about me

    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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    Looking forward to chatting with you!


    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

My First Mother’s Day.

Last year on Mother’s Day, I was in Cincinnati celebrating with my own mom.  I was 17-weeks pregnant at the time, but I didn’t really feel like a mom yet.  Instead, I celebrated the wonderful woman who has given me so much.

This year there is no question – I am most definitely a mom.  Casey asked me if I wanted to spend the day being pampered with pedicures and massages, but all I really wanted was a day outside in the sunshine with my family.  And so we did exactly that.

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We started our day off nice and early at Magnuson Park for the Run Like A Mother 5k!  A friend of mine had gifted me an extra entry, so I figured it was a great chance to get another race in as part of my half-marathon training. 

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We got there a bit early so we hung out and gave Cullen another round on the baby swings. 

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It was a great spot to have a family race – so many kids climbing and swinging all over the playground!

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And then just before 9, I left Cullen and Casey and headed to the starting line.  One of my mom friends – Katie – ran the race with me, so we lined up and got ready for the race to start!

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I didn’t really have a plan or a goal for the race, since I’m really just now starting to get back into running and speed work.  My hope was to break 30 minutes, which seemed realistic.  Katie and I started out in the middle of the pack, but quickly realized it was a narrow course and there were a lot of walkers.  We darted in and out and ended up running in the grass for a bit to make our way up to a pace that felt more comfortable.

My goal was to run around a 9:00 mile for the first mile or two, and then go all out from there.  It was so nice running with a friend!  Katie and I ran side by side and chatted about running, baby food, Seattle, and more.  It was a strange course – much more like trail running than I had expected.  Over half of the course was on gravel, and parts were even on grass.  At one point we had to run across wood boards over a big muddy pond!  So considering the terrain, I was pretty happy to be keeping up a good pace.

Right around the 2-mile marker, I decided I was going to go all out and give it everything I had.  I tried to ignore my watch and just focus on my stride and my breath.  I rounded the corner and was shocked to see that my time was much faster than expected.  I ended up finishing in 26:04 – an 8:22 average page!  I know my first miles were closer to the 9:00 range, so that last mile must have been speedy!

I was on cloud nine afterward.  It felt so good to have a redeeming run after struggling so much during the half marathon.  And I am so thrilled to have a running and racing buddy here in Seattle!

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It’s so nice to have a friend pushing a stroller next to you, who understands the logistics of running with a baby.  And it was fun to come around the corner and see our husbands cheering!

After the race, Casey and I headed to brunch at Sunlight Café – a cute little vegetarian spot in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood.  We started with fancy goblets of kombucha…

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I got the Huevos Picante – a whole wheat breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs and salsa, baked with enchilada sauce and served with black beans, home fries, and guacamole.  YUM!

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Casey got the Sunlight Vegettable Tofu Scramble – mixed vegetables & organic tofu in a garlic-ginger sauce, served with home fries & half 7-grain organic english muffin, with a lemon-tahini sauce on the side. 

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Back at home we all took long naps – Cullen in his crib, Casey on the couch, and me in a lounge chair in the backyard.  All our favorite spots!

We wrapped up our day at Juanita Beach Park, where we went for a 4 mile walk exploring some of the surrounding areas and trails along the waterfront.

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We used the maps on our phones to navigate down a steep hill toward another little hidden waterfront spot – Kiwanis Park.  Good thing we have an all-terrain stroller – it was steep and all gravel!

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But once we got down there it felt like a little hidden paradise.  Hidden beaches with Lake Washington splashing right onto the shore. 

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Absolutely gorgeous.

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It was exactly what I had hoped for – a gorgeous day in the city that I love so much, with the family that I couldn’t possible love more.  While I know Mother’s Day is supposed to be a celebration and day of thanks for moms,  I spent most of my day thinking about how grateful and thankful I feel to have this privilege. 

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While I certainly don’t need a special day to make me feel like I’m doing a good job, it is nice to know that all the dirty diapers, midnight feedings, and hard work I put into this role are appreciated.  Many thanks to my two favorite boys for giving me such a wonderful day!

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Sana     at 9:45 am

Happy Belated Mother’s Day Emily!!! You are amazing at all that you do :)


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 9:46 am

Great job on the 5K! That is really a great way to spend mother’s day!


Erica     at 9:46 am

I hope that when the day comes for me to celebrate my first Mother’s Day it goes just as well as yours has. What a beautiful way to celebrate!


Bonnie     at 9:48 am

There is so much to be thankful for and so many blessings to count. Hugs to you and yours. :)


Anna @ Blissfully Banana     at 9:53 am

Yay! It looks like you had an amazingly fantastic mother’s day! :) Oh and awesome job on the 5k!


Kristen     at 10:01 am

What a great way to spend you first mother’s day! Glad you had such good weather! When the sun comes out there is nowhere prettier than the northwest (its just a matter of making it through all that rain :-))


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)     at 10:07 am

What an awesome mothers day!


Shari     at 10:10 am

What a perfect first Mother’s Day!! :)


Kaci Blake     at 10:13 am

That last picture is so precious! XOX


Elizabeth     at 10:13 am

This is a very random question. I started reading your blog just before you moved to Seattle. I was very inspired by your journey to becoming a runner. I live in the Seattle area, and it is so exciting to see that you are enjoying this beautiful place. I was wondering how you hear about all the runs you do. Do you read about them in the paper, is there a website you use or is it all word of mouth? I would like to start doing some small races, but I am not sure how to find one. Thank you for sharing your life with the world, I look forward to a cup of coffee and your blog every day.


Samantha Reply:

Hi there – Emily will probably have a better resource, but as a lifelong to the area, you might try this:



Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries     at 10:15 am

such a cute post! i love your attitude toward being a mother. i can’t wait until i get that chance! great job on your race too! sounds like a perfect day. :)


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats     at 10:17 am

Cullen is ridiculously adorable! I’m glad you had a great mother’s day!


Lindsay Loves Veggies     at 10:20 am

You got that tan in Seattle?? Dang girl! ;)


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 10:21 am

That’s how I like to spend my Mother’s Day, too. Relaxing with the kids and hubs spending as much time as possible outside enjoying the fresh air. Of course, yummy food is important too!


Ali     at 10:28 am

I love the Sunlight.. My sister used to work there. Great job on the run!


Julie @ Running and Riley     at 10:38 am

What a beautiful recap of your Mother’s Day! Cullen is sooo adorable!

So proud of you for hanging in there and racing! Awesome time!


Kim     at 10:39 am

Em…that last picture is soooo beautiful!


Julie     at 11:04 am

Looks like a perfect day! And you look soooo good. Slim, fit and gorgeous !


Jamie     at 12:10 pm

First of all-you guys are just an adorable family. Secondly-that post got me choked up as next year will be my first official mother’s day and I absolutely cannot wait to spend it in a very similar way. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day in an idyllic location with amazing weather. And I love the stroller off-roading!! :) GREAT job on the race, too!


Jen @ The Well Read Fish     at 12:20 pm

What a great 5k time! Glad you had fun!


Sarah     at 12:25 pm

You are one beautiful mama (inside and out!). So glad you had such a great day!


polly     at 1:24 pm

i love your blog and your sweet outlook on life and motherhood! what a joy to read! I pass along your blog whenever i can. great job at the race! did you push Cullen during the race?!?! Even if you did not, that is a GREAT time, holy moly!!! I have a 15 year old and i promise, it only gets more and more fun. :)



Leah     at 1:27 pm

oooh, great day and tasty treats (and a nap). Go little in-shape family, go!


Kate @ life's precious moments     at 3:09 pm

Such a wonderful post. Happy Mothers Day to you (a little late)! I am so glad you had a great day with Cullen and your husband!


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed     at 3:53 pm

Gorgeous, sounds like a perfect day :)
Heidi xo


Army Amy*     at 4:27 pm

What a grwat way to spend mother’s day!*


Coco     at 4:29 pm

Sounds like an amazing day! Great run :)


Meagan     at 4:35 pm

What a GREAT day! :) I am gonna go look up Sunlight Cafe right now… it’s so cool that they have goblets of ‘bucha!


Pure2raw twins     at 5:31 pm

adore that picture of Cullen swing!
so glad you had a great Mother’s day you deserve it!!


Pure2raw twins     at 5:31 pm

meant to say swinging not swing, haha sorry about that


Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)     at 6:28 pm

You guys are such a cute family. So glad your Mother’s Day was wonderful. I also celebrated my first Mother’s Day. :) My little girl was born just in time, on May 2nd. Best feeling ever.


Krystina (Krystina Yogini)     at 6:48 pm

I’m obsessed with those pictures of Cullen on the swing. SO freaking cute.


Alex @ Raw Recovery     at 6:48 pm

I’m so happy you had a wonderful mother’s day!


[New Balance] Nicole     at 7:01 pm

Congrats on your race! Glad you had an awsome day!


Katie@Real Food Katie's Way     at 7:32 pm

I’m so glad you had a beautiful first Mother’s day! You all look so very happy Emily!


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More     at 9:44 pm

Perfect first Mother’s Day!


Carley     at 10:01 pm

How perfect to run on mothers day!!


Marty     at 4:42 pm

Congrats on a fulfilling Mother’s Day Race! Love the smiling Cullen, ESP the last in your new kitchen! So much new in a year, new baby, two moves and into a home of your own! And perfect Seattle weather to boot!


Abby @ Change of Pace     at 5:14 pm

Sounds like an ideal Mother’s Day! Congrats on the rocking time, too.


Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See     at 11:45 pm

Those pictures of Cullen on the swing are too much ! What a cutie :)


Ingunn     at 1:54 pm

Now that you’re on the eastside, I can pimp some of my local parks. ;)

Redmond Watershed Preserve: GREAT for trail running or just hiking with your little man (no dogs allowed though, boo!)

Farrel-McWhirter Park: this one is fabulous for kids; they have ponies, pigs, goats etc plus short hiking trails (dogs allowed, yay!) and picnic areas.

Marymoor Park: the biggest off-leash dog park in the U.S., plus they have concerts and outdoor movie nights in the summer.

Also, the Burke-Gilman trail turns into the Sammamish River Trail which is great for running and biking, especially if you schedule a break at Redhook Brewery (they’re used to sweaty athletes stopping by). I know you don’t drink, but they have an excellent portobello entree with quinoa, vegetables, and red pepper sauce.


Hayley @ Oat Couture     at 12:03 am

Aww I know I’m a little late but Happy Mothers Day!! Your day looks like it was absolutely idyllic! :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Hayley!


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