Closing the Gap

February 2010

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Location:

tigard,or,usa

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2009

Gender:

Female

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.

Personal:

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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 Started out with 1.25 hrs of shoulders, triceps, and core.

 

Aimed for 45 min of easy running.  The hip flexor still bothers me. :-(

 

9:21, 8:52, 8:41, 8:32, 8:01, 7:46

Wow, I hadn't look at the splits till just  now.  Not bad! 

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Did a good leg routine, but decided against meeting Coach Bob at the track because of my hip flexor

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Did chest and abs.

 

Then bike.

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I haven't been running because my hip flexor is still saying no.  :-(  

 

Did a good back/bicep workout today, though.

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Oh gosh, I'm way behind.  Life's SUPER busy right now, so I haven't been taking time to blog at all.  Also, I'm taking it easy on the hip flexor, so I've only been doing easy miles on the forgiving track surface.  I hope to step things up later this week, ever hopeful that the weird pain will dissipate, which is surely will very soon.  I'm sure.  It will.

 

Today I taught a resistance training class and then ran for 1/2 hr on the track at an easy pace.  This was supposed to be my chest day, but I had too much to do.  In the class I taught, we did just 10 pushups in the midst of everything else, so I might do 9 more sets of 10 (flat, incline, and decline) and call it "chest day," and then I could just grab my light dumbbells and do 9 sets of 10 in all positions too.  It's just that I find it difficult to work out at home.  Guess if I don't do it tonight, I will spend extra time in the gym tomorrow.

 

Oh well, now I must throw some dinner together before all the people start complaining.

 


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Slow, at the track.  Kinda boring.  Did biceps and back exercises.

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Taught 2 bootcamps, did an hour of shoulders and triceps, and ran for 2 slow track miles.

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Today I met Coach Bob at the track.  He encouraged me to take it easy, so I did, but I did get in several 7:40 miles, which felt great.  The hip flexor hurts when I push off, but if I keep the speed down, it's not too bad.

 

 

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Today I rested from running, but did enjoy the bootcamp that I led.  I wanted to do more, but thought it better to take it easy till tomorrow.  My hip flexor feels pretty good today!

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Oh my, I have totally been flaking out on blogging!  Business keeps getting busier--which is good--but meanwhile, many things have been put to the side!

 

Running has NOT been put aside, but just blogging about it HAS!

 

I'm still having pain in some of the hip muscles, and now I'm going to PT.  It's not terrible, and it'll surely get better soon.   I've been doing maintenance miles, but will hopefully soon start training more assertively.

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Just an easy run today.  Splits:  8:57, 7:57, 7:24 (oops!  I didn't mean to go that fast), 8:15.

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Track workout today.  1 mile at 7:14, 1 mile at 7:40, 1 mile with a heart rate of 170-180.  Oh, there was also a warm up mile.

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Perfect running weather today--about 45 degrees, sunny, and gorgeous!  This is a very hilly route, and I just relaxed and didn't pay attention to pace--ran comfortably.

Splits:  9:02, 9:05, 8:53,8:23, 8:27, 8:36, 8:44, 8:22. 

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A very hilly run!  Loved it!  As the sun rose in an orange sky over Mt Hood, rain sprinkled on me, and a rainbow was right over my head.  It was one of those moments you say, "I'm SO glad I was running to see this!"

 

8:48, 8:32, 8:39,7:57.

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9:52, 9:38, 8:28, 8:42, 8:17, 8:56 (strides)

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Easy run--very nice

9:06, 8:24, 8:39, 8:44

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Today I ran on a very cool contraption that they use at the Nike Project.  I guess there are only a few of them in OR.  It supported some of my weight while I ran on the treadmill.  Not sure how many miles I ran, but it was for about 50 minutes, so maybe 6 miles or so.

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Today was no running.  I did teach my bootcamp and I spent over an hour on chest and abs

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Ran nice, easy miles in the country today.  I even discovered how to attract alpacas.  What a neat run on a gorgeous day--about 55 degrees and sunny.  As I ran along, a team of cyclists sped past me and I heard, "Hi Cara!"  So, between the alpacas, the sunshine, and the unknown cyclist, I felt loved!  :-)  Very little hip flexor pain, but a still felt it a bit.  

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