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)
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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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60 minutes out and back.  The first 30 min with HR around 170, the final 30 with HR around 185.  This was HARD, plus I'd already lifted weights for one hour.  After this run, I went to teach a one hour bootcamp, including a bunch of lunges.  Oh, my legs were spent.  This same evening, I taught another advanced bootcamp to a bunch of fit younger men!  Naturally, I felt pressure to prove myself (I was subbing for a guy trainer that they love, and I'm sure they were not too happy to see a girl show up to cover for him), so I did the really, really tough workout along with them.  When we were done, they were all dripping with sweat, panting, and begging for mercy--OK, well not quite, but close enough.  :-)  One of them said, "Now I have to go home and tell my wife that I was beat up by a girl."  Another said, "I want Dan to come back because Cara's too hard."  :-)  Yay!!


Anyway, all that said, I really abused myself this day and paid for it the next.

Here were the splits:  9:01, 7:44, 8:31, 8:11, 7:12, 7:29, 7:29, 4:24 (for .57)



From Burt on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:45:32 from

I'm scared of you, too.

From Coach Cara on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:50:10 from

Burt, I just went to find your blog from yesterday, and I didn't realize I was on some other Burt's blog. He did a bunch of speed work and pushups, and I thought, WOW! Burt has really picked things up.

I can't find your blog right now, but I want to hear how it went yesterday for ya! I'm off to church, so I don't have time to figure out how this blog works--I always have trouble finding people!!

From Burt on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 17:18:16 from

Silly girl. I'm on your Favorites's List. Have a nice time at church.

From Coach Cara on Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 20:13:07 from

Ha ha ha! I'm such a goof. I knew you were one of my favorites, but I didn't know that I could just click right on so easily. You don't know how many times I've tried to find out what you or Wes have blogged, but it has taken me too long to hunt you down, so I give up. NOW I know I can just click directly on you guys.

OK, I'm SO pathetic!!!

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