Track Tuesday + Drink of the Summer

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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Good morning and happy July 1st to you! June was the quickest month ever, right? Right?! It was a total whirlwind for me. Well, hello, July. I have a feeling you’re going to be even more insane than June, but I’m ready. Let’s do it!

Yesterday started bright and early with a quick snack as I headed out the door to meet my friend Marisa for a track workout. We recently chatted about how much we both enjoy running in the early morning hours before it gets too hot outside, so we made plans to run together.


Rise ‘n’ shine, it’s running time!

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After a 2-mile warm-up, we did the following track workout: 300, 400, 500, 600, 500, 400, 300 with 200 meter walk (full recovery) in between each one. Marisa actually did a 400 meter jog in between each one, which I started out doing, but when my 500 and my 400 recovery lap were basically the same pace, I decided to walk 200 meters instead to give my body a chance to fully recover. It was a tough workout, but I loved beating the heat, running with a friend, and getting my workout done first thing in the morning.

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Back at home, I whipped up a smoothie with SFH Recovery, blueberries, pineapple, banana, spinach, ground flaxseed, and soy milk.

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After that, I hung out with my boys. We played, played, and played some more. Eventually, Quinn went down for his morning nap, so I took it as an opportunity to catch up on some work.

Maybe about an hour later, I made myself an egg, bacon, and cheese sandwich on an English muffin, which I ate before heading out to a doctor’s appointment and to run some errands.


I had about 10 minutes to kill before my doctor’s appointment, so I snapped a picture of the pretty flowers outside. Haha!

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After my appointment, I ran a bunch of errands and started to get hungry. I wanted a snack, so I bought a bag of Banana Snakaroons, which were quite delicious. I ate half the bag during my travels.

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When I returned home, I found the (human) boys playing in a blanket fort, which was the cutest thing ever.

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Shortly after that, Quinn went down for his afternoon nap, so I whipped out my laptop again and got to work. While I worked, I sipped on my new favorite drink: Watermelon juice (I made it in our juicer) + pomegranate seltzer + lemon. Drink of the summer.

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Questions of the Day

What time of day do you typically work out?

Did you build blanket forts as a kid? 

What’s your drink of the summer? 

P.S. Last chance to enter my giveaway to win a Tre Jogging Stroller from Chicco! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning.



  1. That juice sounds so refreshing! Do you think I could make it in a Magic Bullet? I don’t have a juicer (my city apartment is tiny!) My drink of the summer is anything La Croix – I love sparking water next to the pool.

  2. I’ve been at the gym by 5:30 for the last few mornings. Guess that makes me a morning person! Hello, 5am club!

    I loved building blanket forts when I was a kid! Sometimes I still do! My boyfriend and I will tack sheets to the ceiling a build one for movie nights. Haha

  3. Building blanket forts is one of my favorite memories from childhood! My BFF and I used to sit in our tent and sew clothes for our trolls out of old socks. 🙂

  4. Morning workouts are my jam. I love to start my day with movement – it puts my whole day on the right path. Watermelon lemonade has been my jam for two summers now. Yum!

  5. I always work out first thing in the morning and I love it. Just sets the tone for my day and clears my brain. I used to workout in the afternoon, but work schedule forced me to switch. It was a hard adjustment at first. Looking back, I’m so glad I made the change.

  6. I’m running a 10k Friday night at 7pm (Finish line is at the 50 yard line in Gillette stadium!) I have no clue what I should pack and eat before my run as I plan to get there around 4pm. Typically runs are in the morning so I have a big bowl of oatmeal with banana and peanut butter at home to fuel me up. So I’m a little nervous about making sure I’m fueled enough for the 6.2 miles and that I eat right all day long. Any suggestions? Anyone else reading have a suggestion? Thanks!

    My drink of choice this summer has been any IPA!

  7. An awesome speed workout! Those kind of runs are like, the hardest runs for me. I always seem to dread them or some reason but they always make me. feel so good. going to try this workout sometime this week*

  8. I tend to work out at the 5am CrossFit class at my box, but this morning getting up at 4:30 was NOT happening. I sneaked a peak at the WOD and realized it was basically running. So I slept until 5:20 and got my run in before work 🙂

    Love blanket forts! I now get to construct them for my kiddos! I have discovered that king-sized sheets make it way easier.

    Summer drink: Pina colada on a weekend night with no migraine, and polar flavored seltzer water for all other times.

  9. I am definitely a morning workout girl – this summer is kinda strange for me, I’ve been waking up and doing some bar prep while breakfasting, then not running until 10am for more of a pre-lunch run. It’s good to have some fuel in the tank rather than my usual 6 miles on empty at 6am, I guess!

  10. I love running in the morning and prefer that, but it’s tough for me to get up sometimes! I have to force myself awake, but as soon as I am I’m so glad that I woke up. That drink sounds great, and I’ve just been enjoying plain ice water, sometimes with fruit added, as my drink of the summer! Nice and simple 🙂

  11. Blanket forts are the best! I’m still obsessed with La Croix sparkling water. The coconut tastes just like a pina colada!

  12. Hi Tina! It sure feels good to get your workout done early in the morning. However, I get many of my workouts done while teaching group fitness classes, so those happen throughout the day — different every day. And forts? Oh I built those as a kid. What a funny thing to walk home and find. Gotta love those boys! Happy Wednesday:)

  13. Aww, blanket forts are so fun! I need to make one with my my little guy. My go-to workout time these days is during my lunch break! Although sometimes I can sneak in some more time on the treadmill after my son goes to bed. My new fave summertime drink is pineapple coconut water + malibu rum……sooooo good!

  14. I am a morning working out type of person! The earlier the better! I love track workouts and will totally have to try this one! Also from a post you did a while back during your Boston training I remember you saying you would drink a protein smoothie after a run and you felt better. Well I am training for a PR in a 1/2 and trying to take the most care out of my body so I have been doing this as well after all runs and it has mad a huge difference!! So thank you!!! 🙂

  15. My sisters and I would make epic blanket forts in our house, especially when we used the massive amount of open space in our unfinished basement. Thanks for reminding me of those memories!

  16. I typically work out around 6:30 AM for morning PT, then again around 5:45 PM at CrossFit. It’s almost unbearable though, because in Washington, the heat of the day is around 4 or 5 PM! I have a feeling my drink of the summer will either be sauv blanc, Moscow Mules, or margs!

  17. Unfortunately I work out in the afternoons in the heat of the day! Weightlifting in the morning before work doesn’t sound fun. I need to be alert, plus I like to eat all day before I workout.
    Blanket forts are the best! we used to turn my brother’s room into all blankets when we were kids, cant wait to have kids to have an excuse to do this again.
    Happy July.

  18. So glad he us back to rocking 2 naps!! Hold on as ling as you can to them!! I work out AM too, get it done!

  19. Hi Tina! Did you drink alcohol while nursing? Just trying to make an educated choice and there’s so much info out there.

  20. I’m totally a morning workout’er. If that’s even a word? Haha. I know if I don’t get it done in the morning before work, the likelihood of it being done is about 3%. Drink of the summer is lemon water…. or Spiked Seltzer… depends if it’s day or night : )

  21. Unsweetened iced tea is consuming my life right now… Along with coffee, of course. I always love when I eat the last of a fruit container so I can drink the juice. 🙂

    I loved forts as a kid. We would make them in my living room with the couch cushions. Ahh, the good days!

  22. I made that watermelon cocktail, and I just wanted to say thank you SO much for sharing the recipe! I often like to have a non-alcoholic beverage choice available to summer guests and this was just perfect. Really! I think a great blog post would be summer juices / drinks 🙂

  23. My brother and I made blanket forts or “tents” as kids – we took it too a another level by created forts “houses” with individual rooms, separated by other blankets. Oh yeah, we were hard core ;). Great memories.

    That watermelon drink sounds yummmmmmmmm. I betcha fresh mint would be a marvelous addition.

  24. My 14 month old still wakes a few times at night, so I soak up as much sleep as possible! Workouts are done before lunch and her nap or after nap and before dinner. Your summer drink sounds SO good!!

  25. Last summer I babysat a couple little ones and we ended up making a fort. I hadn’t done that since I was a kid, but it ended up being a lot of fun (for me too), plus it kept them entertained.

  26. I usually work out in the afternoon, but I want to become more of a morning running person so that I can beat the heat. I need motivation!!! And yeah…June (and my vacation) flew by 🙁

  27. I LOVE to workout first thing in the morning. I feel like if I don’t knock it out as soon as I’m up the day just gets away from me. That smoothie sounds so good 🙂

  28. OMG that breakfast sandwich looks SO good.. I’m having tim hortons withdrawal right now!
    Lately I have been working out around 8-9 am. I find I need a good hour to wake up in the morning and prepare myself for a good sweat session. When I was a kid I was the master of forts, brings back so many good memories!
    My summer drink is plain water, i’m pretty lame but it’s so refreshing!

  29. That summer drink looks delicious. I’ve also been making a watermelon concoction recently that’s been good. Just blend some watermelon and coconut water in a blender together for 10 seconds and garnish with mint. It is awesome to sip by the pool.

    I like morning workouts! It is when I feel my strongest. I typically workout at 5am before I head into work. Track workouts are the best. I typically do one once a week on Saturdays.

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