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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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2 miles of warm up (one slow and one with strides); 3 miles that were supposed to be progression (goal:  7:30, 7:25, 7:20), but I hit a big, curvy, unlit, traffic-filled hill on the 2nd of the 3 miles, so I couldn't pick up the pace; 1 mile cool down.

9:03, 8:31, 7:26, 7:42 (this was the dark, curvy hill that I hadn't anticipated), 7:19, 9:04

From Burt on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 19:36:16 from

Still pretty speedy.

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 19:38:57 from

It was hard because I've been doing maintenance miles for a month now with only ONE workout even resembling a speed workout (recall our discussion of the word fartlek). So, doing a little speed today was harder than it was a month ago, for sure! But that's OK--it's what the body does.

From baldnspicy on Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 00:29:10 from

Yeah, it annoys me when I have to slow down so the traffic can keep up with me too. ;-)

From Coach Cara on Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 00:38:24 from

Oh yes, you know how it is. We don't want to shame the drivers.

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