Closing the Gap

November 25, 2020

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Member Since:

Dec 28, 2009



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

  • Boston '08,
  • #3 woman in '09 Columbia River Gorge 1/2 marathon (1:33),
  • #1 woman in'09 Death Valley Marathon (3:24)
See all results on athlinks

Short-Term Running Goals:

Carve 10 minutes off my PR for the next 4 marathons, qualify for the Trials.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Always be a winner in my age division; help hundreds of other runners accomplish their goals through my coaching.


Married, 4 kids.  I'm an RN who now works as a personal trainer (NASM) and running coach (RRCA).

Trainer Cara Esau

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 What a treat to run 15 miles yesterday!!  It was downright glorious.

It took me about 2 hr 10 min, average pace 9:03, average hr 158.  Here were the splits:  9:47, 9:47, 8:57, 8:38, 8:50, 9:24, 8:22, 8:43, 8:33, 8:24, 8:47, 9:03, 8:37, 8:42, 9:40.  

In the second mile, I got one of those weird stabbing pains in my ankle that makes it impossible to put my weight on it at all.  That derailed me for a minute, and I stood there, waiting to see whether I'd have to just quit the run.  But thankfully, it passed.  Today is has been spontaneously hurting, then completely disappearing.  

As for the right hip, I feel GREAT!  The IT band is a bit tender, but I'm taking care of it.  The hip flexors and TFL and piriformis all feel completely normal again!  

From Burt on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 20:18:29 from

Catching up on your blog I see. Great job on the 15. That's weird about the ankle pain. I hope you don't spontaneously combust.

From Coach Cara on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 20:28:09 from

Yup--I'm having trouble keeping up these days...not to mention that I wish I had time to read more of OTHERS' blogs!!!

Do you ever get those weird, sudden, severe pains in your ankles? Sometimes I get them in my toes. They're completely debilitating, but the good thing is that they don't ever really stick around long. Whew.

From Burt on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 at 20:29:30 from

Nope. I get stomach cramps from time to time.

From baldnspicy on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 10:06:05 from

Nice run, Coach! Glad to hear things are back to normal. I get a pain on the bottom of my ankle bone once in a while, but it goes away. I've always figured it was from my shoes rubbing there or something...that and I'm getting old. :-)

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