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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Track day!  One mile warm up, then 2x2 miles, supposedly at 14:20.  The first set, I felt a little too fine, and I did it in 14:08.  I tried to slow down for the second set and ended up with 14:12.  My final fast mile was supposed to be 7:00, and guess what it was?  Exactly 7:00 on the nose, so I finally got my pacing right.  Then a mile cool down.  All in all, it felt very do-able, though I did feel unmotivated today.  I also did my leg workout at the gym.

From Burt on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 18:48:08 from

Unmotivated on your birthday? Boo!

From Coach Cara on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 18:51:21 from

I'll let you in on a secret: today isn't really my official bday! My husband doesn't want that kind of info on FB, so he entered a slightly incorrect bday date. It's very close, so I still consider bday greetings to be at the right timing. :-) It's fun because I kinda get to celebrate twice each year by hearing so many happy bdays on TWO different days!!

Of course, I'm turning 39 this year, so maybe that's why I'm unmotivated. I'm getting O-L-D!!!!!!!!!

From Burt on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 18:57:12 from

How funny. Well, you're not 40 yet!

From baldnspicy on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:49:56 from

LOL! I did that for my daughter, but that was to discourage the pedophiles. Maybe your husband is worried about them too.

Only 39 this year? I'll be 40 this year so it's all downhill from here for me...all that downhill should get me to Boston though, so it isn't as bad as it sounds!

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