In case you missed part one of our Seattle adventures – check it out here!
Friday was the official kick-off to the Brooks Running side of the trip. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been incredibly blessed to be a member of the Brooks Blog Ambassador team since 2012. Brooks Running is a great company. They’re not just great running shoes and apparel – they have great people, too.
Unfortunately I was unable to make the blogger ambassador trip last year due to work conflicts, but I was pretty ecstatic when I discovered I could make it work this year. A weekend all about running with my favorite company and blogger buddies? Sign me up. An even bigger bonus was my husband was able to make it, too!
Derek and I arrived at our hotel in downtown Seattle a bit on the early side and had a couple of hours to kill before everyone else arrived. Luckily we discovered the hotel was just a couple of blocks from the famous Pike Place Market.
Derek’s first visit to the market!
Per usual, everything from the fresh flowers to the fresh seafood to the fresh fruit and vegetables just looked incredible. What I wouldn’t give to have taken everything home and cook up a fresh seafood feast!
We spent an hour drooling and sampling at the market before heading back to the hotel and meeting with the Brooks blogger bunch.
I can’t give enough praise to the line-up of beautiful and inspiring women that make up the Brooks Blogger Ambassador Team. These women are just a pleasure run with and it’s honored to be ranked among them.
Our first stop of the day was to Homegrown for lunch.
Everything is organic, natural and delicious.
I ordered a ½ roast pork sandwich on wholegrain with a cup of the Bombay soup on the side (this Florida girl was just a tad chilly and needed something warm to heat her up).
The pork was fresh and well seasoned. The soup was just a tad on the salty side, but had a nice subtle spice to it. Everyone’s ordered looked amazing – I’d definitely revisiting during my next Seattle trip!
We headed to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Race Expo after lunch to get our bibs and race packets.
The expo was held in Century Link stadium and was very well organized. Rock ‘n’ Roll had emailed runners’ waivers ahead of time, which I printed before I left Florida. At the expo all I had to do was hand my waiver and photo I.D. to the volunteer and he gave me my bib. Easy peasy.
In case anyone does forget to print their waivers ahead of time, Rock ‘n’ Roll usually has a table with extra waiver forms and a bib look-up station. So don’t panic if you accidentally leave it at home – they’ve got you covered!
Remember when I rode the Brooks shoe at Run Happy Island at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego last month? The Brooks team had the exact same set-up at Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle.
Since I missed out on the volcano game last time, I challenged Anne and Janae to a friendly race up the mountain
As soon as they said “Go” we had to stomp on the neon footprints as fast as we could. We were told to stay exactly on the footprints if we wanted to win. Of course, I failed at this immensely. I took off like a mad woman when they said go, but didn’t move very fast – my feet were landing everywhere but exactly on the neon footprints! Janae kicked our butts and won by a landslide!
We spent an hour checking out the expo before heading to Brooks Headquarters – or “Camp Brooks” as the employees call it.
What a fun environment to work in! Everything about the space screamed “Run Happy.” We weren’t able to take photos (incase we accidentally snapped a top secret design), but the office space was so much fun and full of life. It wasn’t just rows of boring cubicles – there were messes, sketches, apparel, and shoes thrown everywhere. You could feel the creativity flowing as soon as you walked in.
Brooks is in the process of building a new headquarters in Fremont. Not only does the new digs come with more space, there will also be a Brooks Running storefront – the first for the brand! It should open sometime this fall!
How do you top off an afternoon talking about running? With a quick shakeout run to GasWorks Park.
Ahhh… it doesn’t get any better than this.
We ended the night with a carb loading session at Trattoria Cuoco.
We ordered family style and loaded our plates up. I loved the variety of pastas and appetizers. Not an order of boring spaghetti in sight! Everything was rich, flavorful, and full of color. It was a great meal to end the day with.
We headed back to the hotel stuffed and ready for bed. We had a race to get to in the morning!
I’ll be back with the full Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon recap!