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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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Fitting In Fitness.

Happy Friday, friend – how about a long overdue update on the fitness front!  I think part of the reason I’ve been doing less writing these days is that I’ve actually been out about so much these days!  Winter barely even happened here, and we’ve been drenched in sun and temps in the 50’s and 60’s for weeks and weeks now.  No complaints!

Fresh air has gotten me back into my running shoes and back out strolling every afternoon with the kiddos.  I’m wearing my Fitbit again too, which I am loving.  I definitely find that I’m more motivated to take that afternoon walk with the kids, or jog with the dogs – if I see that I haven’t reached my daily goal yet. 

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So here is what I’ve been up to as far as fitness goes…

Barre Basics

I updated you guys halfway through the Barre3 Challenge, but then never shared my final thoughts at the end (I know, I know).  The biggest effect the Challenge had on me was figuring out how to juggle four studio classes each week.  In the past, I’ve typically stuck to more like one or two, and sprinkled in other fitness here and there.  Doing the Barre3 Challenge showed me that with proper planning and right motivation, I could actually fit in more fitness than I’d originally thought.

The other thing it reinforced to me is that I am not good at home workouts.  I have never been big on exercise videos or DVD programs, and even though the Barre3 online workouts are all different and are very well done, I am just not good at getting motivated to work out at home.  This is probably the same reason why I’ve barely ever touched our treadmill.  I am too distracted at home and despite all my good intentions and proper planning, I almost always ended up blowing off the home workouts (whereas I never skipped a studio workout I’d signed up for!). 

Just as the Barre3 Challenge came to an end, I got the opportunity to try another fun fitness program…

Checking out ClassPass

Have you heard of ClassPass?  I have been using it for the past few weeks, and I am so excited about it!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ClassPass is an alternative to a typical gym membership or fitness studio.  For $79/month, you get access to fitness studios all over your city – like yoga, pilates, barre, spinning, and more.  The catch is that you can only go to one studio three times over the course of each month, so it forces you to jump around and try new things.  This is actually a good thing for me, as I tend to do what is easy and familiar, and this has prompted me to try a lot of new things this month (which I ended up loving!).

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This came at the perfect time after the Barre3 Challenge, which showed me that fitting in fitness all week long was possible – I just needed to be a bit more organized.  I’m using ClassPass to do a lot of evening and weekend classes, and the best part is that I have quite a few friends using it too.  One of the features I really like is that you can “friend” other people using ClassPass, which gives you access to their class schedule.  So instead of texting all week long to see what other people are doing, I can just look and decide if I want to join them – super convenient!

The website is really well done and easy to use, and I like how easy it is to see your upcoming schedule, as well as what you’ve tried already.  And the best part is that some of the studios I already know and love are part of ClassPasshere in Seattle, so I can visit my favorite spots while also trying out things that are new. 

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Unfortunately, as soon as I signed up I got slammed with a horrible cough/cold that came home from school with Cullen, so I sat on the sidelines for most of the first two weeks.  But since then, here is what I’ve tried so far in Seattle:  CorePower Yoga, Flybarre, HauteYoga in Queen Anne, my beloved Barre3, and Strala Yoga.  This weekend I’ll be headed to Barre3 again, as well as trying out my first Flywheel class – I’m scared!

For my Seattle friends, anyone interested in trying it out for just one week (less commitment!) there is a $10/week promo right now!  And for everyone else, look and see if ClassPass is available near you…

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I am hoping they arrive in Cincinnati soon so I can try some classes the next time I head home!  Outside of the fitness studios, I’ve also started pounding the pavement again…

Ready for Racing

I am not a winter runner.  In a former life I can remember early morning long runs back in Cincinnati where we’d run on the side of the road because the sidewalks were all icy in the middle of January.  But running is a lot different for me these days.  Admittedly, I’ve grown less hardcore and more wimpy as far as weather is concerned.  But a bit part of that is also because I am usually running with two small companions.  And while I can do my best to push myself out the door in the cold or drizzle, I can’t force my kids to sit through that in a stroller.  And so, I’ve taken most of the winter off other than a run here and there. 

But these last few weeks I’ve been out on the trails and sidewalks again, and I feel totally energized and excited for another season of running and racing.  As of right now, I’m scheduled to run the Brooks Trailhead 15k in May, the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon, in June, and the See Jane Run Half Marathon in July.  These are all races I’ve done before, so I’m excited to see if I can improve on my times this year. 

I’m not doing any formal training yet, but just building back up some base mileage for now.  During the week, I’ve been getting out here and there with the stroller when the weather has allowed.  And now that the days are getting longer, I’ve been jogging around the neighborhood with the pups during evenings and weekends. 

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Casey is running the LA Marathon next weekend, so after his race I’ll be able to ramp up my running a bit more.  We have figured out that it doesn’t really work for both of us to be formally training for things at the same time!  I’m so excited to go cheer for him and watch him run.  I love marathons!

As running picks up, I’ll probably do less of the studio classes each week – my muscles can only take so much (and there is only so much time!).  My goal is to still do two or three classes a week as cross-training, but we’ll see how it goes as mileage increases.

Last but not least, I’m so excited to share that I’m joining the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador Team this year!  Brooks is an awesome running company based right here in the heart of Seattle, and I’m thrilled to be a local representative within an amazing group of runners.  Their motto is to “Run Happy” – which is exactly how I feel about running, especially these days. 

I am not very fast, and my relationship with running has been sort of a rollercoaster over the past few years through pregnancies, and newborns, and breastfeeding, and all the rest of it.  But I have always come back to running over and over again because, to me, there is no other feeling quite like crossing a finish line.  Running is fresh air, and a mountain breeze, and a few hours (or even minutes!) that are just for me.  I am so excited to Run Happy with Brooks in 2015!

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It’s going to be gorgeous and sunny here this weekend, so our plans include running, hiking, a birthday party, and as much time as humanly possible spent outside.  Happy weekends to all of you!



Barre3 Challenge: Halfway There!

A few weeks ago, I told you guys that I was starting the Barre3 Challenge program – starting January 5th and lasting until the beginning of February.  Now that I’ve reached the halfway point, I thought I’d pop in and tell you how it’s going!

To quickly recap, the “challenge” is to do the following each week: 

  • Do four 60-minute workouts either at a local barre3 studio or online in the comfort of your home
  • Do one 10-minute online workout
  • Try one healthy barre3 recipe

I hadn’t really thought too far ahead when I first signed up for the Challenge, but as soon as the program began, Casey headed out of town for two weeks – yikes!  This is tough for a lot of reasons, but it also makes getting to fitness classes much, much harder because I have to rely entirely on childcare.  He was in and out between trips, so I tried to plan ahead to maximize opportunities when I could.

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WEEK 1

Monday –  The Challenge healthy recipe of the week was a smoothie, and while I didn’t make that exact one, we made our own version which I think still counts.  All about making it work for you, right?  Our smoothie had bananas, strawberries, mango, figs, carrots, peas, flax oil, hemp milk, and yogurt – and both kids slurped it down!  Winning!

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Tuesday – 60 minute studio class with my friend, Lacey

Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with both kids (childcare)

Thursday – 10 minute online workout before mom’s group!

Friday – Had planned to do an 8:45am class with the kids (in childcare), but both kids had a bad night (and Casey was out of town) and I got one measly hour of sleep.  So I canceled my studio class and after sleeping in and a lazy breakfast, the boys and I did a 60 minute online class at home together!

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Saturday – My best friend arrived from out of town, so I skipped formal workouts and opted for walking and talking.  We looped Greenlake for 3 miles in the rain!

Sunday – A 5 mile walk with the whole family and Lindsey along the bluff of Magnolia.  Gorgeous!

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WEEK 2

Monday – Casey was home for about 36 hours, so I took Lindsey along with me to a 60 minute studio class at 6am – a true friend!

Tuesday – Warmer temps allowed for a 4 mile walk around the neighborhood with both boys and both dogs – talk about a workout!

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Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with the boys in childcare

Thursday – Had a friend over for dinner, and made a hearty potato, kale, and white bean soup.  Clicked over to my email later and realized that the Barre3 healthy recipe of the week was almost the exact same thing!  Yum.

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Friday – Casey finally back home after being away for too long – happiness!  No naps for either kid, so we took a long afternoon walk to help improve everyone’s mood.

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I rewarded myself for many long weeks of solo parenting and fitting in fitness with a piece of Mexican chocolate pie the size of my head. 

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Saturday – Super lazy all day, and pouring rain outside.  Did absolutely nothing.

Sunday – Burned at least 4,000 calories from adrenaline and from jumping around my living room watching the Seahawks.  Took two long walks with the dogs!

And that brings us to today!  I went to a 6am class with some of my mama friends this morning, and I’m feeling healthy and strong.  I’m enjoying the Challenge because it’s giving me an extra motivation to make time for workouts, and not to just do them when the opportunity lands at my feet.  That said, doing four 60-minute classes each week feels like a lot (and I actually missed one on week 2).  It really does feel like eat, sleep, Barre3, repeat…

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Beyond the Challenge, I’ll probably look to average three each week, and I’ll have to see how that looks as I dip my toes back into running in the spring.  I’m also planning to charge my Fitbit back up, as I’m walking and moving so much more these days as our weather warms up, and I’d love to have a better sense of mileage over the course of each week.  I’ll recap the rest of the Challenge at the end of the month!

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!  How ‘bout those Seahawks!?!?

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