Closing the Gap

December 12, 2018

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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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Ran nice, easy miles in the country today.  I even discovered how to attract alpacas.  What a neat run on a gorgeous day--about 55 degrees and sunny.  As I ran along, a team of cyclists sped past me and I heard, "Hi Cara!"  So, between the alpacas, the sunshine, and the unknown cyclist, I felt loved!  :-)  Very little hip flexor pain, but a still felt it a bit.  

From Burt on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 22:25:15 from

Aren't alpacas llamas indigenous to South America?

From baldnspicy on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 00:27:28 from

I'm more curious about how you attract them.

From Coach Cara on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 00:49:01 from

Just today my daughter asked me what the difference between an alpaca and a llama is. I don't know--they look exactly the same. I only know that their fur is used for wool, and that they come running when you call in a high-pitched voice, "You-whoo! You-whoo!"

From baldnspicy on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 01:09:49 from

High pitched? No wonder none have ever been attracted to me.

My daughter loves them, but I don't know the difference either. Sounds like Burt's an expert though, so I'm sure we'll hear about it. :-)

Burt - you're so lucky I'm not that great at Photoshop (yet) and that I'm exhausted or I would have had some fun!

From Burt on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 01:12:07 from

Funny you say that Wes, when I already have your picture ready and waiting to post.

From baldnspicy on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 at 01:40:20 from

Maybe I'm not *THAT* exhausted...

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