Closing the Gap

May 27, 2020

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesCoach Cara's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!



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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Today a TV crew came out to my workplace!  So, my workout was Bootcamp, rather than running.  I'd planned to run afterward, assuming that it would be a typical hour-long Bootcamp.  But little did I know that it would go on for an intense 2 1/4 hours just because of the cameras.  So, I resisted the urge to overtrain, and instead, stretched and had some breakfast.  Here's the footage of the Bootcamp.  I'm the one wearing a burgundy tank top and khaki shorts; apparently I'm not very interesting since I'm always just in the background!  :-)

From Bonnie on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 14:32:42 from

cool video! You are a movie star!

I have two of Lydiard's books (as a follow-up to your blog conversation of yesterday which I decided not to specifically respond to ...), they are good reads. Did you read the Running Times articles last month on Lydiard? Lorriane Moller wrote a great article and Greg also has written some things about Lydiard and his training (Greg traveled with Lydiard in the months before he died). Greg and Nobby (Nobby coached a Japanese corporate team with Lydiard) both wrote a response to a reader that had some questions about the apparent conflicts in interpretations about what types of workouts Lydiard prescribed during base training. It is a good read too (I think ;-))

Happy running!

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
New Kids on the Blog
(need a welcome):
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):