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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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    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.

Magnuson Spring Into Action 5K (& Kids’ Race!).

I mentioned in Monday’s weekly wrap-up that I ran a 5K this past weekend – my first postpartum race this time around!  I think I’ve probably run a total of eight or nine times since Graham was born – not a huge amount, but enough to at least feel like I’m back on my feet again.

I recently plotted out my training calendar for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon coming up in June, which motivated me to start thinking about some smaller races I can do leading up to the bigger distance.  And as I was searching around for local races, I thought – why not this weekend?  I found the Magnuson Spring Into Action 5k – since the weather looked nice and I knew the course, I found myself digging out my running gear on Saturday morning.

One of the other reasons I wanted to do this particular race was that it was super family friendly.  The start time was at 10am – much easier (and warmer!) for bringing young kids along!  There was also a kids’ race before the main event, that I remember watching two years ago when Casey ran a half marathon as part of the same race series. 

We signed Cullen up since it was only $3, not knowing if he’d be really into or absolutely refuse to participate.  He was surprisingly really excited, and kept saying, “I want to do my race!”


When the kids all lined up, I stood off to the side with Graham and tried not to pass out from all the cuteness.  It was obvious he was the youngest kid of the bunch, and I hoped he wouldn’t flip out when all the other bigger kids started running.  But it looked like dad was giving him a pretty good pep talk. 


The official yelled “GO!” and the runners were off.  Cullen was all business and looked totally into it!


While he was obviously waaaay behind all of the four and five year olds, he was also keeping a pretty good stride.  I could not handle how adorable it was to watch him running a race, and I loved it even more because he was having so much fun. 


And then he totally bit it.


And I watched from afar while he spent the next several minutes like this…


Graham and I did our best to cheer him on!


Eventually Casey convinced Cullen to get down and finish the race.  Tears were wiped and hands dusted off, and my brave little guy got down and slowly jogged the rest of the 400 meters (pretty far for a two year old!).  We also discovered a bruised and bloody knee later – poor guy!


You have to love a running crowd.  He was dead last by at least several minutes, and still everyone waited and cheered him in as he made his way to the finish line.  Cutest thing ever. 


He was super pumped about his blue ribbon, and I was really glad Casey made him get down and finish because he left with a good memory.  He has already said he wants to do it again next time!  Now I’m worried that I need to find more 5K’s with kids’ races…


My race was next, and it was just about as successful.  I was all caught up in getting the kids into the stroller/Ergo and I didn’t realize the main race was about to start.  I was over on the side with my family when the starting gun went off – oops!  Despite my carefully planned playlist, the Bluetooth headphones I was borrowing from Casey weren’t synched, so I was starting late with no music, no watch, and absolutely dead last.

I started out kind of in shock.  I just felt so unprepared, and I was kicking myself for not having it more together.  I was also really pissed.  I wanted a good race, I wanted music, and I didn’t want to weave through all of the walkers to find my groove.

I just felt really off and spent most of the race feeling horrible and in a big funk.  Running felt impossibly hard and my body felt very out of shape.  I thought I had run at LEAST two miles when I finally saw the first mile marker.  It was definitely not my day.

I promised myself the next one would be better.  With no clocks and no watch I had no idea what to expect, but I felt so slow and sluggish.  I was surprised to see 29 minutes on the clock when I approached the finish line.  My official finish time was 29:30, but it was probably closer to a 28 minute run since I started late (there were no timing chips).  Much better than I had anticipated, so that part was good.

I ran to the finish with nothing left in my tank, and my only motivation being that I knew Casey and the boys were there, and I wanted Cullen to see me finish my race just as proudly as he finished his.  It wasn’t a good race, but it felt good to do something that’s important to me with my family, and I appreciated them cheering for me!  Next time I will work on adjusting my attitude to be more positive from start to finish, no matter what. 


I have a few more small races in mind as I start training for my summer half marathon (eeep!).  I love being part of a local running community, and I’m excited that Cullen is finally old enough to understand and maybe even enjoy it a bit this year.  And Graham will be running in the kids’ races before we know it!


In other running-related news, I actually registered for another half marathon yesterday morning!   Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal cartoons is hosting his own race here in Washington called Beat the Blerch.  I set an alarm to remind me to register right when it opened, as I had a feeling it would sell out quickly.  I ended up getting one of the coveted 2,000 spots, and it sold out in just 29 minutes!

I am so excited to be part of such a fun event (birthday cake and Nutella all along the course – seriously!), and also totally freaked out by the idea of actually running another half marathon.  Plenty of time to worry about that later though (my mantra these days). 

Hoping to get in one or two more stroller runs this week!

West Seattle 5k Race Recap (19 Weeks Pregnant!)

Another (pregnant) race in the books!  On Sunday morning, I ran the West Seattle 5K with my friend Katie, while Casey and Cullen cheered from the sidelines.  I had only ever been over to West Seattle once before – last summer – and I have been itching to get back.  On a clear, summer day this area provides some of the most breathtaking scenery and views in the whole region.  People even spot orcas in the Sound during the late summer months!


Sunday morning was chilly and grey, so the mountains were hiding from us.  But it was still beautiful to run along the water and see the panoramic Seattle skyline across the water.  I was worried about parking so we left really early, and ended up with almost 30 minutes to spare before the race start.  We camped out in a coffee shop to keep the kiddos warm and get some drinks, and we were so busy talking we almost missed the start!

We realized we were the last ones still sitting there and literally ran down the street to make our way into the pack. 

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Since we were late to get lined up, we just headed to the very end of the group.  We weren’t really racing for a time, and Katie was pushing a jogging stroller, so we figured there was no point in pushing forward any further.  This meant we had a LOT of people in front of us though, which made our first mile reaaaally slow.

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Eventually, we made our way around all of the walkers and spotted Casey and Cullen on the sidelines!

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I did my first pregnant race a few weeks ago at 16.5 weeks, and it’s amazing the difference three weeks makes.  I felt (and look!) a lot bigger this time, and I definitely felt it more that first mile.  I never felt any pain or cramping, but I did  feel a lot of pressure in my lower abdomen during the first mile. 

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I was shocked when I saw the first mile marker, since I thought we were probably closer to 1.5 miles in at that point (forgot to grab my watch out of the stroller during the last minute rush!).  Once we passed the Mile 1 sign we both picked it up a bit.  Our second mile felt good, and I felt relieved from a lot of the aches and pressure I’d felt early in the race. 

By the third mile, we’d definitely picked up our pace significantly, and I felt really comfortable.  Katie and I were able to chat the whole time, which made the race go by really quickly.  As we came down the final stretch and saw the finish line, I was bummed to see the clock at 33 minutes. 

I didn’t have any “real” goals other than to finish without walk breaks (which we did!), but I had hoped to either meet or beat the time from my last race (31:51).  Due to our back-of-the-pack start, my time ended up actually being 31:57 – still slower than I’d hoped, but still pretty good considering the extra baggage in the belly. 

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I’d still like to try again and see if I can finish closer to 30 minutes next time.  I’d also like to finally remember to wear my watch, which I think would make a big difference.  Third time’s the charm?  Let’s hope.

Considering I didn’t run at all during my last pregnancy, I’m just really grateful to be feeling so healthy and active this time around, and I’m hoping to keep running as long as I can.  Nineteen (point five!) weeks and still going!

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After the race, we let the boys get down and stretch their legs on the beach.

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They had a blast throwing rocks into the water, and eventually cramming them into their mouths (which meant it was time to go). 

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So many thanks to Katie for running with a slow, pregnant lady!  She was pushing about 50 pounds of stroller/toddler, so we felt like we did pretty well considering our handicap.  :)  It is always so much more fun to run with a friend.

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After the race, we packed up and headed to the West Seattle location of one of our favorite North Seattle spots – Chaco Canyon.  I wish we lived closer to this one because they have a huge play area in the back of the restaurant with a chalk wall, train table, and tons of toys.  Cullen was in heaven. 

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I was busy stuffing my face with this delicious lentil burger. 

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And a side of kale minestrone soup.  The perfect post-race meal!

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After my last 5k I was really sore and felt incredibly drained all day.  I can tell I’m either getting back into better shape (although getting bigger at the same time) or maybe just improving my running fitness, because I felt a lot better this time.  I spent the afternoon packing and cleaning out our garage with Casey, followed by a long family walk in the evening. 

We have a BIG week coming up!  We have our 20-week ultrasound on Thursday, our moving truck arriving on Saturday morning, and a fun (cheesy) gender reveal party planned with friends for Sunday evening.  In the meantime, we have a house to pack up and clean, and a lot of other odds and ends to fit in. 

And here on DG, I have a fun Barre promo to share with you guys (tomorrow), a pregnancy update (Wednesday), and some more moving and house updates planned for Thursday!

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