Weekend Wanderings: new shoes, a long run, and coffeneuring

Happy Sunday sophisticated specimens.

Sonication is the most sophisticated way to fragment chromatin
Sonication is the most sophisticated way to fragment chromatin.

How is your weekend going? Have you gotten outside to enjoy this awesome autumn? It has been partly cloudy in Seattle thanks to a dirty ridge of high pressure keeping the clouds stuck between the mountains and Puget Sound.

"Dirty ridge" is and official meteorological term, don't believe me? Ask Cliff Mass
“Dirty ridge” is and official meteorological term, don’t believe me? Ask Cliff Mass.

Vaguely pornographic precipitation patterns notwithstanding, I have had a splendid Saturday and Sunday. I started my weekend bright and early with a lovely long run. IMG_5410

 

I haven’t gone out for anything over 15 miles since the Tacoma Marathon in May. I was a little nervous before heading out to hit the road Saturday: I’ve been feeling flat in my training lately, and Thursday’s catastrophic crash shook my confidence.

Ugh. Gnarly. I'm sorry.
Ugh. Gnarly. I’m sorry.

Fortunately I had a fantastic run, start-to-finish. I found flow and felt great the entire sixteen miles. Even though I am a total space cadet and forgot to bring any fuel with me, I felt phenomenal. I needed a good run to clear my head, and my meditative miles were the perfect prescription. After my run I chose to recover with my favorite rewards:

16 miles means chocolate oatmeal for breakfast
16 miles means chocolate oatmeal for breakfast
I love gentle yoga after a long run.
I love gentle yoga after a long run.
Poppa's got a brand new pair of shoes!
Poppa’s got a brand new pair of shoes!

Yes, I confess. I indulged in some retail therapy and got myself a nice new pair of trail running shoes. I opted for the Brooks Cascadia 9. My autumn resolution is to run more trails, how can I POSSIBLY achieve my goal without a shiny new pair of shoes?

My social media specialist and accountant agrees with me.
My social media specialist and accountant told me that these were within my budget.

Sunday morning I woke up and took my fancy footwear out for a test run. I managed 6 sloooooooow miles.IMG_5436I attempted to put my top-of-the-line trail shoes to the test with a lap through Ravenna Park, but I forgot to account for diminished daylight. My powerful headlamp absolutely failed to penetrate the deep darkness.

This is what my run through the park looked like. Can you see anything? Me neither.
This is what my run through the park looked like. Can you see anything? Me neither.

I precariously picked my way through the woods for a mile before deciding to abort my efforts and return to the well-lit roads. Until my super-night-vision powers develop, I think I either need to figure out a new lighting system or start waking up later to run trails.

For Truth, Justice, Carbohydrates, and the American Way
For Truth, Justice, Carbohydrates, and the American Way
Carrots are good for night vision, right?
Carrots are good for night vision, right?

Even though I only spent a single miles on trails before the darkness defeated me, these new shoes are highly satisfactory. They feel grippy and responsive. I can’t wait to properly put them through their paces on some longer off-road runs.

Like this one.
Like this one.

After my run I mounted my trusty steed and pedaled over to yoga.

When in doubt, pose it out.
When in doubt, pose it out.

I opted for pedal powered posing because the next item on my agenda was Coffeeneuring!

Cycling and caffeine...the best things in life.
Cycling and caffeine…the best things in life.

The brains behind Washington D.C.-based biking blog Chasing Mailboxes invented Coffeeneuring as a re-imagination of Randonneuring.  Instead of riding a single long-distance course with several predetermined checkpoints, Coffeeneurs ride to seven different coffeeshops over the course of a seven-week time-frame and document their experience. My first foray into coffeeneuring took me to my old neighborhood for a delicious Americano, courtesy of Zoka Coffee Roasters.

This is a clean, well-lighted place.
This is a clean, well-lighted place.

Zoka Coffee specializes in fairly-sourced, single origin beans, roasted right on the premises. My beverage was beautifully balanced: sipping an Americano in a comfy couch was the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon. IMG_5448I didn’t bike very far for this initial excursion: I ended up covering six miles round trip, which happens to be the same distance as my daily commute.

Notice the markers for stretching and food.
Notice the markers for stretching and food.

I love the Coffeeneuring concept and I am looking forward to biking my narrow behind to several more of Seattle’s excellent coffeeshops over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates; if anyone else wants to play along I’d love to read about your experiences and see some photos. Chasing Mailboxes has a great collection of posts from previous years’ coffeeneuring challenges.  Not that I needed more encouragement to hop on my bike and drink coffee, but I love that this challenge specifies that participants must visit a different coffeeshop each week. I can’t wait to discover some new bike-accessible bohemes around Seattle.

Biking is the BEST
Biking is the BEST. Coffee is the BEST, too. 

I’m signing off for now. I hope everyone has a splendid Sunday, and feels well rested for the week ahead!

Who wants to bike for coffee with us?

My headlamp is pretty bright…is there anything else on the market that could help me light my way for dark morning trail runs?

Who else runs in Brooks? 

 

6 thoughts on “Weekend Wanderings: new shoes, a long run, and coffeneuring

  1. I’m glad you had a good long 16 miles despite not bringing fuel! And chocolate oats is a great treat. Jesse and I both run in Cascadias and LOVE them, despite our very different feet. His feet are 100% flat and wide while I have high arches and they work for both of us.

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