So I went outside for a run yesterday since it got up to 60 here in Spokane. I was disappointed with how much conditioning I've lost training inside on the elliptical. All I did was a moderate 2-mile loop, about a mile downhill and a mile back up. Trotted downhill easily enough, but could feel it in my ankles. The hill was a killer. I had to stop and walk a bit three times (when I moved here, I could charge up that hill and have to take only one break). Fortunately I've got 8 weeks to get ready for Bloomsday. I reckon if I can do that loop 2 times without stopping and then tacking on maybe another mile or two of flat, I'll be ready.
At least I finished with a lot of kick still in me. I forced myself to stop because I didn't want to be too sore today and tomorrow. I took in 5mgs of glutamine, some amino acids, and ate a hardboiled egg right before sleeping last night. No shinsplints, no sore calves or hams, just a little stiffness in the quads. So the elliptical has probably helped, but, as Spokane Al pointed out last weekend, nothing beats actually hitting the streets for real.