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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 ran for 1 hr and 20 minutes at a comfortable pace, which turned out to give me 9 miles.  Before the run, I did some innovative chest, core, and shoulder exercises for a bit under an hour.  Then headed out into the VERY windy morning.  I arrived at the fearsome Weir Rd before the first mile.  Then it's 1.5 wonderfully unrelenting upward miles.  In two sections of the hill, it's actually 15% grade.  I wanted to start out the run on Weir because I've challenged a few friends to a Weir Rd race next Tuesday.  Two of the guys are my co-workers, and since I'm the runner among the trainers, I'd better win!  :-)  Actually, I'll be OK if I don't beat them because they ARE men, after all, and incredibly fit men at that.  


For today, here were the splits:  9:00, 10:01 (that was the 15% grade),  8:51, 8:46, 9:02, 8:50, 8:53, 8:11, 8:19.

I need to select a marathon to start training for.  I think May is a good time for me.  Any suggestions out there?  Anyone?  Anyone?

From Bonnie on Wed, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:26:26 from

EUGENE!! Allie, from the blog, is running it and it is a great marathon!

From rattletrap on Wed, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:38:10 from

Tacoma has a nice marathon on May 2nd.

It's a little later and a little(maybe a lot)smaller, but I'm running the Green River Marathon on June 5th. It's unique because it's the only FREE Boston qualifying marathon anywhere.

From Coach Cara on Wed, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:01:30 from

Yes, Eugene is a BIG one for Oregonians, right after Portland. I'm sure a lot of my friends will be running Eugene.

WOW! I never heard of a FREE marathon--that's pretty cool. And for a frugal mom of 4 like me, that might be compelling. Although, I must say, when I hear "Green River," I think of its tragic past. I bet Tacoma would be nice. I do mostly prefer small marathons, with the exception of Boston, of course! :-)

From Bonnie on Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 11:33:12 from

Cara, I prefer small races too, I thought Eugene was a perfect size ... plus they had start corrals. No bathroom lines, and parking near the start was easy as pie!

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