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Member Since:

Apr 04, 2007



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:


1 mile:  6:31

5K:  23:37

Half Marathon: 2:04

My first post-high school 5K, in which I thought I was going to die

The first time I won my age division.  Yippee!

My first half marathon, in which I attack Sasha

The time I beat my high school PR for the 5K (as a 31 year-old mommy of 3!)

My first 5K barefooted


Short-Term Running Goals:

I'm just getting back into running after a long break to have my last child.  I would like to race some 10Ks, a half, and a marathon in the next 2 years.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Be the oldest woman to complete a marathon.  Yea!  But hopefully I will also complete some BEFORE I geezer up, like, before I'm 40 for sure.  I think it would be fun to dress up really strange for marathons, like impersonating celebrities and stuff.  Except I don't really like celebrities, as a rule, so maybe I'll have to stick to the age old question of ninja, or pirate.  I say ninja. *Hyah!*


I am happily married to James W (Cool Runnings). We have 3 boys and 1 opinionated little girl.  I love reading and I'm also a news junkie.  I am a stinker.

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Happy hump-day.  Now it's downhill to the weekend!  32:33 for the 5K and it felt a little hard, for some reason.  Undoubtedly my body wanted to take advantage of not having a speedy training partner today.   A little discomfort in my left arch.  I probably need to get new shoes.

I took a different route today through a huge apartment complex.  The most notable thing that happened was that I passed a guy with a huge black wolf!  He had to step off the sidewalk and exert considerable energy to keep that thing from eating me.  I don't think I'll run that route again!  I prefer the lakes around my house, where I see the nice old guy and the huge orange fish every morning.  BTW did you see the moon this morning?  So big and golden!  Beautiful.


PM run with little ones.  1.37 miles.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Heber on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 10:58:25

About the no-sugar, no flour thing: I did it once. In fact I went off fruit and juices and honey and anything else that has simple carbohydrates. My whacky chiropractor recommended it to get rid of yeast that she thought was in my intestine.

What I found was that it made me grumpy and I really craved the stuff I was missing. But it was possible and it may have helped. I learned to each more veggies and eggs and to snack on nuts.

The idea is that we eat way to much carbs these days and that it causes weight gain and possibly other bad things. Who knows?

From Kristina on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 11:13:28

Hey Lybi did you know they are starting to build some new houses in the back of our subdivision...he he he

You know my mom is a little bit obsessed with the South Beach Diet which is designed to help you cut out "empty carbs" and only focus on the good carbs. It actually seems like one of the better diets out there. There is a book that lists foods to avoid.

From Christi on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 11:39:25

The Lybster! Yeah, the moon was awesome today! Thanks for reminding me. The wolf encounter sounds scary, I'm a dog lover, but I still get nervous around strays when I'm running- but a wolf- that's crazy! So you live around lakes- cool. I wanna live on a lake...(do you think I'm being influenced by my recent Powell trip?) Good job going it alone without the partner today!

From James in Sunny AZ on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 12:52:18

The moon was absolutely gorgeous this morning. Good thing you didn't try to run with Sparky - he might have gotten himself eaten by the wolf - that dog is fearless! Christi - our "lakes" are really small, man-made ponds with sidewalks around them, kept artificially blue . . . :D

From James in Sunny AZ on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 12:53:05

Hey, I forgot - are you still going to register for that 5K this weekend?

From Michelle on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 14:42:00

Lybi, you are doing awesome and really increasing your mileage! In addition to some memorable experinces! (Wolf?) That's a good one to put in the memory books. Only you would have an experience like that!!! Sounds like you may be doing a 5K this weekend? Good luck if you do, you'll smash your last time with the great times you have been having the last few weeks!

From Michelle on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 14:52:28

By the way... aren't you getting out rather early these days?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 15:19:13

You should really back off on those 5 K runs. 10:30 pace is just about right, 10:00 is OK, anything much faster is probably too fast. If you feel the extra energy and have the extra time, at this point it should go into making the run longer as opposed to faster.

Regarding carbs - you need them to run or just live for that matter. As Lulu pointed out in another post, the trouble comes not from the calories, but from the package they come with. It is all about balance. Popular American foods tend to deliver carbs in the wrong mix, while natural foods tend to have the right mix of nutrients to go with the carbs.

From Lybi on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 16:42:49

Heber!!! How fun to hear from you again. I've missed you. As of right now, I have nothing against carbs in general. I'm just doing a little experiment with no added sugar or white flour. Some chiropractors can get really weird on you, so you have to watch 'em! :)

Kristina there are so many houses out there by you that I would love. But since the weather has turned nice again, I'm temporarily feeling happy to be an Arizonian. May is a good time to try to persuade me to move, though. :)

Thanks Christi! Your trip made ME want to live by a real lake, too. Or at least go on a trip to one.

Michelle, I'm getting up earlier than I've been since high school seminary! I am stoked because I've never had the self-control to wake up this early with any kind of consistency.

Sasha, you know your advice is like a royal decree to me, but can I present my concerns about slowing down to 10:30? 3 things. It feels a little annoying to my feet at that speed, for some reason. It feels a lot smoother to me a little bit faster. Second I'm afraid of loosing my fabulous running partner Christine with pokiness. Possibly not a logical fear. Third, in the morning I only have about 30 minutes to run before James has to leave. The only way I could go farther is to run faster. Although, I plan on adding another mile per day in the evening (at 15:00 pace) with my little ones. How about an average--3 miles each morning at 9:30-10:00 and 1 at 15:00 each afternoon. What do you think?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 18:35:40

9:30 - 10:00 should be fine, 10:00 better than 9:30, but do not try to set records on that 5 K. No faster than 9:30 until you run 24:00 in a race. But try to sneak in extra miles during the day with a stroller and street clothes on, or even on the treadmill if it still works. Another idea - bring the kids to the track, have them play in the sandbox, and loop around in the meantime. If you run only 3 miles a day, and that is the cap, then the only path to improvement is to keep speeding up, the problem with speeding up without a base is that you start getting injured, and also ultimately there is no intensity that could possibly compensate for the lack of base.

From Brent on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 20:53:23

Lybi, wow, great advice from Sasha, it is so hard to not fun faster when you got the fast feeling. Moon was bigger this morning, like it was close enough to reach. The wolf thing, scary, I always carry pepper spray. I have never used it on people, only on loose dogs that thought I was breakfast.

From Lybi on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 21:17:23

Brent, I agree. This is great advice and I'm gonna do my best to comply. I'm all excited now.

From Mik'L on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 00:11:33

Lybi- You really do have some crazy experiences. Who sees a wolf on a run in the suburbs? I didn't get out this morning so I missed the great moon...but I read all about it on Chad's blog. lol

BTW Sasha, as a former long jumper, I find it offensive that you called the long jump pit a sand box! ;)

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