Closing the Gap

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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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I did 2 runs today!  This is new for me, so I'm just hoping my poor, 38-year-old body can handle it.  I took both runs VERY slowly, just to be safe.

 First I did chest and abs today from 5:30-6:45 this AM.  Then was the first run:

 9:42, 9:26, 9:19, 9:37, 9:11, plus a little bit of cooling down


This was the second run:  8:55, 8:53, 8:52, 8:50, 8:42, 8:51, 8:49, plus a little bit more


So far, so good.  My legs felt pretty happy.  Lots of rain--typical Oregon run!

From baldnspicy on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 22:57:25 from

Nice job, Coach! I haven't done the twice daily runs yet, but maybe in the future...

Did you work up a sweat at those pedestrian paces? ;-)

From TBarlow on Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 23:48:31 from

Wow - a double! I wish my body could handle it! Nice workout!

From Coach Cara on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 00:42:55 from

Wes, I'm not sure if it was sweat or rain on my tank top, but something was wet.

I'm not sure yet if my body can handle doubles. We shall see, but I feel good so far!!

From baldnspicy on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 10:54:36 from

Sweat or rain is fine...blood is not!

Good job! :-)

From Burt on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 11:04:12 from

From jtshad on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 15:23:24 from

Running doubles is a good way to safely increase your mileage and have an opportunity to get in good quality miles. Start slowly then increase as you get more used to it. I have been running two-a-days for several years to increase my milege and have stayed injury free and improved my performance.

From Coach Cara on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 19:31:48 from

That's so great that you have stayed injury free all these years! Yes, I will take it slowly, and I assume that the

From baldnspicy on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:09:33 from

Burt - I can seriously sympathize with your nipples! I went out on a long run early in my training and came back in serious pain. Not bleeding as bad as you, but still bleeding. I can't believe how long it takes to heal! I never run any longer than about 5-6mi without lubing up. When I ran my first half, I put bandaids on because I knew I was NOT going to suffer that pain again. Ouch!

From Coach Cara on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:17:03 from

Ha ha, I read this wrong the first time.

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