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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.

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.


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.


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?

Foodie Baby: 48 Hours of Meals

I’ve had a lot of people ask for more posts about daily meals, and what the boys are eating at their respective ages (17 months, and 3.5 years <— how did that happen??).  I’ve done a handful of these types of posts before, but the boys were much younger then.  You can check out the rest of the Foodie Baby series here:

This time, rather than big lists or meal ideas, I thought I’d do something much simpler.  I took a pictures of everything the boys ate from sun up until bedtime.  Of course no two days are the same, so I did two days in a row just to show a bit of variety. 

Here’s a look at what they are eating these days:


Breakfast – the boys are up anytime between 6 and 7am, but we are usually down the steps around 7:15.  Graham is begging for food immediately, so I give him a banana to tide him over while I make the real breakfast. 

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Cullen works on a puzzle at the table until breakfast is ready.  He asks for a banana and then doesn’t touch it. 

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Graham inhales the banana in about seven seconds, so he moves onto pomegranate seeds and (hemp) milk while I continue to cook. 

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Daniel Tiger songs play from the iPad.  “Mommy songs” are always rejected, unless it is Taylor Swift. 

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Breakfast is ready!  Today is an eggs and toast morning, which is always the least popular option (although it is mommy’s favorite).  Cullen begs for oatmeal every single day, but I can only take so much.  This is my plate – toast with coconut oil, scrambled eggs, Field Roast breakfast sausages, and delicious hot coffee that was waiting for me when I got downstairs (courtesy of Casey!). 

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I always buy Silver Hills bread – it’s my favorite in both flavor and softness, and it has awesome nutritional stats.  It’s all sprouted bread and is much higher in protein than most others.  Also a Canadian company, so local-ish to us.

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Cullen would live on carbs if I let him, so the toast is definitely the highlight of this meal.  He’ll eat the Field Roast too, but the eggs have to be bribed (he can watch one show after breakfast while I get dressed). 

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Graham inhales everything and then wipes his greasy, eggy hands all over his hair.  Then he screams while being wiped down and cleaned up. 

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Lunch – we are always out in the mornings for various things, so depending on what that is we sometimes have lunch on the go.  But I prefer to eat at home when it’s feasible, because the kids tend to eat much better when we do.  We use these Re-Play dishes almost exclusively.  The kids like them and I love how durable and easy to clean they are. 

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Lunch is typically thrown together in 30 seconds as we’ve just walked in the door and I’m rushing to get them fed before naptime.  Today’s lunch was a mix of raw veggies – tomatoes and cucumber – and a tortilla with spinach and smashed avocado.  Cullen’s plate always has to be red or green.

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And Graham still gets his tomatoes sliced.  Both boys love cucumbers, but Graham hates tomatoes.  I still try anyway.  I’m hoping he comes around by summer gardening season, when – if all goes well – we’ll have more tomatoes than we know what to do with!

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Graham goes down for nap and Cullen has “quiet time” in his room.  Afterward they are starving for snacks.

Snack – Both kids get their own dish of cashews and raisins in the playroom after they wake up. 

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Graham still seems hungry (throwing his body at the refrigerator) so he gets a cheese stick while I prep for dinner.  I love the way he says “chuussse!” – cutest thing ever!

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Dinner – throughout the week we do a mix of eating with the kids versus waiting and eating alone after bedtime.  This particular week, we ate most meals all together.   This was a version of what we call “salsa bowls.”

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The boys don’t like their food all mixed up yet, so the compartmentalized plates are great for now.  But they don’t like having any empty spaces so I always have to make sure there is enough to divide into at least three parts.  This was one big scoop of brown rice with avocado and shredded cheese, a mixture of onions/mushrooms/black beans, and roasted asparagus. 

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This was the adult version of the meal – a giant bowl of rice, beans, and veggies topped with avocado and a zillion different salsas.  Yummmm.

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So that was day one, and I think it was a pretty typical look at how we eat throughout the day.  Here is the following day, just to show a bit of variety!


Breakfast – Oatmeal, as promised.  I make the oatmeal the same way every morning – rolled oats cooked in half water/half almond milk, and chia seeds, raisins, sliced almonds, hemp seeds, and ground flax mixed in.  Each bowl is then topped with some sort of nut butter – we rotate through cashew, almond, and sunbutter.

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Cullen is in heaven and eats an alarming amount.  He finishes his bowl, anything left in the pot, and then forces me to give up about half of my bowl toward the end. 

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I have nothing against oatmeal but I am so sick and tired of it by now.  We even ate it for Cullen’s birthday dinner last year!  Ridiculous.

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That said, I absolutely love breakfast.  Once both the kids have their food they are so happy and full of excitement for the day.  I have hot coffee and I love sitting with them and singing to music and not rushing around. 

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Lunch – on this particular day, we went to a big indoor sandbox in the morning.  Both kids had a small snack while we were there (Graham had a pouch and then he and Cullen shared hummus and crackers).  Graham fell asleep on the car ride home and then went straight from the carseat to the crib, so he missed lunch.  This happens 50% of the time, so I always make sure to get a little something in his belly before we head home. 

Cullen was hungry for a real lunch though, so he had half a can of lentil vegetable soup and some crackers for dipping.  He ate the whole bowl and asked for more, and then actually took a rare nap himself. 

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Graham woke up absolutely ravenous, as expected, so he snacked on milk, cashews, and raisins after he woke up.  I dragged his high chair into the kitchen and he snacked while I prepped dinner.  And as you can tell, it was a matching tie dye day – Cullen’s request!

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When Cullen woke up, he joined us for some snacks. 

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Dinner – this was one of the last meals we ate before our California trip, so I was doing my best to use up fresh things in our fridge.  We had a combo of roasted green beans, roasted portabella slices, and tempeh with Island Soyaki marinade (from Trader Joe’s). 

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Pretty sure Cullen’s face says it all – not impressed.  He ate the green beans and about half the tempeh, and I bargained for those so that he could have a bowl of “dessert” – which was frozen cherries (his favorite). 

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Graham is picky too but is usually more willing to at least TRY something.  He’s also big on chewing something up and then spitting it right back out, rather than just rejecting on sight.  I’m not sure which is more frustrating!

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And here was the adult version of that meal – Casey and I ate all of the rest of it! 

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So that’s it – 48 hours of meals for the little ones.  They probably snuck some bites of things here and there that I missed, but overall this is the big picture.  The only thing we didn’t eat during these two days that we usually do is a smoothie, which is either at breakfast or for afternoon snack. 

What are your kids eating and loving these days?

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