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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.



Thursday Tangents.

Hello, hello!!  It’s sunny and freezing cold here, and I’m enjoying an early lunch at my desk while the kids are at school.  Today is a work day and yesterday was a run around and get things done day.  And I literally RAN AROUND – ran a very cold 3 miles around our frozen lake. 

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It was my first time running outside in a few months (!), and it actually felt really great.  I had no idea if all my sprints and inclines on the treadmills at Orangetheory would actually make a difference in my outdoor running, but so far so good!  It also felt amazing to be back to running outside, and it got me really excited for spring running!

Like the rest of you, we are very much in “January mode” in our house.  Our big task for this month (and coming year) is a major budget overhaul. Not that we were frivolous spenders before, but we are looking to be very mindful of our spending each and every day going forward. It is so easy to grab things that are just a few dollars here and there, and it all adds up so quickly!

We went through all our bank and credit card statements and unsubscribed from all the things we didn’t need or weren’t using – it felt good to clean house. And another area where we are really trying to cut back our spending – FOOD!  The goal is to eat only home-cooked meals all month, and to cut out excess spending on takeout and restaurant meals.

I’m also trying to be more mindful at the grocery store, of both what we are buying and focusing on sale items and good deals.  I’m trying to buy less and use up what we have – I feel like (especially with kids!) food is wasted way too easily.  Here is a bit of what we’ve been cooking recently!

Last week I had some potatoes and carrots I wanted to use up, so I made homemade veggie burgers and fries.  It was a loose spin on my black bean burger recipe, and was a hit with the whole family.  The kids went nuts for the fries (which were simply potatoes cut into fry shapes and roasted). 

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I also made a version of my favorite enchilada bake, but this time with tons of yummy maitake mushrooms, baby kale, and roasted sweet corn.  We have been eating this for several days!  The maitakes and kale were a great deal at Costco (which I’m trying to go to more often for things like produce because of better prices!).  

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I think I told you guys that I got a new crockpot for Christmas – my first one!  I’ve been experimenting with various soups and stews during this chilly winter season.  I threw together this homemade lentil and rice stew that we made with warm mini naan breads (with butter).  SO tasty!

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Last night we had three rotting bananas hanging out, so banana bread was a MUST.  We used the blueberry banana bread recipe but swapped in some fresh raspberries that were also on their last leg.  Also didn’t have any Greek yogurt so we subbed in applesauce, and it turned out delish!

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And now that Christmas break is over I’m back to packing lunches, which means I need a good variety of options so the kids don’t get bored!  Love the guacamole cups from Costco – such an easy thing to grab and pack!  My kids also loved chopped up Field Roast, which is a nice way to get some veggie protein in mid-day. Btw, all pictures are from my Daily Garnish Instagram account <—a separate Instagram feed for all our family food photos.  Follow along if you aren’t already!

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Outside of cooking we’ve just been hibernating at home a lot.  I’ve been taking advantage of finally having slightly older kids who (gasp) actually go off and play together for extended period of time.  It’s amazing and sort of mind blowing.  The other day the kids were playing really well together and I decided to curl up on the couch in a sunny spot and crack open this book I borrowed from my friend, Lacey. 

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I ended up reading the ENTIRE thing!  It was the best book I’ve read in a long time, and obviously I love that it’s written by a fellow blogger, and about opening a restaurant here in Seattle.  So much of their adventures in opening Delancey reminded me of what it’s been like for me and Casey to start our business.  Such a good read! 

Speaking of business things, an update in the kombucha world – we are MOVING!  We have reached capacity at our current brewing space, which is really exciting.  So we are moving to a new production facility right across the bridge in Ballard, and we will have a big new space with much bigger capacity, an on-site office, and tons of storage (which we desperately need!).  So that is a big thing and a ton of work, but also really exciting. 

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Our home delivery business is growing really well, and we have three employees now (in addition to the two of us).  It’s so much hard work but it’s also really fun to do it together, and it never gets old seeing it on shelves around the city.

Last but not least – big plans for the weekend include moving the boys back into the same room.  We put them in bunk beds over the summer, but then had to move them apart when Cullen stopped napping and their sleep schedules were too off (read:  Graham never sleeps, and Cullen needs a lot of sleep).  But now it sort of feels like no one is sleeping (or at least sleeping in strange places), and I know Graham will be happier sharing a room with someone (and it’s not going to be ME!). 

A few recent places I have found the kids sleeping when I’ve gone to bed – Cullen, wrapped up like a body bag on his floor…

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And Graham, passed out next to a stack of books in our bed (this is the case almost every night). 

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So that should be a fun project for this weekend, and then I can finally show you guys pictures of their adorable room once it’s all set up again. 

That’s all for today – hope your week is going well!



2017 Running Plans and Goals!

It wouldn’t be January if we weren’t talking fitness resolutions, right?  Although I don’t really have any big resolutions this year.  More just plans and shifts in mindset. 

My biggest goal for the coming year can be summed up in one word – PEACE.  I want a peaceful household, and I want to be a peaceful parent.  This has nothing to do with fitness, but it is the general umbrella under which I’m trying to wake up every day.  More listening, less yelling.  More patience and fun, less stress and projecting.  More peace within, and more peace given to others around me.

And in some ways, I guess that does tie in with fitness, and in not really setting any formal concrete plans.  I want to give myself grace and peace to work hard and do my best, but also not set myself up to fail.  That said, I only did one big race last year and it kind of bummed me out.  So I’d like to find a few to work toward throughout the year, and see how it goes!

Oiselle is doing a brand new road race here in Seattle on April 22nd, but we will be out of town for it, which is a bummer – next year it is!  Other races on my radar:.

  • Hot Chocolate 15k – March 5
  • Beat the Bridge 5k – May 21
  • Brooks Trailhead 15k – May (hasn’t been announced yet)
  • Rock N Roll Seattle – June 18th (always a favorite!)
  • Suncadia Multisport Festival – July (hasn’t been announced yet)
  • Lake Union 10k – August 13
  • Seattle Marathon 10k – August 27

Not sure which ones exactly I’ll do, but I’ll probably start training soon to at least build my base mileage up to at least 6 or so miles.  I NEED my running buddy Lacey to heal up from her hip injury to help me get motivated to go running when it’s pitch dark and 22 degrees outside (like it was this morning).  

My BIG long-term goal is to run the Flying Pig (full) Marathon next year (2018) – it will be the ten year anniversary of my very first marathon.  I have a lot of time to think about it and prepare, but I have it in my sights as a very long term thing to be working toward!

Outside of running and racing, my plan is to keep committed to Orangetheory and see how many splat points I can rack up for the year – my goal is at least 2017!  I had fun bouncing around to lots of different fitness studios for a while, but now I really enjoy just doing one thing consistently.  I think it helps that every Orangetheory workout is so different, so it still feels fresh and new each time. 

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(My new favorite running pants and latest shoe obsession from Brooks!)

Currently I’m going to Orangetheory 3-4 days each week, and usually barre3 1-2 days a week as well.  I imagine those numbers will shift around and lessen a bit as I add in more regular outdoor running as well.  I’m excited and hopeful to see how my treadmill sprints and intervals have impacted my outdoor running over this winter season.  Fingers crossed that I’ve built up some speed and endurance!  And if not it’s going to be an ugly start.

So far this year is off to a tough start, as I’m still battling this nasty flu/cold that I came down with on Christmas Eve.  I’ve been under the weather for weeks now, and I can’t just sit in bed and read books and recover all day (as much as I’d love to!).  So for now I’m power walking and taking it easy, but still keeping moving so I stay sane and somewhat fit. 

What are your goals this year?  Who else is doing Orangetheory??  Any local races I should have on my radar that I didn’t mention?

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