cover!

  3. My brain is gone too. I have been totally out of sorts and feel like I’m in a fog. I have spilled and dropped so much stuff in my kitchen lately. I certainly hope my brain comes back soon. I’m starting to miss the whole me.

  4. I added cinnamon to my hummus instead of cumin once. It wasn’t good. Edible, but not nasty.

    I get terrible taper pains…so lots of elliptical, yoga, and swimming. Clear out those inflammatory cytokines!

  5. I can’t believe we’re tapering already! After the 20 miles this past weekend I thought to myself: HOw the heck will I run 6 more miles!!! It hurt so much. Good luck on your marathon!

  6. I ran my 1st marathon in October. Just think of the taper as the next stage in your training plan and don’t obsess over miles. Trust the plan. I made sure to walk each day during lunch and stretched a lot! I didn’t feel as good during the taper as I expected, but ran my marathon in 3:45! Trust your training, have fun, & good luck!

  7. ICK i just made the same cumin/cinnamon mistake except it was in my coffee. You’re right, there is absolutely no way to cover up that flavor. Down the drain it went.

  8. i train for marathons so i can taper. . . .in theory.. . it is nice to be given the permission to back off and ease up on mileage. a great taper has lots and lots of benefits so TRUST your Taper and drink lots of water!

  9. I’ve added cumin to my oatmeal before, but on purpose becuase I was makign savoury oatmeal. I can see how it wouldn’t work with sweetness! 😛

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