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A Pretty Epic Brooks Running Adventure in Seattle

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Remember how the last couple of years I’ve gotten to go to New York to hang with Brooks Running? Well, this year instead of the Big Apple we hung out in Brooks’ ‘hood: Seattle!

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And it was a pretty epic trip. I’ll chronicle the amazing meals I had over on Fit Bottomed Eats tomorrow, but I think this shot of all us Brooks Running blog ambassadors sums it up pretty well.

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Seen above (from left to right, top to bottom) is me, Janae, CoriJessAnne and Meghann (special shout-out to Lauren, too, who puts together these trips and makes them awesomesauce)! These girls are amazing. Full of energy, smiles, positivity, and with a hunger for good food and lots of mileage (they can run like the wind!), they rock and are a pleasure to be around. Grateful to call them my blogger buds.

But, back to the trip. I feel like in a very short amount of time, we did everything. And ate everything.

We were there for the weekend of Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle and although my ankle didn’t allow me to run (enter sad face and sad noise here), I still had a blast at the race expo and cheering the other bloggers and other runners on. Ain’t no injury gonna keep me down!

Even injured I got to "cross" the finish line!

Even injured I got to “cross” the finish line at the expo!

race medal

A very appropriate medal for the Seattle race!

this is what a runner looks like

According to this, runners are darn goofy.

Brooks Running had the best booth at the expo. (Not that I'm biased or anything ... )

Brooks Running had the best booth at the expo. (Not that I’m biased or anything … )

brooks running ride the shoe

I mean, where else can you RIDE A SHOE?!

And then there was this game where you could see who had the fastest feet to "get up the mountain."

And then there was this game where you could see who had the fastest feet to “get up the mountain.” Serious competition here.

Besides playing around at the expo and wanting to buy pretty much everything Brooks was selling, we also spent a lot of time at Brooks HQ getting a tour (even of some secret areas we couldn’t take pics of!) and learning about the new apparel and shoes coming out this summer, fall and into next year. Spoiler: they’re awesome.

SO much thought goes into every piece they design.

SO much thought goes into every piece they design.

brooks running henley

This henley is a part of the new Pure Project apparel line. Already in love with it. Check out the presentation behind her for a fun look at some trends they’re incorporating.

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The shoes didn’t disappoint either. Design tweaks and new colors for a lot of their running shoes!

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Digging the two-toned shades on these. Fancy!

The next morning, the other bloggers ran the race, while I cheered and then met up with them after to hear how they did.

Go runners, go!

Go runners, go!

Two of the ladies PRed! The weather was gorgeous!

Two of the ladies — Lauren and Jess — even PRed! The weather was gorgeous!

After that, we had the MOST amazing brunch (see here) and then hit up the Brooks PR Invitational where they invite and fly out the fastest high school runners in the country to compete in a variety of distances. When I say these kids are fast, I mean it. Smokin’ fast. Like incomprehensible fast.

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Records were broken.

brooks pr invitational

You don’t see this kind of speed every day. Or, like, ever really.

While we were there we even got a chance to hang with a few of the Brooks Beasts. Talk about some super amazing athletes! So fun to pick their brains about their training and their fave fit foods.

Hashtag We're not worthy.

Hashtag We’re not worthy.

Yeah, so a pretty epic trip. It was my first time in Seattle and I absolutely feel in love with the city and its people. Good food, good companies like Brooks, SO many active things to do — I’ll be going back! And hopefully next year. A little birdie told us that Brooks Running is moving its HQ, so clearly we’ll need to go back to see it first-hand! Plus, I still have that darn half marathon to run and that Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll medal to earn!

Ever been to Seattle? Fans of the other Brooks Running blog ambassadors? Love Brooks Running? Let’s chat! —Jenn

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4 Comments
  1. Allie says:

    This is so amazing. I think my fav part was getting to ride a shoe!! How cool is that?? I had the privilege of meeting Jesica this past weekend at FitBloggin and she was telling me all about it. I’m glad I had the chance to see it in pictures! Thanks for the great recap and I’m so very jealous 🙂

  2. Kristen says:

    So glad you enjoyed my city! My twin and I have run the R&R together for three years in a row. We missed this year, because she just became a mom last week!!! I left on a cruise the afternoon of the race, but was going to run anyway until the whole baby thing changed our plans. Totally worth it, though. We’ll be back at it next year. We ALWAYS go to Portage Bay for brunch after the race. It’s the best! (plus, twinner has Celiac) 🙂

  3. It was so great to see you and spend the weekend in Seattle. I’m sorry your ankle didn’t allow you to run with us, but that left more time for eating 🙂 Love all your pictures and hope to see you again soon. xoxo

    1. Jenn says:

      So great to see you, too, Jesica! 🙂

      —FBG Jenn