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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Felt great today.  I didn't wear my Garmin, but I think I was running about 7:20-7:30 for 4 miles.  

Did 1:25 of chest and abs.


Tomorrow I'll really rest--from running and weights.  Well, maybe I'll just do a few core exercises.  And lots of stretching.

From Burt on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 01:41:38 from

When's the race?

From Coach Cara on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 17:57:04 from

Hi Burt! The race is Sunday.

The weirdest thing happened to me today--I was stretching in the sauna and began to feel too hot, so I got out. But when I exited, I began to feel so dizzy. I sat down on the floor for a bit, but really felt the need to lie down, which I didn't want to do on the nasty cement floor. So I eyed the bench, which was only a few yards away. I got up to walk over there, and next thing I knew, I was looking up at the ceiling, just feeling a ton of hip pain and wondering where I was. So odd.

Well, my first thought, once I remembered what had happened, was that my race is the day after tomorrow, and I REALLY hope I didn't injure anything when I passed out. I'm glad I didn't hit my head in the fall though.

From Burt on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 19:33:59 from

Oh my, that's scary. I hope you're okay. Maybe you were dehydrated or something.

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