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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)
See all results on athlinks

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 enjoyed a wonderful short Long Run!  Perfect conditions, although it was VERY windy, but that was just refreshing.  I basically kept my heart rate around 165 and just enjoyed the run.

 Splits:  9:58, 8:30, 8:29, 8:26,8:20, 8:22, 8:31, 8:39, 8:52, 8:41, 8:06.  It was hilly, which is why there was such a variance in paces!

From Burt on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 21:22:31 from

Nice 12. How's the weather up there?

From Coach Cara on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 23:29:40 from

Thanks! It's about 40 by the time I get out to run, and it has been a bit rainy, though we had a nice weekend. When I started running yesterday, there were HUGE thunder clouds blowing my way, but somehow they never let loose the rain, so it was a windy but dry run.

How is it in your area? I imagine it gets very cold!

From Burt on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 01:10:20 from

Haha! It's not that cold. I just complain when I feel a breeze. You're just kidding though, right?

From baldnspicy on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 11:15:44 from

Nice run! Gotta love those 40 degree days. We'll all start complaining when it gets over 60, so might as well enjoy the 40s, even if there's a little wind/rain.

From Coach Cara on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:13:45 from

Hi Burt! What do you think I'm just kidding about? I wasn't kidding about anything. :-) I run when it's chilly and dark in the morning, usually. If it's below 35, then I wear pants instead of shorts, and if it's above 40, then I wear a tank top and shorts.

From Burt on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 20:31:26 from

Today's high was 86 :)

From Coach Cara on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:11:16 from

YOU'RE kidding--right???? This is MARCH. It can't be 86!!

From Burt on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:35:21 from doesn't lie.

From Coach Cara on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:39:05 from

Y'all from Utah outta move to Oregon. That's what I think!!

From Burt on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:43:59 from

Girl! I'm from Arizona! Don't get me mixed up with those folks! :o)

From Coach Cara on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:46:52 from

Oh yeah, I was thinking everyone was from Utah, except me and Bald n Spicy.

From Burt on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 21:58:31 from

Ah, now you know why I thought you were kidding. LOL!

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