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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.

Weekly Wrap-Up: Friday Night Edition.

Hi friends!  I am typing this as I anxiously await Casey’s return from the airport to pick up family flying in from Atlanta!  August is a really exciting month for us – we have two BIG family vacations, and they are pretty much back to back.  We planned them forever ago, and it’s hard to believe it’s finally time to pack our bags and get outta here.

Because of that, it was sort of a weird week for fitness.  I was determined to NOT do what I do for other trips, which is save everything to the last minute and have massive anxiety and stress.  So I made a lot of lists and got really organized and started pulling things together a week ahead of time.  This week was all about getting ahead on work, getting the house in tip top shape, and organizing the massive grocery haul for our trip (we’re driving!).

So with that said, here’s what this week ended up looking like:

  • Sunday – 9.5 mile run with my girl, Lacey
  • Monday – 4 mile double stroller walk
  • Tuesday – Flybarre Sport 60 minute class
  • Wednesday – rest day
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – Pure Barre 60 minute class

As you can see, running to a backseat this week, which makes me feel pretty bad.  It was a weird week for scheduling, and the days that I planned on running just ended up not working with Casey’s schedule, the kids’ schedule, etc. – excuses, of course, but just honestly what happened.  I do feel good that I got two good strength classes in though, and I can definitely tell I’m getting stronger every week. 

So a bit more about my long run – I’m doing a lot of my weekend runs with my friend, Lacey, who I trained with the past two summer for half marathons.  But this time I’m training for a half and she’s training for a full marathon, so working to fit our mileage in together is a little trickier.  She needed to run 15 miles and I was planning on 7 – so she ran to my house (2.5 miles) and we planned to run another 3.5 out and back together before she headed back toward her house.

We hadn’t run together all week, so we had a lot to catch up on.  I started my Map My Run app (with mileage alerts) but I never put my headphones in, so by the time I checked it I had run 4.5 miles – OOPS!  We ended up running 9.5 miles together by the time I got home, and it was actually a really nice accident.  I felt great and really strong, and knowing that I’ll probably run a bit less on vacation I was glad to get some solid miles in at home. 


As soon as I walked in the door from my run, it was Casey’s turn to head out for his 18 mile run.  He’s training for the Portland Marathon, and usually we are good about not planning our runs on the same day, but we goofed this time.  So I tucked my kids into my bed and turned on Curious George so that I could enjoy a steamy shower and recover a little bit before jumping back into mom mode. 


Once Casey finished his run, it was celebration time for mom and dad.  We had a very rare daytime date – and went to the Mariners game!  Casey has been to a million games this year, but I’ve only been to a few (Graham’s not at a great baseball game age quite yet) – it was the perfect way to hang out and recover from an active morning. 


So that was my one measly run for the week – at least it was a long one!  I’m definitely packing my running shoes and hoping to find some good trails next week.

It is also worth saying that the sunrises have been absolutely amazing this week.  Every morning we are greeted by a giant ball of orange shining in our balcony door – seriously incredible!  Random, but had to share. 


On Tuesday night I went back to the Flybarre Sport class that I accidentally signed up for last week.  Since I knew was to expect this time it didn’t feel AS bad, although it still kicked my butt.  I reminded myself the whole time that as soon as class was over I was picking up Chipotle and heading home to watch Bachelor in Paradise.  How’s that for motivation?


This morning, I overslept my alarm.  I had stayed up late finishing work, packing stuff, and changing over laundry.  We had crazy storms (which are rare here) and I tossed and turned all night long.  I can’t imagine I got more than two or three hours of sleep.  I woke up at 5:34am and told Casey there was no way I was going to my 6am class – I’d never make it. 

I laid there for one solid minute before I jumped out of bed – knowing that even though I was dead tired I would feel so much better if I just got up and went for it.  I got dressed and raced out of the house in about 90 seconds, and made it to Pure Barre with about three minutes to spare.  Class was hard and I felt great – totally ready to head into a vacation weekend. 


That’s all for this week — I hope you guys have fun weekend plans ahead!  Summer is disappearing waaaaay too quickly!

Summer Adventures Part 2: Heat Wave!

Happy Monday morning from the coffee shop!  We had an awesome weekend – walked to breakfast, watched our neighborhood Seafair parade, and went to a party at a friends house on Saturday.  And on Sunday we had pancakes at home followed by a morning at the beach, and then the neighborhood summer festival in the afternoon.  I’m exhausted!

Also, how the heck is it AUGUST?!  I’m not gonna lie, I’m not very happy about it.  We have a ton of really fun stuff coming up this month, and as excited as I am about all of it, I also feel like summer is going by waaaay too quickly.  I’ve been busting ass recently to get caught up on a lot of stuff – both personally and professionally – and so I have a bunch of posts in the works for the next few weeks.  We have two big vacations coming up and I am determined to be caught up and prepared before we leave!

So with that said – how about another summer recap?  I realize all of this is totally outdated and maybe not even that interesting to some of you, but these pictures are full of amazing memories for me so I can’t just skip past them.  I left off with our Canadian adventure and visit from Casey’s parents, which brings us back to Seattle and it’s crazy heat.

Have you heard about this heat wave?  I know weather is so lame to talk about, but seriously – it has been SO hot.  In fact just this week, we broke the record and are now in the middle of the hottest year here in 121 years!  The heat wouldn’t be a big deal if Seattle was prepared for it, but since temps never used to be like this, most homes here (like ours) are not equipped with air conditioning.

We’ve had something like 11 days of 90+ degree heat (and countless in the high 80’s) – but honestly, I have LOVED it.  Yes, it’s super hot but we’re also surrounded by water and beaches for relief, and in the shade it feels really wonderful since there is no mugginess.  The only downer is that the plants and lawn are struggggling from all the sunshine, but I personally can’t get enough.

Our house is warm, but both the kids have window units in their rooms, so at long as they are cool enough to sleep I’m not really worried about too much else.  During the day, we are outside pretty much all the time.  In the mornings we hit up the parks and beaches, and in the afternoon our yard gets a lot of much-needed shade.  We have gotten great use out of this ridiculous Elmo sprinkler that my mom sent us last year (a Goodwill find!)…

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Graham loves to run through it and be dripping wet from head to toe…

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And Cullen does his best to avoid actually getting wet, but drinks excessively from the sprinkler.  Totally clean, right?

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Even though it was a million years ago now, one of the big highlights of summer so far was Fourth of July weekend.  Our dear friends who moved away this past spring came back to visit, and they stayed with us for three glorious days.  They brought fireworks with them to celebrate, and the kids had a blast doing poppers, sparklers, and other smoky things (can you tell we didn’t do fireworks at my house?). 

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They did these “smoke bombs” down in the yard that the kids all thought were incredible.  Graham loved every minute of it and yelled for more and more.

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And these charcoal snake things were a big hit too.  For some reason we never did more than basic sparklers growing up, so these were all new to me.  The kids were fascinated.

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On the actual Fourth, we invited a few other families over and had a backyard BBQ.  It was about 95 degrees outside, so we busted out everything we could think of to keep the kids cool.  We rigged up the homemade waterslide, and also set up the baseball diamond slip and slide (which you can sort of see in the background).  So ridiculous but so fun.

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I took zero pictures of the food since I was fussing trying to get it all ready while the kids napped.  But our menu included:  grilled field roast veggie dogs and hot dog buns, corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, caprese salad with blueberries, green salad with edamame and creamy carrot dressing, and cubed watermelon.  Our friends who were in charge of dessert brought homemade ice cream sandwiches that were seriously life changing.  The kids all agreed!

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One the kids were all covered in chocolate cookies and melted ice cream, it was time for sparklers!

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It was one of those perfect, magical afternoons where all the kids were in great moods – no one fought, no one cried, and all of them just laughed and enjoyed themselves.  Which obviously meant that the parents could relax and enjoy it too – such a fun day!

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After all the kids were in bed and the party was cleaned up, Casey and I headed upstairs with our visiting friends to one of my favorite spots in all of Seattle – our balcony.

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We have an incredible panoramic view of the north neighborhoods, and these is no other place I’d want to be on the Fourth of July.  You can see firework shows all across the horizon in the distance, and it’s really spectacular.  This year, we actually climbed up to the highest point of the roof and watched up there.  Let’s hope the kids never figure out what an easy climb it is…

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Last but not least, the following week brought our annual blueberry picking outing.  This was our third year in a row going with our friends, and it is so fun to watch all these kiddos grow and change as they charge through the same blueberry rows year after year.  Here are the four “big kids” from year one, when they were just babies!

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And here they are again last year, looking like legit toddlers!  Last year the new crop of babies all hung out in strollers parked in the shade because it was blazing hot and they were all too little to really participate.

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And now this year we have a wild band of little boys and one little girl they they all adore.

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The weather was perfect this year – not too hot – and the berries were DELICIOUS!  The best I’ve had by far – not too sweet, and not to sour – just right.

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These three have been the best of friends since they were 8 weeks old, and even though we miss our other little friend who moved away, it is so fun to see them all grow and change together.  They did a great job collecting berried and actually filling their buckets (unlike the previous years where they just ate them all).

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And Graham loved having his own giant bucket and endless rows of blueberry bushes.  He is so BIG all of the sudden, and I am trying to soak up every bit of his baby-ness while there is still a bit left.

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Check him out last year – about 10 months old, and perched in a stroller sipping on water while the big kids ran down the berry rows…

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And this year – a total goof who ate five million blueberries and kept me laughing the whole time.

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And to say that Graham is so big feels ridiculous in comparison when I think about Cullen.  He’s practically a teenager these days.

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When people ask how old he is and I say “almost four” I think that sounds so unbelievable.  But in reality, he is every bit of an almost-four year old.  He’s so much fun right now – not without occasional drama – and he is my best buddy.

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I love these two so much I can hardly stand it.  I knew this summer would be fun with them, but it’s already exceeded my expectations and we still have another month to go.  One many days I am convinced they are either conspiring to kill me, or they are trying to kill each other – but I fall into bed every night excited about all the fun we will have again tomorrow.

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And with that, it’s time to pick Cullen up from school and see what kind of trouble Graham has gotten into this morning.  Hope you are all having a great Monday so far.  I’m almost caught up on our summer fun, and am excited to share all the things that August will bring!

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