The Half of Quincy

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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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Wahoo!! I earned myself a new half marathon PR today! My previous PR was 1:58:01 at the Chilly Half Marathon last November, but I murdered it with a 1:57:16 (8:57 pace) at The Half of Quincy this morning!

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A little over 700 runners came out for the 2nd Annual Half of Quincy this morning. The race started and finished at Quincy High School, so the route was one big loop all over Quincy.

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I lived in Quincy for three years, so it was fun to see my old stomping grounds. I even ran by both of the apartments (West Squantum Street & Pine Street) where we lived!

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I thought the course would be pancake flat, but there were definitely a few hill surprises along the way. Around Mile 5, there was a steep climb for about 0.3 miles, which was tough, but I still had fuel in the engine to propel myself up it.

However, another hill around Mile 10 almost killed me. I didn’t stop to walk it, but I slowed my pace down a ton. When I was almost about to give up, I saw Mal and Murphy at the top, which gave me the boost that I needed to finish strong. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to see them! I yelled out both of their names and ran over to the side of the course and gave them each a huge kiss. I must have looked like a total nut because the police officer, directing traffic nearby, started laughing at me!

Overall, the course for The Half of Quincy was really beautiful. We ran along the ocean and Wollaston Beach and then onto the Squantum Peninsula where there was marshland on either side, and then into Marina Bay by docked yachts and sailboats. Very scenic. I love routes where you can appreciate the view like this. It actually sort of gives me energy.  

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After spending yesterday doing what you’re not supposed to do the day before a half marathon, I am REALLY happy with my time!

  • Mile 1: 8:11
  • Mile 2: 8:27
  • Mile 3: 8:50
  • Mile 4: 8:54
  • Mile 5: 8:58
  • Mile 6: 8:57
  • Mile 7: 9:04
  • Mile 8: 9:07
  • Mile 9: 9:00
  • Mile 10: 9:37 <”” hill that almost killed me!
  • Mile 11: 9:19
  • Mile 12: 9:16
  • Mile 13: 8:53

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Since the race, I’ve been smiling all day long! It’s crazy what running can do for your confidence and self-esteem. Maybe it’s just all of the post-race endorphins that are making me feel so good? I dunno, but I love it!

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116 Comments

  1. way to go!! I got a new PR this weekend to! with a 1:59 from a 2:04. I love the feeling you get from an accomplishment like setting new PR’s!!!
    Your amazing!

  2. GREAT JOB GIRL!!!!!!!! greasy food + whipped cream vodka = great success!!! (nothing to do with your heart and determination and sticking to your workouts 🙂 )

  3. YAAAAAAAY! Congrats and enjoy that high for as long as possible!
    Tina

  4. Awesome!! I am just getting into running myself but I’m off to a SLOW start. It’s hard,lol! What running crops are you wearing in the pic above? I’m in the market for some and have no clue what’s best. I want to keep jiggling to a minimum so I need good crops and a better bra! Thanks =)

  5. Niiiice, good job on the marathon Tina!! that sounds so fun~since I recently started running, I’ve been addicted in a way and can’t wait to run when it’s not raining. (can’t be out in rain b/c of radiation warnings) I’m afraid that if/when I sign up for a race, I’ll be just like you–signing up everywhere haha! Have a blessed day tomorrow mornin’ when you read this comment! 😀

  6. Check you outttt! Excellent time, especially after your post before the marathon- maybe change the title to ‘Things To Do if you Want to PR’…am sure Runners’ World would be impressed 😉

  7. Not that I thought you ever looked “heavy” (I actually kinda thought you were crazy that you wanted to lose weight..but I’m in the same boat. We can be so judgmental of our ourselves sometimes 🙁 ), but Tina, you are looking so great! I hope you feel as great as you look! Congrats on your PR 🙂

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