Sunday and Monday were our last days in Seattle after the race, and I was
a little a lot bummed about that. We woke up Sunday morning and it was (surprise!) raining, so we decided to head to a local winery (Woodinville houses TONS of wine tasting rooms and breweries, so there were plenty to choose from).
Kelly, Kat and I had breakfast, and then headed into town to Chateau Ste Michelle to take a little tour. The property was really beautiful, and they have summer concerts outside there, and tons of great acts were lined up for this summer! (Steve Miller Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Pat Benatar, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Harry Connick Jr., OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles).
Now I’m not a huge drinker, and even less of a wine drinker, but the tour and info provided were fun and we decided to do a tasting afterwards, and 5 of the 6 were delicious!
After our tasting was over, we headed to Red Hook brewery for a little beer, snacks and to watch the Mariners game (we beat the A’s!) While the service was less than stellar (personalities don’t appear to be a quality desired in bartenders there), the drinks and food were good, and we got to watch the game (after practically needing to beg to watch a local sports game. Weird).
We went back to the lake house, lounged around for a bit (aka, I took a nap because 3 wine tastings + 6 wine tastings + a beer = down for the count), and woke up just in time to start helping with dinner. After a long and delicious dinner, doing a load of laundry and starting to pack up our stuff so we wouldn’t have to later, we headed to the backyard for our final night of camping next to the lake.
Woke up Monday in time for a last delicious breakfast, and to head into Seattle proper for our Brooks Running HQ tour! I was contacted the week before the race by one of the awesome social media guys at Brooks that heard I was coming up for the race, and he invited me to their temporary HQ (they are in the process of building an awesome new building in Seattle, just for themselves) for a tour, before I headed back to California. You know I wasn’t going to turn down that offer!
The drive into Seattle was beautiful with amazing views of Mt. Rainier since it was a clear day (also perfect sendoff), and we pulled up to Brooks HQ with a few minutes to spare. It’s currently in a temporary building (they recently moved into it, along with Moving Comfort, their sister company), while they build their own building for a super awesome HQ, and you better believe I’m looking forward to another tour once they’re in their new building late next year.
We got the tour of each of the different departments and what each person does, said hi to a few people, and they even had the new seasons apparel and shoe ideas up (no photos allowed of course, but mama was taking mental photos of every single piece that I wanted! I could hear my credit card crying from inside my purse). We saw idea boards up, and even competitor shoes that they use when building their own shoes, what works, what doesn’t, how we’re going to take over the world, etc 🙂
We also walked past the Moving Comfort area, but I couldn’t take a look since they technically operate as two entities. I wanted to run up and tell them how amazing they are, and how much my life changed when I found their sports bras and no longer needed to double bag the ladies, etc., but they were hard at work (gave them a Twitter shoutout afterwards though! Next time I’m in Seattle, for sure!)
Afterwards we headed outside and around the corner to have some lunch (thanks Derek!) and visit the Cavalcade of Curiosities before it’s officially retired. Kelly and I both had our gait analyzed (mine was what I thought it was, and Kelly’s mind was blown with her results, since they were the complete opposite of what she thought she needed!), took some photos, grabbed a shirt, and then headed back to HQ for one last picture before saying goodbye.
We parted ways (Kelly and family were staying at the lake house for a month), and Kat and I headed to Pike Street to check out the market, walk around, take a couple pictures and grab a cup of coffee before we headed to the airport.
Goodbye Seattle! Until we meet again (and hopefully a whole lot sooner. It had been 14 years since I went back up there, and frankly that’s just WAY too long!)