Weekend wrap up: a trail race, pumpkin carving, coffeeneuring

Happy Sunday superheroes!

You're all supermen and superwomen in my book!
You’re all supermen and superwomen in my book!

Have you had a restful weekend? Are you ready to take on the week ahead like tigers and tigresses? Or does your Monday docket have you feeling like a frightened pussycat?

Ummmm. Does anyone remember how TOTALLY misogynistic these old "Josie and the Pussycats" comics were?
Ummmm. Does anyone remember how TOTALLY misogynistic these old “Josie and the Pussycats” comics were?

It’s been an eventful weekend here in marathonsam-land. On Saturday I made a trip to Kenmore for The Saint Edwards Harvest 10k Trail Race.

Acting like a card-carrying, compression-wearing, freakazoid on wheels...it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
Acting like a card-carrying, compression-wearing, freakazoid on wheels…it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

When I arrived at the check in, I realized that this event also offered a half marathon distance.

The course looks nice, why not run it twice?
The course looks nice, why not run it twice?

I spent approximately 38 seconds of agonizing soul-searching and painstakingly weighing the pros and cons, then decided to upgrade my registration to the ½ and hit the trails hard. I’ll write up a full recap in the coming week. For now suffice to say that the fine folks at NW Trail Runs puts on an EXCELLENT event (you can read my recap of their Cedar River Trail Half Marathon here), there were fig newtons at the finish line, and I had a total blast (even though I managed to run my slowest half marathon EVER).

I was thinking about this fig newton for approximately 2000 vertical feet.
I was thinking about this fig newton for approximately 2000 vertical feet.

Saturday afternoon was spent having some seasonally appropriate fun with sharp knives and squashes. Alli and I had a few fine folks over to our house to carve up some Curcubita pepo. 

Sorry Porter, I know you want to carve a pumpkin, but I think you'll have trouble holding a knife in your paws.
Sorry Porter, I know you want to carve a pumpkin, but I think you’ll have trouble holding a knife in your paws.

I had not carved a pumpkin since I started graduate school, it was a total blast to get up to my elbows in pumpkin guts.

So slimy.
So slimy.
Gatsby LOVES carving pumpkins!
Gatsby LOVES carving pumpkins!

We also, of course, roasted up all of the seeds and I’ve been munching on them non-stop. I made one indian-flavored batch by tossing the seeds with safflower oil, curry powder, cumin, and sea salt. The remainder got stirred with sesame oil and soy sauce. At the end of the day our house was full of snacks and spoooooky Jack ‘o’ Lanterns; I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday.

Dia de los Muertos Pumpkin and Roaming Gnome Pumpkin.
Dia de los Muertos Pumpkin and Roaming Gnome Pumpkin.

I woke up on Sunday and took myself out for a nine-mile run to shake out my complaining quadriceps. After scarfing down a big bowl of carbohydrates I mounted my trusty steed Velox on an expedition to calm my muscles with yoga, then caffeinate my brain with Coffeeneuring.

I am on a mission for asana and an Americano. I WILL NOT BE DISTRACTED!
I am on a mission for asana and an Americano. I WILL NOT BE DISTRACTED!

As I explained in my previous post, coffeneuring was invented by the blogger behind chasingmailboxes.com. The rules are pretty simple. Every weekend you bike to a different coffee shop, drink your beverage of choice, then share your experience on the social mediums.

"I look into my crystal ball and I see tweets about coffee"
“I look into my crystal ball and I see tweets about coffee”

For this weekend’s coffeeneuring excursion I opted to patronize Bauhaus Coffee’s Greenlake outpost.

Strong coffee. These merry modernists don't mess around.
Strong coffee. This bodes well.

The Ride to Bauhaus from my house is just about 2.5 miles. One of these days I’ll have to get more ambitious in my coffeeneuring distances, but for now short little shake-out rides with a coffee treat at the end have been just my style.Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 4.10.21 PMThe ride through my neighborhood is pleasant. I spotted a house decorated with vintage carousel horses along the way.

Can I catch the brass ring?
Can I catch the brass ring?

The most appealing portion of pedaling was along the shore of Green Lake, where I spotted some beautiful fall foliage.

I love the fiery red hues!
I love the fiery red hues!

Bauhaus Coffee is a comfortable coffeehouse. The decor is, of course, mid-century modern. They have shelves upon shelves of classic books for patrons to peruse.

I feel smarter just being inside this place.
I feel smarter just being inside this place.
I love these lamps.
Java by lamplight.

I wasn’t hungry when I arrived, but I eyed the bakery case and was impressed by the selection of exquisite looking pastries.

Those look fancy!
Those look fancy!

I thought it was pretty amusing that if high-brow confections aren’t your style, you can opt for a hostess treat at the register.

These do NOT look fancy. I've never ever eaten a ding dong. Is that weird? Are they good?
These do NOT look fancy. I’ve never ever eaten a ding dong. Is that weird? Are they good?

I ordered my Americano, then took it outside with me to enjoy al fresco so that I could keep an eye on my bike

Hi Velox!
Hi Velox!

The coffee at Bauhaus is freaking delicious. Full stop. My Americano had BEAUTIFUL creme on top. The drink was smooth, rich, and had undertones of toast and vanilla.

Come to papa.
Come to papa.

While I was enjoying my espresso, a server came by to offer me a sample of fresh pear tart. This was also very tasty, and a perfect small-sized treat before lunch.

Yum.
Yum.

Overall my second coffeenuering outing was a smashing success. I feel like this challenge is making me more thoughtful about an activity that I do almost every day, namely: riding my bike to go drink coffee. It’s fun to turn something ordinary into an outstanding special treat.

Pictured: a happy blogger.
Pictured: a happy blogger.

All in all it has been a fantastic weekend. I’m winding down my Sunday evening sore and satisfied. I hope everyone out there in internet land is having an awesome October, so far. Thanks for stopping by!

What did YOU do this weekend?

Do you carve pumpkins for Halloween?

I always get Americanos…I love them, but I feel like I’m boring. What’s your go-to coffee drink?

 

 

 

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