Closing the Gap

May 27, 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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Did an easy aerobics/resistance training class in the AM.  I'll be teaching it in the future, so I just wanted to see what the participants are used to.  


Later, I did an aggressive bicep, tricep, and delt workout.  


In the afternoon, I met with Coach Bob Williams at the track.  Did a couple warm up miles, then ran  laps as he observed me and check my HR during runs and recovery.  Then a couple more cool down miles.  His tried and true approach is to get me running more 5 and 10Ks, work on my speed first and then gear up for a marathon in the winter.  Yes, I have to wait nearly a YEAR to run another marathon.  :-(  But it will be worth it.  His plan is to gear me up for a 3:00 to 3:05 marathon by then.  That would be great.  I haven't tried this exact approach, but my goodness, he has WAY more experience than I have in coaching!  In fact, he's been doing it longer than I have been alive!

From TBarlow on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 15:36:03 from

Wow - that is awesome you are having him as your coach! The waiting game is so hard, but will be totally worth it!

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