The Run from Hill

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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Our team run wasn’t terrible at all. It just included a HUGE hill!! 😯 Plus, Mal came up with this clever post title and was really proud of himself, so I decided to use it. 😆

Bright and early this morning, Mal and I met our team and headed out for 8 miles around South Boston. Our route included a few miles around Castle Island, which somehow I never managed to visit during the 6 months that I lived in Southie. (Apparently, I lived under a rock during that time.) Castle Island is such a cool place to run. Then, we did a loop around West Broadway to Summer Street and East Broadway and back to West Broadway.

My iPhone was acting a little weird/not working on my run, so I had a little fun editing the pictures for this post.





Mal and I and our new running buddy, Nick, started out together and ran the first 3 miles together at a 8:30-9:00 pace. Once Mal was warmed-up, he took off and left us in his dust.


I trucked along at a 9-minute pace for the next mile before facing the biggest, steepest hill ever on G Street. Let’s just say, I was not prepared to run up it. I ran about half way before walking and catching my breath, and then tackled the rest of the hill with a very slow jog to the top. This hill was definitely a challenge for me and I finished mile 5 in 9:57. I sort of struggled through the final 3 miles of the run, but I finished strong at the end.

  • Mile 1: 8:36
  • Mile 2: 8:50
  • Mile 3: 8:55
  • Mile 4: 8:45
  • Mile 5: 9:57
  • Mile 6: 9:08
  • Mile 7: 9:15
  • Mile 8: 8:59


Mal’s recap:

8 miles: (7:46 pace, 1:02) Had the usual pre-run PB&B sandwich and a half cup of iced coffee this morning.  We did an 8 mile run and practiced on some hillier terrain.  Around mile 4 or 5 we hit G street in Southie, which is a STEEP hill.  I like pushing myself on hills as a way to get a little something more out of the run.  I find that I am able to keep a faster pace by staying on my toes as I run up the hill.  I feel like doing this is easier than landing on heels and using my whole foot to push off.  Using this strategy I was able to maintain a 7:02 pace up the hill, which was tiring but rewarding.  Overall, I was happy with this run.  Once I was done with the warmup, I was able to keep negative splits for the most part (8:30, 8:50, 9:08, 7:18, 7:14, 7:01, 7:08, 7:02).


Once everything on our team finished the run, we headed to breakfast at the Boston Beer Garden.


After running 8 miles, I was ready to eat! I ordered the Three Eggs (over medium) with home fries, bacon, and toast, and I pretty much ate the entire thing.


Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the Boston Beer Garden didn’t have iced coffee, so Mal, Nick, and I stopped at P.S. Gourmet for our morning fix. I ordered the butterscotch flavor this morning. Mmm!


Mal and I are doing some shopping today. See ya! 😎



  1. Awesome run! Steep hills are the worst- I usually set a goal at the bottom to reach the top..or at least halfway..without walking to build endurance. It’s TOUGH but much more fun than running on a fat the whole time. 😛

  2. oh I love castle island. I always used to go there with my parents when I was growing up and we lived in Boston. So nice! It is one of my favorite places.

    And you look amazing. 🙂

  3. Wow how does Mal run so fast?! Is he an experienced runner or is he just gifted with a natural ability to run really fast?!

    Congrats to you too – those are some awesome spilts!!

  4. Your husband is a speed demon, I don’t think I’ve ever reach that paced even on a flat street or downhill, lol!

    Great job on your run. I ran with a training group when I was just beginning to run consistently and training for half marathon. For me, joining a group was a good way to stay motivated for early morning rungs.

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