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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Rested, and only did back/biceps/abs for a little over an hour.


Then ate a BUNCH of food for Mother's Day Brunch.  Now  I'm really eager to run!


Happy Mother's Day!

From Burt on Sun, May 09, 2010 at 20:06:15 from

Happy Mother's Day Coach! Enjoy your run.

From Kelli on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 22:09:21 from

Have not checked in for a bit! Hope all is well!

Happy LATE mother's day right back at ya!

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 21:59:01 from

Hi Kelli! It's so sweet of you to check in on me--I really appreciate it! I really have been doing very well. The thing is, I made a big mistake. I decided that for the summer, I wouldn't try to gain more clients; I'd take things easy so I can spend more time with my kids. Famous last words!!!! All of a sudden, I had an influx of new clients and bootcamp instruction opportunities, and I've been SWAMPED! It's good, but I'm so busy that I have trouble keeping up with anything but the bare essentials. Of course, running is a bare essential, so I AM still on track.

I did a 5K last week and was #2--right after a 51-year-old woman!! I was thrilled to see how fit we can all still be when we're in our 50's--super fast!

I hope you are doing well too! Hopefully I'll get back into blogging soon.

Oh, I'm also studying Chinese 8-10 hours a week to prepare for a commercial I'll be in for Rosetta Stone. As if I need to add more to the weekly schedule--yikes!

From Burt on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 22:44:18 from

I'm checking in on you, too. Have fun with the commercial. The camera loves you.

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:05:32 from

Thanks Burt! The producer said that she and the crew love watching me talk. I dunno--is that a compliment? :-)

They actually hooked up a web cam to my computer so they could record me struggling like a fool through these language lessons.

How have you been, Burt? Are your kids just about out of school?

From Kelli on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:07:38 from

WOW, you have a ton going on this summer! Good luck with it all! Chinese seems difficult, how well do you have to learn it???

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:09:57 from

I'm not sure how well I have to actually learn it, but I am expected to do 8-10 hours a week. I'm sure they hope I will learn it reasonably well so that the software looks effective. I think I really do like the program, though. I like how Rosetta Stone uses immersion instead of translation. It IS a hard language--that's for sure!

From Kelli on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:10:31 from

So, how did that all come about???

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:17:59 from

It was through Sports Unlimited, which is a modeling agency here in Portland. I get a few opportunities here and there through them. Nothing big, but when they shoot an ad, they have such excellent caterers. I'm in it for the food! ;-) OK, and maybe a bit of money sometimes too!!

From Burt on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:18:11 from

Yep. The kids are all out of school,and we're all moved in to our new place.

From Coach Cara on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:19:00 from

WOW! YOU have been busy, Burt! Moving is SO time consuming. Was it a big move, or are you in the same area?

From Kelli on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:19:56 from

That is very cool!!! Have fun with it!

From Burt on Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 01:12:26 from

We moved about 20 miles away from Queen Creek to Mesa. No more long bike rides to work. Nice and short ones now.

From Burt on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:39:15 from

I saw your name on the Lost Bloggers list :(

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 23:52:17 from

That's very sad, Burt. :-( I'm sorry--life has gotten SO busy now that I have more clients than I even wanted, AND my kids are home from school AND I've had to learn Mandarin for a commercial. In fact, I know this sounds gross, but the other day, I realized I hadn't had time to even shower in 4 days!!! Thankfully, my sweat smells like freshly bloomed roses--or something like that--so I can get by sans shower. :-) Ha ha, well, at least I seem to think so!!

Anyway, yes, I've had to become a "lost" blogger. Maybe when the kids are back in school, I can find more time, or if I can possibly cut back on my hours. It's a blessing to be so busy, but OH MY, it's hard too.

How about you? How's your summer going?

Take care!


From Burt on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 00:35:54 from

You and Kelli and your non-showering antics! I don't know if I'm grossed out or turned on. Just kidding. Totally inappropriate.

So speaking of Mandarin, there's a young man I know that gave his farewell address today at church before he heads on his mission to the Washington D.C Mandarin Chinese speaking mission. He's going to be a good missionary.

And speaking of stinkiness, the other night on the group run the one and only girl that ran with us brought us all salsa. When she walked by me she smelled real good, like she had just put on some kinda scentsy smell-ums, and I thought, "She smells quite pleasant." Then as she sat down by me I got another wiff of her actual sweatiness, and I knew why she put the perfume on.

Summer's going okay. I got a 30% pay decrease, so I got that going for me. I signed up to be a Beachboody coach, but I don't know if that will make me any money anytime soon. This week we'll be getting the kids enrolled in school. Should be fun.

From Kelli on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 17:13:20 from

Showers are over-rated!

From Coach Cara on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 00:29:39 from

That's right! Who needs a shower, anyway? :-)

From Kelli on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:25:31 from

I am not sure how Burt knew my secret, maybe he can smell me all the way in AZ???

From Burt on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:44:24 from

It's not secret Kelli. You blog about it all the time. Maybe not directly, but I know how to read in between the lines.

As for your smell, I sat next to you on the way home from Ragnar. You smelled good. Cara smells like freshly cut roses, and you smell like chocolate strawberry peaches.

From Coach Cara on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 21:23:18 from

I think that's a compliment, Kelli! :-)

Thank you, Burt! I'm sure you smell like something very wonderful too. Like, um, homemade lasagna?

From Kelli on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 23:18:56 from

Chocolate covered strawberry peaches?? That actually sounds very good.

I try to shower each day at least i time for my husband to get home from work, I would not want him to think i just sit around all day doing nothin'!

From Burt on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 19:38:38 from

Hi Cara. Hi Kelli.

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