Okay so let’s not talk about how it has been almost an entire freaking month since the race and I am still working on this recap. In my defense, this past weekend was the first weekend I haven’t been out of town since Hood to Coast so that has to count for something. And even though I was home this past weekend, my entire Saturday was shot as I spent a good 18 or so hours volunteering for Ragnar DC, and Sunday was spent recovering. Anyway…
My trip for Hood to Coast was a whirlwind of activity packed in to 4 days. You would think such a short trip would be easy to summarize but in reality, it really is hard. Most of my teammates have broken up their recaps into pre and during-race and it looks like I’m going to be doing the same. So let’s get this party started with everything we did leading up to the race.
Unlike many of my other teammates, I wasn’t able to get the time off of work arrive in Seattle earlier in the day. This means I had to miss the initial touristy stuff around downtown Seattle and of course the Seattle Sounders game. If you are interested in reading recaps that involve the soccer game, I can provide some links at the end of this post.
I’m bummed that I missed all the Wednesday fun as I hate missing out on things, but alas there wasn’t much I could do.
I arrived into Seattle late Wednesday night and met up with teammates Kevin and Lisa to take a cap to the hotel. I quickly went up stairs to drop my bags off in the room and met Hyla and Amanda super quickly because I was starving and desperately needed food. Kevin and I met in the hotel restaurant/bar for some food and fortunately George was still there from earlier shenanigans. After some food and a drink, it was finally time to head to bed.
Thursday morning arrived and while everyone else went out on a shakeout run, roommate Carrie (who arrived super late in the night) and I opted to stay in the room, get some extra sleep and take showers. I wasn’t feeling too hot anyway as the flight had given me a migraine and I really didn’t feel like running. We did meet the group in the lobby after they returned from their run and enjoyed a doughnut from Top Pot. Super Yum.
Finally, everyone was showered and we were ready to start our days adventures which started at Brooks HQ.
Now if you know me and follow along with my shoe photos on Instagram (yes, I am THAT person) you will know I am a HUGE fan of Brooks Running. I love their shoes, and I love their apparel, so let’s just say I was only sorta (re: really) geeking out over this visit. It turns out that they had literally just moved in to this building 4 days prior so things were still in a bit of disarray, but it didn’t matter to me. We had a presentation from one of Brooks Product Line Managers who explained the entire process of making a shoe from design to final product. We even got a sneak peek of some shoes for Spring 2015! Sorry kids, no photos allowed.
After the presentation, they took us to the roof of the building where we got to see this fantastic view.
After the Brooks tour, we headed back towards the hotel area for an awesome lunch with the Nuun HTC team at Pyramid Alehouse. Good beer, good food, and good company… not much to complain about there.
After lunch we got a few hours of “tourist” time in which I went with some people to the Public Market. Having visited Seattle less than a month before for Ragnar Northwest Passage, I just followed along and focused more on getting to know my new teammates than anything else.
Later that evening we headed over to Nuun Headquarters for some dinner and van decorating. Nuun offices are much smaller than Brooks, but honestly they make up for it with attitude!
While we were there we got our bags of awesome Nuun race swag including a hoodie, tech tee, and some other awesome goodies. Nuun also provided dinner and beer. Clearly Nuun has their priorities right when they provide us with awesome local beer.
Megan Fay, who put this entire experience together, gave us the run down on the following day when we’d all be heading to the start of the race. I still don’t understand why they kept thanking US for this trip when really, all I wanted to do was thank THEM about 100 times every hour. CEO Kevin, spoke to us as well and he seemed to be super excited about the experience as well.
After dinner it was van-decorating (and more pictures) time! I was team Wild Berry Van 2 (a.k.a. Van Deuce).
After the van were thoroughly decorated, we all headed back to the hotel for a night cap and some sleep before we headed to Oregon for the next part of our adventure.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this epic adventure. Hopefully it won’t take me another month to write.
To read some of my teammates early recaps, you can click on the links below:
Lauren: Breathe Deeply And Smile
Amanda: Just a Mom who Tri’s
Doug: I Run Because
Susie: The Long Run Lifestyle
Eric: Dirty Old Sneakers