Meet Tina: The woman behind the blog “Carrots ‘N’ Cake”. She is a runner, mom, author, dog lover, exercise enthusiast and Brooks Running Ambassador. She accomplished a lifelong goal this year- which was to run the Boston Marathon! With over 24,000 followers on Instagram – we got to catch up with her and find out the secret to how she balances it all- AND how her love for running began.
Q&A with Tina Haupert, of Carrots 'N' Cake
Tell us the story of how your love for running began...
My love for running really developed in college. It was an easy (and fun!) way to stay in shape with friends and it helped me manage my stress level when it came to my academics. I'd always feel much more relaxed after a run!
How did you prepare for your first marathon; and what were some of the struggles you had along the way?
I ran my first marathon with Team in Training, which was an amazing experience, but I ran into a lot of overuse injuries. I spent a lot of time on the elliptical as a way to keep up with my training, so I was able to cross the finish line in one piece. But, by my third marathon, I learned a few things about training and got so much stronger. I didn't encounter a single injury during my training and shaved off more than 16 minutes from my time!
Your blog, Carrots ‘N’ Cake, is about adopting eating habits that are healthy and balanced, and also realistic. How have you implemented a balanced diet while working full-time on your blog, writing, and raising your son?
I'm a huge fan of prepping healthy foods at the start of the week, so I'm prepared when mealtime rolls around. Two of my favorites are Crockpot Steel-Cut Oatmeal and Breakfast Potatoes.
You’ve written a book titled, “The Part-time Vegetarian: Smoothies and Juices” - what’s a ‘kid-friendly smoothie’ that our fellow moms can try?
I have so many favorites from my book, but if I had to pick one, it would be my Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie. It's truly the best! My son loves it too!
We’re firm believers that strength-training is essential for every runner and should be incorporated into their weekly routine. How has strength-training affected your running?
Strength training has made me so much stronger, so I don't struggle with constant injuries anymore. It definitely makes training a lot more fun!
What’s your favorite time of the day to go for a run?
I love morning long runs on Saturday or Sunday. They make me so happy and set the tone for the rest of my day.
You ran the Boston Marathon this year (so awesome!) - how did that race compare to others that you’ve ran?
It was the best. Simply the best. I grew up in Massachusetts and watched the race every year, so it was a lifelong goal that I always wanted to accomplish. I still get choked up thinking about crossing the finish line.
How does your running regimen change in the winter?
If there's snow, I'll end up on the treadmill; but if it's just cold outside, I bundle up and hit the streets!
You wrote a blog post about getting back to your pre-baby body only 4 months after Quinn (your son) was born. What are some tips you can share with fellow moms or soon-to-be moms out there looking to (safely) lose weight after pregnancy?
I'm a fan of short, high-intensity workouts. They're quick and effective, and, best of all, you can do them during nap time! No excuses!
What’s currently on your running playlist?
I'm still listening to (and loving) my Boston Marathon playlist.
If you’re interested in learning more about strength training for runners check out the K-Fit 6 Challenge – which starts January 11!
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