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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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    A Look Back.



Getting Ready For Racing.

It is that time of year again!  Birds are chirping, temps are rising, and I am back at Greenlake looping around with the BOB Duallie after taking most of the cold winter months off.  I am always so excited at the beginning of racing season — with a handful of races on the calendar and the hope of fast speeds and personal bests on my mind.  Here is what I am signed up for so far:

These are all local Seattle races, and actually all races I have done before!  I am sure I’ll sprinkle in some 5k’s and 10k’s throughout the summer as well.  So far I’ve just been working on building back up my base fitness and mileage.

I have been doing Barre3 classes consistently all year long, and I can see and feel that I have gained a lot of strength and muscle tone.  But I am definitely lacking in cardiovascular fitness – I can tell I have taken some time off!  My breathing is heavy and I don’t have the endurance I have when I’m running consistently.  Time to change that!

This past week was my first official week of training for the Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon.  It has been on my calendar for weeks now, and I’ve been excited about checking off the boxes and committing to my training program.  My first run of the 12-week program was Tuesday…and I ended up missing it.  Off to a good start, huh?

On Sunday afternoon, our house got taken down by a really nasty stomach bug.  Would you believe that in 3.5 years, this was our first one??  Casey’s parents were here visiting, and by the end of the week four out of six of us were seriously ill.  It was HORRIBLE.

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After 24 hours of puking my guts out, I finally felt human again but my appetite didn’t return for almost a full week.  I can’t even remember the last time I have been sick like that!  And hardest of all was seeing poor Cullen feel absolutely miserable.  Thankfully somehow Graham was spared (and Casey too!), which truly felt like a miracle.  Mimi and Grandpa were not as lucky, which is definitely not how they planned on spending their visit.  So frustrating and awful.

So needless to say, after being sick and then eating almost nothing for a week, running was off the table for quite a few days.  I finally mustered up some energy for a short loop with Graham on Friday afternoon, and ooof – it hurt.

On Saturday morning, we all went for a family run at Greenlake – one of my favorite weekend activities in the spring!  Casey pushes the boys and I crank my music up as loud as it goes and I give it everything I have because it is my one stroller-free run of the week!  We looped 4 miles and it felt hard.  I took a few walking breaks.  I felt out of shape.  I also felt awesome to be running, excited about what’s to come, and really grateful to finally feel healthy again.

I’m following the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Half Marathon training plan this time around.  I’ve done this one before and it works pretty well for me.  At this stage of life, I’m just trying to get back into decent running shape and maybe meet a few goals.  I don’t want to overcomplicate it with lots of speed-work or trying to run too many times in a week.  I’m also planning to balance this with barre and yoga classes as my cross-training two or three times a week (if possible).  I did my best to choose a training schedule that was realistic for both my fitness level and my lifestyle, so that I’ll be able to stick with it for twelve weeks!

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I’m also running in some new gear, which is really exciting.  Other than my beloved Lululemon running crops (which they don’t make anymore – sob!!), I’ve never invested much in my running wardrobe, and most of it consists of shirts from previous races and Target sports bras.  As part of the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador program, I got to try out the Bring It Racerback tank and the Infiniti Capri III.

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The capris are amazing, and instantly became my new favorite bottoms.  The inside of the leg opening has a grippy/gummy band that keeps the fabric from creeping up or slipping down, and I absolutely love it.  The fit is perfect and they are comfortable enough to wear all day long.  My only complaint is that the back pocket is too small for my phone, but that’s probably more the fault of my ginormous Samsung.  I’ve been wearing these day after day (probably too much, actually) and even rocked them to the beach when it was SEVENTY degrees on Thursday and we were finally all feeling better.

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The Bring it Racerback comes in a few different fun, bright colors and it is super LONG, which I love because it covers most of my backside.  These are definitely going to be summer running staple items!

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And most importantly – new shoes!!  I have been guilty of simply ordering the newest pair of my same old boring (white!) running shoes for years and years without ever re-checking my fit or trying out any different styles.  I have a neutral stride, so I chose to test out the Brooks Glycerin 12.  I mean, just look at them.  Purppplle!!!

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Aside from being ridiculously flashy and outrageous, they are also really comfortable and have great cushion.  I love that the laces are stretchy and the inside fabric of the shoe is super soft.  And I am so happy when I look down at my feet!

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Now that the week of puking and sickness is behind us (knock on wood), I am looking forward to a healthy week ahead and a full week of training.  And I’m excited to write a lot more about running now that I plan to be doing it a lot more!  Speaking of – a recap of Casey’s recent marathon and our trip to California coming up next!

What races are you guys training for?  Any local runners who can recommend good races we might not know about yet?



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!

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