We Did Something Crazy

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and canโ€™t lose weight no matter what they do.

Mal and I did something crazy a few weeks ago. We’re not pregnant! (Sorry, Mom!) We signed up to run a marathon!

But, not just any old marathon– the 2010 Honolulu Marathon!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Remember my Life’s To Do list? Ever since posting it on my blog back in April, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of running a marathon. I just can’t get the idea out of my head, and I’m not getting any younger, so it’s now or never!

This time last year, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to run a marathon because of my hip, but learning about my injury and what I need to do to stay healthy, I’m confident that I can complete 26.2 miles. I’ve walked three marathons, so now my goal is to RUN one.

So, why now? Why fly halfway across the world to run a marathon?

Well, my original plan was to run the Boston Marathon next year through one of the charity programs. But, the more I thought about training for my first marathon in the dead of winter in Boston, the less appealing it became to me. So, I started to look for marathons that took place in the late fall or early winter. That way, I could train outside before it gets too bitterly cold in Boston.

My two biggest concerns for running a marathon are preventing injuries and losing motivation. I’ve heard wonderful things about Team in Training (TNT), so when I found out that they are sending a team to Hawaii to run a marathon, I knew it was the one for me. A few days later, I called TNT and registered for the Honolulu Marathon.

It gets even better! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I told my husband about my plan to run the Honolulu Marathon and asked him if he had any interest in joining my 26.2-mile endeavor. I never thought in a million years he’d actually say ‘yes,’ but Mal knows how much this goal means to me, so he signed up to run the marathon too!! (I still can’t believe it!) Running a marathon in Hawaii with my husband is a dream come true!

I’m training to participate in the Honolulu Marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. I’m raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, and myeloma from taking more lives. I’m also completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes and I need your support to cross the ultimate finish line– a cure!

As I type up this post, I feel a mix of emotions. I’ve dreamed of running a marathon for as long as I can remember and I’ve literally cried watching the runners finish the Boston Marathon year after year. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but now I am mentally and physically strong enough to do so. I know that I am training for the right reasons and it’s icing on the cake to raise money for such an amazing organization and their research efforts.

So, this is where I need your help.

Unfortunately, many of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. When I think of the daily struggles that these people go through, it makes training for a marathon seem like nothing and raising money for the LLS that much more important. If you regularly enjoy reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, please consider making a donation to my Team in Training page. Even the smallest donation makes a difference. When I say that every dollar counts, I’m not just being cliche. Every single donation that you can give, makes a difference to finding a cure for cancer. Please DONATE HERE!

And, of course, I’ll be documenting my experience on Carrots ‘N’ Cake all along the way, so be sure to stay tuned. My training with TNT officially starts a week from Saturday! I’m excited! Wish me luck! :mrgreen:



  1. I’m so glad you are reaching for your goal and signed up to run a marathon. But even more, I’m excited by your charity choice. My brother passed away from Lymphoma at the young age of 5 so the cause is close to my heart.

    I look forward to following your training and will make a note to donate soon.

  2. I am so excited for you guys! This is going to be an amazing experience for you both. I am so excited to hear that you chose to run with Team in Training. I completed my first marathon with them in March. It was one of the best experiences of my life. They will get you to the finish line while supporting an excellent organization! Go Team!

  3. Congrats Tina (& Mal)! I am currently training for my very first marathon right now through TNT and absolutely love the support. It’s been more than awesome tha I even imagined. Good luck to you both on your training and fundraising!!

  4. Congrats on signing up for the marathon and doing it for a great cause. I hope to one day cross a marathon off my “list” too. I just went back to your old post and read your whole list. I’m so happy someone else has, “meet ellen degeneres” on their list! I watch her show every day and hope I get to meet her one day, she is an amazing woman!

  5. OK, so I can think of several AWESOME THINGS about this!!!!

    1) You’re running a MARATHON!!!!!! Dreams DO come true;-)
    2) YOU’RE GOING TO HAWAII!!!!!!!!!
    3) Your hubby is going to do it with you! That’s true love and dedication right there!
    4) You are supporting a fantastic cause! As a breast cancer survivor and having a very good friend as a survivor of hodgkins lymphoma, thank you so much for supporting TNT! You rock!

  6. Congrats! I ran my first marathon two years ago and even through injury and the crazy training, I would do it again in a heart beat… although I haven’t signed up for my second yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kudos to you for signing up for a marathon that donates to a good cause, that alone should help motivation levels!

  7. Congrats!! My first marathon was with TNT and it was an AWESOME experience. They provided you with everything including a wonderful support team. The best part was during my race (Rock n Roll San Diego) ALL of the chapters from TNT from all around the states cheer you on. This is extremely helpful when you have the momoments of “What am I doing,” mine came around mile 20 and 24. Not to mention you are raising money for a wonderful cause. I remember when I finished I cried, I had never been so proud of myself. Enjoy the experience because for me it was a wonderful journey.

  8. Wow that is so exciting! I just made my marathon announcement on Tuesday (but now I’m rethinking my choice of race!) The bucket list and the “I’m not getting any younger” card played a part for me as well.

  9. I ran my first marathon this year and it was an amazing experience! Congratulations and enjoy it! You won’t regret the time it takes to train because crossing the finish line is an amazing accomplishment

  10. I did my first two marathons through team in training and mentoring a team for a 3rd. It was such an amazing experience. The support keeps you going throughout the training and race day support was fantastic. Having TNT coordinate travel plans and race day took all the stress out of running the marathon too!
    good luck!

  11. That is awesome! I have never heard of that organization, but I just checked it out and I may have just found the site that I will sign up for my first half-marathon at ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck to you and Mal!

  12. Yay! I’m a mentor with TNT this season for the Chicago Marathon! I love TNT, I have met some of my best friends through it! I ran MCM with them last season and loved it. You guys have a lot to raise, but you will definitely do it — especially through the blog! Dont even sweat it. I raised over $3,500 for them last season and that was on my own, without a huge blog. So, no worries, you got this!

  13. That is SO awesome! You’re going to do an amazing job running your first marathon. They’re fun! And how cool is it that your first marathon will be in Honolulu?! What an incredible setting. I’m so excited for you!

  14. Woo hoo!!! LOVE TNT. I just did my first marathon with them and it is such a great group for support and guidance and friends to run with! Enjoy!

  15. Tina, this is so awesome! I’m excited for both of you. I want to run that marathon too someday. My ultimate goal though is to qualify for and run Boston. Someday, someday. I’m training for the Portland (OR) Marathon right now, which is on Oct. 10. I have a 20 miler to run tonight AFTER work. Ugh. Good luck on the training and fundraising! TNT is a great cause.

  16. Great idea! I ran my first and second marathon in Hawaii as well. (we were living there so it wasn’t as exciting) but you will have a great time. The marathon is HUGE and the perfect time of year. Enjoy! Congratulations!!

  17. AHHH I am getting married on 12/11/10 – and going to hawaii on the 13th – maybe we will see you out there ๐Ÿ™‚ GOOD LUCK! I cant wait to read about your training ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Thanks for the inspiration! I trained for the Maui Marathon ( which is where I live ) years ago and I’ve been thinking it’s time to push myself again. The Honolulu Marathon is a big deal out here! You’ll love Oahu in December! Hopefully we will have some big winter waves for you to see too! Much Aloha! Amanda

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