Uncharted Territory

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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Mal and I headed into uncharted territory this morning. We each ran fourteen miles, which is the longest distance that either of us have ever run. Hooray!! I was psyched to finish today! :mrgreen:

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As you probably know, I’m in the process of testing out fuel for my long runs, so I tried a Honey Stinger on this morning’s training run.

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The other day, Monica sent me a whole slew of her favorite products to try out. I really liked the Honey Stinger – Gold, which is pure natural honey with no flavors added. The consistency made it easy to eat while jogging (I didn’t have to stop and chew) and the flavor didn’t leave a weird taste in my mouth. (It tasted like regular ol’ honey.)

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After eating my usual, go-to breakfast, I got my running gear, which included loading up my Spibelt.

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My Spibelt holds my iPhone and “fuel” for the run. It would also probably fit an ID, cash, a key, or other small items. (A few people asked what fits inside my Spibelt, so I just wanted to let ya know! ;-))

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When Mal and I arrived at the South Boston Running Emporium, our coach gave us a map of our 14-mile training route, which started in Southie, looped around Boston Common and the Charles River and back to South Boston.

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We started down D Street to Summer Street and past South Station.

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Which brought us to Downtown Crossing.

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And then to Boston Common.

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Where the first water stop was located (about 2 miles into the run).

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The next few miles took us around Boston Common and down Beacon Street to the Charles River.

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I love running along the Charles! It’s so pretty! 😀

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Around mile 5.5, I crossed over the river to the Memorial side.

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Around mile 6, I slowed my pace and ate the Honey Stinger. It went down, no problem!

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Then, I continued on until I hit the Mass Ave bridge.

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The Head of the Charles was happening today! 😀

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Miles 8-11 took us down Beacon Street, around Boston Common once again, and looped back through Downtown Crossing. We followed Summer Street to L Street and back to the South Boston Running Emporium.

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The final couple of miles were killer, but I pushed through and finished in 2:09:30 (9:15 pace).

  • Mile 1: 9:12
  • Mile 2: 8:51
  • Mile 3: 9:26
  • Mile 4: 9:09
  • Mile 5: 9:09
  • Mile 6: 9:04
  • Mile 7: 9:10
  • Mile 8: 9:07
  • Mile 9: 9:21
  • Mile 10: 9:46
  • Mile 11: 9:27
  • Mile 12: 9:05
  • Mile 13: 9:36
  • Mile 14: 9:36

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Once I finished, I stretched and rehydrated with a packet for orange-flavored GU Recovery Brew, which was pretty good. It sort of reminded me of Tang.

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Breakfast

Mal and I said goodbye to our team and drove straight to the Wheelhouse Diner for breakfast. I ordered my usual: 2 eggs with homefries, toast, and coffee.

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Ya can’t go wrong with this breakfast! 😉

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Then, Mal and I had the busiest day ever… and it’s not over yet! 😯 More to come!

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61 Comments

  1. Tina, (It’s weird to write this since my name is shortened to Tina too!) I have read your blog for a while and thought I should finally comment. I love how real your blog is and your running posts are so inspirational. My best friend lives in Boston and seeing your Boston posts always reminds me of how fun it is there. You’re really lucky to live in such a run-able city 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. I’m training for my first half marathon in December and have been reading your blog for a few months. I love all your tips. I just ordered and received my Spibelt. I have an iphone in an otterbox that didn’t fit in my arm band anymore. The Spibelt is great! Thanks for all the tips.

  3. Awesome!! I ran 12 today, but my farthest is a half marathon!
    I tried new fuel today too – medjool dates and some gatorade G2! Tasted delicious, but I think too much for the middle of a run and not easy to bring with me. I’ll probably still to GUs

  4. Congratulations on that distance! Marathon training and running keeps you constantly in awe of yourself! Your story is so similar to mine running San Diego, goooood luck!!

  5. Great job on your run. I found your blog recently so thought I would comment. I wish that my husband and I ran together. What a great way to spend time together doing something you both have a love for and reaching your goals as well. And your pictures are wonderful.

  6. Congrats Tina! 14 miles is amazing! Boston looks so gorgeous… my friend was recently there and her photos are similar to yours- bright, cheery, as though they’re out of a travel brochure! Boston is definitely on my list of places to visit.

  7. I love that the two of you run together. Not to sound cheesy, but I feel like that makes for a great bonding experience! And, 14 miles is seriously impressive…I’m proud of you! 🙂

  8. Awesome job on the run!! I have a 14 miler next weekend and I’ve been looking for something different for mid-run fuel. Thanks for posting about the Honey Stinger, it’s now on my list to try next weekend 🙂

  9. Congrats on the mileage! Boston looks gorgeous right now. I love that you are testing out the different fuels for long runs. I had never tried any of them before but my mom suggested I use some for my first half marathon. I used the sports beans and they made a HUGE difference. Chewing was relatively difficult but after mile 6 I had one or 2 beans every mile and could really feel an increase in my energy! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them all!

  10. Great pictures!! Head of the Charles is fantastic – and it looks like the weather is perfectly beautiful. I so miss New England fall. Congrats on your 14. Your time is fabulous!

  11. Congrats on the 14 miles!

    There is a new show on the Food Network called Food Feuds and last night, the episode was about the best pizza in Boston. I can’t remember the two places they featured but I wondered if you had ever been to them 😀

  12. I’ve never tried the Honey Stinger gels, but I love their ‘gummies’.

    I think my favorite fuels are GU Chomps, Powerbar gel blasts (I think you had those last week?!), and the Honey Stinger gummies.

  13. Tina! Congrats on your spectacular run! Now I have a odd question for you — does your bum get cold when you run in the fall/winter? Mine gets soooooo cold (of course it’s got a few sizes on you, so that could have something to do with it) — it’s almost to the point of unbearable. Perhaps you have suggestions for running “undergarments” (aka panties — but I hate that word), that will help with the insulation factor but not leave unsightly lines? Or, maybe you don’t have this problem and I’m looking like a real freak right now…….. 🙂

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