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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.

2016 Brooks Blogger Trip: Olympic Track & Field Trials!

You guys, it has finally happened.  Last week, my kids both headed back to school, which is also Graham’s first time doing drop-off preschool.  Do you know what this means?  It means that for the first time in almost five years, I have a few hours each week all to myself!  It is so bizarre and liberating!  But it also means that I am finally CATCHING UP!  Catching up on laundry, on life, and most importantly – on work!

And so here I am this fine Monday morning, ready to give you the final recap of our whirlwind few weeks of summer travel.  I already shared our visits to Bend, Oregon and Lake Chelan, Washington.  And about ten hours after we pulled into the driveway from Chelan, I was off to the airport to head down to Eugene, Oregon to meet my Brooks Blogger friends!

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I took the world’s tiniest prop plane down to Portland, and the flight was a whopping 40 minutes long.  It felt ridiculous to fly there!  When I got to Portland, I was greeted by the other Brooks Bloggers – such a fun reunion!  We all piled into a shuttle and headed down to Eugene, Oregon to spend the weekend laughing, eating, and running together. 


The purpose of our trip (in addition to all getting to hang out together!) was to spend the weekend with the Brooks crew at the Olympic Track & Field Trials.  I seriously cried when I got the email invite for the trip – I LOVE the Olympics!!  And since we were staying in teeny tiny Eugene and wanted to be as close to the track as possible, it only made sense to stay at the frat house across the street, right? 

No really, the staff at Brooks rented out the Delta Sigma Pi house and had it cleaned and painted from top to bottom.  It was seriously awesome.  When we got there we were told to go upstairs and find our rooms – it felt like the first day of college all over again! Do you think I should be offended that my sign was a running donut?  :)

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I shared a room with Dorothy, who has been my online buddy since way back when I lived in DC.  So fun to finally officially meet in person, after feeling like we were already friends for so long!

Inside our dorm rooms, we found Brooks pillowcases, shower caddies with our bath essentials, and more.  It was amazing!

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We were also outfitted with Run Happy Spirit Squad gear, so we could all match while we cheered for the Olympic hopefuls.  SO cute!

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I had been at the Brooks Trailhead store in Seattle the day before we left, and I was gushing over the new Victory Launch 3’s that were just released.  I was beyond pumped to find a pair in my size waiting for me in my room!

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We settled into the house quickly and freshened up, before walking around the block to Historic Hayward Field for the Olympic Trials!

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Such a fun crew to spend the weekend with.  From left to right – Anne, Tina, Janae, Kristen, Jesica, Meghann, me, Lora, and Dorothy!


The energy at the track was contagious.  You could feel how hard the athletes had all worked just to be there!

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We got to watch a whole variety of events – discus, shot put, long jump, and plenty of running.  The Brooks professional runners were all decked out in bright blue and yellow, so they were super easy to spot on the track.  We went crazy any time they were racing!

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Talk abut motivation – the runners were all just incredible.  Some took hard falls and still got up and finished, while others finished by a landslide.  You could tell each and every one of them gave it their all, and it really inspired me to try to carry that energy into my own workouts.

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We stayed at the track for a long while, before eventually walking over to the Excelsior Inn for dinner.  The food was incredible, and tasted especially good after a long day of traveling and being at the race.  This burrata and tomato salad rocked my world. 

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As did this mammoth piece of coconut cream pie.  Yes please. 

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The next morning I was up at the crack of dawn.  The room Dorothy and I were sharing had no blinds, and the sun rises here in the PNW around 430am this time of year!  I laid in bed for a while before eventually tip toeing outside to see if anyone else was up. 

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I found Meghann and Tina, and Dorothy and I decided to join them and seek coffee out in Eugene.  We had a nice early morning walk around the University of Oregon campus – what a cool place to go to school!  We headed back in time to meet up for the group run.  Brooks organized a big community run every morning of the trials, and runners showed up from all over!

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They had music blasting and people all over the lawn.  Definitely felt like a frat house!

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I was only planning a short run, so Meghann and I stuck together and knocked out a few miles around town.  I am used to running much earlier in the morning (like 6am!) so it felt really sunny and HOT to me.  Meghann is from Florida, so she thought I was insane. 

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Just like regular dorm life, the house had four showers for everyone to share (which also included all the Brooks staff!).  So I knew it was key to get back and hit the showers before the crowds returned.  I don’t think I’ve showered in shoes in 13 years!

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Once I was showered and ready to go, I headed outside to the Brooks Run Signature mobile unit.  They take this pod all around the country – very cool!

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The Brooks employees used special sensors and straps to monitor my stride, and after applying those they had me run barefoot on a treadmill.  A camera captured images of my run, and compared them to different running styles and differences in stride.  From there, they were able to recommend my signature shoe!  Cool, right?

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We hurried back over to the track because there were some finals coming up first on the schedule for the day.  We got to see Allyson Felix dominate in the women’s field!

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And after a few more hours at the track, we rolled out to lunch in style.  No seriously – we cruised around town in a stretch hummer.  AMAZING and so totally absurd!  It was hilarious. 


We grabbed lunch at the Cannery in Eugene, and I ordered this bubbly local kombucha the minute I sat down. 

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I also got this delicious kale Caesar salad (note to self – make this at home!).

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And a yummy falafel plate!  It was my first real meal of the day and I was staaaaaaarving.  Pretty sure I licked my plate clean.

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But the real highlight of lunch was the company.  We got to eat with two of the Brooks Beasts – Garrett Heath (remember when I interviewed him!?) and Riley Masters.  They were both racing in the 5,000 meter events the following weekend, so they were in Eugene just resting and cheering on their teammates.  It was really interesting to learn about what their daily lives are like as professional runners, and I had fun asking them all about running and training in Seattle (where they both also live). 

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The whole gang!


After lunch, we headed back to our ride and back to the frat house to relax and hang out before dinner. 

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We also stopped by a local running store to check out some of the official Olympic Trials merchandise, and see the new Brooks fall gear.  Why is matching so fun??

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We hung out and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon, and eventually rode out into the countryside to King Estate Winery for dinner.  Talk about beautiful!

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The lavender was so spectacular, and the views were just amazing. 

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I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing crew of inspiring women.  It was such an uplifting and energizing weekend, and they were all a big part of that. 


Inside the winery, we had a fancy dinner spread ready for our group!

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Check out this awesome salad wrapped in thin piece of cucumber.  So creative!  I asked for extra blue cheese on mine – my addiction.

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And this flourless chocolate cake was the thing of dreams.  Such a delicious way to end the weekend!

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Our dinner wasn’t over until midnight (!!), and we had to drive almost an hour back to Eugene from the winery.  Because of our early flights scheduled out of Portland, Tina and I had to catch a 3am shuttle to the airport.  That meant we got a whopping ONE hour of sleep on Saturday night!  It is a miracle I found my gate and sleepwalked my way onto the plane. 

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And by 8am on Sunday, before many people in Eugene had even woken up, I was back in the arms of my Seattle people.  And while it was so fun to be gone, it felt so good to be home. 

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So many thanks to the Brooks team for such a special weekend.  There were so many little details and things that all added up to something I will remember for a long, long time. 


And now we are back in Seattle for a few weeks before our next summer adventure.  This is the first full week of school for the kids, so I have high hopes for everything I can get done.  Back soon!

Seattle Summer Kickoff.

Hello SUMMER!!!  It was 90 degrees here in Seattle yesterday – what a way to kick off the month of June!  The scary part is that it was actually 90 degrees here in April too, which is WAY too hot for this part of the country.

This weekend we were lucky enough to be hosting my best friend Lindsey – who flew 6.5 hours all the way from Orlando to come spent three glorious, sunny days with us.  I am sure she was thrilled to leave Orlando and find out Seattle was having a heat wave!

We picked her up early Thursday morning, and headed straight to brunch.  We went to Stock in Ballard – my new favorite spot.  The veggie hash with duck egg is to die for, and they happen to carry our kombucha too!


After that we headed back to the house to attempt some afternoon naps.  Graham had fallen asleep for 0.2 seconds on the car ride home from the airport, and apparently that was enough for the day.  Cullen wasn’t even considering it.  So after a brief battle at home, we gave up and headed back out into the sunshine.

We decided to spend the evening exploring around Queen Anne, with a quick stop at Kerry Park to enjoy the gorgeous skyline view.

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And since the kids didn’t nap and were acting crazed already, a stop at Molly Moon’s for ice cream would surely make that better – right?

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Definitely wrong, and they acted like insane monkeys the rest of the day.  But Lindsey and I got ice cream, so it was still worth it.

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We hung out and ate dinner at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market – the first one of the season!  The boys started to crash and enjoyed the live music with some buddies.

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The next morning, we took Cullen to school and then Lindsey, Graham, and I packed up for the beach.  But since it was National Donut Day, we figured it was only right to celebrate with a little Mighty-O action. 

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Lindsey couldn’t have timed her visit any better.  In addition to all the glorious sunshine and super warm temps we were having, it was record low tide on the Puget Sound.  The low tides here are INCREDIBLE, and it  brings out all this amazing sea life and beach access that is usually all underwater.  We went to Carkeek Park and saw tons of Northwest ocean creatures, like this big starfish!

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And lots and lot of giant Dungeness crabs!  These are the boys’ favorite. 

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We hung out all morning, and I think even Graham could appreciate the beauty of the glistening water, white-capped mountains, and endless beach.  He laid on his back in the sunshine playing with rocks and soaking it all in.  I sure hope these kids realize (someday) how lucky they are to grow up in such an amazing place. 

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We picked up Cullen from school and headed home for nap time.  Everyone was totally worn out from the sun and the heat.  Lindsey and I rested and fueled up for a fun second half of the day.  I had my babysitter come around 4pm, and Lindsey and I headed out the door on one of my favorite hikes.  We walked from my house to Discovery Park, and ended up looking out at this…

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The weather couldn’t have been more glorious, and the park was practically empty. 

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We hiked five miles – the loop trail down to South Beach and back up – and stopped many times along the way to soak up the sights. 

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We hiked for a little over two hours and then hurried home to change and get ready for a fun dinner out!  I really wanted to do something with a great view of the water, but we weren’t feeling fancy or like spending tons of money.  A friend made the perfect suggestion – the West Seattle Water Taxi!  We rode the boat the 10 minutes across the Sound, which was so cool and something we will definitely do again.

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We hopped off the taxi and walked right up to the order window at Marination Ma Kai – it was perfect!  I got the kimchi fried rice with sexy tofu AND the tofu tacos because everything sounded too good and I couldn’t choose.  And I ate it all.  We sat at a patio table with unobstructed views of the city at sunset, and it was total perfection. 

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On Saturday morning the kids were up painfully early.  The sun is rising here officially at like 5am, but it starts to come up around 430 and shines right in our bedroom windows.  But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – I will never, ever complain about too much sunshine.  We sipped our coffee and hung out while Casey set up our booth at the South Lake Union Farmers Market.  One we were ready to go, we went to Madison Park Beach for the morning, to show Lindsey the lake side of the waterfront.  The kids splashed and dug in the sand, and I didn’t take a single picture. 

We went home and hung out and rested up for the big event of the day – a boat ride!  I was so proud of myself for actually planning ahead for once.  When I found out Lindsey was going to come visit – long before I knew what the weather would be – I booked us an Electric Boat on Lake Union.  It was just a bonus that it happened to be 85 degrees and the perfect day for being on the water! 

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We also invited my dear friend Lacey, and it was so fun to have a fun activity and great friends to share it with.  The boat has an awesome setup with booths all around and a big table in the middle. 

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Graham was super scared when we first got onto the boat, and was pretty much frozen for the first ten minutes.  By the end he was “driving” the boat, and couldn’t wipe the smile from his face. 

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The kids absolutely LOVED it, and two hours was the perfect amount of time for them (and for us!) to enjoy.

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Lake Union was bustling!  We cruised past GasWorks and all the houseboats.  We had originally planned to dock at Ivar’s and get dinner to go, but there were so many boats waiting that we decided to just drive around and eat the snacks we brought instead. 

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There are few things in life that I love as much as being on the water, and this was definitely one of my top Seattle experiences ever. 

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Definitely a really fun night to remember, and something I sure hope we do again! 

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Since we didn’t end up eating dinner on the boat, we fed the kids a quick dinner at home and then the adults grilled out after bedtime.  I made this really delicious grilled eggplant salad with fresh cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and balsamic glaze.  It was really good and I will definitely make it again – highly recommend!

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Since Sunday was Lindsey’s last day with us, we filled it to the brim again.  She and I headed to a morning class at Inspire Pilates – my current obsession.  It was brutal and we were both super shaky afterwards – always a good sign! 

After pilates, we met up with Casey and the boys who had been setting up for the Fremont Sunday Market.  We got ready and walked over to Discovery Park again, but this time we caught the shuttle down to the beach!

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The low tide was increddddddible.  Lindsey and I had just hiked there two days prior, and the water on Friday was all the way up to the rocks at the lighthouse you can see in the distance.  On Sunday morning, it was out several hundred feet. 

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We found tons of giant crabs, anemones, sea cucumbers, giant clams, and so much more.  I know I’m a broken record, but I just can’t get over being able to do things like this by walking out our front door.  Northwest beauty will never get old for me!

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Such an amazing weekend with my best friend and my little family.  It was such a fun sneak peek of summer, and there is so much fun still up ahead. 


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Despite my attempts to resist overbooking us this summer, little by little more fun things have crept their way onto our calendar.  In addition to working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday farmer’s markets with the business almost every weekend, we also have lots of visitors headed this way, as well as a bunch of local travel (and one big New Jersey trip!). 

And in between all the trips and visits, we’ll be hitting up swimming lessons, hanging on the beach, and living outside until the rain starts again.  It is truly the most wonderful time of the year!  Happy Monday, friends!

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