Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #1

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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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Race: Arizona Road Racers Summer Series #1 (3.13 Miles) 00:23:37
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I've dreamed about this moment for a WHOLE STINKING YEAR! I've visualized it hundreds of times, hoped, prayed, and hungered...all for this day. THIS is the race where I squashed my high school 5K pr of 23:58 with room to spare. Feels insanely good to trump my high school self--I was such a punk! It was time to bring me DOWN! (I need therapy, I know.) 1 minute and 3 seconds faster than my old-lady pr of 24:40 set just a couple of months ago.

I started with a nice 2 mile warm-up and a ridiculous number of potty stops. As I was warming up at 10:30 pace, I was thinking, 'Man, this feels hard. Can I really run 3 min. a mile faster than this?!?' It was a staggered start. The oldest ladies started first, followed by the 80 year-old guys. Then the 70 year-olds etc. I met up with Shauna, and was having such a great time talking to her (she is such a sweetie) that we totally missed our start time. Whoops! We ended up taking off with the fast dudes. This was a really big race for a 5k, and there was a pretty narrow road to run on. So WEAVING was the name of the game. How can I get past this 5 year-old running with his grandma--without bumping into Mr. Football fan over here? You expect weaving for the first .5 or so in any race, but I was STILL in major weave-central at 2 miles. It was actually a really good mental exercise for me. Usually I hate passing people. This time I had no choice. I passed someone every 2-5 seconds the whole race! I would estimate that I passed over 100 people, and I only got passed by 1 that I can remember. So, major success in the roadkill department today. (Never mind that many of them were octagenarians, but anyway.)

7:37 for the first mile. The first .3 miles were rolling hills with a net uphill. I wanted to quit after .8 (he he).

7:36 for the second mile. This is when I started to see that I could really break the record. Traditionally the 2nd mile is my slowest. I was like, "what? I didn't slow down? How'd THAT happen?"

7:30 I honestly have no clue how this mile wasn't slower. There was some downhill the last .2 of this mile (it was an out-and back course), so I suppose that helped. Sasha taught me how to do downhill when I did the Provo City Half, and I consider it a strength now.

:54 sec. for the .13 (7:00 pace) Right at the end my eyes started doing this funny thing--kind of like I had someone else's glasses on. Wrong prescription by just a little. And my eyes took just a little too long to open back up when I blinked. Weird.

I am happy to report that I really gave my all in this race. This is the worst I've felt after a 5k in quite some time. In the finish chute, you had to put your foot up on a step for a volunteer to take off the time chip, so I stumbled up and wavered on one foot while staring at the sky. But instead of taking off the chip, the guy just asked "do you need to sit down?" I saw why he was deliberating--I had put up the wrong foot. *Blush* Overall a great race and a great experience.

I have to thank everyone on the blog for helping me get to this point. I never reached my potential in high school because I had no concept of how long it takes for the aerobic development to peak. I'd only run during the cross country season and track season. In between I'd just hang out and get slow. I've learned so much from all the fabulous runners on this blog, and especially Sasha, with his pointed advice. In the last year I've taken 4 min. off my 5K time. 4 more minutes would give me a really competitive time! (Ha ha). But I do know this: there is a 22:XX in my near future. Time to go get it!

PM ran a little with the boys. Had a hard time keeping up with my 5 year-old and I am not exaggerating!

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From adamr on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:49:27

Awesome!!!! you are getting some good races in this year!

From josse t on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:49:38

yaaaaa that is so awsome. A great time, a even better to come.

From cody d on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:50:19


From Jon on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 12:54:17


From Paul Petersen on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 13:00:09

Congrats! Great job!

From Shauna on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 13:38:22

You rock! It was great seeing you!

From MichelleL on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 14:56:50

Great job! Scratch that off the short term goal and get that sucker in the Running Accomplishment section! Hmm, from your post it also seems you are tasting some off the competitive drive that turns runners into racers!

From laura on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 14:58:51

YEA!!!!!!!!!!! Great job, Lybi!! I can't wait to read the details! I'm so proud of you!!!!

From Maria on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 15:39:20

Congrats, Lybi! Way to smash your HS PR! I think you can go sub 23 before end of the year. You could probably do 23:25 today if you didn't have to weaver around people so much and waste energy doing that.

From Andy on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 16:00:35

Well done. Your almost perfectly even splits is very impressive. I think that this is just the beginning for you. You've put in a lot of work and you will now start to see the rewards.

From Mom on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 16:02:25

Congratulations on your success!! Love you lots.

From Michael on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 16:12:07

Way to go Lybi - we knew you could do it. Great effort and great attitude - Im sure you will have that 22 minute run in the future. Keep working on it - you sound very happy!

From James W on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 16:22:55

Way to go, babe! You were awesome! Your time totally shows the level of fitness you have right now, and I also agree that sub-23:00 is in your future. Keep working on getting the miles in, and you will continue to see improvement. This is by no means the end of the road to your improvement.

From Christi on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 16:31:56

WOW- what an AMAZING break through run! Excellent Lybi!! I'm quite jealous of your time. When you come down to St. George, you'll have to give me some pointers! Congratulations!!!!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 18:37:46

Congratulations on beating your high school PR. It took you only a little over a year of good but still less than perfect training after having three kids and years of low cardiovascular activity. I am still holding to my opinion that a 20 minute 5 K is in your future. Pretty soon people will be looking at the race results and saying "Who the heck is Lybi Winzenz?"

From Brent on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 18:43:17

Lybi, sweet race, nice effort, 300 commando points for the PR.

Kool Aid Kid Out

From Mark on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 19:01:58

Way to go Lybi! I knew that old 5K PR didn't have long for this world :)

From MarcieJ on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 19:31:26

Wait to go Lybi! That is an awesome time! Wait to push yourself and accomplish your goal!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 19:48:04

Given the significance of this event I have posted a summary of your accomplishment on the honor board at,367.0.html

From Tom on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 20:16:37

Congratulations you DID it!!! I guess now it's time to start working on that 20 min 5K that Sasha says you can do eh?

From Kim on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 20:23:03

What a feeling! Congrats!

From grant on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 21:27:40

yer on fire!

From sarah on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 21:29:12

Looks like Sasha is very proud. I'm busting with joy (and William..I'm getting bigger). I hope the future goals keep you motivated...congratulations!!!!

From Lybi on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 23:56:29

Wow! Thanks, guys!

Sarah--you are bursting with sweetness too.

Christi--No need to wait for St. George. Here is my secret to the break-through: run a lot, and run barefooted (or as darn close to it as you can). It really has changed something, I think.

Sasha--Grin grin grin! Thanks coach!

Tom--I've been thinking of getting a scooter for that very purpose.

Mark--I never doubted you. Mark speaks (blogs) and the walls come tumbling down!

Brent--part of this race was for you! Hang in there, buddy.

Michael--yes, happy! I am about to get a foul for excessive celebration, methinks.

Andy--thanks for noticing! I think this is the very first race I've EVER run that has had anything close to a steady speed. Who knows if it will ever happen again!

The rest of you scoundrels and running maniacs, thanks so much for dropping by--I am sure smiling from all these nice comments!

From Adam RW- on Sun, May 25, 2008 at 14:39:18

Great, Great, Great run. It is always a good day when you can see that hard work really does pay off...

From andee on Sun, May 25, 2008 at 15:35:48

GOOD JOB Lybi! Congratulations on a wonderful race!!!!

From steve ashbaker on Sun, May 25, 2008 at 19:39:19

I'm glad to hear of your triumph in the Arizona sun. Way to go Lybi!

From Daniel on Sun, May 25, 2008 at 22:17:24

Awesome job! Keep up the hard work and keep improving.

From Ian on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 07:51:17

Well done Lybi, great achievement. Keep it going.

From Mike Warren on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 10:16:43

Holy Cow!!! You are one AWESOME Gal!! Very cool beating the H.S. PR, Impressive! I agree with Sasha, look out for the sub 20 Lybi!

From Rebecca (sister) on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 10:58:54

Way to go!!! Congratulations on beating that High School time. Isn't it great to know that High School isn't the best years of your life? Proud of you.

From Chad on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:31:21

Good work,Lybi. I guess next time you'll have to start a little closer to the front of the pack:)

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