Lilac Bloomsday Run Training Plans

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Lilac Bloomsday Run
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Lilac Bloomsday Run course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Lilac Bloomsday Run goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


The Lilac Bloomsday Run is held every year in Spokane, WA, on the first Sunday in May. At 12K, it's a unique distance that can be tricky to train for. Using a free 10K training plan that's designed for an average athlete and an average race still leaves you 2K short of the Bloomsday finish line, so what's an aspiring Bloomsday finisher to do? Custom Training Plans has the answer: a Lilac Bloomsday Run training plan that factors in your current running habits, your racing experience, and the unique terrain challenges posed by the banks of the Spokane River. Whether you're new to the 12K distance and your goal is to run the whole course or you've been setting new PRs every Bloomsday since 1977, CTP Lilac Bloomsday Run training programs can help you build stamina, power, and strength.

Lilac Bloomsday Run Training Plan

From humble beginnings, the Lilac Bloomsday Run has blossomed into one of the nation’s biggest running races. Bloomsday is open to anyone who cares to register, making it a low-pressure place to try out racing, and you’ll have the support of 40,000 of your best friends as you take a scenic (if a little hilly!) tour of the Spokane River. Our Lilac Bloomsday Run training programs are appropriate for runners of all types. Think of CTP’s custom Lilac Bloomsday Run training plan as insurance. Each workout is designed to build strength and cardiovascular endurance without setting you up for injuries. Using free Bloomsday training programs can lead to under- or overtraining, both of which can stop your race before it even begins.

Following a Lilac Bloomsday training program from Custom Training Plans can help you feel as prepared as possible when you reach the start line at Post Street and Riverside Avenue. The race’s first 1.5 miles are relatively flat, following the Spokane River west. Once the Bloomsday course crosses Latah Creek, runners will begin the first climb – a short, intense hill followed by another, more gradual elevation gain. Just after the halfway point, the course descends back down to Meenach Bridge and the Spokane River.

The second half of the race isn’t a cakewalk, though. Immediately after crossing the river, runners face Doomsday Hill: a monster gain of 150 vertical feet in under three-quarters of a mile. Punchy hills require drills, and Custom Training Plans has you covered. Our Lilac Bloomsday Run training plans help to eliminate surprises on race day. CTP programs include cross-training, interval workouts, and more to help you face course-specific challenges with confidence.

Once racers reach the summit of Doomsday Hill, they can relax. Just over two miles remain, and the hard work is over (with the exception of a few very gentle hills)! When you train for the Lilac Bloomsday Run with Custom Training Plans, you’ll do more than just put on the miles. With CTP, you’ll also take part in endurance- and strength-building workouts designed by professionals. Every workout contributes to your overall fitness so you can arrive at the finish line in front of the Spokane County Courthouse feeling strong and ready to celebrate. Try a smart, customized Lilac Bloomsday Run training plan.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Lilac Bloomsday Run plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Lilac Bloomsday Run training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Lilac Bloomsday Run with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.