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Bloomsday, 2014 and 5 tips for a 12k

I’m a goal setter. It’s how I live my life. Bloomsday 2014 was no different.

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Primary goal: Finish!
Secondary goal: Run the whole time! (Even up “doomsday hill.”)

I’m proud to say that I achieved both goals and I feel great! I’m not exactly sure what my official time was, but according to my watch, it was under 1 hour, 15 minutes. I’m happy with that!

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Pre

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Post

And now that I’m a Bloomsday “expert” (ha!), here are my tips for an awesome 12k.

Tip #1: Eat fabulous food.

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I was happy to find lots of vegan options all over Spokane (the above pizza had not only vegan cheese, but vegan pepperoni, I had a delicious unpictured stirfry with tofu, the soup at Europa was vegan.)

Tip #2. Spend the money to stay at a nice, convenient place. We stayed at the Davenport. Matty B balked at the price, but it was a 2 minute walk to the starting line (no trouble with parking), had an amazing bed (you’ve gotta sleep well the night before) and an even better shower. I was so thrilled to finish (sweaty and very quickly cold) and head straight for that amazing shower. Worth. Every. Penny. Matty B.

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Tip #3. Bring a buddy along for moral support. Thanks for letting me spend so much money coming with me Matty B!

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Tip 4. When the going gets tough, visualize your post run breakfast. Seriously, thoughts of this French toast got me through mile 6 when I was feeling pretty unconfident.

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Tip 5. Just enjoy it! The race was really well organized, the weather was perfect and the energy from the crowd is amazing! I didn’t even listen to music until after the first mile because I just wanted to soak it all in (this is unheard of for a music junkie like me!).

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Spokane, you were fabulous! I’ll be back next year!

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2 responses »

  1. Congratulations! You worked hard preparing and it paid off.

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