Friday, February 23, 2007
Training for Bloomsday, Part I
Early in January, I looked in the mirror at my new love handles (I let my diet get sloppy when I moved to Spokane; dealing well with stress has never been my strong suit.) I hate it when I can pinch more than an inch.
(Well ... on my body anyway.)
So, in a moment of what I thought then was clarity, I registered for Bloomsday. I thought it would be June 16, which gave me half a year to train for the race, but silly me. For some reason, Bloomsday is May 6 in Spokane. There is probably an explanation somewhere on their website: Bloomsday Run.
No matter. I should be able to be ready, with a little self-discipline. I've been working on endurance on my elliptical trainer while cross-training on the recumbent bike. The Bloomsday Run is a 12K (or 7.4 miles), so I guesstimated I could do it in an hour and a half. I'm up to an hour, five minutes as my weekly "long run" on the elliptical, so I'm figuring if I get to the point I can do the elliptical comfortably for an hour and a half, I should then be ready to start speed work. My true goal would be to finish the race in under an hour and twelve minutes, because that would qualify me for one of the earlier waves in next year's race.
When the weather gets a little warmer, I'll take the training outside. It will be interesting to see whether fitness on the elliptical/bike will transfer well to pounding the pavement for real.
I've only done two other races in my life: San Francisco's Bridge-to-Bridge, which was another 12K, but perfectly flat except for one tiny hill. The other was the Skyline Ridge 10K, which kicked my butt (primarily because I trained for it for only about a month, and it was a trail run, in mostly mud and a headwind for the first half of it, plus it gained 800 feet of elevation). I did finish but my time was lousy (an hour and 28 mins to go six miles). Up top is a photo of my muddy feet afterwards!
More on this to come ...