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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Today was great running weather--42 degrees and just a gentle breeze.

 Splits:  9:38, 8:33, 8:50, 8:30, 8:21, 8:35,  8:29, 8:25, 7:58, 8:27, 8:24, 8:25

 I'm feeling ready to start training for something again!  I must be the most discontent person because right before a marathon, I just can't wait to stop running and do stairs or spinning or a Tri-D Fitness Bootcamp (ours are unlike any others, I promise you)!  But just 2 weeks into the recovery from the marathon, and I'm itching to resume training.  

 I rushed off after the run to work with a new client who will be lots of fun.  Then got back, made lunches, lost all my desire to go out and do my leg workout, but reminded myself that if I put off the workout till tomorrow, my legs will be sore still by Tues.  (On Tuesday I am racing my co-workers up the intimidating Weir Rd.)   So, I did make it to the gym and did lots of hopping, lunging, and squatting--just about 1.5 hrs' worth of fun. 


And then I had a wonderful halibut dinner with banana-chocolate bread pudding for dessert.  Good thing I did that cal-burning leg workout!!




From baldnspicy on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:05:46 from

Nice looking splits, Cara! I'm sure you'll kick some Tri-D boys butts! :-)

From Burt on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:12:22 from

I'll be working off my dinner tonight for a while.

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:14:51 from

I HOPE you're right! They are assuming I will, but those guys are tough!! Did you watch the Youtube video of the Tri-D Fitness tire flipping? The 2 guys who will race up Weir Rd are the 2 winners of that tire flipping contest (and I was the loser!): Jim and Casey. They're SO nice, but incredibly competitive. They all know that I'm the big runner among them, so I'll hear about if I don't win!! YIKES! ;-)

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:15:37 from

BTW, I just now sent you a schedule for next week via email!

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:16:19 from

Burt, I haven't heard from you for a while! What did you have for dinner?

From Burt on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:20:53 from

We went to a celebration dinner for the Buddy Walk committee I was on. It was a pot luck Mexican dinner. I just started my diet this week. The funny thing is, I didn't eat more than I'd normally eat, but I actually felt guilty. Ha!

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:28:23 from

Yum, Mexican can sure be a killer!

Next week I have so many little coffees planned,one of which is at my fav. bakery. Very bad. I know I'll be bad.

Have you had your body fat %tage checked?

What a terrible thing to discuss right before bed!

This week the Chamber had their mtg at our studio, and I ran around checking all the body fat readings on people. They probably all hated me.

From Coach Cara on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 01:42:10 from

Here's the tire flip video. I'm the red head without the mustache. All the cute blond kids meandering around in the background are my wee ones. :-) I know I look really weak in this video, but I had JUST run and won (for women) the 5K! I was really tired and sore.

So, Wes, THESE are the guys I have to beat up the big hill. HA! We shall see...I'm not so sure!!

From baldnspicy on Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 02:12:35 from

Shesh...those guys have nothin' on you! Sure, they're big and buff, but from the video it's obvious you've got the lean, mean, running machine that's gonna kick 'em to the curb! Good luck!!!

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