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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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I had to sleep in REALLY late to get my 8 hours of sleep.  I was up very late last night because I was all excited from that midnight race with Laura.  

So anyway, I was a major bum today and completely skipped my run.  No excuse at all. I think that sleeping late leads to less ambition all day long...or maybe it's just a coincidence. 

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From Christi on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 02:45:06

Well, as I see it technically you DID run today- just VERY early right? hee hee. You're right- sleeping definately leads to less ambition. I should know, I've been testing this theory ALOT this Christmas break. Tomorrow back to real life. And time to get ready for that 1/2 right? You're gonna do AWESOME!!!!

From sarah on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 09:47:31

Congrats on your long run the other day...I was so excited when I heard about it....I knew you could do it. Are you feeling more confident for Painters?

From WILDBULL on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 11:13:03

Sleepy head! your blog is so funny! Night sleep, Nap time, Total sleep time! Does more sleep time = better running time? Jan 1st is for sleeping in!

From Lybi on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 15:18:56

Wildbullhead--Hey! This blog isn't funny! It's mournful, contrite even. Yesterday's was funny. I don't necessarily think that sleeping more makes you run faster, but sleeping more = less prone to getting sick or injured (I hope), which leads to being able to handle increased weekly mileage.

Sarah--yes, I have gone from feeling panicked to merely feeling moderately apprehensive about Painters. So that's a big improvement, I guess.

Christi--good luck with "real life". Hope it's not a real drag. And thanks for the vote of confidence!

From Christi on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 18:28:46

Ok- I ran 5.47 today, so you have to do as much- right? Hee hee. I'm sure you'll smoke me!

From Stacy on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 21:02:18

I'm pretty sure sleeping more = sleeping more. It just feels good. I should really add the sleep counter to my blog. I might embarrass some folks, though, who think they're serious sleepers. They have nothing on me.

From Bethany on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 00:10:55

you are so funny! Who ever said you need an excuse to take a day off? I think you deserved it for being such a great pacer. Amazing mileage lately too. Happy New Year!

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5.47 slow, boring miles on "Treadmills 'R' Usville." 

But I mopped my floor at the same time using my new irobot Scooba mopping robot!   Hooray for the modern age of technology!  This almost makes up for smog, in my book.  :)

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From James W on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 00:50:29

Way to go on that multitasking . . . :D

What movie did you decide to watch today while running on the 'mill?

From Jody on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 09:18:26

Way to multi task !! I need to get me a mopping robot. I feel bad that I am going to miss everybody at Painters. I would really like to run it BUT, I am going to be in San Francisco that weekend with my husband. YEAH!!! I have thought about the Striders 1/2 but is just a couple of weeks before the Salt Lake 1/2 and Paula, who I run with, has a free entry because she was injured last year. We will have to wait and see when it gets closer.

From Michelle on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:07:15

Gotta love the running and mopping at the same time!! I just get a little giggle out of thinking about you on the treadmill and your robot in mopping the floor.... just think ten years from now what we can get done durning a run! I get the dinner fixing robot first, because you already have one of those too!!!

What have you got planned for long runs this week? Or are you going to start working your way down?

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:39:12

James--I was watching "Baptists at Our Barbeque". It is funny, but doesn't have rousing music to get me going faster. Not a great treadmill movie.

Jody--I understand. Just because you actually know Paula in real life you are going to choose her over us. *Sniff* (I am kidding!)

Michelle--I am hoping to get some guidance on what to run for the next couple of weeks. This week I was planning on 5 or 6 each day and then 10 on Sat. What about you?

From Christi on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 12:04:05

Great job today! OOH- I'm jealous of your Christmas gift! I have to mop today before the relatives come over- wish I had a robot to do the job!!

From andee on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 12:49:19

Wow - I want one of the mopping robots! I hate to mop my floor, which is why every other step my foot sticks!!Maybe I will try to conquer that chore later today. You are doing a great job and getting some wonderful miles in!!

From bundy on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 18:21:55

i've yet to run a marathon that i can be proud of. My best attempt has been a drop out at mile 22 in 2:3Oish. Good luck with your goals. Thanks for the support.

From laura on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 23:06:05

Makes up for smog, huh? That's love. ;o)

Great run and getting in a good night's rest. Happy 3rd Birthday, Adam!!!!

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 23:20:53

I could've said "loosing the rain forests" but I thought this would be more PC.

PS I am JOKING. Long live the rain forests! And whales, and the ozone layer...and my mopping robot.

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I really had to drag myself out there tonight!  And I only did 2.  Not good.  *Sigh*  I am feeling a little bit of the post-Christmas, post-New Year's, post-vacation blues.  I need a well-placed kick in the pants, if any of you have your bloggee boots on...

Tonight my littlest guy turned 3!  I don't have any more babies--they are all growing up!   I'm not sure I like this pattern...  I try to persuade them to not eat their vegetables so they will stay little and not grow so fast, but that usually only produces a broccoli feeding frenzy.

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From Clay on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 09:46:12

Lybi, you have worked to hard to start slacking off, I do not want to see you run less than 5 miles tomorrow or I am coming down there and telling James to kick your butt!!! He's tougher than me so I will just have him do it!!!

Follow through...............

From Brent on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 11:01:07

Lybi, you have been working so hard, just don't slack for too long, don't want to lose that hard earned conditioning. NO kick in the pants needed, you have been running great.

Stay Cool, B of BS Rools out

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 11:26:27

Here comes the official kick in the pants from the FRB admin :-) This gives me an idea for a feature - one click kick in the pants. Just click on a button.

To increase the number of children under 3 in your household, you need to spend more time with Sarah. We noticed a pattern - all of her friends have been getting pregnant lately, and her visiting teacher is actually pregnant with twins! We have a reason to believe that being around her increases a woman's fertility.

From Michelle on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 13:36:45

Lybi, maybe you need a day off (GASP!!!) I know that the day off this week for me really felt good,( although it didn't improve my run today) but then you have to get right back to training! O.K. who am I kidding I know nothing about running.... but we need to make a plan from here to Painters as I feel a little confused and under prepared!!

From ArmyRunner on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:24:47


In regards to a taper for Painters it does not take much. A true taper is not really needed you just want to show up feeling good and rested. So sleep and good diet are probably a bigger factor. This weekend you could do a easy 8-10 miles as the last long run as long as this is about normal. I would do your normal mileage and routine MON-WED and then just cut back a little on THU and FRI. If you normally run 5 on THU do 3 and then on FRI just an easy 2 miles just to keep things loose. Just look at this as one of your long runs and enjoy it since it will be a PR. I hope this helps!

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 00:13:18

Thanks for the help Ted. And the rest of you, thanks! I definitely felt the kick and it got me excited about running today.

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5 on the treadmill.

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From Brent on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 13:36:56

Lybi, shortest comment ever. Way to get back in the saddle. La Femme shoes (Air Zoom Elite), same model as the mens, just cheaper and a larger women's size. Some shoes are essentially the same for men's and womens with just some color variation. They don't look too La femme as long as I only run in the dark.

Thanks for the comments, legs were just tired. Everyone needs a day off or a mental break once in a while.

Stay Cool, B of BS Rools out

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I don't think I'm going to be able to run today!  Yesterday on my treadmill run my right leg started hurting.  It was a really dull ache at first, but eventually started to really hurt.  I think it is some kind of cramp or strain in the muscle on the front of my leg between the knee and ankle.  There is definitely tightness.   It hurts a little today even when I am not doing anything,  I feel it a little more when I walk, and well, I'm not even going to try running until it goes away.  Massage and heat feel good on it.


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From Jody on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 17:56:35

Hope your leg gets feeling better. You are smart to listen to your body. Hang in there!!

From MarcieJ on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 20:11:42

It sounds like shin splints but maybe not, be careful and take it easy. In high school I had stress fractures in that same location on both legs so dont over do it. Sounds like you are pretty on top of it.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 21:19:57

If Josse does not see this, send her a message. She knows a lot about injuries, and will have some helpful advice.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 21:23:37

Note that the injury correlated with running hard, then holiday stuff, then less consistent running all of which was done on the treadmill. So we are probably seeing the 1-2-3 punch effect.

From josse on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 21:29:15

Like Marcie said it sound to me like you have a shin splint. Have your husband massage it as deep as you can stand, if you ice first it won't hurt as much. But it will hurt. When I get shin splints it usually means I need new shoes and make sure they have a good thumbs width between your big toe and the end of the shoe. Alot of injuries come form your shoes being to small. Make sure you ice after each run.

From Christi on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 22:33:54

Oh Lybster! I'm sorry about the leg! Rest up. May I suggest some ibuprofen too to help reduce inflammation? Perhaps you are just now getting sore from some recent long runs. That happens to me sometimes a few days after a long run. Take it easy, enjoy your Sunday w/ your leg up and an ice pack!

From Mik'L on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 22:40:47

I hope it goes away quick! If it is shin splits, everyone has given you the best way to get through it already. Take it easy! (Lybster...that is funny.)

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 22:50:01

I don't know why, but all through my life at every stage, people have called me "Lybster". Something to do with Saturday Night Live, I believe. Also "Lyberama"...

Thanks for all the great advice! I really think (hope) it is not shin splints, though. I had those in High School and they came on much more gradually than this. This reminds me more of that time I strained my quads pushing the jogging stroller with the super-flat tire. (That was a penalty for stupidness!) But I am sure I will be fine to run Painters, just give me a few days to work this out...

From James on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 22:53:43

Hope you get those niggles worked out of your shins!

From Michelle on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 23:19:24

Lybi, you MUST feel better....get your husband to do everything that the mop machine won't! I actually have't registered for Painter's yet, should I hold off? (It's been on "the list" to do for a week and I haven't) But I still will if you think you are going to be o.k.! I'm sorry that you are having pain, I think the new shoes sound like a good idea too.... I ran in my not so great new ones and I think that I'm paying for that one, I hope that they are good for a shorter run.

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 23:25:17

I feel really confident that I will still run it, Michelle, even if I have to do the wheelchair division ;)

From James W on Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 14:56:16

Based on the area of tenderness from massage, it seemed more like some sort of strain of the tibialis anterior, no shin splints. No pain on the bone itself. I think you will be just fine - ice and ibuprofen would definitely help, as will getting off the treadmill. Someone made an interesting comment on the discussion forum regarding treadmills and how the moving belt actually causes you to go through the footstrike phase faster than normal. I think getting back on the roads this week should be good for you. Still have 2 weeks before painter's, don't worry about tapering.

From Brent on Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 17:02:41

Hubby is right on, too much treadmill running is not good. It is a great saver when needed, but, the foot strike and take off are much different than the road.

Take Care, listen to your hubby, I know it is hard to listen to the other half.

B of BS Rools out

From josse on Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 18:27:15

Actually James a true shin splint is caused from the tibalis anterior muscle pulling away form the bone, but I am glad to hear that is not tender along the bone. I always have shin splints on the posterior side and always thought that was shin splints untill I went to massage school. But usually any tenderness along the bone on either side is usually classified as a shin splint. But in any matter just keep up the massage and ice and I think you will be fine. I agree with the treadmill comment. I have been doing more treadmill running and noticed after sat. run tenderness in my calves and feet as well. So I am going to try and stay away from that thing.

From Brent on Mon, Jan 07, 2008 at 19:33:33

Lybi, forgot, you should ice from the inside out. Eat ice cream.

Get better, the blog is counting on the Fast Running Chicks at Painters

Stay Cool, B of BS Rools out

From Michelle on Mon, Jan 07, 2008 at 22:11:41

Lybster! How is the pain today? To sore to run, I hope not!! Keep icing! I think icing from the inside out should do the trick! if not repeat as needed!!!

From Christi on Mon, Jan 07, 2008 at 23:21:25

Hey Lybster, the Lybmeister! Just checking in... How's the leg? Ice cream therapy helping? Good luck!!

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Night run with Christine.  Ave. Pace 9:54...watching for signs of strain on my lower leg really carefully.  I have my first half marathon ever in less than 2 weeks and I really don't want to be MIA! 

So my leg felt really good for 2 miles, but then I started to feel it a little.   Forgive me while I delve a little deeper than is interesting to read about (never stopped Charles Dickens!)...  Somewhere around 2 miles I first started to feel a twinge in my right hip.  At the time I really got the feeling that it was coming from my lower back.  After another .25 or so, I started to feel tension running down my leg--the whole leg, from my hip to the bottom of my foot.  Within another half mile the discomfort had kind of localized in my shin muscle.  So I had to slow down a lot that last mile for this thing, but I am filled with hope that the root of the problem can be fixed by my chiropractor.  I have twice had a hip pain that completely subsided after getting a really great adjustment by my chiro.  I'll go in tomorrow and hopefully come out all better!  At least that is MY plan!

I'll probably only run 3 again tomorrow even if I'm feeling good, but by the end of the week, I might do a 5 and a 6-8 miler.  One thing is certain...Painter's is going to kick my butt!!! Everybody needs a good butt kicking every once in a while, though.  It makes you feel alive!  Well, more like it makes you feel dead, so you can appreciate it when you finally come back to life a week or so later.

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From Christi on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 09:45:57

Oh Lybi! I hope the Chiro helps! Do keep us posted. Excellent job getting out last night!!

From josse on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 09:51:32

If you want I can come kick your butt, you probably won't be sore for as long:)

But a half marathon butt kicking is great fun too. You are probably altering your stride a little bit that is causing the twinge in the hip. We tend to favor something when it hurts. Hope eveything starts feeling better.

From andee on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 10:23:36

Ooh, I am so sorry about the injury/pain you are having. I will keep my fingers crossed that the Chiro fixes everything. You will do great at Painters.

From Lybi on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 18:37:41

Hahahahahs! Josse you are welcome to come get some kickboxing cross training any time. It's a soft target (unfortunately!) so YOU, at least, will be safe from injury.

Thanks for the concern, Christi and Andee. I don't deserve a lot of sympathy. It only hurts when I run, so now (poor me!) I have to take it kind of easy and rest for a change. Heh heh heh. It would be bad to miss Painters, though...

The Chiro said that a whole bunch of stuff was all whacked in my back and my right leg. He did a lot of stuff. So we'll see how my run goes later tonight.

From Stacy on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 20:10:56

I had an awesome adjustment last week and it helped so much! Paul and I go pretty regularly. It was something we put off for a long time, but now I've pretty much committed myself to spending the money for things that are beneficial. Here's hoping that your recovery is swift.

From laura on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 22:25:22

I'm glad you found a great chiro, Lybi. Rebecca's actually been struggling with some hip pain from a walk that she took with some ladies who were faster than her - months ago. Sound familiar? ha! I told her, "I FEEL your pain!!!!" Must be a family failing - this hip thing. I hope you're up and feeling better soon. Don't let Painters stress you out, though. If it's not in the cards, then just give Sasha a nice piano book and a few free lessons and maybe he'll let it slide. ;o)

From crumpyb1 on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 22:54:42

You'll do great in the race, Lybi. Try not to get worked up about it. It's just another race where you put one foot in front of the other again and again.

I hope your hip feels better.

From Christi on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 11:17:08

Hey Lybster! I'm considering the 1/2. But if I do it, I'll really suck. I haven't run over 9 miles in the last month and I've been sick & all. BUT- it would be so fun to run w/ the bloggies that I don't want to pass it up. I'm still deciding. NO PRESSURE- but I hope you can come!!! Keep me posted and GOOD LUCK w/ the leg!!!!

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Nice run in the evening with Christine.  She was very sweet about letting me walk half a mile first to warm up, then run excruciatingly slow for 1.3 miles, then walk another .6 of a mile or so.  She really is a good friend.   Looking forward to getting out there again tonight.  I am so grateful for the good examples of people who have handled injuries so well and continued working out and blogging like Paul, Cody, Scott Zincone, Clay, & Sarah.  It's going to be a good day.

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From Michelle on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 12:29:30

Well if attitude has anything to do with it you are on your way to getting better fast!

From S Browning on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 20:50:27

Is the pain radiating down the leg into the calf, or is it up from the knee towards the hip. If it is IT band I would strongly recommend deep tissue massage on the glutes. If it is more hamstring, gentle massage along the belly of the hamstring into the insertion. Ice at the point of pain is also in order. If the pain is radiating down the leg towards the calf, I would guess soleus. Deep massage of your calves, and ice the origin of the muscle. Gentle stretching only, if you have a muscle strain aggressive stretching will only aggravate it more. Massage will be your friend, an appointment with an Active Release Therapist would also help. I hope you heal soon - Good Luck!

In regards to WW, I agree that changing eating behavior is a far more challenging task than most people recognize. Eating is tied to a person's emotional state, and entire social network - well said.

From Christi on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 00:09:45

How's it going tonight? I'm going to run the half!! Its not going to be pretty. I hope you'll be able to run it too! (sorry for the pressure....)

From Christi on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 00:34:18

Cool. I hope you come so we can hang out, but I understand that if you know you're not running it would be hard to motivate yourself to come to SG. Is James running the 1/2? Would you consider the 5k? Maybe Mik'L would run the 5k w/ ya?

From Scott Zincone on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 03:45:31

I try, when I have the time, to read other blogs as often as possible. And this is the second time I have randomly checked yours and seen my name mentioned. Thanks for the compliment.

I just might have to add you to my list of "Favorite Blogs"

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1.4 walking the dog.  Then 1.4 jogging sssslowly.  No pain other than a little bit of tightness in the hip/glut area.   Thanks to everyone for all the input on injuries and suggestions!  I think I am going to avoid a huge injury here.  Things are looking up!

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From laura on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 02:05:13

You crazy woman, I've now stayed up till midnight reading all your blogs and comments!! ... I hardly even know what else to say bestides ... dang! I think you got all the debating genes. I left my book club at an awkward time tonight because the ladies were complaining about our bishop and I couldn't think of anything to say without getting emotional and tongue-tied. Would that I had you in my back pocket! ;o) luv u

From josse on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 14:02:43

Glad you are feeling better.

From andee on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:38:55

So glad you are feeling better. It's amazing what a couple days of rest can do. Have a wonderful weekend.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 17:15:30

Good news. Try to get in as much distance as your body tells you is safe. 12:00 pace, even 13:00 is fine.

From MarcieJ on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 17:35:02

I am glad your body is feeling better and you were able to get a little jog in! You will be back in no time.

From Michelle on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 23:33:40

Sounds like things are going better, hang in there and I think you are going to make it through this!

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 00:34:36

Thanks guys. Big drama over little issue, I guess. *Phew* I'll take it any day over little drama, huge issue.

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3 miles outside at 12+ pace, at Sasha's request.  You all know how much I revere Sasha's advice.  Well I am grateful for his advice and that's a fact.  Felt really good.--another encouraging run.  My knee started to feel just a little weird around 2.2 miles so I walked a while and continued again.

Tomorrow I am going to attempt to do 6-8 reeeeeeallly slow miles.  If it works out, I will plan on running the Painter's half as a training run.  If it turns out to be too much, I will plan on....going down to St. George, eating Steve Hoopers food, mooching free room and board off Logan's parents, giving Sasha flack in person, and know what would be the BEST thing ever?  If I can't run the half, I would LOVE to pace somebody for the 5K.  The catch is that you must be slower than me.  I'm pretty sure I should be able to do at least 9 min. miles for a 5K, if needed.  But of course anything slower than that is just plain fabulous as well.

 Ug.  I am so tired from all the housework I did today.  I borrowed my friend's steam cleaning machine and basically steamed my whole house--refridgerator, oven, dining room chairs, grout, walls and base boards, window sill tracks (which was DISGUSTING because I never do it--were're talking about a desicated insect mosoleum here!).  In conclusion...zzzzzzzzzz


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From Shauna on Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 00:34:58

Nice! I'm glad you're feeling better. Good luck on your run tomorrow.

Speaking of steamers, do you (or anyone else) know of a good clothing steamer that does not cost $250?

From MichelleL on Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 12:17:30

I hope the run went well today! I had some freaky pain right before St. George, but it turned out to be nothing. Sometimes I get psyched out before a big race and start getting mystery pains and get really concerned. It sounds like yours is the beginnings of a true injury, but perhaps you'll avoid a full blown one. Painter's has been a target race for me for months, so even though I am half injured I am pushing through and am just hoping it doesn't hurt in the race.

From MarcieJ on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 02:09:32

Oohh Lybi I love the steamer, my husband and I got on a kick awhile ago and were steam cleaning everything. I cant believe the job it does on window seals! My in-laws may never see their steamer again!

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10 miles outside without fueling (which is a first). Very very easy pace. 1:59 for the whole run. Only the 4th time in my life I've ever put up double digits in one day. Don't know how some of you do this everyday... I can never think of anything interesting to say after these long runs--all the blood is in my legs. My mind is getting simplified by the mileage, I guess. :) .

Anyway, you all know what this run means,,,,

Painter's Half Marathon or BUST!!!

And long live the blog!

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From MarcieJ on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 02:13:13

Hey thats so fantastic on the double digits and I think you always have something interesting to say, maybe I could take lessons from you:)

From josse on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 13:02:55

I really contempalted a long time on posting because who knows what this may turn into but I just had to tell you great job. I think we all learned a great lesson form those 100 plus posts. We are all human and have out strengths as well as weaknesses. And we all need help in some way or other, yes even myself that is why I joined the blog.

You are awsome and I look forward to meeting you in SG:)

From James on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 13:29:52

You mix Lybi + Sasha + Me and the Logan guys, and any other passers by and blog posts get killed pretty quick!

I think you will do just fine in Painters, and it won't be as hard as you think it is going to be. You might actually decide you want to do another half marathon someday after you finish.

From Christi on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 14:21:20

YAY! I'm so stoked to read that you did a 10 miler today!! And in under 2 hrs- that is really good for a training run. You're gonna do just fine at Painter's. So you are still in I take it? Did you read that pre-race party is now at Steve Hooper's house? Can't wait to see you!!

From Lybi on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 17:08:44

Marcie--you always have something interesting to say--usually it has something to do with running really far really fast, though. That's the difference. Hey I saw your "resume" on the Racing Team. You look awesome! You're a famous person now!

Josse, you must continue to comment! That 104 comment post was so awesome--and you contributed a lot. We just need to pick a different day, so those people who are like "OH...MY..GOSH...Not another email about diet!" can get off the hook. Maybe on Monday's post we can talk about prescription drug addiction. I actually have a lot to say about that.

James, yes you and your nefarious Logan crew are quite a force on the blog. Hey, are any of you guys doing Painters?

Christi--yay! Yes, I'm all ready to go to Steve Hooper's house and eat him out of house and home. Are there directions posted somewhere? We need an official announcement. I am also in for trying with all my might to hang with you and Michelle for as long as I can during the race. If I start hurting, though, I won't feel bad about dropping back. My big focus this season is Striders, and I don't want to get injured at Painters. My body seems to be sending me caution signals...

From josse on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 17:33:56

Oh of course I will I was only kidding that was fun. I think it is funning how everyone was so concerned about offending someone. All I was concerned about was making a spelling error. I will look for the post on Monday.

From Michelle on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 01:13:55

1. I Have to say that I am thrilled that you are IN!

2. I think that I will be trying to hang with you as much as possible as I am a little nervous about how much I dare push this because I don't know my body enough especially on a long run. And I am with you that my main focus will be striders and my body too has been sending some caution signals and I have promised to back off for a week or two if it will be nice to me untill Sat. It seems everyday a new pain crops up but I'm doing my best to ignore!

3. I can't wait for you to start a thread on prescription drug addiction, I'd love to hear what you have to say about that...I too have some very strong opionions there!

4. I never worry about my spelling errors because I'm not smart enough to figure out spell check and my keyboard at home has a few keys that if you even skim past show up so I always have random letters popping up and I always forget to proof read!

5. I can't wait till friday to actually talk to everyone face to face and actually get a response in person! Yea!!

6. It's not that late but I'm at work and actually have a free minute so I know that I'm talking too much, but what are you planning to wear for Sat. I've been bundling up for so long that I don't think that I have anything in the middle to wear!

From crumpyb1 on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 08:48:58

I am excited for you and all the other bloggers running in Painters. You guys are going to have so much fun.

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From Kim on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 17:47:06

Hi Lybi,

I'm commenting on this one because I don't want all the emails generated by a new debate. Do you know how many blogger gals are planning on running Painter's in the 2-2:10 mark? I am hoping to stop by the blog party for a short time, (we won't be there for dinner), but hopefully we can all meet up. Good luck this week. See you soon!

From Lybi on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:00:45

Let's see, there's you, me, Christi, Michelle, that it? I think so. We should meet at a certain place at a certain time to make sure we find each other. Well, I'll send you a private message with my cell # so we can coordinate as we get closer. Then it will all depend on whether or not I've lost my cell phone...yet.

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Finally got my run in tonight.  Ran 3.1 with Christine, and another 2 alone.  Just under 11:00 pace, I believe.  Felt the knee just a titch at the end. 

Okay guys, I promised a discussion on prescription drug abuse, so here we go...

I personally know someone who struggled with addiction to strong painkillers that is very very dear to me. It is so tough, because it started off so legitamate. He hurt his back badly and needed the painkillers. It never really healed, but for the next 40 years of his life he was basically drugged. He was groggy and slept a lot during the day, then he ended up being up for most of the night. He talked about his pain constantly...CONSTANTLY. I think it was because he needed the pain as an excuse for not really living his life, and abusing pain killers. Although it is hard to say... I always feel bad because I don't know how much pain he was actually feeling. All I know is that when he went into an assisted living situation, and lost control of his pain meds (because the nurse administered them) he stopped talking about his pain all the time. He came out of the fog and became the pleasant, caring person he had always been on the inside. There's not much to say about this except that it is very sad, and was a huge waste of this person's life. Here are the points I think are worth debating:

1. Why are doctors so willing to prescribe addictive substances? Ritalin is just one example. (Oh boy, I just got someone really riled up, I can already tell.) Ritalin is a highly addictive stimulant! It is in the same category as PCP in terms of probability of addiction (I got that from a book on Ritalin use.) But all you have to do is go in and tell your Dr. that your kid is struggling in school and they will write out a prescription. Another example is cough syrup with codeine. Every time I've been to the Dr. for a germ-caused illness, the Dr. prescribes stuff like tylenol with codeine and/or cough syrup-for-druggies. I always tear them up. But lots of people think that if a Dr. gives you the RX, you have to fill it. Also, many times when I have been to the ER, there are a bunch of people in there just because they ran out of "meds". Painkillers, basically. I swear I could tell this one guys was just lying and had taken them all too soon, or else was hoarding them to get a high later. It was so easy! The Dr. didn't even examine him, he just wrote out the RX and the guy left, all happy. No accountability or checking on his story at all. Obviously Vicodin is extremely addictive, yet Drs. prescribe it left and right. Bleh. Well, that's a good start. I have lots of other stuff to say, but I will wait until I see what you guys have to say about this.

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From Christi on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 12:20:44

Don't know how far I'll go into this discussion- but your post did bring to mind a friend of mine who worked his butt off to become a very accomplished MD- only to lose his license and career to prescrition drug addiction. He had other docs writing bogus prescriptions for him. This is a good LDS guy we're talking about. Its a big problem. There needs to be better education for the Dr. prescribing and the population- its like any other addictive habit- takes counseling to break it in my opinion... (Lybi thanks for keeping the blog so lively!)

From josse on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 12:54:03

I know people addicted to both perscription and illeagal drugs, I love them all. I think they are both the same, although one is prescribed by a doctor and one is self inflicted, but both of them you make a decision to put them into your body and continue to abuse. I also think it is very sad that people abuse drugs epecially when they are loved one (it actually breaks my heart)

I do think doctors should be held accountable for writing so many scrips that lead to addictions because most of them are not lagitament. I know many people who go into doctors and say they have a back ache and get a script for oxycottin. They either abuse it or sell it on the street. Very sad.

I have lived with alot of back pain, sometimes for months, as well as headaches and thought to myself I wish I could just take something to make it all go away. But I don't because I don't want to have that demon in my life.

In life nobody is perfect and we all battle with something. I just hope we can stand by the people we love and help them out with what ever demon they are battling with at the time.

From Craig on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 13:17:50


This would be a very good topic on the discussion board. I don't normally read everybody's posts, but I thought I would browse through them quickly today and this caught my eye.

Anyway, there are 2 problems here in my opinion:

1) Doctors who freely prescribe drug medication because it's easier to treat the symptoms of an issue rather than the cause. I have a good friend that is a doctor and he's always complaining about other doctors that hand out antibiotics like candy and so forth. What they don't do is explain to the patient that their ear infection will go away 70% of the time on its own without the antibiotics, and the antibiotics are only an additional 15% effective. So the smart decision would be a wait-and-see approach, only giving the patient antibiotics for the given ear infection if necessary.

2) Patients who come in and expect a prescription from the doctor, even if that's not the proper diagnosis. My friend was telling me the other day about a lady that came in and complained that it was "a waste of [her] co-pay" when the doctor didn't give her a prescription. I'm sorry, but you aren't paying for a prescription when you go to the doctor. You are paying for professional consultation. I would be greatful if the doctor explained to me that Ritalin may have some good short-term effects, but it is not a long-term solution, especially if the long-term solution does not involve medication that has its own set of side effects.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 13:26:03

My take on that is that there is a bigger problem - the mentality of comfort, shortcut, quick fix, and instant gratification with no thought of consequences.

From Lybi on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 14:49:27

Ya, there is a difference between medicine that actually fixes a problem (like anitbiotics--though I agree they are over-prescribed) and a medicine that only masks symptoms (like painkillers and...hmmm I wonder if ritalin would fit in this category). Painkillers in general I just really don't like. Here's where it gets dicey...

I see people on this blog recommending ibuprophen all the time for minor injuries. Yes, ibuprophen can reduce inflamation, but it does so in a very annoying way! I had a really bad back spasm once, and was put on muscle relaxers and ibu. But the Dr. told me that I would not reap ANY of the anti-inflamatory properties of the ibuprophen unless I took 800 mg 3-4 times a day for AT LEAST a week. It has to build up in your system for that long to even START to work. But it does work as a strong pain killer from the very 1st pill. So this is what happens...Runner starts to get injured, runner takes ibuprophen, runner keeps running because they think the inflamation has gone down, but actually they just can't feel the pain anymore, and they are actually increasing their injury.

Pain is instructive! It tells us when we need to stop. It is impossible to "listen to your body" when you have "earplugs" like ibuprophen going on.

And by the way, being on ibu. long enough to have it build up in your system is REALLY hard on the kidneys and liver. That is not going to help your running! One thing I always remember Sasha telling me from the 1st time I met him is that your liver is where your body stores extra glycogen, so you need a really healthy liver if you want to do well in the last 6 miles of a marathon.

From josse on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 14:50:59

There is always a bigger problem when it comes to substance abuse whether it be a mental problem, pain, or looking for a quick fix. I agree people want the easy way out. It is kind of like the food issue, people what something to comfort them.

The real scarey thing about the pescription drug thing is our teenager and the pill parties they have, now with this issue I definatally agree there is no thought on consequesces. Taking a handful of pills mixed together that they have no idea is a deadly mix, now that is scarey!

From josse on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 14:56:19

Very true about the IB. I had a client who took IB daily for pain and inflamation for a long time (many years). She eventually ruined the lining of her stomach and ended up in the emergancy room thinking she was having a heart attack or something. Now she can't use anything with IB in it. Fish oils is a great natural anti-inflamitory;)

From Lybi on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 14:59:30

I take fish oil everyday! Yea! Omega 3 fatty acids are my favorite nutrients. I started taking them after I took that nutrition class in college. I learned so much in that class! Everyone in America should be REQUIRED to take a nutrition class in high school or something.

From James W on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 18:55:52

So, are you going to put this on the discussion forum :) I think you would get more comments that way, although you may already be the second-most popular blogger, behind only Sasha!

From Mom on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 19:12:58

Let me weigh in on the Ibuprofen discussion. Ibuprophen has more than a pain killer effect. It brings down inflammation which is often a cause of the pain. I disagree that it takes 800 mg to have effect. One or two helps me greatly in that once in a while that I get a back spasm. I agree with the other stuff about antibiotics and so do most good doctors.

From sarah on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 20:23:20

Sorry..this may be off the topic sort of but I just remember the look this pharmacist gave me when I was giving a prescription filled for some narcotics while I was 9 months pregnant. He had to make sure I knew not to take them pregnant...he was paying attention...yay!! I had the prescription filled for after my labor. I believe in painkiller free labor but after the baby was out I wanted something strong to deal with the afterpains. Boy...did it work but as soon as I could I threw the rest's actually a street drug (pergostet)...don't know the street name..but it was good strong stuff. Don't think I'll use it again..a little too strong...

Sad story though about pharmacists not paying attention. A lady in my ward got a prescription filled at Walgreens. She was supposed to get Penicillin for a severe infection she had. She was pregnant but miscarried when they gave her the wrong antibiotic. The label said penicillin but they put a kind in there that can't be taken by pregnant women(don't rememberr the name..sorry).

From Lybi on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 20:32:03

Whoa! I should have mentioned that one exception to the "no-painkiller" thing is labor. I have a strong testimony *sniff* of epidurals. I have tried it both ways--much better when I am not screaming at the top of my lungs and swearing like a sailor. But after labor I try get off the pain meds as soon as I can stand it.

From rachelle on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 20:48:46

Interesting topic I am one to get Migraines and I have a prescription for medicine and thank god for them . They tend to scare Kory bad enough that he will ask me if I need to go to the emergency room and yes sometimes that has happened. Although not for every Migraine I have had, I have not taken drugs for I have also gone to the Chiropractor and had acupuncture in the hand and head and sometimes it works,(not always)the Chiropractor I go to believes in natural remedies these don't always work either especially when you feel like your head is going to explode.

From Bethany on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 23:09:49

OOOOh Lybi, I have so many comments to make, but a brain cramp. Not sure I should comment at all, but here goes!

First off, this is from a nursing perspective, im not an expert in anything. Painkillers are an extremely tough subject. In medicine, pain is defined by the patient. Pain being a subjective experience, and medicine trying to be as humane as possible, it leaves a huge gap in ethics. Ethically, a person- possibly an addict- who comes into an ER with "severe pain" will not be turned away without some sort of treatment. It is always possible that that person is indeed suffering from severe pain.

Also, studies have shown that when a person is suffering from pain, healing times are significantly slower.(Well,except for in the case of fractures or bone traumas where painkillers may increase healing time.) Thus pain relief is important- but I agree that painkillers are not the only solution to pain relief- other methods should be tried and used first- ice/heat, massage, imagery, rest etc. There are many excellent alternatives to heavy painkillers. The trick is knowing when to use what and in what doseage. It is the age old trouble of moderation and balance.

As for antibiotics, I totally agree, they are of a huge benefit to us humans, but are overprescribed. I am tempted to lay a lot of blame on the commericialization of "pills." Not that I am against an informed and intelligent consumer, it is the fact that many people look to pills as a cure all and go to the doctor to get the cure all they saw on TV. Doctors do feel a significant pressure from the patient to prescribe, if they refuse, the person will find a doctor who will prescribe. Not that that makes it okay to hand out the Rx. It definitely is a huge dilemna facing the medical community as well as us as a nation. If we want to be smart enough to manage our own health, we need to invest the time and effort to become educated, educate others and be smart. Its kind of along the same lines as the overeating,smoking etc, everyone has their own will to manage their own bodies and who's responsibility/right is it to make them treat their bodies well?

Those in the medical field have a huge responsibility to care for, educate and guide their patrons, but as things become more consumer driven, we need to take responsibility for our health as well. Unforunately, mistakes happen, and unfortunately the trade of doctors is in human health and life. I am grateful for all that is available to me and try not to lay too much blame at the feet of those trying to do some good. (not that all doctors are!) I do commend you for being smart and making strong choices for your family and kids and knowing your options for pain relief and health. But, unfortunately, ethically, we cant make those same great decisions for everyone else.

From Bethany on Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 23:30:13

Okay, Im so sorry, I know I am long winded. I also wanted to say that Drugs are drugs are drugs. They are chemical compounds that have a certain effect on the body. They are given for that effect and in almost all cases, there are side effects and adverse reactions that come with the wanted effect. There is no wonder drug that is perfect for anything. The point and use of the "drug" is for when the side effects and the adverse reactions are outweighed by the benefits the drug offers. I have had several people very close to me who have suffered from debilitating back pain that have safely, effectively and successfully used pain killers until a more long term solution was reached. They knew the risk of addiction and were able to- in conjunction with their prescribers, avoid becoming addicted.

As for Ibu, it does decrease inflammation. It is proven effective, it decreases pain and inflammation while the body works to repair itself. You are definitely right, pain is a warning signal, but is it possible to get the message and then do something about it? Im not convinced the Ibu just masks the problem. I believe that it helps solve the problem of the pain in cases of inflamation. Hearing the pain signal, then acting apropriately to repair the damage does not exclude using pain killers to help keep your sanity while you recover. It is a problem if you hear the signal and then tune it out with pain killers whilst doing nothing to heal. Okay, I quit, Im done. I have to go get my run in! Ahh! :)

From Lybi on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 00:49:55

Wow Bethany! Now I have a headache from all that reading. Where's that ibuprophen!? JK

Excellent point. There are many many wonderful doctors and many many people who use pain medications responsibly.

Patients do need to take responsibility for what they ingest, too. Lots of times if I take my kiddos to the Dr. I come home with several RXs, but I just hang on to them in case the kiddo does not start getting better in short order. Usually I don't fill them.

You know one crazy thing I've seen about medications is that they multiply into a mountain of pills. For example, this chica over here may take medicine to reduce her blood pressure, but then it causes her to have trouble sleeping, so then she gets a RX for sleeping pills, but then her kidneys start to struggle and they put her on a diuretic etc etc. I'm not sure if that's a viable example, but you know what I mean. I've seen this happen a lot and it really makes me wonder if the poor chica would not be better off going natural for a while.

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I am sucking on garlic today, as I woke up with a sore throat. I have my own evil theory as to how it discourages infection: basically making the germs so stinky that they don't want to reproduce.

I'd have to lie to say that I was able to finish my run today with Christine. I ran a more typical pace for me (~10:00) for about a mile, then I started having some pain in my knee, so I slowed down, however it didn't really help and actually hurt more and more as I went along so I just walked home.

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From josse on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 11:00:23

My throat is scratchy to, man I don't know about this.

From Christi on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 11:10:08

Shoot! My cold is coming back too. We all need to get our sleep! Have fun on your evening run gabbing w/ Christine and GO GARLIC!

From Clay on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 11:55:06

Vitamin C really helped me get over my cold or at least keep it at bay, just a thought!

From Lybi on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 14:44:39

Josse--hope you don't get sick! It might just be the dry air in my case, I hope. Humidifier ho!

Christi and Clay--you guys are geniuses. I am going to go take some Vit. C and take a nap RIGHT NOW!

From katey on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 23:33:24

way to get out there even though your throat hurt...i would have just stayed home! good job!

From James W on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 00:35:08

Sorry about your leg - take it easy the next couple of days and vigorously stretch and ice that leg. We'll see where you are on Thursday and make a decision then. No matter what, I am proud of you.

From Jody on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:27:41

I hope you get feeling better! Take it really easy (All moms can do this, he,he) You have done a great job!

From Michelle on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:44:31

uhgg!!! Dang that knee. I know that you are planning on coming one way or the other.. (I would prefer it the other) but are you still coming alone? How long is the drive?

From Lybi on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 11:58:17

Michelle-7 hours. And I am debating coming again. Now I'm all sick & I've lost my voice, so I won't even be able to talk to you, or shake your hand to wish you luck for fear of getting you sick. I am so sad today. Today is all blackness.

From Kim on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 12:14:23

Oh Lybi, Blackness is so not fun! Please don't feel like you have to travel 7 hours by yourself to be sick and run 13 miles. We would have to call you crazy. I can't even imagine traveling my 3 1/2 hours in those conditions. Maybe Painter's just isn't meant to be for you. Listen to your body and do what's best for you and your family. If you don't come you will sorely be missed, but we will all understand. You need something to bring some sunshine into your life today! I am praying that someway it will come. Maybe your visiting teacher will drop by with a nice warm loaf of homemade bread. (Here in cold country that sounds better than ice cream!) Good luck today! You are loved by all your bloggie friends!

From Michelle on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 16:08:21

I'm so sorry Lybi, I was so looking forward to a good face to face chat with you! But I too agree with Kim, take care of yourself first and then do whats best for you and the family! If you do decide to come, don't worry about making us sick though, it won't get us in time for the half and we can all take next week off resting in bed and not feel guilty about it!

From Shauna on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 17:11:28

Oh no! I'm so sorry you're sick and hurting. Definitely listen to your body this weekend.

I know it's not the same as running with all the bloggers, but there is a half in Queen Creek in early Feb.

I'm sorry you're sad, and I hope you're better today. Believe me, I know what running sadness is like-I'm just now getting over it myself!

From Clay on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 17:48:40

I know your pain Lybi... Just remember missing the race doesn't define who you are, it's the journey that you are on. James, the Kids,& and staying healthy thats what counts...

From Christi on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 18:02:45

Lybi! Hey! Chin up! Its January- what crazy people run races in January anyway? LOL.. I hope you come to SG to visit, but ONLY if its best for you. If not we will party in April before Striders! Get better FAST!

From Mom on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 21:53:47

I like the idea of the half in Queen Creek in February. Better weather, not much of a drive. The family can be there to cheer you on.

From Brent on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 23:08:38

Ditto for MOM: Lybi, take it for what it is worth, bag it, if you make the trip, forget the race, just have fun with the other bloggers. There is always another race, you only have two knees. Take the time off, get the knee better and get over the sickness. A few days or week off will do a body good sometimes. I may be the crazy runner, but not that crazy to tell you to run the race.

Take Care, B of BS Rools out

From Mike Warren on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 23:21:05

Lybi, be sure you get the knee some rest! I trained for STG with a hurt knee, people kept telling me to rest. I of course did the hero thing and kept pushing along. Long story short, it led to a bad experience at mile 16 in the race. I finaly took 3 weeks off, did the proper rehab and I feel like a new person. Now it's fun to run, without the pain. Sorry your plans are getting messed up, I know how hard it is to shut it down! Hope you get feeling better.

From Jennifer Pachev on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 12:36:01

my daddy sucks on garlic to.

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 13:18:41

Jennifer--you cutie, that is no coincidence. I decided to try it because he does it. It's gross, but it does seem to help.

All the rest of you riff-raff: thanks so much for your input! You guys really made my day during kind of a rough couple of days. It was fun to pop on after being off the blog for about 24 hours (gasp!) and see that so many people were concerned.

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Woof. I was up most of the night with a little one with a tummy ailment. I was extremely tired all day and mostly hung out in pajamas and cleaned up messes related to the ongoing tummy ailment.

My voice is gone--a little laryngitis going on. I "rested" my knee and logged zero miles. Dang it! It is so easy for me to feel like a failure when I don't get enough sleep. But really, in the whole scheme of things, this is all very small change. I will be fine! Thanks for all the encouraging remarks on my Tues. entry! I am constantly surprised by the number of caring and supportive people here.

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From andee on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 13:34:36

I'm so sorry about your little one. It's so hard to have sick kids, I hope he/she feels better soon and that you will be able to get some sleep.

Are you still planning to head to St. George this weekend for Painters? If so, I'm jealous and wish you the best of luck!!!

From Wildbull on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 13:55:36

some day your children will be greatful for all the sacrifices you make for them. Write them all down and charge them when they get older!

Hope everyone Gets feeling well soon.

From laura on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 18:19:49

Haha!! I like Wildbull's suggestions! Can I try too?

Hope you're feeling better soon (and Adam too). Don't worry about Painters, Lyb. There are many more races to run when "conditions are perfect!". And it wasn't a loss - Sasha can now play a song for Priesthood meeting! (hee,hee) ;o)

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 19:31:35

No Painter's for Lybi...and I am going to stay in AZ this weekend and suck on my garlic (you should all be thankful for that one). Everybody make some noise at the party for me.

From Christi on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 21:31:57

Ah man! You know you will be TRULY missed! Take care of that little family and I'll be thinking of you comfy at home while I'm dying at mile 10!

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 22:44:22

Christi--I'll be sitting at home refreshing my browser every 5 minutes.

From sarah on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 22:55:38

We will miss you so much. It was good talking to you today.

I think we've told you this before but Sasha really is proud of himself for being able to play the piano...and just inspired him. :)

From Mik'L on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:39:46

We'll miss you! Get better and we'll have to try again!

From Michelle on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 06:21:04

Well Lybi, I'll join you n the browser thing and we can both sulk together! JK but I guess that I'm bailing with you! So all I have to say is STRIDERS OR BUST!!! I'll talk to you soon!!!

From Ian on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 14:36:34

I wanted to wish you good luck but instead I'll have to say "get well soon". A first race at any new distance is always special and memorable and there's plenty more races ahead. Better to wait until you're fighting fit so the race is memorable and enjoyable for the right reasons.

From Lyndsay on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 23:07:26

Hi, Lybi! I hope everyone is on the mend at your place! I missed you Thursday night. It was a very interesting time. I will have to fill you in!

From Kim on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 23:46:04

Hey Lybi, Missed you at Painter's today! Hope things are looking better in your neck of the woods lately! I'm looking forward to Striders, (I think, it may be a bit early for me to say I am actually looking forward to it, but I guess I am.) Thanks for your cheers!

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 00:13:45

Lybi, thanks for your kind comments. It was a really fun race, wish you could of made it, hope you get feeling better soon.

From Christi on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 19:25:31

What's up Lybster? Still got the yucky bug at your place?

From Brent on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 21:17:30

Lybi, how are you doing, injury, feeling better?

B of BS Rools out

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It's was really fun reading everyone's race report.  Although, I really should say that there was an extreme lack of picture-taking. Somebody better post some pictures, or there's gonna be another smackdown!

Speaking of smackdowns, the most important fitness related event that happened to me while resting my knee and getting over my cold was a phone call to Sasha. I had to tell him that I wasn't able to do Painters, and thus was in violation of our little agreement, wherein he was supposed to try to play a hymn on the piano without making any mistakes within 48 hours (which he did) and in return I would run the Painter's Half Marathon.  Geez! I really didn't think he was ready to do that! One thing you must all never doubt is Sasha's tenacity. Anyhow, I asked him if he could please think of some other way I could fulfill my side of the bargain. I gave him some lovely options, such as running a half down here in AZ, going up to St. George even though I wouldn't be running, hosting a pasta party for the Del Sol Relay team when they come down, etc. etc. But his choice was for me to simply to adhere to the "good conscience" diet (meaning don't eat anything that I believe to be unhealthy) until I break 2:00 in the half marathon.

And thus we see the extreme futility of trying to argue a point with Sasha. That guy will NEVER give up, and eventually he will win. I can't keep up the whole fire-breathing-debate thing forever, eventually apathy takes over. So tonight when my family was at Souper Salad, and they all went back and got some brownies, I went back and got a bowl of diced beets...It's okay, I like beets...a little. Almost like a brownie...

About my run tonight--it was fine, it was great! I've really missed running. No pain whatever. I did 2 miles outside at "injury pace," which is 1.5 min. slower than "easy pace." I think that I've figured out what the heck was going on with my knee, but it is convoluted, so you may want to tune out now--just leave me a comment like "Good job!" and move on. I think that my piriformis muscle is the main culprit. It attaches to the tailbone and controls how far out you hold your leg sideways (I think). So my chiropractor said my tailbone was was "out" and I know my piriformis was all bunched up like a rock in there. Someone recommended massage, and I'll tell you, I could NOT stand for that thing to be touched without yelping. So I think it was pulling my leg in a little too much and THAT is what was causing the pain in my knee and down my leg. I think that it altered my gait in such a way that my right leg was landing harder than usual. I don't think I actually had a real injury in my knee, but I do think that if I had continued to run on it like this I could've ended up with an injury in my knee or with shin splints. So I've been adjusted by the chiro, and I've had some massage--now I am going to make sure I do my 3 lower back exercises (which my chiro has been begging me to do for a long time, but I've been to lazy to do it) in order to hopefully keep my lower back in the right place, and I'm going to do my piriformis stretch before and after every run. Tomorrow I will hopefully run 3, 4 on Wed, 4 on Thurs. 5 on Friday, 6 on Saturday. Next week I'll try to do 5-6 miles most days unless something starts hurting again. Maybe a 10 miler that Saturday...

Look at this picture I just found. Who is that booking it back from the finish of the race? He he he.

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From Mike Warren on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 00:19:07

Glad, things are looking better for you. About that diet, (YUK), I know, I know, you have to eat healthy! But, life with no treats, I think I would rather walk the plank! No really, best of luck to you on the new diet, My money says, you go under 2!!!

From Lyndsay Johnson on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 02:22:10

I find brownies to be very healthy! :)


(Plus they are made with milk and other natur/al ingredients...anybody buying this?)

From sarah on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 10:46:28

good to see ya had me worried. Um...yes apathy does take over when trying to argue with Sasha(which is why I suggested hanging up before you heard what he had to say..the easy way out)

Nice picture of Sasha...I promise we will have the team picture posted today....I am terrible at picture taking when I've got kids running around (there was no park or anything remotely safe there for kids...just a really long construction pipe that hadn't been placed underground that of course all the kids were climbing all over) I did however get a lovely picture of the team after the race all together in their cool team jackets...and some other faithful bloggers as well...

Good luck on the diet but don't go nutso on me...okay?

From Lybi on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 13:54:30

Don't worry, Sarah, I remember the "Fast Running Mommy Clause" of the deal--things can be "good" for you if they really make you happy, in moderation, of course. I'll be happy to see that picture whenever you get around to it, but no hurry. Sounds like you deserve a big fake diamond for wrangling the kids/pipe situation during the race.

And Mike, what do you mean, you think I'll eat less than 2 brownies a day? JK.

Lyndsay, you cutie, brownies are only good for you when they are not consumed in bulk. Darn Cosco! They always sell them in those big things. I better just stay away for now.

From andee on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 14:30:09

Always a highlight to read your posts! I'm so glad your knee is feeling better. Good luck in following the diet - I just don't have that kind of discipline.

From Kristina on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 16:26:57

In case anyone has any doubts, I am a HUGE advocate of stretching and back exercises. In fact I might be the Sasha of back exercises. Just kidding. But they are always worth doing, whether you feel like them or not. And it is a bad idea to wait until something starts hurting before you do them. Anyone with back problems (isn't that everyone now-a-days) should do back exercises everyday.

Now that I've done my back shpeel, great running! 10 miles sounds ucky but good for you for making that a goal. I'm sorry you have dug yourself into a deeper hole with Sasha. I hate beets. But Seth and I have switched to eating only home-made, whole-wheat bread.

That was a random paragraph. Love ya! You are still my running hero!

From Brent on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:13:29

Now thats mind over matter, beets the same as a brownie. Good your feeling better.

B of Bs roolsout

From kristina on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 22:02:50

personally I don't think beets and brownies even belong in the same sentence. It is like sacrilege.

From laura on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 22:54:52

I agree with Kristina. I would've just had another glass of water rather than eat a beet and watch others eating chocolate. But you can do it, Lybi!! When challenged, there are few people (Sasha being a major exception) who fight as hard as you. You'll stick to the diet or run a 2:00 1/2 marathon next week!! Go Lybi!!!!!

From Lybi on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 00:24:52

I like beets! But James hates them. So I never serve them at home because then all 4 of my boys throw a fit, and that is just too much. So it was kind of a treat.

It did cross my mind to try to break 2:00 next week, though. He he he.

Thanks Laura, you would know. You are the one I honed all my fighting skills on as a kid! Evil, I know. *Snicker* Love you.

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3 miles outside at injury pace.  No problems to speak of.   I did my lower back exercises and my piriformis stretch before heading out.   

I'm exhausted, I hear the siren call of my pillow drawing me in.   Time to surrender.  ZZZZzzz.

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From Christi on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 16:45:33

Great- the leg cooperated and let you get a run in! Take it nice & slow so we can party at Strider's. Can't handle 2 parties without you!

From kristina on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 17:44:31

Yea for back exercises! And yea for stretching! And yea for naps! I am very jealous of your nap right now :)

From laura on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 21:36:32

Um, I was up after 10:00 last night and this post still wasn't up. Which means ... after 4 hours of sleep the night before, were you up late the following day?? Boy, I hope not!!!! Love you!

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4 miles with Christine outside in the freezing coldness.  Only 59 degrees.  (Sorry, that was low.)

I did my lower back exercises and my piriformis stretch.  Pace was about 1 min. a mile slower than easy pace.  No pain to speak of other than my shingles pain. 

Doh!  I have shingles.  I had this little tiny rash the size of a quarter, but it stings/burns over a rather big area.  So I finally went to the Dr. to see what the heck was up.  Anyone ever have this before?  How long does it last?  It is rather annoying.  Am I supposed to try and stay away from everyone?  I've been walking around with it for several days--hope nobody gets it from me.   I'm thinking of all this stuff I should have asked my Dr., but I had no presence of mind at the time.  I'm on an antiviral Rx now.  So hopefully it will help. 

PS I take back all that stuff about the evils of painkillers. 

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From Shauna on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 00:43:30

yes, it was FREEZING tonight, wasn't it? :-)

Sorry about the shingles. I have never had them, but hopefully they will go away quickly.

It's great that you're still getting in the miles, even though you don't feel 100%. Keep it up!!

From Scott Zincone on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 01:02:38

I had my first and hopefully last case of shingles ever last August. Mine was in my mouth, on my chin, up my cheek, on my scalp, and in my ear. Only on the left side of all those as it follows along a nerve. The doctor says it will not cross over to the other side, and mine never did. I had a few very rough days and nights of some very intense pain. I am not trying to scare you, but it is no use in lying about either. Because it was in my mouth eating was difficult. It hurt so much to chew my food. Just moving my mouth made my face hurt too. I was pretty much sipping soups and drinking from a straw. My pain medicine was my best friend. It would even hurt when I did not move at all. But eventually the the pain stopped, the sores stopped oozing, and the scabs fell off. No scars or anything like that either.

I just checked and I blogged about it on 8/08/2007.

I hope you do not have it as bad as I described. And I hope your husband is as good to you as my wife was to me back then. Get well soon!!!

From Michelle on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:00:04

Lybi. SHINGLES!!! Yuck! Never had them, my sweet little Jamie has (she's pretty much had everything!!!!) But they say they are very painful and we do give out lots of pain meds to people that come in with them!!! Hope you get over them soon! Glad your on the anti-viral med that should help speed things a bit!

So tell me about the back/piriformis stretches that the chiro told you to do.....if you can. I know showing is easier than telling! I feel like I would benefit from a few of those too!

You are a trooper to be out running with all that you are dealing with right now! That's why you are going to ROCK at Striders!!!!

From Kim on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:07:47

Lybi, My son had shingles when he was about 3 or 4. He was pretty miserable. The worst thing for him is he wondered if he would grow a chimney. It was hilarious! Did your doc tell you they are related to chicken pox? Others could catch that more easily than the shingles if I remember correctly. So if your kids haven't had chicken pox or the vaccine, you may want to keep a good eye out for spots on them. Good luck! You sure are a trooper!

From jtshad on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:09:31

My wife and mother in law have both had them (mother in law over Christmas) and I know they are painful. The antiviral meds will help, but they last a good couple of weeks but the pain starts to go down. They are a result of the chicken pox virus that still resides in your system and usually are brought on by try to relax.

From Tom on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:17:48

Sorry to hear about the shingles. Yuck! Way to hang tough! Hope they are gone quick.

However I'm not at all sorry about your "freezing cold" run at 59 degrees. Holy cow that is just balmy in my book! Gosh you probably had to wear a shirt with sleeves and everything...(maybe some slight sarcasm there).

From andee on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 11:12:56

Sorry to hear about the shingles. I hope they heal and are gone quickly.

59 degrees you say! I guess I will save my sympathy for the 110 degrees you will be running in during the summer.

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 11:49:30

Thanks for the concern, guys.

Geez Scott! You had the worst case of shingles of anyone I've ever known. I went back and read that entry. Yee-ouch! Sorry you had to go through that. Yes, James is very understanding. But I'm lucky. I can eat and everything. I just can't sit down. He he.

Michelle--the piriformis stretch is weird to explain. It's lying forward on the ground with one of your legs drawn up under you. Your knee goes to your chest and that foot is turned in (so the sole faces away from the midline). Wonder if you'll get it from that description... Hope Jamie feels better soon!

Kim, thankfully my kids have all had the vaccine. Hope I don't give anyone chicken pox!

Thanks for the info, jtshad. I will look forward to feeling better in a couple of weeks. Gulp.

Tom--I had to wear a LONG sleeve shirt, and I was still a little chilly. Imagine!

Andee, too true, too true. I laugh a little in the summer when people complain about running in 75-80 degrees.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 12:33:41

If Ted and I believed in murder we would kill to run in 59 degrees right now or any day for that matter! 59 degrees is ideal running temperature, that is when you set your PRs.

From Clay on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 13:32:18

I've had them, but they weren't bad enough to take any pain meds... My doctor said it was stress induced, but I don't know how accurate that is...

I'm with Sasha, I would kill to run in 59 degrees. Give me a break!!!

From laura on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 20:06:40

Oh, yuck, Lybi!! I actually have had shingles and they are uber-uncomfortable. I don't think I had it as bad as Scott Z. Mine were little red rashes that went in a line along my stomach. The doctor said they follow the nerves - thus the line. Mine felt extremely itchy and agitated. I just wanted to bite them out or something!! I hope yours go away soon! You should ask Mom about the lady in our ward who had Shingles for YEARS!!!! *shiver* Seth's chicken pox actually helped her get over them finally.

From MarcieJ on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:26:55

Sorry to hear about the shingles, that sounds miserable. I have never had them, actually I never even had the chicken pox, so dont come near me! lol Hope you get better fast!

From Christi on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:48:23

Lybi- Hey- when it rains it pours- huh?! Shingles now?! My younger sister has had shingles on the back of her neck and shoulders, sounds kinda similar to yours. This happened when she was a couple months post-partum (sp? I went to college-really!) Anyway I think it was due to her immune system being under stress. If you need info or want to talk to someone else who's had it I'm sure she'd be happy to chat w/ ya at Anyway- good luck and hope it decides to move along soon!!

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:53:22

Thanks Christi. I am wondering now if the sickness I had last weekend was the start of this. Sometimes shingles starts with sickness--fever etc. and THEN comes the rash. It is making me grateful I didn't come to the FRB party and give MarcieJ chicken pox. (I think it was her that said she'd never had it.)

From Christi on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:57:29

I bet you're right- as I recall my sister's started with a fever and some flu/ bad cold-like symptoms, then the pain in her neck & shoulders came later. As much as we missed you at the Painter's weekend- I'm just glad you didn't try to travel while feeling so lousy. Hope you kick it quick!

From MarcieJ on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 09:48:38

Just for your own peace of mind- if you had come you wouldnt have given me the chickenpox- they did a titer (i think thats what they call it) and I have had the virus- just never showed up in physical symtoms! Just take it easy and get some rest!

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I am starting to get pretty excited because my knee and hip are not causing problems. 4 at injury pace tonight, No issues to speak of...

Tomorrow 5, Sat. 6, I'm on my way out of the woods!

And I think the shingles are slightly, maybe, a little bit improved. The rash is bigger, but I think the pain is down a little bit, which is the real issue.

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From Christi on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 13:23:05

What a trooper you are! Glad things are turning around. Hope you steal some time for FUN this weekend!

From andee on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 14:10:36

Good luck on your run tomorrow. Glad you are feeling better!!

From Michelle on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 14:55:17

Hey, it sounds like things are going really good! i hope so because I really want us both to make it to Striders!! Hope the shingles start to ease up, doesn't it seem like sometimes when it rains it POURS!!! I'm just keeping my eyes to the sky, I predict an amazing rainbow to show through really soon!!!!

From josse on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 19:19:40

Good to hear the injury is going -going -gone. Oh but to bad about the shingles those are not fun. Get your stress level down and that should help them to go away.

From crumpyb1 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 09:20:10

Lybi, it just sounds like it's been one rough month. I am glad you can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

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I had planned on running this evening, but when the time came, I could hardly keep my eyes open. I took it as a strong message that my body needed the sleep more than the run. I felt just a little bad about missing my run, but my shingles feel so much better today (Sat.) that I think it was the right thing to do.

*Groan* I had a significant bad, rotten thing happen today. Remember my sweet, psychotic dog Sparky? He attacked a little boy today and bit him! (Fortunately it did not break skin because of the boys jeans.) Sparky is very sweet to everyone in our family, but he is so protective that it is a problem. Whenever he meets a new person, he goes absolutely ballistic with barking like crazy and threatening to bite. I've been trying to introduce him to one new person every day to get him over this and taking him to PetsMart to get used to strangers. I really thought he was doing better... then today sweet little 7 year-old Ryan came over to play with Sam. He saw that we had a trampoline and ran and threw the door open. I was just starting to say "wait, I need to put the dog away..." when Sparky dashed in through the open door and started barking at the boy. Ryan got scared and ran away, and to my absolute shock and horror, Sparky pursued and bit his rear.  He's never done that before! So today one of my jobs is to get rid of Sparky. I will try to find someplace where he will be safe. There are so many little kids that come to my house between all the play mates and piano students. I just can not have a dog that bites! Ug. I feel guilty and sad, though. Could I have done something differently to prevent this?

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From Paul Ivory on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 10:45:16

Sorry to hear about Sparky's issues, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing.

Thanks for the note about heart rate and nurses freaking out.

From Jody on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 15:31:04

Good call on the sleep! I am sorry to hear about Sparky. I have a cat I need to find a new home for but have not done it yet.

From Christi on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 20:15:19

First- you chose the right thing by sleeping- good job. Second- since you got Sparky as a puppy and have socialized him well w/ kids, etc- I don't think you could have done anything to prevent this behavior so don't feel bad. Maybe he'll be better off in a home without all the traffic in & out? Good luck- parting w/ pets is never easy- wouldn't it be nice if Dog Whisperer would just come over and fix 'em?

From Kim on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 20:21:43

What kind of dog is Sparky? We have a Silky Terrier. He is very protective too. He hasn't ever bit anyone though. I guess Terriers are like that. Sad to say good bye to a pet that loves you and you love him. Good luck to you and the kids on this one.

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 21:52:48

He is a dachshund/border collie mix. We got him when he was about 8 months old. He'd make someone a really good watchdog.

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Delicious night of sleep last night--feeling MUCH better.

4 miles outside at injury pace. 

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From jody on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 22:19:55

WOW!! I can't even imagine 10 hrs of sleep. Great run today. You will be back to 100% in no time!

From laura on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 23:54:47

Sweet night's rest, Lybi. I'm so jealous. My eyes have been burning all day from LACK of sleep last night. I'm sorry to hear about Sparky. Mike told me about it last night. I think you're probably doing the right thing, but that doesn't make it much easier. I know how deeply you love animals. (wow, I just had a whole bunch of memories flood my mind). You'll find another wonderful dog. Remember ... you're the luckiest person in the world! That's how you got him in the first place, right? Hee,hee

From Bethany on Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 10:47:48

So glad to hear you are on the mend. You seem to bear everything so cheerfully! And you have had your share to bear lately. Nice job getting 4 in, you are going to be kicking it soon!

From kristina on Sun, Jan 27, 2008 at 23:26:35

I'm very jealous of your amazing sleep :)

From Christi on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 10:05:41

Great job! Glad you are feeling a bit better! I do know what delicious sleep means! (love that adjective) I've been making sleep a priority lately and it rules!

From Wildbull on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 14:18:22

I needs meds to sleep that good! or a hammer! something must be the arizona water?

From Brent on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 20:29:27

Lybi, I forward to you 100% recovered full of spunk, wild running stories and stirring it up on the blog. Your the best, get fully better soon, way to run those body be good miles.

Stay cool, B of BS Rools out

From Mike Warren on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 20:48:10

You make that sleep sound better than those brownies you agreed not to eat!! How's the Sasha eating plan working? I say if you run the sub 2, everyone on the blog chips in and we buy you a lifetime supply of brownies!!

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What a nice run for me today!  Best run in several weeks, I think.  5 miles outside--3 with Christine, and then 2 more after she left. 10:04 pace on ave., which is easy pace for me.  I am a little relieved, because I thought that I might get "stuck" at injury pace.  I felt like I had to hold back a little.  That's always nice.   It was quite breezy, and at one point the wind was just blowing the tears out of my eyes.  All I could think was that it was so much nicer than having snow blasted into my eyes like Kory described in his run today.  Yech.  Well, that is why his times are going down, I guess.  Toughitude.

James and I have decided to give Sparky a second chance.  I am signing us up for obedience classes, I'm watching "The Dog Whisperer" (he he he), making sure he gets his run every day, and, well, the bottom line is that I need to be much more responsible.  It is my job to make sure he is secured EVERY time we have a friend over, or when I teach piano.   I've been reading dog obedience literature.  Did you know that playing tug-of-war with your pooch can encourage aggression?  That was Sparky's favorite game.  (Oops.)  Also, we must never let Sparky up on the furniture or let him beg scraps from the table. 


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From Jody on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 00:01:07

Great run today!! Glad you are returning back to your pre - injury self! You will be ready for Striders.

From Michelle on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 00:49:11

Glad that you had a good run! Sorry about the wind! My least favorite running friend!

I'm glad that you are going to give Sparky another try! I think that you have the right attitude and he will do great!! Good luck with the obediance classes! I may come looking for advice. I kinda told Jamie that if she cooperates with all of the hard stuff she has to do over the next couple of months and the up-coming surgery she had to do that I would get her another dog. Ours died a few years ago... Ilove having one but they are a lot of work!!

From James W on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 10:32:31

Way to go with the run today! I am impressed how you just shifted gears and went from 11:00 miles to 10:00 miles without any issues, and that you now consider 10:00 miles easy miles for you. I remember a time when that left you out of breath - do you?

I am also glad we are giving Sparky another chance, and think that we will be able to work out the issues with him. It was actually neat last night to show him who was boss and see him lay down and be submissive, like he recognized we were the leaders of the pack. I have no doubt we will get there with him.

From Christi on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 14:29:48

Yah! I'm a day behind on your blog it seems- but kudos on the great run yesterday! Good luck w/ Sparky. I think its best to give it your all before you give up a family pet- hope he comes around for ya!

From Bethany on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:20:28

Your dog training could double as toddler training. Any more tips?

So glad you are feeling on the mend. The world is right again. Great run!

From Lybi on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:31:57

Bethany--the funny thing is that we have caught ourselves accidentally doing some of the same things with our boys that we're trying to do with Sparky. It's ridiculous!

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He he he. I had to put that .01 on there just to bug Monaflash. Well, fate smiles on me again! Just listen to how perfect this is...

I am supposed to be running about 6 or so miles a day, plus a long run every week. For some reason, my brain just freaks out at 6 a day because...well, it's a full hour of running for me. Sometimes I have had a hard time dragging myself out there for 6. An hour just sounds so much longer than 50 min. So anyway, my fabuloso running buddy Christine usually only wants to run 3 a day. So guess how far away from my house she lives? Exactly 1.5 miles--to the hundredth of a mile! So if I run to her house, run 3 miles with her, and then run back I get in my 6 for the day with a minimum of brain atrophy (or at least boredom). It also works nicely for pacing. Christine always wants to run just a little faster than I do, so I can warm up on the way to her house, run a little faster with her, and then cool down on the way home. Somebody up there likes me...and wants me to run, apparently. : )

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From Jody on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:40:15

Wow!! That is perfect!!!

From Scott Zincone on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 08:07:45

That still gets me too. It's not always the number of miles, but the length of time I will have to run to accomplish it.

From James W on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:22:26

Glad you can get in all that mileage without atrophying any brain cells :)

You're doing a great job there, keep it up!

From kristina on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:23:15

Wow! That is very convenient. the thought of running that 40 min 5k has got me going crazy. ha ha. Great job on running for so long. And congrats on finding a better way to do it :)

From andee on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:53:12

WOw - good job on 6 miles and what a great way to be able to them all in!

From Christi on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 12:09:34

That works out really well- cool!!Funny- I'm the opposite about mileage vs. time, its the 6 miles that intimidate me and I feel better just telling myself I just have to run for an hour.. OK- you are ON- the sleep challenge will begin this weekend! Let me just warn you- picking a fight w/ Sasha scares the crap out of me, so I'll be really trying to get my Z's!!!! Also- let me know how you like weight lifting class. Here's what I like: quick results in the visable toning department,(aka goodbye grandma arms)and stronger legs help me endure runs better (and as a side note, its a break from running- hee hee...)

From Lybi on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 12:15:23

Christi--I'd love it if my arms would stop jiggling immediately after I wave "goodbye". That's not too much to ask, is it?

YEA! I'm excited for the sleep challenge. I really need something to help me get on a better schedule. And don't worry about picking a fight with Sasha. (Because I WILL win-he he he.) He's actually really nice. (And forgiving? I certainly hope so! I bug him all the time.)

From Michelle on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 16:08:15

Sounds like the running thing with Christine was a little divine intervention if you ask me!! Good luck with the "sleep" challenge! I think you are going to both come out winners and feel great! Oh- and have fun at the weight class!

From Brent on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 19:24:40

Happy running Lybi - good thing, good run. Your back in the groove.

Stay Cool B of BS Rools out

From Mik'L on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 23:15:16

I think Sasha should add a time tracker to the blog and then maybe some of us would be up there towards the top! It takes me about twice as long as Clyde to do the same mileage. Good job getting it in though...I'm having a hard time finding time!

From Kristina on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 23:29:20

the time tracker is a great idea. Some of us aren't cool enough to own a Garmin. We either have to run the same paths every day (and go insane) or take our car out and drive around to get our distance (annoying). So I tend to just run a certain time and then estimate the distance :)

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3 with Christine at 9:58 pace. I'm going to go run the other 2 right now in my neighborhood. I wanted to blog before it gets too late so I can avoid the whole "I'm so sleepy I can't kick myself off the computer" syndrome. Very virulent.

And I am going to do those 2 miles SLOW, because I am bushed today.

My hat is off to my amazing hubby who replaced a toilet with all his manly dexterous skills today. Girls like guys with skills...

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.33Total Sleep Time: 7.33
From Christi on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:36:01

Oh no, you have started kicking yourself off the computer at night... a bad sign for me in this competition!! (LOL) You haven't posted yet today (thurs) I'm afraid you're still sleeping!

From Kim on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:38:09

This is going to be funny to see how many hours of sleep you guys will put in so you don't have to be the one to pick a fight. I wish you both luck with lots of well earned zzzzzzzzzzzs!

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:24:39

Christi-I'm trying to get in the groove with sleeping, but it doesn't officially start until Sunday (Sat. night sleep) right? Anyhow, I am feeling pretty competitive! This is really gonna help me--so thanks for accepting the challenge!

From kristina on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 20:32:48

congrats on your new toilet! We just got a new one too and it is a surprisingly happy occasion when you get a new toilet :P Great job on your run. And you deserve a WOW for the sub 10:00 pace :)

From Brent on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 22:47:00

Hubby is toilet trained, ha, ha, happy running Lybi, is a funny Lybi.

All this talk of sleep, yaaaaa, nitee nite,

Light out, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 23:26:42

You're next Brent! Doesn't it take 3 weeks to establish a new habit? That means I need to take down 2 more fastrunning bloggers in the competitive sleep department. Nobody is safe! ;)

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Ho Boy... Here comes a true confession. So, some of you have been wondering about how my diet thing is going. (Diet is a four letter word!) I have (had) been doing so well! I've been eating tons of healthy stuff and basically just making substitutions for unhealthy stuff--molasses or stevia for sugar, potassium iodide for salt, smoothies (or beets?) for brownies etc. For over a week we have had a huge OPEN bag of M&Ms that my son used for a school project. This is probably a world record in self-restraint for me! Chocolate is on the endagered species list in my home. I generally don't have it in the house, but it I do, I eat it promptly. Anyway, I've lost a couple kilos and been feeling pretty proud of my diet.

HOWEVER, today I was in Darth Lybi mode almost all day--super grumpy. I found myself nibbling on a little bit of bologna at snack time. Then I had a whole bologna sandwich with swiss cheese. THEN I dove headfirst into that bag of M&M's with a peanut butter-laden knife in one hand like a deranged chocolate-devouring lunatic. That was my lunch. It got worse from there. I hope I don't turn bulimic before I get a chance to run the Striders half marathon in April. Ah! If I don't break 2:00 I will die.

But tomorrow is a new day--and you know what that means. It's back to buckwheat time, people! Wish me luck.

Night Sleep Time: 6.75Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 8.75
From Bethany on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 23:55:33

Oh Lybi, you make me laugh. So good to see you have some human tendancies. Those cookies I had in my house? Ya not for very long! You are so right though, tomorrow is a new day. GEtting down on yourself only makes it worse. You are amazing! Enjoy the buckwheat, (is that an oxymoron?)

From Clay on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 15:35:02

I know this is bad Lybi but one of reasons I run is I can indulge myself on a daily basis!!! I just make sure I throw in a salad once or twice a week to take the edge off.

I figure at 45 years old and with half my life over I am going to indulge myself to some of the finer things in life, in moderation of course...

I know that this seems like I am copping out, but did I mention my age...

Bring on another chocolate bar, dark chocolate of course, for the antioxidants.

Are you having a good laugh yet, every bit of this is true!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 18:58:32

There are three things you can do with a dog that is tied to you with a leash. You can just follow it, who knows where you'll end up. You can have a compromise, sometimes go where the dog wants to go when you are tired of fighting it, and other times drag it where you want to go. But the best thing is to train the dog to pull you with its full dog power to your destination.

Our appetite is like that dog. We can let it govern us, we can compromise, or we can train it.

From SAAMIJEFF on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 19:40:34

One additional choice is possible. Train the dog well enough that every now and again you can let him run free...but not often enough that he comes to expect it.

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This morning I finished my first ever hour-long weight class. That was interesting to say the least! I did the smallest weight I could for every exercise and it still kicked my hiny. I was so impressed by some of the people in that class. The guy right in front of me really looked like he was at least 75 years old and he did 3 times the weight than I and held up better throughout the class. I want to age like that! Then there was the lady that must have been 7 months pregnant that was just tough as nails! Wow. It would really be good for my overall health to do something like this a couple of times a week. And my kids love the play place. It's really clean and has fun stuff like a rock wall for them to climb etc. The catch is that it costs money. Choices, choices.


Soooo, I just got back from my run and I am still freaking out!  Weirdest, scariest run of all time for me.   Christine wasn't able to run tonight so I ended up just going with Sparky.  I forgot my pepper spray.  So I was running around a neighborhood after 9 pm and a van pulled up next to me.  At first I thought it was someone that I knew, but it wasn't.  They passed me really slowly and pulled to the side of the road.  When I passed them, they drove along side of me at my pace--much too close for comfort.  Then we turned a corner and I realized I was heading right into the secluded back stretch in that neighborhood that is NOT lit.   I got a serious case of the willies and cut across a yard and turned around to go the other way.  The van immediately sped up.  The way the neighborhood loops around I knew that if the van wanted to, it could be back to me in just a few minutes.  I picked up the pace a bit, but I did not see the van again.  But just as I was about to leave the neighborhood 2 really huge scary looking guys started walking purposefully towards me.  And, of course, being  in a really freaked out state of mind I was convinced  it was the creepy driver of the van and his blood-thirsty accomplice.  He he.  But Sparky came to the rescue!  He growled quite menacingly as they approached, the guys gave me a wide berth, and I skeedaddled home with my tail between my legs.  I've spent a lot of time trying to teach Sparky not to bark at people--for once I was grateful he's so over-protective.

I promise I will not run alone after 9 pm ever again!

Sparky was bushed after 2.7 and could not be persuaded to run more, and our treadmill is on the blitz again, so today will just have to be short, cuz' I'm not going out there again alone!

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
From andee on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 15:14:39

Look at you go!! I've never taken a weight class and know that my lovely "bat wings" could really use the workout. I'm impressed and even better that the kids like to go too. Have fun on your run tonight!

From Christi on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 16:32:48

Glad you enjoyed the weight class, sounds like a nice gym. Just an idea, some friends of mine volunteer in the "nursery" at the gym for 1 hr. a week and get their membership free. Just an idea.. Yeah, we better stay up late and party hard tonight- before we begin the contest! I'm so excited to get good sleep next week and hopefully break my late night internet addiction (*blush*)...

From Kim on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 17:06:09

Christi is onto a great idea there! One hour a week for free membership! That seems like it would be a great solution!

About yesterday and the "confession"...That is why I can't adhear to that strict of a diet. I need to have the chance to have something enjoyable in my mouth every once in a while without feeling like a failure. I think you are doing great! I know I wouldn't have lasted as long as you did before a binge. I also know that I wouldn't have been able to start up again after the binge. So kudos to you and your determination!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 17:46:16

Kim - the key to success is redefining the meaning of enjoyable. Something that makes you feel good for 5 minutes, and then makes you hurt the rest of the time will not appear enjoyable if you train your mind to view the entire experience vs the first 5 minutes of it. I would not call the dietary effort a success if it does not lead to the above change.

From Kim on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 18:11:53

A little bit of an enjoyable dessert or snack does not make me hurt 5 minutes later. If I go crazy with something and it makes me sick, then it was not worth it. But if I am eating good and have a taste of something yummy, (my kind of yummy, not yours), then I am a happier person all around. I feel this way, you feel your way. I won't try to make you eat like me and I hope you won't try to make me eat like you. That's all, I'm not quite as fiesty as some others who would continue to debate you on this subject, so that is all I will say.

From Kim on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 18:18:18

PS to Lybi, I mean fiesy in a good way!

From laura on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 21:54:56

Feisty is a great description for Lybi. I've also used "spunky" and "fireball" ... and also "pain in the rear" but that's just cuz I had to wait for her every morning for seminary while she brushed her teeth for an hour! :oP

Your confession sure sounded yummy, Lyb. ha! Yyou might be on to something - peanut butter and M&Ms -- You should get a copyright and make millions!!

So, who's idea was the sleep competition? Sounds like another million dollar idea. (Luv ya)

From Lyndsay Johnson on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 23:39:42

I am so excited to check out that gym! Now to convince the hubby...

It was fun getting a smoothie!

From Jody on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 10:35:34

I am so glad you are safe!! Remember safety first - I am trying to learn it as well.

From Clay on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:16:07

Like I said yesterday, I run so I can indulge myself on a daily basis and I know Sasha will not like this but I am not an elite runner nor will I be, I don't have that kind of talent, or that kind of diet. I am 45 years old with half my life over and weighing in at 163 pounds and 6ft tall or just shy of that, I will enjoy food that makes me happy and then throw in a salad a couple of times a week to take the edge off!!!

Now everyone relax so I can finish my chocolate bar in peace!!!

The real kind too not that Dark Crap!!!

I know, I know, Just tell me to Shut Up!!!

From laura on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:49:43

Oh, Lybi. I don't even know what to say ... I'm so scared for you and so happy you're safe!!!!!!!! I'm grateful for Sparky today too! Oh man. We just had a self-defense lesson during Enrichment on Tuesday. Please be safe. I love you toooooooo much for anything to happen to you! Sheesh, man. No giving your sister near heart attacks anymore!!!!!

From Shauna on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:44:56

Yikes! I'm glad you are safe and that you trusted your instincts (and yay for Sparky). We can really never be too careful!

From Christi on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 01:07:28

Wow- I just read this (a day late). Sounds like a really scary run. Glad you didn't brush it off. Yes, please - no more late night alone running! (I'm typing this in my sleep, 'cause as I told you I went to bed already...)

From kristina on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 20:03:39

Wow Lybi! That is scary. I will not go running after dark by myself. In fact I don't think it is safe for women to be out places alone at night. I don't even like to go to the store after dark by myself if I can help it. I used to hate walking home from school after dark. Anyway, I know you don't have insane amounts of time but it really is best to run in the daylight. All the scary people are really vampires (bad ones) who come out when the sun goes down. Ha ha, you are right to call them blood thirsty.

Anyway, it is a good idea to have pepper spray day or night, and always carry it in your hand or it doesn't do any good.

Come visit and we can practice self-defense moves :)

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10 Miles all spread throughout the day.  I feel like I can trick my body into accepting more miles without falling apart when I sneak in several runs.

This morning I went with James to cheer for him in his half marathon.  He got a great PR & I'm very proud of him.   I didn't realize it, but this race, "London's Run" was started by a family who lost a little 6 year-old girl to cancer.  It was so touching.  Before the race, they not only had the national anthem and a really sweet prayer, but then her mother got up and told London's story and how cheerful she was throughout all the difficult treatment she received before she died.   She ended by saying that we all have difficult things to do, and we should try to follow London's example and still enjoy our life even through the hard times--and that is what we were all here to do: run a long race, feel the pain of it, and keep going.  I was crying like a sprinkler by this time.  Ever since I became a mother things like this just gets to me so much more.  London's mother came in 2nd in the 10K, I think.  What a great way to honor someone's life!

While I was waiting for James to come it I ran a rather quick 3.5 miles.  Later this evening I ran 1.5 miles with my 7 year-old, .8 miles with my 5 year-old, and about .5 with my little 3 year-old.  Then I finished the rest of the miles with Sparky.  That's definitely a PR for him in terms of daily mileage--around 4 miles.  My fastest mile was 9:37.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From crumpyb1 on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 23:10:39

What a busy day! I am glad you were able to get in your miles.

Races are inspiring. My inspiration to enter races came from watching people finish the running portion of their ironman. They looked so happy and strong as they crossed the finish line. Even those finishers that were limping and in pain looked so satisfied as they crossed the line.

From Clay on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 23:35:58

Great job Lybi. Way to go Kiddo, you rock!!!

From Christi on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 00:47:38

Wow- what an inspiring race. I would have been bawling my eyes out! Way to go sneaking in all those miles today!! (oh, and GOODNIGHT, hee hee hee...)

From linda10k on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 02:33:11

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I enjoyed reading yours. Touching story. Great job on your run. I run at the track with my girls. They are 8 & 6.

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Day 2--So far Christi is winning the sleep challenge. (Ah!) I got all panicked last night when I read her entry, so I booked it to bed, and laid there--trying frantically to fall asleep. (Which, as we all know, just doesn't work.) So it took me a long time to fall asleep and I ended up getting only 8:10 again. Well, today I am going to work hard so I'll be really tired and sleep a long time. This is getting serious!

This is Monday's report btw.  I wrote it on the wrong day and am feeling too lazy to change it.  (Why isn't there a cut and paste?)

Night Sleep Time: 8.17Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.17
From laura on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 00:39:41

haha. This is monday's sleeping report, but you have your mileage on the correct day. If that isn't confusing. ;o)

Great job getting in 5 miles ... whatever day that was. (hee,hee)

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Day one of the sleep challenge with the famed Shuffling Sista!

I got 8:10 last night, which is respectable, but I am hoping to get more tonight. I really want to be rested enough to increase my mileage. Last week was 28. From now until the Striders Half (april 5th) I plan to keep it above 30, and hopefully up to 40 for all of March. I will need fabulous recovery to pull that off without hitting any snags.

45 min. walking with Sam & the dog.

The above was supposed to be on Sunday's entry.  Oops!

5 Miles outside with my beloved dog.  It was quite a PR for him.  I stopped to give him water a couple of times, but I'm really proud of him.  Ave. pace was 10:37, including stops for Sparky's VPBs.  Dogs have it easy.

Night Sleep Time: 8.17Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.17
From Christi on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 23:16:36

Snikes! I got ya, but just by a bit! I am concerned however that you will be motivated to cream me now that you have those new awesome mileage goals!! You are on fire girl!! You're going to have a wonderful week!

From Michelle on Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 03:52:26

Hey I'm just catching up... Sounds like you had some interesting runs... no more running at night alone! Reading that just gave me the creeps. I hope you aren't having scary dreams or anything? But I do hope that you are enjoying the sleep challenge! You guys are going to be running great with all that extra snoozing going on!!

From Christi on Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 12:18:26

Ok- I was confused by the Sun/ Mon day switch-a-roo post, but I get it now! Sorry, I got in a tad more again last night. Maybe this is meant to be 'cause you are a MUCH better debater than I and already a pro at arguing w/ Sasha...I have been considering good controversial topics for me if I lose... like POLITICS perhaps, that's always guaranteed to draw blood! hee hee...

From andee on Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 17:54:33

I think your sleep challenge is great! You've set some great goals for the next couple weeks. You are going to be so ready for the Striders 1/2. Keep up the good work!

From Clay on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 10:06:21


Is strider's half in St George, and if so I was wondering if I can still get in or do they fill up pretty quick?

From Lybi on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 11:27:30

Clay, that would be so awesome if you would run it! It's not in St. George, though. I think it is up in Ogden, actually.

You can look up the info at

Hope to see you there!

And thanks Andee! If you like it A LOT, you can participate next week! I need to do it for at least 3 weeks, so I can really get in the habit of going to bed earlier.

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Day three of the sleep challenge. As of yesterday, I was behind by 70 min., I think. But with my 8 hours and 50 min. last night, I gained 1 hour and 50 min.! That puts me ahead by 40 min. I believe. Yea! But I must not underestimate the Shuffling Sista, as she has shown great propensity for champion sleeping. He he he. As a special bonus, I am feeling remarkably well rested. :)

3 Doggie-be-good miles with Sparky. 10:05 pace on ave.--felt fabulous.

2 more miles tonight in the dark.  Christine wasn't able to make it for some reason.  I would've gone longer, but I got scared--some guy on a bicycle was trying to talk to me.   After last week's adventure I guess I am a little jumpy.

Night Sleep Time: 8.83Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.83
From Clay on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 13:13:08

Do you and James have rooms there already and which Hotel did you get them at? (For the Striders Half)

From Christi on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 13:44:09

Ah man, good job! I knew I was toast last night...But it is true- I can turn on the sleep when need be! hee hee. Have fun on the run today!

From Mike Warren on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 15:51:30

Nice job on the sleeping! I think you have hit full stride! Good miles too. What kind of dog do you have?

From Brent on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 17:40:39

Lybi, is it possible to sleep while you run? Sleep running? That is the only way I could challenge the two pillow queens. Nice to see you back at it running in full stride.

Sleepy B of BS Rools out

From Mik'L on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:49:37

I probably missed it, but I'm really glad you still have Sparky! Hopefully he is behaving better. Nice sleep time!

From Lybi on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:42:24

Clay--I think that we are hoping to bum hospitality from someone on the blog. (Hopefully!)

Christi--don't worry, I won't get complacent, but how am I going to get in good sleep with all this scripture reading? ;)

Mike--Sparky is a border collie/dachshund mix. Lots of energy on very short legs...Hmmm--just like me!

Brent--I'm sure you could beat us down. All you'd need is a tranquillizer and to quit your job--where are your priorities?!

Mik'L--I'm never giving Sparky up! He has basically transformed since we really started focusing on exercising him and teaching him to be submissive. Have you ever seen "The Dog Whisperer?" That guy is my idol! His techniques have really worked on Sparky.

From Christi on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 00:07:28

Maybe you need to doll up a bit like the girl on the planter's (I think it was planters nuts) superbowl commercial (did you see that?)Anyway- a cute girl like you just can't be out running late alone at night- too scary. Glad you cut it short tonight.... Oh sorry- was I sleep typing again?

From laura on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 00:26:51

Hey, what are you running at night for again!?!?! I thought you promised! Aaarrgh.

From Michelle on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 03:22:12

I have to second Laura... you totally broke the rules! Minus commando points!

Glad sparky is doing better and that you at least had him on the run!

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 13:16:24

Hey guys, it gets dark at like 6:00! Plus, I WAS scheduled to run with Christine. She just didn't show, so I had to go alone. I found out later that she was at a visiting teaching appt. that went way over because of some kind of crisis of the blubbering kind. Anyway, thanks for the concern!

Christi, I missed that commercial, you'll have to explain...

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8 Hours and 20 min. of sleep. Hope that is good enough to keep me in the lead!

I just finished an hour long martial arts-themed workout class at that gym. It was pretty fun, but after running so much, it didn't seem to give me that good of a cardio workout. Probably because at least half the time I was standing around trying to figure out what to do! Let's just say that I have very little Bruce Lee in me. Maybe next time I'll try spinning! I signed up for a 2 week trial membership at this gym. I may spring for the year membership...I'm still going back and forth.

Night Sleep Time: 8.33Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.33
From Christi on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 18:13:49

Way to go! Gym and running! Yeah, I tried one of those dancy kick box type classes, not for me. But try spin- I think you'll like it! (I'm nervous about picking a fight w/ Sasha... and my husband said that's we have some other torture for loser?)

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 19:12:23

Christi--I completely agree and I am relieved you brought it up. What should we do? A super long run, 200 sit-ups etc. Or something else you loathe. Hmmm. Mostly I loathe...toilet scrubbing and mopping sans technology (he he). Also track workouts. I'm open to suggestions.

From Sylvie on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 20:31:45

Good job Lybi, I really like spinning the only thing is for the first few times I had a sore rear end, but it didn't take long to get use to the seat. Lately I've added ankle weights to make it a really good workout.

From laura on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 01:25:53

Go Bruce Lee!! Ya, I don't like the kick boxing either. My hips and knees really hurt afterwards - and not in a good way either. I've heard spinning is a great workout, but I haven't tried it yet. Holy smokes to adding ankle weights, Sylvie!!! You animal!!

So ... you're running "later." Hopefully that isn't while it's ... dark outside. Seriously, I'm going to send some money myself for that gym membership just so you won't run outside at night anymore!! Maybe I'll start a fund "Save the Lybster from herself" fund. ;o) Be safe!!!! Luv you.

From Maria on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:43:09

Good job in the sleep department, Lybi! And spinning is much better cross training for running than martial arts. I never took a spinning class, but I saw it in progress, and those ladies were WORKING, sweat dripping left and right and everything! It looked like a very hard workout.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 23:08:48

I think spinning and martial arts are a good form of cross-training, spinning being better for your endurance, but only if you have unlimited time available. If you only have an hour or less in the day to exercise, and you are healthy enough to run, your best bang for the minute is to run.

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5th day of the challenge, and I put in another 8:10 of sleep.

After a relatively reluctant start, I did 5 miles outside with the jogging stroller.  I really miss chocolate on days like this.

Night Sleep Time: 8.17Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.17
From Christi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 10:17:51

I'm feeling the same way about running lately- just can't get myself out the door! Heather was supposed to meet me today and stood me up (with a courteousy call of course...) SO now I have to make myself get out there alone- but I AM going to log 6 today, so I CHALLENGE you to do the same!

I'm glad you agree about changing our bet a little. I like your cleaning & long run idea. It could be: run a 10 miler & deep clean house for an hour on the same day?! That would be torture don't you think?

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 12:17:46

Christi--How about just the deep cleaning? Toilets are punishment enough. Or maybe looser leaves the blog? And WOW your sleeping abilities are AMAZING!

From Christi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 12:30:45

OK- deep cleaning is definately torture enough for me. I can find ANYTHING to do rather than clean, its NOT my area of expertise. NO- loser does NOT leave the blog because neither of us is going anywhere! Yeah, I rock at sleeping (being lazy) but I've definately gotten in tune w/ my body this week. I've realized I only need about 7-7.5 hrs. Anything beyond that just makes me extremely lazy and not able to get out of my sweats all day ( now for instance....)This was a cool experiment if nothing else too see how much sleep I really need. How 'bout you?

From Michelle on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 14:54:00

Lybi, I feel the a little the same way right now... What is up? I've issed another challenge on Christi's blog (poor girl keeps getting drug into things without proir consent) For the person that can re-inspire the runner in all of us suffering from the running virus that is taking over right now!!

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:04:02

Christi--Oops! I meant to delete that part about "loser leaves the blog" before posting. Well, I have been feeling exceptionally unmotivated and that's a fact. Now I'm wondering if sleep has a lot to do with it. I find that instead of getting to bed earlier, I've been waking up later and later, and that is leaving me feeling "blah" all day. Laziness! I suppose the sleep challenge should have been only for "most hours logged (slept) BEFORE midnight."

I'm glad you mentioned you were feeing the same way, Christi. I thought I was just ready to be done with running. Maybe not. Tomorrow I'm going to wake up early, even if it means I have to loose the sleep challenge. Goodness knows my toilets could use the extra attention!

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:06:31

There is nothing of worth that we will ever do that will always have a lot of appeal. Most of the time it won't, that is one sign to tell you that what you are doing has some value. You cannot ascend without having to overcome gravity. If you feel no exertion of effort, you are likely not ascending. Things that are always easy and fun more often than not, if not always, lead us nowhere in the end.

What I recommend is from now on to resolve to make your run happen no matter what. The question should not be whether the run is going to happen, but rather how you can be creative enough to make it enjoyable.

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:08:35

Michelle, you too? Bethany hasn't blogged for a while either. What gives! Why are we all feeling this way? Being tired of winter could really be a factor for you guys that actually HAVE a winter. (No excuse for me!) Another possibility is that there have been a couple slightly disparaging remarks about slower chicas recently. Did that get anyone else down? I know it did me.

From Clay on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:23:15


It doesn't matter about your pace. Who cares how fast you run. Get out there and get-r-done!!! From where I stand you are only competeing against yourself, and don't worry about what anybody else thinks. You run for you, not for those chicas who are faster than you and me and almost anybody else on this blogg...

If you quit then I'm quitting Too. I'm mad as hec and I'm not taking it anymore. I'm out Baby!!!!!!!!!

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:23:59

Whoops! Sasha commented right before I posted. That wasn't a response to you, Sasha.

But your comment reminds me of what initially inspired me to start running--it was you! You made it sound so noble to just be your best. But tell me this, where exactly do you think running will take me? I am, after all, only a Boltushka, and not a "real" runner. Usually it just takes me about 3 miles away, and then back.

From Christi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:25:26

Sasha- Good line "you cannot ascend without having to overcome gravity" So true!! Thanks for the motivation (I know it was meant for Lybi, but I'm stealing it..)

Lybi- What disparaging remarks about slower chica? Do point it out so I can be riled up too!

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:29:21

For goodness sakes, Clay! You need some chocolate, buddy. And it is not the fast chicas who are making me feel less than worthy. But thank you for caring! You are definitely a kindred spirit.

P.S. You may not quit, even if I do, which I probably won't.

From Clay on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:36:03

I'm way ahead of you on the chocolate Lybi, I knew I was missing something today... Whew, I fell much better now.

Take care!

From Christi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 15:56:59

Lybi- I decided you & Michelle need a race! Since you missed the Painter's refresher, I think you need a little 5K or 10k to get the juices flowing again!

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 17:13:25

I did it! 5 miles outside with the double jogging stroller. I have to admit it was darn pleasant. Nice day outside.

So...small triumph for my self discipline. Tomorrow will be better, I am sure. Truthfully, I am UIH--Under the Influence of Hormones. I think my last tirade was about 4 weeks ago...

From Michelle on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 21:56:50

I'm so glad that you got the run in and me too! I always feel so much better about life once I get it done! I too did not catch the comments about slow chicas so? As for me, I know that I will never be super fast or for that matter prabably never log a single mile under the "fast mileage" entry, I just run because it makes me feel good (after) and I know that it is good for my body and mind! If I can show some improvement over time that will be an added bonus and I on most days love the challenge to push myself a llittle farther and to do a little better!

So with that said I guess I'm on for a great run tomorrow?

From Brent on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 23:01:35

The love of running for body and spirit is the answer. Getting faster, setting PRs and socializing with other runners is icing on the cake, the party to celebrate the beauty of running and what it does for our balance in life. Keep it fun and a challenge as you choose, if it become a chore it will end up on a list by the refridgerator.

Stay Cool, Just Run Forest, all will be better, B of BS Rools out

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 23:21:58

Lybi - I think you are capable of a 21 minute 5 K, and a BQ in the marathon. But where you end up is not as important as the effects it has on your health, mental outlook, and the development of the capability to achieve. Even a 2 hour marathon is still slower than what a drunk can do on a bike for that distance.

From Christi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 00:05:20

Lybi- You did it! I think all the extra sleep & hormones were taking us over this week! (Yes, I was UIH at my house too this week..quite scary for Jim & kiddos...) Anyway- glad you got out and enjoyed the sun. 5 miles w/ a double stroller is kick butt! You rule! (So you coming down for Spectrum or what?)

From andee on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 14:01:04

I personally don't think a singe day should go by without some chocolate!!! You are doing absolutely fabulous on the big sleep challenge - keep it up!

From Christi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 17:03:50

Don't you know no good running can happen without chocolate?

From Lybi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 17:33:12

Sasha--thanks, that is a boost. How many miles per week is that assuming? I hope less than 160!

Andee and Christi--chocolate seems to fuel MichelleL pretty well. We should all plan on going out for some high quality chocolate (Friday's Brownies?) after the Striders half. If I don't break 2:00, though, I will have to drag you to a Jamba Juice instead. Could be worse! Speaking of dragging, I'm going to chain you up to a harness, Christi, and let you pull me up the hills. Think of it as cross training.

And Andee, I'm so glad to see you on the blog. I have been concerned for you.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 18:09:43

I am assuming consistent 50 miles a week over 2 years with proper diet and good sleep. This is a fairly wild guess, though - I have never actually observed a woman with no prior competitive experience do all of the above. I know that Katie Danner went from sedentary to a sub-3:00 marathon in a few years. Maybe we should ask her to provide some details on her experience and progression. I have seen some good results with Sarah, though. In high school she did no sports, and one time ran an all out mile in 8:30, then threw up later. She has been able to improve that to 6:52 after 3 kids. She also ran a PR in 4 miles (31:57) after 5 kids recently. But her consistent mileage never exceeded 30/week, she had not been doing 30 for very long yet, and she's never been non-pregnant for longer than 18 months. I do not think she's ever been non-pregnant and non-nursing for longer than 3 months since 1998. She does eat a very good diet, though.

Another interesting detail. Shayne Culpepper at one point a few months after having a baby was so out of shape that she overtrained by doing her tempo runs at 8:00 pace. Yet somehow she was able to recover and perform at the elite level again. I wonder what it is that allows somebody out of shape to get back to the previous shape so quickly, but more importantly, if and how somebody who's never been there could possibly tap into the same mechanism and get faster.

One thing that I noticed especially among women is that the faster ones have some sense of rhythm, the runner's drive to keep and push the pace at all costs, regardless of what shape they are in. The slower ones do not have it. It also coincides with the observation of a much bigger gap between average and elite in the womens vs mens.

Interestingly enough, even for men, while it is more common to have that strong rhythmic drive, I do not recall ever seeing a guy under 50 with a decent rhythmic drive that would not be able to break 20:00 in a 5 K. The men that are slower also struggle with it, although not as much as the women.

From Brent on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 21:27:46

Sasha, where does one get this strong rhythmic drive? I lost mine, where can I get another one? This may seem like a silly question, but, I really, really want it back.

Stay Cool, run hard, B of BS Rools out

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 21:43:56

Brent - can you describe in more detail what you mean exactly by that. Which components did you lose, how you used to feel and how you feel now, at what age did you start feeling different, what happened to your 5 K times when you experienced the change, etc.

I sure wish I had a lab. There are a lot of things I can feel intuitively, but it would be very nice to tie those perceptions to precise measurements of various human body parameters. A lot of interesting discoveries could come out of that.

From James on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 21:49:11

Holy smokes! I have been out of the blog loop for a couple of weeks and you guys are already trying to hit 100 comments again.

From Lybi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 23:29:57

It's because we missed you so much, James. What else are we to do when we do not have your animal attack reports to read?

Sasha, when you say "rhythm," are you referring to leg turnover?

Also, I'm glad you do not have a lab, Sasha, because I would feel very sorry for the rats. (He he.)

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 17:42:36

Lybi - not necessarily leg turnover. There is something that is not easy to measure but you can definitely perceive when running with somebody if you pay attention. Faster runners have it in greater measure than the slower ones. I have thought about the mechanism of how I sense it, cannot be telepathy after all, and came to the conclusion that what I am sensing is their nervous system drive. I have to match it in myself to be able to vary the pace exactly like they do. So I would have an idea of what kind of signal is coming from their brain to their muscles.

Regardless of the level of fatigue, faster runners tend to have a very steady signal, it feels musical, while the slower ones would have a surge, and then painfully, randomly and unnaturally fade it, then maybe have another surge.

I would imagine there is a correlation between that drive and the leg turnover - when that drive goes down the turnover would probably drop off as well. But the push off power drops off along with it too, I would think.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Oops. There goes my title as Sleep Champion. I'll tell you what, the Shuffling Sista is NOT to be trifled with! She is the Queen of the Quilts, the Champion of the Chaise Lounge, the Princess of the Pillows! Let us take a moment to offer obeisance...........okay, that's enough.


3 miles outside with the double jogger and the dog. I rigged it up so that the dog pulled the weight of the stroller, and I just ran. (At least it worked that way for the first half of the run. The second part, I was dragging both the dog AND the stroller.) Don't kill me, but it was 71 degrees. A little hot for my pooch--I had to stop in the middle and give him water.

Barring unusual circumstances (which actually happen quite frequently) I will run 3 more with Christine tonight. Well, Christine bailed on me, so I ended up running 2 more miles alone around 8:15. I guess I am STILL freaked out from that one scary run last week. I just can't do this night running alone anymore! I was running through a short dark alley in my neighborhood, when I saw some movement from behind a bush. I was startled by a piercing scream...until I realized it was coming from my own darn throat! The "movement" turned out to be 2 teenagers who had been *ahem* lying down, and suddenly sat up. I was SO close to pepper spraying them, thinking they were a big dog or something. Well, I hope they will find somewhere else to be sneaky in the future. Otherwise I will be there to scream at them, and threaten them with pepper spray. I'm gonna need therapy if these sort of things keep happening on my runs....

I have a 5K race tomorrow. I haven't run a real race since last September, and I have no idea what to expect. However, if I don't break my old lady PR (26:31) I intend to be miffed.

Night Sleep Time: 6.83Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.83
From josse on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 18:14:29

Just pretend that Sasha is runing right in front of you taunting you to run faster and faster. It works for me when I do speed by myself.

Good luck!!!!!

I am soooooo jelous of you lovely temps right now. But it is actually not to bad here around 42 and super sunny.

From Christi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 22:36:01

Alright! I'm laughing out loud at your praises to my sleep. Let me confess what is really going on here. My running partner (Heather) & I are big ol' flakes!! Thurs. she ditched me and today I slept in. I keep rushing to bed early every night thinking I'll be getting up at 5am to workout only to be stood up or stand Heather up. Too funny! I'm ready for this contest to be over- how 'bout you?!

SOOOOO- I'm THRILLED to read you are running a 5k tomorrow!!!!! Yippeeee!!!! You are gonna ROCK it and I can't WAIT to read your report!!! Should be nice weather?

From sarah on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 23:18:51

I'm probably going to be in big trouble for this but....just thought I'd mention that lots of "health nuts" eat plenty of chocolate. They just buy it at the health food store without the fats and sugars they don't want to eat. How's the good conscience diet going? I loved your sleeping contest....I would so lose...I hate taking naps...unless I'm in a really boring physical science class which hasn't happened for years. Good luck on your race tomorrow...I think you'll love being around a bunch of other people sweatin'....

From Bethany on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 00:09:08

Lybi, you have my awe. You are so brave! I wont run alone in the dark (and dont like to in midday!) and I live in Logan Utah!!! You are one tough chick. GOOD LUCK! on your 5K tomorrow. Heres to a fabulous PR! cheers

From Lyndsay on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 00:46:25

Good luck with the race!!! I laughed out loud at your "nightcapades" and the encountered young lovers. :)

See you Sunday!

From andee on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 14:37:00

Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE your entries!!! Good job on rigging up the double stroller and the dog - you are my hero! I would be scared to run alone in the dark too...better to be safe with a running partner. I bet you scared those 2 kids - he,he! Good luck in your race, can't wait to read your report!

Race: Year of the Rat 5K (3.14 Miles) 00:24:40, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 4
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Many good things to report about this race!

1.) I took 1 min. 51 seconds off my post high school PR.

2.) I placed in the top 10 chicas, which I have NEVER done in my entire life for a race over a mile. I was 8th for the women, 4th in my division, and 27th including the guys. There were about 300 participants, I'd estimate.

3.) I beat "Ded Moroz," the 8:00 guy. My average pace was 7:56, and that is not accounting for the slightly long course.

4.) My improvement in time was not because it was a super-easy course. There were several smallish hills and gradual inclines. It was an out-and back course. I asked several people with Garmins what the distance was, and they all said 3.14-3.16. So this is an official old lady PR, people! The footing was excellent, though--mostly paved, and some hard packed dirt. The temps were also ideal. I was MOST appreciative that it ended with a little downhill section.

The only unfortunate thing was that I didn't get one of the beee-yootiful medals they were giving out. The Super-Chicks who came in #1 and #2 overall were both in my age division, and I had high hopes that they wouldn't count them for the age div. awards, but they did. : (

I can't remember much about the details of the actual run. I just kept thinking about keeping up my rhythm. My music really helped--and I had it turned up LOUD! I didn't want to hear the sound of my jagged breathing.

Mentally, I think I handled this race pretty well. There were a couple of times when negative thoughts tried to bog me down. The worst are the thoughts like "you won't be able to hold this pace" or "you are not doing very well", but I just dug in with a strong "YES I CAN!" and "YES I AM!" and they went away. One thing I think I am really gaining from running is the ability to outlast stuff like that. Just refusing to give up and keeping on keeping on through discouraging moments usually yields very good results. I see this in other areas of my life than running, so I am grateful for that.

You guys are going to laugh at my race attire--the FRB singlet and HOT PINK shorts!

This was taken AFTER the race, so I am a little frazzled, but you can see that I was not completely wasted. I didn't look like I needed to go to the hospital, so that is definite improvement!

Overall, I am very pleased that running easy has produced such good results. I train at 10-11:00 pace. Often even slower! (Wonder if Sasha will allow me to go faster now...) And I do zippo speedwork.

My mile splits were pretty consistent 7:45. 8:03, and 7:54. I felt that I could have sustained that pace for at least another mile. Whoops! Gotta go teach some piano lessons. Happy running everyone.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
From Clay on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 14:40:35

WOW! Lybi great job today... Keep running girl, you are on your way!!!

From Michelle on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 14:51:52

WHOA BABY!! Way to rock that PR!!! You are on your way to bigger and better things!!! This is just the begining....Look out blog here comes LYBI!!!!

From James W on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 14:54:50

Darn it, I wasn't the first to comment! That's what I get for fixing lunch for the boys . . . phooey on you, Clay! (J/K!). Lybi, you did an awesome job today. You needed an effort like today to show yourself how much you have improved in the last several months. A note about the zippo speedwork, there is a reason for that. I know I have said this before, but there are a couple of main reasons for speedwork - 1) to teach your legs to turn over at a higher rate and 2) to improve the anaerobic value of your max performance. You are still at a level (heck, so am I for that matter) where you are going to gain the most value from the base aerobic training you are doing. Speedwork can come later. In any case, fantastic performance, you have earned yourself a treat today. Go ahead, you deserve it! Love you!

From MarcieJ on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 15:26:50

What a great day for you! I am so happy for you. You are an awesome runner, way to rock it out there! You are the WOMAN!

From Christi on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 16:06:42

What a hottie! You look great! AWESOME job on the race!! You got a SMOKIN' time! Did the shufflin' sista tell ya you needed to race or what? So happy for you! (I think you have offically broken out of 'da funk...)

From Jody on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 16:11:28

CONGRATS!! Way to go speed demon!!!! You ROCK!!! Cute picture!!

From Paul Petersen on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 16:52:46

Great job! I'm jealous that you can stand comfortable outside while wearing shorts and a singlet.

From Lybi on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 16:58:29

Paul--"comfortable" is a little bit of a stretch with the hot pink shorts (more like CONSPICUOUS!) but yeah...perfect racing weather. I'll be jealous of you June-September.

From laura on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 17:35:22

Lybi, that is SO AWESOME!!! Im so impressed with your pace!!! What a fast running chicka you are!!!!! Great, great job - and that's without someone pacing you too! You're getting mentally stronger which shows improvement even beyond the actual time improvement!

From laura on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 17:36:24

P.S. Cute pic!! ;o)

From Maria on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 18:17:35

Great job, Lybi! You look awesome in the picture - definitely too fresh for having just run a 5K ;). Keep up the good work, and you'll drop more time in future races!!

From Brent on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 18:55:23

PR 100 commando points, another ten for great attitude and rebound from your recent health issues. Also, you likely used a bunch of your commando points today. What a way to cash them in. Your were one of the fire breathing dragons today, your shorts prove it.

We are all jealous of your shorts or the warm weather?

Stay Cool, Run Harder, B of BS Rools out

From Bonnie on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:05:55

WOW!! great job, great look, you are rockn' it today!

From Paula on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 19:51:54

great job today. You had a great time and a great outfit. keep up the great work!!

From sarah on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:07:55

Lybi...I'm close to tears....I'm so happy for you. What a wonderful improvement..You look great in hot pink shorts...should be the official uniform for the girls at least...people might think weird things if they saw too many guys in hot pink. And teaching piano lessons afterwards...I'm usually done for the day after a are my HERO!!

From Tom on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:20:12

Awesome race Lybi!!! And just think a few days ago you were contemplating taking a running break for a while. More good races coming for sure. That high school record is going DOWN!

From Kim on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:26:22

Wow! Way to go! I can't even imagine running a 5K in that time! The picture looks so great I thought for sure it was before the race!

From Scott Zincone on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:31:33

Great race and congrats on a big PR. Reading your race report inspired my workout today.

From crumpyb1 on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 22:46:05

Congratulations! You look great! I am so glad you had a wonderful race.

From Christi on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 03:04:54

Lybi- Thank YOU for the sleep challenge. It was really fun in a crazy, hormonal kind of way (maybe being UIH and extra sleep don't mix for me?!) Now its 1:00 am and I'm blogging- can't sleep- probably due to the weekly excess! Again- CONGRATS on rocking the 5k today, what a PR!! (and goodnight...zzzzz)

From Ian on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 04:22:45

Good happy race Lybi, well done on a big PR.

From Heber on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 12:58:06

Debbie ran her first race yesterday. It was a 3 miler and she finished in 30 minutes. She was pretty proud because on the treadmill she does 3 miles in about 34 minutes.

From andee on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 15:35:32

WOW - you are super fast!!! What a great race for you. I love the cute picture!!

From Mik'L on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:33:33

Nice! You are speedy! Great job on the PR and love the pic!

BTW, check out the discussion forum on the running camp this summer. Would be fun fun fun if you guys could come (and everyone else!).

From Lybi on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 01:30:26

Well, what can I say? You guys are the BEST! I've been reading your nice comments over and over (you shameless flatterers!) and I blush every time. Just wait, I'll be bringing down my high school PR soon, and it will all be thanks to you guys and all your encouragement! Thanks a ton.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:38:09

Only 42 seconds to go before you break your HS PR. Not bad at all for a mother of 3 who started training less than a year ago.

You will not need speed work for a while. There is still a lot of room to work on base, and that room should not be eaten up by speed work. Speed work only polishes the surface of the furniture while base work actually makes the furniture.

For your easy runs, run whatever pace feels natural. Do not force yourself to run sub-10:00. If 10:00 starts feeling unnaturally slow, go faster. If you do not feel like 10:00, 11:00 is OK. Go as slow as it takes to put in the target mileage for the day, and then be able to do it again the next day. If you feel too fresh after 6 miles a day, maybe you are ready for 7, or at least 6 one day, 7 the next combination.

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:54:03

Great race and congratulations on the nice PR!

Ah, sunshine and warmth...looking forward to being in your neck of the woods in a couple of weeks to enjoy it as well.

Great work, keep running strong.

From Shauna on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:38:27

Great job, and congrats on the PR! Cute picture-you look like you've lost some weight.

From Mark on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 10:15:27

What an awesome race. Your old HS PR is trembling in fear, it knows that its days are numbered. Your hard work and consistency are really paying off!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Nice nap.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.67Total Sleep Time: 7.67
From Michael on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:53:32

Yeah a 19 hour nap is great plus 6 hours of sleep. Quite an achievement 25 hours of rest in a 24 hour day

From Lybi on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:38:15

Oops, how did that happen? I had a 40 min. nap. (But it showed 19:00)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Wow, I am sore EVERYWHERE. It is much simpler to list the places that I am NOT sore, which include the top of my head, my facial muscles, my hands and forearms, and the bottoms of my feet.

Now I'm off to my first session with this All-American track star turned personal trainer.


Well, ########## was the personal trainer at this gym who supposedly is an expert runner. He was a track star in shorter distances, I guess. I was not that impressed in his theories on distance running. He tried to sell me on the idea that you really don't need to run more than 20 miles a week if your goal race is the 5k. He also said I shouldn't try to get a certain time in the Striders Half, I should just see if I could finish. He says I'm going to die with the altitude. I never thought of that. Am I going to die with the altitude difference? I train at something like 2,500 ft.

One thing ########### is an expert at is speed. I think he set a world record for the number of times a person has offended me in under 5 min. He expressed shock and disapproval that

1.) I got married so young (I was 20)

2.) I have so many children (3!)

3.) My high school 5K PR was so slow (I'll give him that one)

4.) I run 30 miles a week (excessive?)

He also told me that he has some kind of biophysical issue that prevents him from doing well at distance events. Evidence: he said that the first 2 miles of a 5K will be 5:00, and then his 3rd mile will be 7:00. I told him he just needed to up his miles a bit (I think he does something like 15 a week) and he'd be right up there. He laughed.

ANYWAY, I ran 4.5 outside tonight really slowly. I intended to do more, but my muscles gradually got tighter and tighter as I ran until I started to feel concerned. So we'll see how I do tomorrow.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
From andee on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 10:56:43

My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I think being sore is a "good hurt". It makes me feel like I've really done something. Now you are getting serious to be meeting a track star trainer...lots of records to be made and broken by Lybi this year!!!

From Michael on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:56:10

Congrats on your new post high school PR for a 5K. I guess Ill have to work hard now to keep up with you

From Bethany on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 13:24:48

Such an awesome PR for the ever amazing Lybi. Im excited for you! I agree with andee- I like it when it is a good hurt- when i have done it to myself by working my body. Great job Lybi, you never cease to impress, entertain, enlighten and educate me.

From Brent on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 20:18:50

Always interesting to see what the Lyster is up to. Isn't it great, sore for the right reasons. Wait until how mmuch more sore fun you will have after the St. George marathon this year.

Stay Cool, B of BS Rools out

From Jody on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:17:23

I'm with Andee, growing up we loved to work out so hard that we would be sore. It is a good hurt. Means you ran hard! Nice job!

From Christi on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:50:17

Hey Lybster! I'd be REALLY jealous if you weren't a little sore. Aren't I mean?! Who is this wonder trainer you speak of?

From James on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:12:24

Nice picture from Saturday. You do need a little brighter pink for these summer races though!

From laura on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 23:59:13

Well, I hope you took copious notes from this wonder boy "trainer"!!! He sounds like a real Winner!! :oS *sheesh* Maybe YOU should get a job there. You'd have much better advice without offending your potential clients.

From James W on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 00:22:27

Good job getting out there today and getting in the miles. You have really made some huge improvements, and I think you can look forward to even more improvement as you maintain consistent mileage. I'm with Laura - I'll call him the personal "drainer" :)

From Michelle on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 01:28:42

Lybi, I can just see the smoke that was starting to come out of your ears as the two of you talked! I hope that you gave him a little piece of your mind in the KINDEST way! WIll the two of you be seeing each other again for a re-match?

From Benn on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 08:00:32

So sorry that the trainer bonked! Heh, makes you wonder since those trainers get so much money.. how much better a real runner can do coaching long distance people. As for the elevation difference, it will hurt I imagine, but you already train in some kind of altitude living in Mesa I assume. So you'll be fine. Remember it's 80% mental. And you've been logging miles. Just believe and the run will fall into place.

From sarah on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 09:40:50

Well that Mike Neward guy sounds like ...somebody that would have made me cry...what would he think of me with no High School PR at all...the first time I ran a 5K I was 28 and I did half of it pushing child number 1. I also got married at 20 and have 5 going on hopefully 10 children....sounds like it was an interesting meeting.

From Christi on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 12:32:32

What a guy! Guess you won't be signing up for any more sessions with him?! (j/k) That is LAME! Whether he's speedy or not, I say you know much more about running than him- so you can just blow him off!!

SO- how's the house cleaning coming along (*wink*)

From Brent on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 13:01:22

Lybi: Opinions are like """""", everyone has one.

Just a note, you have some top knowledge runners on the blog, from Olympic qualifiers, winners of marathons, etc. They all would be glad to give you a training plan. Paul Petersen took the time to answer me on tempo runs. A good personal running coach is tough to find, I would suggest talking to local running clubs and meet some other runners. Getting faster, stronger, etc. really works better if you can find training partners that are shooting for similar goals. Look at the progress of Mike Warren and MarcieJ.

Good luck. Call BS when needed, B of BS Rools out

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 17:48:12

It does make me marvel at how willing people are to pay for nicely wrapped and packaged things that are of a lesser quality than what is available for free but is perhaps not so nicely packaged. I firmly believe that if we were to change our mindset in this matter the United States could maintain at least the same standard of living with the average person working only 20 hours a week. Possibly even less. We spend half of what we earn buying colorful packaging on the consumer end, and half of our time creating the colorful packaging on the producer end. More often than not the real competition is in the area of packaging, with the essence behind the package considered somewhat of a necessary evil to be kept to the very minimum.

Applying the above principle to gyms, my advice to all FRB members to stay away from them unless you know exactly which piece of equipment you need, for how long, and what exactly you plan to accomplish with it. Even then, consider a more natural training option first. And by all means, do not hire an average gym personal trainer. I would venture to say that unless he has run a sub-3:00 marathon, he would be of little help in the area of distance running.

From S Browning on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 19:28:23

I tend to think of myself as nicely packaged - and by that, I look the part. I am a personal trainer too. Finding a good trainer is often not easy, and as Sasha states, packaging does not equal quality. Trainers are a dime a dozen, but a great trainer is a rare find, and worth the investment because they can educate you on all the things you need to be successful in a gym environment. Before starting with a trainer you should invest time asking a lot of questions about there philosophies and there background, all the certifications in the world mean nothing. I cannot tell you the number of trainers I have met that know next to nothing about human movement let alone athletic performance. My advice, be honest with this trainer, let him know you strongly disagree with his position of running performance, you have the knowledge to know what he is saying is not correct. Do not let his appearance and title discourage you from correcting this information. I almost agree with Sasha, a solid distance and competitive running background is helpful when designing strength programs for other runners. A good trainer will accept the status of all aspects of your life and work with you to create and accomplish the goals that are most important to you. In regards to altitude, it will not have that great an effect on your performance.

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 00:38:44

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Andee, I do like feeling a little sore--it feels good to stretch it and rub it. Being massively sore is not exactly my cup of hot chocolate, though. :)

Christi--I have another appointment with him on Friday. At least he can show me how to use the equipment without hurting myself. Plus, it was cool for him to do all the tests and stuff to tell me my body fat and so forth. (P.S. there was no deadline set on the odious cleaning penalty, so... He he he. JK, I'm planning on doing it tomorrow. The dust bunnies under my refrigerator get one more night of peaceful rest before annihilation.)

Brent you get the award for best quote of the day. "Call BS when needed, B of BS Rools out." Made me smile. And true too!

Sasha, your comment leaves me scratching my head. No comforting words about dealing with altitude? Only the same thing about how people (usually me) leave "the real thing" in favor of the "more palatable thing". I'm still doing the free membership, deciding if it is going to work for me. The biggest benefit to it is that my kids have a fun place to go, outside of our house, where they can play with other kids while I exercise. This is especially important in the rapidly approaching summer months, when no one goes outside if they can help it. Right now I'm leaning towards not doing it though, because I'm cheap.

S Browning--man, I wish YOU were my personal trainer! You would know all the great stuff that could help my running and help me prevent injury. I hope you are appreciated! None of the trainers at this gym are runners. This guy's claim to fame was in the high jump. He is not really a fan of running. He's also not as bad as I made him sound.

From sarah on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 09:28:25

As far as what I've heard altitude does affect your race a little bit..But I don't think it's anything to worry about...not like you are going to a different planet with 5 times the gravity. It just may slow you down like 10 seconds a mile or something....I'll get Sasha to give you a real answer when he gets a chance later today.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 17:07:56

Lybi - expect about 15-20 seconds per mile slowdown for Striders half. You should still be able to go under 2 hours even with the altitude. No need to worry about the altitude. You cannot even the mountains of Utah with the sea by worrying, but you can experience the effect by training. The more fit you are, the less you notice the altitude even if you never did any altitude training. Speaking of which, Flagstaff is only a couple of hours away from you. To get a feel of the altitude, go there one weekend for your run. This should give you a boost of confidence. Eden is about 3000 feet below Flagstaff.

Some discouragement in regards to the gym membership. You improved from dreaming to run a 5 K at 12:00 pace to actually running it at sub-8:00 pace and being within 42 seconds of your seemingly unreachable high school PR in less than a year without a gym membership. I challenge you to find somebody in your gym who could boast a comparable improvement and credit it to the gym. There are lots of other fun places for the kids to go that are free.

From Susan on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 17:33:40


I LOVE my gym membership! My children are old enough now that I don't need to use the daycare anymore, but when they were younger it was SO NICE to be able to take them there to play when I either couldn't (or wouldn't) get up to workout before they woke up.

I run a lot (indoors and out) but also enjoy the benefits of cross training. My house (and my budget) isn't big enough to hold a treadmill, elliptical, stair master, and free weights!

Just my $.02! I love reading your blog!

From Susan on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 17:38:18

One more thing--I also really enjoy the variety of classes that are typically included with a gym membership. Kickboxing, step aerobics, yoga, pilates, spinning, weights--I've tried and benefitted from them all!

A weight class would be a good way to become familiar with lifting and learn what to do to prevent injury.

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 19:16:10

Thanks for the altitude info, Sasha. That does help! I think taking the fam. to Flagstaff for a day trip is a great idea!

And Susan, thanks for your $.02. The weight class is my favorite thing about the gym.

Isn't it great that Sasha is always looking out for my pocketbook? It's like he's a free financial adviser on top of being a running coach. This is a full service blog! ;)

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 19:19:32

Yes, it even comes with the Loan Interest Calculator. Staying out of debt plays a major role in being able to put in the miles.

From Scott Zincone on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 00:19:58

I go to the gym because the indoor pool is heated in the Winter, and larger than my bath tub. Ride the bike during the Winter as well. But do not go in warmer weather for anything but the pool.

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3.1 Miles with Christine and then 2.1 more miles alone late at night.  

And I am exhausted!!! This whole day I don't think I've sat down for even 5 min. all day.   Thing to thing to thing to thing to thing to thing to thing all day!  Blech!  I'm gonna have to hang out in my pajamas all day tomorrow to make up for all this busy frantic running around I did.   That'll be so cool when I go for my run...

Running in pajamas--that's an interesting idea.  Anyone ever done it before?

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From laura on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 01:02:47

We're up WAY too late, girlfriend!! But it's cute that our blogs are now next to each other. :o) (simple pleasures)

From Christi on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 09:32:52

Hey- nice run Tues- you seem to be recovering great from the 5k. I do worry about those "alone" miles you speak of? I only run in PJ pants (drawstring) when I've been too lazy to do laundry and am out of other running pants. That would be a fun 5k though, to have everyone run in PJs....

From kristina on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:25:09

My friend and I always wore pajama bottoms to track meets in high school. They aren't clingy so it's nice :)

So how many people now have told you to stop running alone at night? Self defense rule #1: Don't walk/run alone in the dark :)

You are doing awesome on your 5K times! I just noticed your new time over there on the side. Great job!

From Clay on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 17:07:29

QUIT RUNNING ALONG LYBI!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thats it I'm telling James...

From Kim on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 18:10:15

Alone miles in the dark don't count as miles so you'd better quit doing them! I think you would be better off with a gym membership than the dark alone running!

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 19:34:48! You guys are so protective. Today (Wed.) I did my first 3 earlier in the day just so I could avoid running alone late. I will try to do better, in general, on most nights.

Christi and Kristina--I knew you would not disappoint! Hahahahaha! That is so awesome that you've run in pajama pants. You guys are my heros.

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3 extremely easy miles outside with my little boys and the dog. Time to put away the long sleeve shirts! It's getting darn warm out there.

3 more tonight with Christine.  Yea!  It seems like a long time since I've put in 6 in a day.  My right hamstring is still bugging me a little from the race.  All the other places I was sore went away, but this one little area has not. 

 We took a little family vacation today, but we didn't go anywhere.  James stayed home from work, and the boys stayed home from school.  We caught up on some together time and just did not stress about anything all day.  It was heaven.

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From James on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 19:33:35

Not so warm here now..blizzard! Send some of that weather up here, I could really use some Spring.

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 19:40:01

I'll send it James, but it might take a month or two to get there.

From Bethany on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 22:53:57

Oh Lybi, I envy your "extremely easy"

From Jody on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:02:08

Can you send some of that spring up here?? It is a blizzard tonight....Good thing I headed to St. George for the weekend!! Nice easy run today!

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2.1 With the whole fam.   2 little boys in the stroller, one running, and the dog tagging along too.  We're quite a sight when we all go out together. 2.9 More alone. 

I thought you guys would get a kick out of this... Guess what James got me for Valentine's Day?  A Stick! It's a therapuedic device for runners--for rubbing out sore and achy muscles. Romantic, huh? James is a great gift giver, always something I really want. He he he.

Happy Valentines Day, Bloggies!

May you all be blessed with life-long love, or at least a really great date!

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From Christi on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 20:44:33

Lucky you, sticks are great! Don't have one, but tried one out at an expo, actually the demo guy gave me a little rub down- I think he was getting sick of me showing him places that were sore! (no, don't worry, he wasn't cute... hee hee...) Happy Valentine's!

From Christi on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 23:08:00

Sounds like a lovely Valentine's Day family run! My hubby is working tonight (boo-hoo) so I'm blogging- sad...

From laura on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 00:21:04

Love you too!!! Happy Valentines Day!

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Groan... My poor little 3 year-old had croup really bad last night. He not only had the croupy, barky cough, but also that terrible stridor when he is struggling to inhale. Yucky scary stuff. We ended up taking him to the hospital after trying everything we could think of and achieving minimal improvement. They gave him steroids and a cool mist breathing treatment. One thing they really emphasized is the importance of cold in treating croup. My usual strategy is to steam up the bathroom and sit in there for 10 min. or so with him. Usually that works for us. But they said that the heat from the water counteracts the benefits of the steam. So when we finally got home I opened his window and let his room get really cold. It was raining, too, which was a boon. Cool moist air in AZ? What a blessing! Thankfully he is doing beautifully right now.

 Well it is raining outside, and the temps are glorious.  I love rain, and I love running in the rain (probably mostly because I don't have to do it very often.)  However, Christine doesn't like rain-running, so I did these 5  miles with my faithful training buddy, Sparky, who slows me down big time, but really makes it more say the least.

I am on schedule to break my all-time weekly mileage record tomorrow.  I'm excited about that.

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From MarcieJ on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 13:36:15

Wow you had quite the night. I hope your little one gets feeling better soon!

From Clay on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 13:56:42

I'm glad your boy is feeling better and I hope you get out for a run, but please don't go in the dark!!!

From S Browning on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 21:30:41

Thanks for the comments, I love that photo too, Egypt is an amazing place. I hope your boy gets healthy soon!!!!

From sarah on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 22:04:43

Oh....croup is amongst my least favorite illnesses. I try REALLY hard to treat things at home but not with breathing issues...those are just scary. Hopefully the steroids last through the night tonight... We got one of those shots when Jacob had it around Thanksgiving and it was WONDERFUL.

From crumpyb1 on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 22:06:13

Any running partner is wonderful. I am glad you have Sparky.

I hope everything falls into place for your break through mileage week.

From Lybi on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 22:08:24

Sarah, Adrianne, how fun that we are all on at the same time. I wish there was some way to have an instant message conversation or something. You guys are great.

From Kim on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 11:19:46

Hope your little guy is doing better now! I was rushed to the hospital as a 5 year old with croup and spent a few days there. I just remember the cool things about it, but my parents remember it as a very stressful time! Actually my very first memory of a spiritual experience happened at the hospital. Good luck and good health to your family!

From Christi on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 14:38:22

Wow- never knew that steam wasn't good for croup- good info. Sorry you guys had a long, rough night! Glad to hear he's doing better. And you are still a trooper getting in all those miles. You're amazing!

From Jody on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 20:47:49

Sorry, had a rough night. Croup is the very worst. Glad he is doing better. Extra nice job on the miles today!!

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This is just my first run--I want to do another fiver when James gets back from his run. I know, I know, it's dark, but don't have a fit. I'm taking my attack dog, Sparky, with me to intimidate any possible trouble. I also have my pepper spray. Well, if I succeed in getting in my other fiver it will be a weekly mileage record for me at 36. Pretty good (for me) considering this week was kind of a recovery week from an all-out 5K last Sat. I've also had rough and interrupted sleep a couple times, so it's been a little bit hard. I think that what pulled me through it was just running really easy every day. I want to get up to 40 miles a week as soon as I can, so it looks like I'll be running easy for a while. When I adjust to the higher miles I will start running a little harder, methinks--at least, faster than the walkers who are almost keeping up with me right now! Well, some of those power walkers are darn fast! : )

My main thought whenever I run is just please oh please let me be triumphant in the Striders half in April! The race is just 2 days before my birthday. It is basically my last chance to make age 30 the best year of my life!


Bleh.  I am finally done running.  5.13 outside.  Time to celebrate my all-time weekly mileage record by crawling into bed exhausted.

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From crumpyb1 on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 09:37:21

Congratulations on an outstanding week! You did it.

From Clay on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 13:33:41

Congrats on the mileage this week Lybi, you kicked my butt this week for total mileage...

I guess I better get going or I'm going to get left behind!

From jody on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 15:25:19

Awesome mileage both for the day and the week!!! CONGRATS! Keep it up!!

From Brent on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 15:58:08

I really like your attitude, 40 miles a week, once your body adjusts, is really a good base. It is a base where you can move to marathon training, racing, etc. It has been great to watch your progress over the months. 25 commando points for the weekly mileage. thanks for the commando points and comments. It was a brutal race. It really says how good those top runners are on the blog and the dedication it takes.

By the way, ran the striders half last year, has about 3 miles of gradual uphill, the rest is flat or gradual downhill. You will do great.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Michelle on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 20:41:47

Great effort Lybi! Stay tough you are doing great!

From Christi on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 23:11:25

Yay! What a run on Sat! Great job! I have an April BD too! Kinda wish it was BEFORE striders to get that higher age category (ya know.. hee hee...)You're gonna do GREAT at Striders!

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6 Miles outside, continuous. 59:13 for the whole run (9:52 pace). That's a pretty decent pace for me, although I'm not sure why it was a little faster that usual. I ran to Christine's house, 3 miles with her, and home again. Gorgeous night outside tonight--60 degrees. You are all invited to come down here and enjoy the beautiful temps while they last. Better hurry, though. Summer arrives in April!

The moon looked sooooo amazing tonight! It had a huge, bright, perfect circle all around it. It was almost mystical looking. I took it as a sign that I was going to break 2:00 at the Striders Half. Ha ha.  It looked kind of like this, without the abominable guy in snowsuit:


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From laura on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 23:58:54

Great run, Lybi! I'm glad Christine ran with you for half of it. You're gonna ROCK at Striders!!!! Sounds like it was an absolutely gorgeous Phoenix night. *sigh*

From Scott Zincone on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 00:14:53

I was always told a halo around the Moon was a sign of snow coming. But I doubt that bit of folklore will be happening anytime soon in sunny Arizona.

Great run.

From James W on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 00:25:33

Good running, honey. BTW, you need to check out Paul's blog . . . :D

From Lybi on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 00:47:42

Scott--I'm sure it IS going to snow, but it will probably be in Utah, poor devils.

From kristina on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 11:04:52

Warm weather is a great thing! 60 degrees at night though, that is amazing. We have in in the 60s during the day, a much better time for running (hint hint). Ha ha, just kidding. You are doing great. I'm glad you are taking sparky running with you. I'm sure it is good for you both. be safe!

From andee on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 12:10:06

You are quite speedy these days!!! I'm so impressed with your training and consistency! Look out - here comes Lybi!

From Brent on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 20:44:36

Lybi - no doubt, without Gwen, you had X-Men powers today.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

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I woke up this morning feeling stiff in my right knee--on right side of it. I stretched a lot this morning and just tried to be good to it. I ran a little bit around lunch time--1.3 at 13:00 pace (!) and I felt it a lot so I cut it short. I have to repent of neglecting my lower back exercises and piriformis stretch. My piriformis is all bunched up again.

I ran this evening with Christine at about 11:15 pace. My knee felt better than at lunch, but still a little bothersome. As long as it doesn't get worse I'm gonna keep running the same mileage and just slow it down. I hope to keep getting better and better.

Have you guys seen that awesome show "Blue Planet"? It's a nature show on steriods. Absolutely amazing photography! I love it. But last night I got all traumatized from this long scene of a pack of killer whales killing a baby grey whale. Anyone seen it? I'm gonna need group therapy to get over this...

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From laura on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 00:23:00

I'm sorry your knee is still bugging you. Hopefully your stretches and taking it easy will help it again.

Sounds like a great movie for the girl who is still traumatized by Bambi!!! You were a glutton for punishment! (hee,hee)

From Jody on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 09:18:42

Sorry about your knee. Way to be tough and be consistent. You are much more disciplined than I am. I hate to slow down, I just want to get it done.

From andee on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 10:55:58

My mom told me about that movie and the whales - so sad. I hope your knee starts feeling better soon.

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:02:30

Laura-hey, I'm not traumatized from Bambi! Although, who can keep from crying at that one part...(he he). I guess it's just the whole subject of mommies being separated from their babies that I don't like.

And thanks Jody and Andee!

From Christi on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 14:22:15

Good idea to take it easy on the knee! No derailments from Strider's! Can't take another Painter's mishap! No- didn't get my miles in yesterday afternoon... realized I had to be at a RS meeting during the time I was going to run- ah well... hoping to make up the miles end of this week!!

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Not so good in the running arena. 1.5 miles with my boys and my knee bothered. 2.5 miles with Christine and my knee bothered some more.

It is storming here. I love lightning and thunder! But we did get shafted a little tonight, because we couldn't see the full lunar eclipse because of clouds. Rotten luck! There are hardly ever any clouds. No more lunar eclipses until 2010.

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From Christi on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:45:58

OK- now I feel guilty for not taking my kids outside to see it- no more 'til 2010! We were rushed all afternoon and evening- so when we got home at 9:15 I rushed them off to bed and was mum about the eclipse (even though I knew about it..) I'm going to tell myself we wouldn't have been able to see it either because it was cloudy and raining here. Ok, I feel better now. ANYWAY- glad to hear you got some house scrubbing done. I needed to lose so I would clean! Sorry to hear your knee is not cooperating! Maybe an occasional weight workout will strengthen those supporting muscles? My knees act up from time to time, but they seem to do better when I'm lifing 1x a week. Good luck!

From Kim on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 10:12:59

I was sad we couldn't see the eclipse here either Lybi! Christi, I'm sure you wouldn't have been able to see it either. Does that help?

From andee on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 14:06:37

Oh well on the running, you always have tomorrow. I wish we could have a great thunder/lightening storm rather than just snow. Have a great day!

From Jody on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 19:48:50

Way to be tough! Sorry about the sore knee. I was just thinking that maybe I need to add strength training to help mine, and Christi says yes!

From Brent on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 22:16:22

Lybi, maybe luney tunes would help. The knee, dixie cup ice, stretch the IT band. Never under estimate the value of icing (not ice cream from the inside out this time). Also, does the area where it hurts feel warm? If so, you have inflamation, ice and anti-inflam needed.

Stay Kool, without the Mitszu, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 23:21:43

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Tsk tsk. I just let my 2 week free gym membership run out. I guess I could do squats.

Brent-my knee does not feel hot, but there appears to be some bruising? I keep thinking, 'Naw, I must have banged myself there' but I can't think of when I may have done that. It is on the side of my knee, but I also have discomfort below the knee cap (not under) and in the back of my knee where the hamstrings attach. The pain has never been sharp, just achy/uncomfortable, and enough to make me alter my stride almost to the point of limping. I'll do the Dixie Cup thing, even though I hate icing with a passion.

From S browning on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 23:28:59

Does it hurt to walk down stairs?

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 23:35:12

Interesting question. I don't have any stairs. I just tried stepping down off the couch, and yeah it hurt 'cuz I tripped and landed on my head (not really). So thanks a lot, S Browning! Just kidding just kidding. I need to find some stairs somewhere. It doesn't feel good when I do squats, is that the same?

From Cody on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 23:41:31

A completely uneducated guess would be IT band issues. I would need more info though. Scott (S Browning) will give you a better diagnosis though.

From Lybi on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 23:44:38

I wouldn't call that completely uneducated, Cody. You've been through IT band issues 101, 102, 201 and 202.

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Great nap this morning.  My two younger boys are sick, and they both konked out for an early morning nap today.   Makes sense, since they were both up a hundred million times in the night.  Actually, my night sleep has been 1 hour at a time (at most!) ever since that night we had to take Adam to the hospital.   Probably that's part of why my body is falling apart.  

I took the day off running, but I did go for an hour walk. 

I bought the most beeeautiful plant today--a calla lilly.  I potted it with basil all around its base.  So it not only looks good, but smells delicious too.  It is making me extremely happy.

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From andee on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 10:14:33

Sorry you have sick little ones. It is so hard to get anything done when they need you. I be the walk felt good. Love the picture!

From Clay on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 12:13:31

AHH the simple pleasures of life(:

Lybi you sure know how to keep things in prospective(:

From Christi on Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 13:24:56

Nothing like fresh flowers to perk you up! Good luck taking care of the boys- that can really wear you out- hope they kick it soon! Great job on the walk- I think an hour walk is a great workout!

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Well, I've been resting my knee.  After my long walk a couple of days ago, the pain started to bother me even just while walking.  I feel it when I extend my leg from mostly straight/just a little bent to straight.  There is also a grinding sound coming from the meniscus (I think?).  So I'm going to set up an appt. with a Dr. and a chiro. for next week, if I can.  In the meantime, it's couch potato time.  I hope I get it all out of my system, so that when I can run again I will not take it for granted. : )

Today I had a HUMONGOUS piano event (300-400 students, 80 teachers, 22 pianos on stage, and a standing-room-only audience of a couple thousand).  The most notable thing that happened was that my close friend D'Net--a fabulous piano teacher--tripped in the parking lot and completely busted both bones in her leg right above her ankle.  She sent her 8 year-old daughter back inside to find me.  We called an ambulance, but I ended up driving her to the hospital.  It was a terrible break; very hard to see her in such pain.  It reminded me that every day you do not break your leg is a GREAT DAY!

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From steve ashbaker on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 10:00:41

Sorry to hear about your knee Lybi. And wow! what an event. I used to play piano when I was a kid and just reading about it gives me stage fright. Good Luck and get well soon.

From Christi on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 11:05:48

Whoa! Sorry to hear about your knee too! I hope its a minor thing that will go bye-bye w/ some R & R! As far as your friend's break goes- how awful!! That piano recital or whatever it was sounds huge! I was just thinking the other day how I wish my daughter would have a recital... She started taking in the fall and is going GREAT! I'd like her to have a taste of that performance satisfaction- such a confidence builder!(but no talk of recitals yet from teacher...?)

From Lybi on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 15:27:48

Christi--Ask you teacher about recitals. They are not hard to do! If you express interest, he/she can plan one even if it wasn't originally on the calendar.

Recitals are the best! I really can't imagine teaching without having recitals. It's something to work towards--just like a race or something. My kids have 6-7 performance situations throughout the year. Only 3 are mandatory, though, the other are optional. This thing yesterday was a concert of piano duets. There were 22 pianos, and 2 students on each. One group would go on, play their two duets, then go off and then next group would go on. I think there were 13 groups (not all were full). There were really easy pieces for the beginners, and really complex ones for the more advanced students. It was HUGE!

Steve, bring some music when you come. I'll break you of your stage fright! You get better at performing by doing it. So, I'll expect some dinner music while we eat (JUST KIDDING!).

From Brent on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 15:28:57

Lybi, thanks for your comments. You have had such a roller coaster ride in your running. Echo, hope is something minor, we need you at Striders 1/2. The Lybster has to be there.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 15:33:24

Thanks Brent. I really hope I can still run Striders. I was quite sad that weekend of missing Painters, and I don't go through that again.

From Jody on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 16:45:56

I hope it is nothing serious with your knee!! You are an awesome piano teacher. I do not have the patience for it. I love that my kids play and I enjoy listing to them practice (even my 7 yr old who plays the cello) but I get so frustrated trying to help them learn!!

From Bethany on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 19:03:48

Uh oh Lybi, my grief for your knee as well. Enjoy the R and R, knowing you, it will be running as usual asap.

From Mik'L on Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 23:14:06

I hope you are doing okay! I've been out of the blogging world for awhile and am not happy to read that you aren't feeling that great. Relax and get better quick!

BTW, check out Paul's Saturday blog for a laugh...he talked about it Friday night and then that was the goal Saturday morning. lol

And have fun with all the bloggers down in your area this weekend!

From Shauna on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 22:24:01

I'm so sorry about your knee. Take it easy, and hopefully it will get better soon.

Congrats on the piano event. It brings back memories.

Random question: is your friend D'Net about 5 years older than us? Is she a school teacher? If so, I think she was a student teacher in my high school choir class in Flagstaff (1995-96 school year) and took voice lessons from my teacher (Nola Collier). I remember her name because the spelling is different...Sorry to hear about her legs.

From Lybi on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 23:12:55

Shauna--Yes, D'Net taught choir. She has curly black hair and is a fun, pert chica. By the way, she is not doing well. The orthopedic surgeon she saw today sent her back to the hospital. He said she needs to stay in the hospital under close observation until at least Friday because she is still in shock and may be having some kind of bad reaction or blood clots or something. Yikes! I am so...I don't know. I'm just really concerned about her.

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Ho-boy! So I am totally taking this week off of running. My knee is already feeling MUCH better from the rest. But.....oh man! I feel like such a dork; I HURT myself today. I was doing some deep cleaning when it happened. (See, this is what happens when you scrub on your hands and knees!) I was all hunched over and scrubba dubbing away, and do you explain it? I had a sharp pain in my back like one of my vetebrae exploded. Then I rolled onto my side and just laid there for 15 min. All the muscles in my lower back seized up, and basically throw a fit if I move. This has happened 2 times before. Usually it takes about a week to get back to usual. I still can't really stand up straight, (although I am much closer than before my chiropractor appointment this afternoon). And walking hurts. And running is absolutely the last thing on my mind. I'm sure I'll be almost 100% by Thursday, though! But forget cleaning--cleaning is the devil.

This is what comes from too much anticipation. I like to call it "preparation," but James is more partial to calling it "freaking out." I am feeling lame--in more than one way.

And 2 of my kiddos are sick. STILL. This bug is taking forever to go away. I'm the only one who hasn't had it. Pray I don't!

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From Jody on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 23:30:56

I am so sorry for you and your family. I hope that you all get back to 100% soon!

From laura on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 00:28:46

Oh, Lybi, I FEEL your pain! I'm so sorry. Take it really, really easy and don't lift anything!!! Maybe you can hire more of your piano student to clean the house. ;o) Luv ya!

From Clay on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 09:55:16

That sounds as bad as the bottle of cheese dip falling on my toe and breaking it, now that's a real dork for ya!

I hope you get to feeling better Lybi, backs can really be a pain, I know from personal experience...

From Christi on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 12:55:55

OK- I feel kinda guilty- I hope this wasn't "sleep challenge loss" induced cleaning? Sorry about your back & knee! And the kiddos! Are you going to Del Sol to see some bloggies? That is in AZ this weekend isn't it?

From Lybi on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:04:43

You guys are sweet, but don't pity me! I am feeling tons better today. I love my chiropractor! Also, ibuprofen and I have reached an understanding.

Clay, I did a similar thing with a can of green beans one time. When people talk about the dangers of processed food they aren't kidding!

Christi--you'd have to be very creative to feel guilt over this. I did the cleaning penalty last week! Although, it may be a repetitive use injury *faint*. ;) Still looking for excuses to swear off work over here...don't mind me.

From jtshad on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:07:57

Get feeling better, we want you healthy to enjoy your company this weekend.

Thanks for your families hospitality for the Del Sol team!

From Lybi on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:09:27

Oh ya, and we're gonna see tons of people from the blog this weekend. Sasha and Sarah and their sweet family are staying with us, as well as the Dark Horse (Steve Ashbaker) Thurs.- Mon. morning. I think the whole team is gathering here on Friday before the race, and then we have invited as many as want to come for free dinner on Sat. after the race. Doesn't that sound exciting! I am kind of a gimpy way.

From Christi on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 09:24:45

Well you are an awesome host! I'll be thinking of you guys & all the festivities!

From andee on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 09:44:03

OUCH! Sorry about your back, just reading about it is painful. I hope you really are feeling better and will be able to get back into your normal routine quickly. You are wonderful to be a host to so many - you're the best!

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Today my back felt so much better!  Have I mentioned how much I love my chiropractor?  Yea!   Tomorrow my plan is to get up early (for a change) and got for a walk in the morning with the dog.  Hold me to it!  I've developed into quite a morning slug these days.   And my knee seems to be almost better, too. I only felt it (discomfort) once today--just for a second.

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From Mike Warren on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 22:50:22

Hey girl, I feel for you on the knee! keep it going! Hey, how did the sleep contest turn out?

From Lybi on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 00:22:07

Mike--Christi kicked my hiny. I was very gracious about it. And modest. :)

From laura on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 14:00:35

I'm so glad your back is doing better so quickly! Have fun with your company tonight - and this weekend!!!!

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I have to admit I am rounding up my mileage a little here.  I probably ran like 18 steps--but they were QUALITY steps.  He he he.  It didn't take me long to feel a movement in my back and a second by my knee that we adjourn the running.  Not quite ready, I guess.  

Sooooooooo  Sasha and Sarah and their adorable kidlets arrived today.  There has been much rejoicing, a fair amount of noise, and more than a respectable amount of gabbing just as fast as we can.  Sasha and Sarah are fascinating people to talk with!  If you ever get a chance to hang with these guys you should definitely take it!   It will make you want to run more, that's for sure.

Good luck to the Del Sol Relay team! 


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From crumpyb1 on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:23:12

Last year when Sarah got back from Arizona she told me how much she enjoyed staying at your home. I remember how I'd look at the Del Sol map/elevation chart on the back of Van Go Go before Sarah and I would run. Has it's really been a year since then? Amazing! Enjoy your weekend with the Pachevs! Tell them I said hi.

From Kristina on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 17:52:30

I can honestly say that I have no desire to have more desire to run. Ha ha. You are great though lybi.

But DON'T OVERDO IT! Take it easy and don't try to push yourself too fast or you will NEVER recover!

Did that have enough impending doom in it? I hope so :)

From Christi on Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 10:57:27

Hey Lybster! Sounds like you're having a great time w/ Sasha & Sarah's brode (sp?) They are really fun to hang with. I had a chance to have some good conversation w/ them at the Painter's pre-race party. Have fun w/ the Del Sol Crew and tell them "kick butt" from the St. Georgians!

From laura on Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 17:25:54

I'm glad you didn't push it today, Lybi. Sounds like you have a marathon going on in your house just trying to take care of the happy crew. And you know, the way we Farnsworths gab and gab - it's practically aerobic anyway! ;o) Have fun with your company.

From Kim on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 10:30:57

Way to get some quality steps in there! ha ha! Like Laura said, with the gabbing and taking care of company and spaghetti dinner you provided and cheering the team and all the excitement, you must have earned some major cross training miles! Or at least some commando points or something!

I also wanted to say thank you for your concern for Tom and I at the loss of his father. It means a lot to us!

From Walter on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 14:27:56

Thanks for the info on how to fill in the race entry. theres so many things on this site to learn. Thanks for your hospitality, I felt like an elite runner being pampered the whole time down there. tell james vielen Danke! See you guys later!

From Christi on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 14:36:30

So did you wrap up a good weekend with the boys? I hope your body is better after taking a few days off running?

From steve ashbaker on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:08:24

Thanks again to you and James for everything. You guys are a great support!

From Brent on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:18:06

Lybiii, awesome pre-blog coming. The time needs to be right: full moon, cow tipping weather and the Lybster back running.

Stay Kool, Get Back Body Be Good, B of BS Rools out

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Speedwalking with Sparky at 18:11 pace on ave. including many doggy stops.

So I'm sure you are all dying to get the real report on Del Sol, right? I.e. what are all these super-human fast people on the racing team really like when they are not COMPLETELY DOMINATING a relay? Well, from what I can tell, they mostly lay around a lot--fall asleep in the sitting position and so forth. By the time I got to meet the whole team (after the race), they were...hmmm...flat. Like flat soda, I mean. The fizz was gone, but they were still sweet. Anybody who can be polite and thankful after being up all night running in the desert just has be a good person. I didn't get a chance to talk to everyone as much as I would like, but these were some of the things that were notable to me about the relay:

  • Logan. Holy smokes! This guy ran a 7 mile leg with an average pace of 4:55! He beat his 5K and 10K PR in route. And do not forget--this was on his 2nd leg! He had already run, and he still did that. But running aside, Logan also gets muchas bonus points for being the one to volunteer to hold baby Jacob Pachev when Sarah and I were really busy doing stuff. And he even made Jakey laugh...
  • Kory ran really well, even though he has been battling achilles tendonitis pretty bad leading up to the race. He's just as kind and respectful in person as he is on the blog. Great athlete, great person.
  • Ted also ran surprisingly well--making all his times although fighting off an illness. Way to gut it out, Ted! And by the way, this guy did a FABULOUS job of pulling all the details together as team captain, don't you think? I do! Plus, this guy, I suspect (in cahoots with Jeff Shadley) is chiefly responsible for the wonderful Friday's gift cards I got as a thank-you for hosting. How did he know that I dream night and day about Friday's brownie obsession? I got enough to buy one everyday for the next couple of weeks. I could roll around in 'em! But I digress...
  • Clyde. This guy is such a natural leader. When he talks, everyone listens. Especially when he is recounting his "I almost puked on a girl on one of my legs" story. You have to read about it on his blog.
  • Walter ran very well and was coming down with a nasty sore throat. Hope you feel better, Walter!
  • Jeff. You know, this guy is really modest. I don't think he ever even bragged about how well he did. But I'm sure he ran fast. He's like lightning, but nice about it.
  • Ashbaker, I mean Steve, I mean Darkhorse, I mean Masterhunter. He rides a motorcylce! I heckled him about it. But of course, he ran fantastically (even after quaffing a double cheeseburger from McDonald's right before the race!)
  • Steve Hooper. This guy provided the best entertainment of the afternoon by fanning the fire of Sarah's wrath. He's fun to be around. He also has the highest bone density of anyone I know.
  • All the guys on the team tried out our fancy scale that not only tells your weight, but also your metabolic age, fat percentile, and bone density. ALL the guys on the team had a metabolic age of 12! That explains some things, I guess. ; )

I didn't get to talk much to everyone, so I'll let you get the juicy details from their individual blogs, but let me end with just saying how much I enjoyed having the Pachevs stay at our house. What a great family! They are so authentic. Just having them around makes you want to not only live healthier, but just be a better person all around. Sarah was an absolute lifesaver. I really could not have fed the whole team without her. I'm the kind of person who freaks out just when we feed the LDS missionaries. (2 whole extra people!) And Sasha is a great coach. When he talks about running it is powerful, because you know he is speaking from vast experience. He does a great speed-walk too. ; ) The highlight of the whole weekend for me was just hanging out with the Pachevs all of Sunday and talking like crazy.

Congratulations to the Del Sol Relay Team! This is just the beginning. Today the relay, tomorrow the world!

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From jtshad on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 11:43:35

We couldn't have done it without you and James, you guys were awesome hosts. You pushed more great food on us than we ever imagined. And James did so much for us as our driver...he is a major part of the team success.

You have a wonderful family, it was fun interacting with your kids!

From Dustin on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 11:55:02

Thanks for hosting the guys, and you didn't even mention those St. George guys as being punks, like you did a few months ago. It must have been that I wasn't with them or you are starting to warm up to the St. George crew.

From Walter on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 13:44:39

Yeah, no doubt lybi! Im sure july is a torture test for you guys. Its nice to get a nice change of weather when its so crappy for us you know!

From Jody on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 19:48:57

Thanks for the scoop! (hee, hee) Sounds like you were a fantastic hostess!! Hope you get feeling better.

From laura on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 21:30:39

Ha,ha!! Now that's what I call a relay write-up!! ;o) Great speed walking! That's a long distance to speed walk. My hamstrings start aching after very long of speed walking.

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 22:03:57

Jeff-you have to have a lot of food on hand when your guests all have like 5% body fat! (And need 4,000 calories a day!)

Dustin--I'd never hold it against anyone just because they happen to be a punk. Punks are more fun. It was like Punks Anonymous in my front room, although they were all too tired to manifest the symptoms.

Walter--September is the worst. 90 degrees even at 4 am. That's when we want to come hang out in YOUR turf.

Thanks Jody! I hope your knee feels better soon.

Laura--I am sore from speed walking, isn't that weird? Uses different muscles, I guess (in addition to making you look like a moron). *Sigh* I can't wait to start running again.

From Brent on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 22:42:05

Lybi, Post-blog - Cared well, shared well, made everyone a little better that weekend. Running and life better for the experience.

Stay Kool, your light shines very bright, B of BS Rools out

1,000 commando points for you and James, you were the super support team.

From Walter on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 22:43:17

Ok lybi you're more than welcome up here in the cold tundra. We can make a boating trip out of it for all the team. Just let me know where to bring the boat!

From Jon on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:26:01

Enjoyed to recap of the team, though all of the race posts race more questions than answers for me... For example, how did Steve Hooper fan Sarah's wrath?

From James on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:45:15

Thanks for having us over and feeding us. We all really appreciated it. Maybe next time we will have more time to dual in some card games!

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:56:08

Jon--Steve Hooper joked that his bone density was so high because his mom breast-fed him until he was 4. We all kind of looked away, like we were kind of...weirded out. Forgive me while I degenerate into Beverly Hills-speak.... But then he was all "of course not, I was joking!" and Sarah was like "There is NOTHING wrong with that! Our culture is all messed up about breast-feeding." Then Steve slunk away with his tail between his legs and we all blushed profusely--those of us who were conscious, anyway. It was classic.

James--it's "speed". Do you know how to play? You're going down at the Striders's half (if I hopefully end up going). Although I missed my best chance to trounce were all exhausted and everything. Shucks.

From James on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 00:11:34

I missed the whole breastfeeding topic, but I can picture exactly how it went down.

Speed is my middle name!:)

From Michelle on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 01:00:47

Lybi, what's going on? Is it that darn knee again? I hope that you get back at it soon!

Sounds like you guys had lots of fun with the whole Del Sol thing and the party! Loved reading the report on all the guys! Hang in there and hopefully we'll both be back out there soon!

From Christi on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 09:54:16

Just read this report! Thanks for the breakdown. I'm jealous you got to hang w/ such an "elite" group- how cool! So speedwalking is the new thing? Forget you tube- we need some pics of you & Sparky out there! (hee hee...)

From andee on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 10:18:26

I love to read you blog and the race report was excellent. Have you ever thought about taking up writing as a career? I would read your column any day!!!!

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I'b zick.   Sore throat, low fever, gunky coughs.  I decided to get out anyway.  After all, half the Del Sol Relay team was sick, and they still ran sub-6:00 pace even uphill.  So I put on my shoes and went out.  But I didn't get anywhere before I ran into my neighbor, who happens to be a physical therapist.  I ended up talking to him for 45 min. during my running time.  He wants to do a full evaluation and figure out why my knee and back keep acting up.  He sounds like he does a really thorough job.  The only bad thing is that he is a run-hater.   He said we're not really built for running, and I should be doing stuff like rowing.  How could we be built for rowing?  He also said that running causes osteoporosis.  Has anyone ever heard of this?  He said he just read a study where this 22 year-old running chica had the skeletal strength of a 70 year-old with osteoporosis, but when she stopped running her bones went back to normal.  It freaked me out a little, since I am genetically at risk for osteoporosis anyway.  Any thoughts?

I went to the chiropractor earlier in the day.  He checked my feet for pelvic stabilizers, which is a kind of orthotic.   He took a picture of my heels from the back, and I could totally see how my right achilles tendon totally bowed in more than my left.   He measured my arches too, and said my right arch was more collapsed than the left and needed an orthotic.  It really sparked my interest, since I never have problems with my left leg, always it is my right knee or hip.  So the stability shoes I've been wearing have been sufficient for my left foot, but my right needs more motion control.  What are the best kinds of orthotics?  They are expensive, so I'd prefer something that lasts forever.  : )

 Maybe I'll put some of this stuff on the discussion board.

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From Paul Petersen on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:38:12

A custom orthotic will be very expensive, but should last several years.

I'd stay away from any PT (or other professional) who thinks running is "unnatural". Any person who thinks like that would have no idea how to treat a runner. That's just bull-plop. There are an equal (or greater) amount of studies out there that show that running is GOOD for your joints/bones/muscles.

From jtshad on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:46:39

I concur with Paul, there are many reports that indicate running increases bone density and several recent reports indicate that runners have LESS issues with arthritis than non runners.

From kristina on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:00:56

Sorry your are sick. Sounds like you have they nastiness that everyone here (including Simeon) had.

Anyway, I wear custom Orthotics and they are great. I got them when I was a freshman in high school and have had to have them recovered once. They actually look like they need to be recovered again soon. But the actual plastic orthotic part is great. Anyway, I would recommend that you go see a podiatrist. She can recommend what is best for you and make the orthotic. My parents' insurance actually covered a lot of the cost of my orthotics so try and find out what your insurance will cover. You may need to be recommended by your primary care doctor in order for the insurance to cover it.

Anyway, orthotics made all the difference in the world for me. I still have a lot of problems but not nearly as many as I used to have.

Anyway, call me if you want to talk more orthotics :)

From Dale on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 12:04:50

Agree 100%. I wish I still had the link to the YouTube video that follows some Africa tribe-members that hunt wild game on foot, using their endurance to outlast the speed of their prey in the hot desert sun.

Get checked for osteoporosis since you're at risk and talk with your doctor about how to mitigate your risk (i.e. calcium supplements like Citrical) and see a podiatrist about orthotics. Your knee and back problems could very well be foot related so it'd be good to get your feet straightened out. Then again, the might not be related, but you won't know that until you eliminate the possibility.

From Clay on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 14:16:20

Studying one runner does not mean we are all made up the same way, do not go to that PT he is a closed minded jack@#$%@:) My Brother-in-Law is a Podiatrist. I wish you lived here, he could really do a favor for you if you did.

Hang in there...

From wildbull on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 15:36:32

custom Orthotics are exspensive but some people swear by them. I went into a specialty running store Sales things for runners and people know about runners and they fitted me with some store inserts. they helped me while i had my planters! I agree with every one else. You should go to a PT that knows how to deal with runners

From Jody on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 19:29:26

All I have every heard is that impact is good for bone density. I have never had custom orthotics, I just have the kind you can by off the shelf at the running store. I do like them. I also agree that you should see someone that understands runners.

From Christi on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 00:13:44

Hey Lybster! No good advice here. Interesting stuff though, makes me want to go get checked out too. I hope that cold passes QUICK for you, no more gunk!

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 12:04:32

If you observe children play in a park for a few minutes it will become obvious that the very reason God gave man legs is to run. One of the blessings promised in the Word of Wisdom to being able to "run and not be weary". Running to man is natural until he has been crippled by years of sedentary life style and unhealthy diet. I cannot help but think of what Alma told his son Corianton - "is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?" Not being able to run, or not enjoying running should be considered a pathology.

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 01:37:25

Excellent point Sasha.

Wow, thanks for all the support guys. I definitely feel more confident about not going with my neighbor as my PT. He's out-of-network anyway, so I have a good excuse. There is a whole lot more running expertise on this blog than one anti-running PT.

And thanks for the thoughts on the orthotics, too. We'll have to see where that one goes.

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Oh man...  I feel even worse today.  I skipped my "speedwalk" or whatever in favor of laying around horking up cabbage from my lungs.

But the bright side is that I found a you tube clip that really captures the dignity of speedwalking.  I know you will all appreciate it...punks.  Actually, I'm quite certain 95% of you will hate it, so don't bother watching it.

Hey, I said DON'T watch it! Only the seriously ill will find this clip funny enough to reduce them to tears.



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From jody on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 00:54:26

Too Funny! Thanks for brightening my work & injury engulfed life!!

From Walter on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 09:33:21

Holy crap lybi, that was rediculous. It was like looking at the sun. why i do it im not sure why. God bless Speed walker! Justice is served in the speed of walk!

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 01:43:56

HAHAHAHA! Walter you can't blame me for your problem with authority...I totally warned you! But still, like looking at the sun? HAHAHAHAHA! I like the way you think--although this clip really did seem more entertaining to me yesterday when my fever was higher.

And thanks Jody, you cutie. Are you really injured then? I'm so sorry!

From Walter on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:36:20

I know I keep showing it to friends that come over to my house. Where do people come up with this? I think some people have way too much time on their hands. But I give them props for their efforts. I feel like total doo doo today. I went and did a spin class at 5:30 this morning and almost puked. Tommorrows moab! a half marathon! Im toast! See ya

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The lower your mileage is, the more important it is to round up.   I actually ran today!  Yea!  I started out at a really brisk "race walk,"  which is the correct term, btw.  I was trying to see how fast I could do a mile.  I was averaging about 13:00 pace, and MAN did it feel hard.  My lungs were burning because I'm still a little sick, but my shins were putting up the biggest complaint.  I started thinking how much more comfortable it would be to run, even if I had to keep it at the same pace.  So I eased into a really really tentative jog.  I pushed the stroller with my two younger ones to a park 1.25 miles away.  We played for a while, then I ran home.  Ave. pace for the whole thing (not including stops) was 11:55.   I am delighted that my knee was not an issue, and I think I actually felt better overall for having run.  I know it helped my incessant coughing.  That reminds me of my sweet friend Megan.

I have a friend with cystic fibrosis.  (The biggest danger--and it is a big one--is getting pneumonia and other lung stuff.)  She is over 30 years old and still has really great lung function, and the main way she keeps it under control is by exercising every day.  She exercises even when she has pneumonia, because it helps clear out her lungs.  I thought about her today on my run. 

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From Christi on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 11:11:13

Hey Lybster! Glad you're feeling a bit better. You are smart to slowly ease back into running- way too many injuries on the blog lately (plus you gotta kick that gunk!) I'm waffeling (sp?) on Striders myself for a few reasons:

1. I will have just been up in SLC 2 weeks before that and not sure I'll be up to traveling again

2. I'm planning on doing Hurricane 1/2 in May, not sure I want to do 2 HMs so close together

With that being said- I am totally going to do Striders if you are! I'm in it for the blog chics! (but is anyone else doing it? Do you know?)

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 11:30:23

Kim is, I think. Possibly Michelle?

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 11:47:45

Good progress. Keep it up.

From Walter on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 14:25:06

Im sorry your feeling under the weather. tell your hubby I didnt kiss you ok!? That doesnt mean that I kissed james to get my cold does it? yuck! I think James isn't going to run moab now cause he cant get over his gomboo either. Im still going to give it a shot. I quote from seinfeld "get well, get well soon, we hope you get well soon!" Now do I get some cake?

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 18:45:31


Walter--you're a goober. But good luck tomorrow! Puulleeze listen to your body. The only time James has ever gotten himself into trouble in a race is when he tried to race too soon after being really sick. I got a call from the paramedics and everything. Scared me to death.

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I ran again!  Yippee!  I took my  youngest son to the park again.

And in terms of the rest of the day I just have one hypothetical question...  Why is it that the one time you drive your kid to school in your leopard print pajamas you get stuck in a traffic jam, become late, and have to suffer the humiliation of going into the office?  Life is not fair... 

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From steve ashbaker on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 19:56:43

I'm not going to comment on that one.

From Scott Zincone on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 21:04:17

When I take my daughter to school I used to try and look presentable.. just in case. But eventually I got lazy and just threw on anything and did not bother combing my hair. One day I fear something will make me have to walk inside as well.

What a sight that would be.

From Jody on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 22:11:14

Yeah for running again!!! You are a better mom than me! I always worry about that when I am home for the day, schlepping it really old sweats.

From benjamin on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 22:43:19

make sure you use those bitter oranges I picked for you!

From wheakory on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 01:34:21

Great job Lybi I'm glad you were able to run. Maybe those Leopard pajamas will make you run fast. :-)

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 12:11:49

Kory--yeah, if I could run from my humiliation, it'd be pretty fast.

Benjamin--thanks for reminding me. I should have sent them home with you, though! Don't forget, I still owe you a dollar. I'll settle my debts next time I'm in Utah.

Thanks Jody. Too bad sweats aren't high fashion. Fashion has a thing against comfort, apparently.

Scott beware! Your day may be coming...

Steve, thanks for "not commenting."

From Jon on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 15:57:49

Any pictures of the incident?

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 17:10:34

I have no idea what you're talking about, Jon. This was a HYPOTHETICAL *ahem* question. I admit to nothing! I plead the 5th!

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So this was my (ha-ha) long run for the week. It was infinitely longer than last week's long run, so that's progress, at any rate. I have 3 weeks to get from here to running 13.1 miles. No knee issues today, so here's hoping!

I have to teach billions of piano lessons today because I was sick during the week & had  rescheduled them for today.  

James and I went to Friday's for dinner tonight, courtesy of the Del Sol Relay team. It was great! I haven't eaten a Friday's brownie (previously my favorite food) in months, mostly at Sasha's injunction to try to avoid unhealthy food.   Well, I finally tried one today, and was ASTOUNDED that I didn't really like it.  It seemed sickeningly sweet to me.  Could the abstinence of most sugary foods have altered my perception?  But even though I didn't really want it I knew I would start to eat it again just because it was sitting there for a long time.  So I poured salt all over it to completely remove the temptation.  Problem solved. 3 Points for Sasha.

Congrats to all the runners who raced today!

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From Jody on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:44:19

Great long run!! I am so glad your knee is feeling better. I can work indefinitely, but if I had to teach piano I wouldn't last 30 min. You Rock!

From Christi on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 21:48:26

Nice job w/ the run & all the teaching today! You will LOVE the Sunday rest, I bet!

From laura on Sun, Mar 09, 2008 at 09:11:39

Good job being able to run again!!! Good riddins, speed walker Texas ranger. (hee,hee - funny You Tube, btw)

Poor brownie - such a sad way to go. ;o) Actually I had a similar situation with a cinnamon roll at Book Club this week. It was so yummy, but I DID finish it ... and got a stomach ache. Bummer. Way to stop after a few bites.

From Brent on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 20:59:14

Lybi, hope you continue to feel better and better. I really miss your colorful accounts of daily runs.

Fairy Dust and commando points turn into medicine man magic.

Pre-blog for Striders: trained smart, looked great at the effort, ran the half to have fun, visited my bloggie buddies, laughed out loud, crossed the finish line only to start the next running adventure.

Stay Kool, have mercy on brownies, B of BS Rools out

Big commando points for making it to striders healthy, forget the race time, remember the fun times.

From Brent on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 21:01:31

Lybi, funny, we were blogging at the same time. Take care, hope to see you at striders.

Stay Koooool, B of BS Rools double out

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I've been getting really good sleep since I've been sick. My fever is gone, my energy is returning, but there is still a lot of gunk in my lungs. I left church early today because I couldn't stop coughing like I was trying to bring up a hairball. Next week will be better.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
From steve ashbaker on Sun, Mar 09, 2008 at 14:07:32

I'm sorry to see that you are sick Lybi. Hope you feel better soon. Tell James Hi.. Steve.

PS-The training session with my new client went really well, better than I expected even. Thanks..

From Michelle on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 00:12:09

Hope you feel better soon, and that you get back at it! (However good sleep is sounds soooo worth the time off!)

From laura on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 11:22:15

I'm sure you were faking just so you could go home early! (hee,hee - sisters are allowed to be snotty, right?) I'm sorry you're still sick, Lybi!! It seems like it's been one thing after another. The cosmos are conspiring against your desire to run a 1/2 marathon. Give up - come run the 5K with me and Kristina on Easter weekend. ;o) Luv you!!

P.S. Don't give up!! You're too amazing!!!

From Mik'L on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 19:05:27

I agree with seems like you have been hit by one thing after another! Glad you have such a great attitude. Thanks for putting up with my hubby for a few hours. Hopefully you are feeling great in no time!

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 20:44:35

Hey! I'm doing all right. It's just a cold and a little bit of a sore knee for goodness sakes. Also you should know that OCCASIONALLY I exaggerate...slightly, a little bit...once in a while...totally, all the time.

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Well...let me explain that rotten sleep. I took my traditional Sunday nap yesterday, and it wreaked the traditional havoc with my bedtime/ability to fall asleep. I should give it up, but I just love napping! I don't see why all kids everywhere don't beg their parents for naps. Youth is wasted on the young!

So today I spent almost ALL my time and energy potty training my littlest guy. I won't bore (or horrify!) you with the grisly details, but let me just say that I think we are 95% there. I can hardly wrap my mind around the idea of no more diapers after 7 years. This is a red letter day in my life!

In terms of running, I am preblogging here. Christine and I are going out for a gentle 3, she is going to talk my ear off, my knee is going to be fine, and I am going to run no faster than 11:30 pace (which is my ultra-safe speed).

(Ended up being 3.12 at 11:18 pace, almost eventful, as my productive coughing fit mid-run almost produced  a yakk.  But the knee is ok, so I'm trying for 4 tomorrow.)

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
From steve ashbaker on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 23:43:42

I second the napping buisness!

From Benn on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 08:01:32

Hope the run went well. As for the potty training, got a funny story (though not for the squeamish, mind you):

So the little guy that Emmy babysits and that I help with, Skyler, he's about 17 months now and I guess they were trying to see what his reaction to being set on the potty would be. Well as soon as he hit the seat he took off running, right to the living room, and decided the carpet would be a better potty than the ceramic 'throne". I don't think I could get mad just because it was so funny.

And I agree that all kiddos need naps! I beg for naps now, too!

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 21:34:02

I'm with ya Steve.

Benn, if you think that I am squeamish to that story, you do not understand what I was doing all day yesterday! Warning--events like that are only funny the first 20 times, if that. Great job on taking care of your achilles, btw. You are going to be reaping the benefits of your patience pretty soon here.

From andee on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 22:47:15

Congrats on the potty training!!!!! You are amazing to take that on and still continue running - you most definitely deserve a nap!

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3 miles with Christine.  I woke up this morning feeling not so hot, so I skipped my planned morning mile.  That 8 hours of sleep is somewhat misleading.  I was in bed that long, it was very interrupted sleep.  I had to get up so many times with my littlest.  Post-traumatic potty training syndrome, I guess.  I am exhausted.   (Zero accidents today, though!  I'm proud.) 


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Blechy day.   This was supposed to just be my extra mile, but I didn't get out this evening as planned because I was needed at home.   It's probably good to rest a little.  I am still coughing a ridiculous amount.

I am feeling pessimistic about doing the Striders half.  My training has been pathetic for a very long time.   

One bright spot from today is that my little 3 year-old is making me so proud.  He has memorized some verses of scripture describing our religious beliefs (The Articles of Faith).  He's just barely potty trained and he's got the first three memorized!  I'd been teaching them to my older guys, and he just picked them up.  It's funny to hear his little mouth say big ol' words like "atonement," or "ordinances."  

Night Sleep Time: 6.75Nap Time: 0.75Total Sleep Time: 7.50
From Jody on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 23:55:21

You are such a good Mom!! Excellent at all the most important things in life!! Get feeling better. No need to decide right now.

From Lybi on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 00:45:55

Well, I left out the part about how I forgot it was early release day today, and left my older son at school for half and hour after it ended. Oops! There goes my "Mother of the Year" award.

From Christi on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 13:32:51

So cute that your little one is already saying the articles! The sooner the better, we are having a bit of a cram session here w/ my 10 (almost 11) year old! I'm thinking no to Striders too. Bascially cause March has been too expensive and full of trips already- not sure I'm up for more expense & travel eary April. Sorry for being LAME!

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4 miles, 1.4 BAREFOOT! Hahahaha! Running barefoot for the very first time in my life brought the biggest smile to my face I've had all day. It feels good! It took me about a quarter mile to really start getting into it, and not run so gingerly, but then, it was all good news! I could feel that there were muscles in my feet and lower leg that I don't normally use. By the end of the first mile, I could tell that I had modified my gait. It seemed like I was much more forward, putting more weight on the balls of my feet, and my foot does its own little push-off. After 1.4 I put my shoes on. I still felt myself running a little differently. One interesting thing is that after running barefoot, my shoes felt much tighter. I think it is because of increased circulation in my feet. I wonder if this is part of the reason that barefoot running is supposed to prevent injury. I've got to try it again tomorrow. The only bad thing is that there is an occasional little rock that I'd step on. Ow. This was the most exhilarating run I've had in a long time. I was planning on stopping at 3, but I just didn't want to, so I tacked on another mile.

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From jody on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:31:19

WOW! Where did you run barefoot? Glad you had a great run!

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:30:01

Jody--I just took off down my street, part of the time on the sidewalk, part of the time on the paved road. Luckily everything is pretty well swept, so there aren't many little rocks or glass or anything.

Running barefoot appeals to my lazy side--no need to put on shoes, just GO! But I can see that you have to work into it gradually. I have some sore spots (muscle soreness) in the ankle/top of foot area today. Of course, I did run another barefoot mile this morning...

From laura on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:05:21

Wow, you made that sound fun! Maybe I'll have to try it someday. Great job running!

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1 mile this morning, barefoot. It was beautiful...sun just coming up, ducks on the lakes, the cool pavement between my toes...

3 Miles tonight, shod. Within .1 of starting, my knee started to hurt/get a little tight. I stopped and walked for half a mile, then continued my run with no more issues. My knee doesn't like going straight from sitting at a computer (reading about running barefoot, of course) to running. Guess a little warm-up is in order, even though I'm still running slowly.

Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for my nightly coughing-for-20 min. ritual. Very long-lasting cough, this one. I am so ready to be over it!

Oh yeah, and I am NOT running the Striders Half Marathon. James will be running the Provo City Half Marathon, and if I feel up to it, I will too. Otherwise I will run the Provo City 5K. To tell the truth, I would MUCH rather run the 5K. You see, April 7th marks the year anniversary of when I really starting running/training. Sasha said he thought I'd be able to break my high school 5K PR in about a year. Too bad I've had these injury set-backs, or I might have already done it. But I was close! And if I were to break my high school 5K time in Provo, I would...I would...I'd just EXPLODE from happiness and every ache and pain or annoyance from running in this last year would be totally worth it. *Sigh.* It's not every day you get the chance to go back and right a wrong that has haunted you for a long time. You guys probably have no clue what I'm talking about, but I'm too tired right now to elaborate. Sweet dreams, everyone.

(The other night I dreamed I was the Prime Minister of Britain. Just thought I'd throw that out there...)

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From Mom on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 07:40:19

Cami must be doing well. Your running is doing very well also. How nice. Go girls!!!

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 11:02:00

Ummm. Mom? Did you mean to put that on Laura's blog? This is a bad sign--the only comment is from my own MOTHER and meant for someone else. He he he. Love you.

From James W on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 11:13:58

Your fascination with barefoot running is beginning to interest me . . . btw, I think that you would totally have your 5K PR if you ran the Provo City 5K. Just gotta push yourself hard. You are in good shape, and forget about hills - there are no hills. Keep telling yourself that . . . :) Love you!

From Christi on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 19:24:50

Hey Lybster! This barefoot running stuff is cool! Are you just running around the neighborhood or do you go somewhere special with less scary stuff to step on? I've heard its great for you, I should try it...I'm not doing Striders either. Provo runs sound fun, I'll have to check out when they are.. My next focus is Hurricane 1/2 I think, maybe a 5k in April around here. Anyway- have yourself a wonderful weekend and I'm glad to read you're having exhilerating (sp?) runs again!

From Brent on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:42:37

Lybi, Provo City Half Marathon, same day as stiders? Hum, well, we will miss you and James at striders half. I wish they were not both the same day.

Stay Kool, watch out for dog dodo with bare feet, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 21:52:56

Brent: not meeting you guys (& other bloggers) will be the only drawback. :( I'm happy that it (Provo) is a flat course and lower elevation. Plus we are staying with the Pachevs, who live in Provo, so it works out well that way. Sorry!

From laura on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 23:21:10

Prime Minister, eh? What movie did you watch before you went to bed? :oP

Great running, you barefoot crazy! I had visions of you running at some park, not barefoot on the sidewalk. Ow, ouch, ooh.

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1 Mile barefooted. 3 More with shoes and the dog. Lovely night.

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From Kim on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 01:00:55

Sad to see you are not running Striders. You will have a great time with your other plans though and I wish you the best of all the things that need to fall into place for you to have a perfect race! How long will you be in the Provo area?

From Ian on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 09:30:55

I enjoy barefoot running but being a whimp I stick to the grass on the inside of the track. Also regarding your subconscious aspirations I'd rather have you as prime minister than Gordon Brown. Reduce the vat on running shoes and you've got my vote.

From James on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 10:57:56

So you guys are coming all the way up here for a half marathon, what troopers! The problem is you are doing different races.

From Lybi on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 15:48:38

Kim, sorry! I wasn't sure if you were still going to run it, but I will miss you ! Any chance we could convince you to run Provo City instead? Warning: I might just do the 5K.

Ian, vote for me, and I will fight for tax breaks for barefooters! (...also free smoothies for everybody on Wednesdays). Sidewalks don't hurt my bare feet--but I haven't tried to run very far or very fast yet.

James--yeah, there aren't very many halves here that aren't on a Sunday. Plus we just need an excuse to go hang with Sasha and Sarah. Plus it's my birthday trip. I turn 31 on the 7th. So I'm going to celebrate by driving home from Utah and probably have to end up making 31 potty stops for my boys. Can't beat that!

From Kim on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 17:19:32

If I would have been aware of the Provo half I maybe would have signed up for it instead. I would have been able to sleep in my own bed. We are already registered for Striders and have a place to stay, so we will stick with that plan. We will just have to check each other's race reports and cheer each other on that way. Some day we will actually run the same race.

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Napping is bliss! I am amazed at all the great races everyone ran yesterday. Everyone on the blog is either making huge progress or suffering with an injury. Very dedicated, either way.

Wish we could find some magic cure for all running injuries. That's kind of why I started running barefoot. I'll be a test rabbit...if I am able to get over 40 miles per week without injury, I'll have to attribute at least some of it to my barefoot running miles.

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From Cal on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 07:25:55

Did you really nap for 19 hours? That must be a new PR!

From Jody on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:19:31

Let me know if it is the cure - by the time you are done testing it will be warm enough up here to try it out.

From Kristina on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 21:26:50

Ha ha. 19 hours of sleep? That is awesome :)

I heard all about your barefoot running from your mom. I have this strange obsession with not letting the bottoms of my feet get black, ha ha. Actually I was wondering how your arches are handling it? If I wear sandals too often my arches and calves hurt. My over-pronating is kind of extreme though. Anyway, I will be curious to see how it turns out :)

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 23:28:39

Usually when I run barefoot, I actually wear black socks. This is useful in 2 ways. First, people tend not to stop and stare at you as much because it looks kinda like I have shoes on. Second, my feet don't turn black. I am the same way.

In terms of my arches, I don't feel pain at all. You really change the way you run when you barefoot. NO heel striking! Otherwise it hurts. So a lot of the weight is more on the forefoot. I think it actually helps strengthen the muscles that support the arch.....duh... honestly I don't know if that is true, but it would be nice if it were. I hope it is.

Cal--I only had a half hour nap. The computer is setting me up to look like a dork. How dare it!

From Carrie on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:12:39

thanks for checking in on me! this blog is so friendly its great! anyway, I think we do have a pretty close pace, my best 5K is around 24 too.

I haven't heard too much about the barefoot running, I'm really curious to see how it works for you. do you have a problem with little pebbles in the road? did you do anything special to toughen your feet? this barefoot thing really has my mind going

From Lybi on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 15:19:49

Carrie - I just barely started trying barefoot running. I avoid stepping on pebbles 'cause it hurts! You really have to look at the ground. None of this "lalalala lookin' at the birds..." I didn't do anything special to toughen up my feet. You just have to try it--but on a nice clean sidewalk, or even on nice grass first.

From kristina on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:25:27

Yes, that is one reason why I don't think I'll be trying barefoot running anytime soon. Do you remember how many stickers there are in NM? I'm always picking them out of my shoes after my runs and I run on a paved road! Ha ha, maybe you don't want to move here after all. I'm just kidding, you definitely still want to move here ;)

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1 BF mile with dog, and 3 normal miles with Christine.  

Last week I had 56 hours of sleep.  Pretty good, but I want to beat it this week.  And I want to transition to mostly night time sleep.  Naps are like candy.  They taste good, but they aren't usually good for me.

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From wheakory on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 23:39:36

I like naps, but I never can find anytime for them now. Nice run Lybi. Night sleep I agree is very important, and I've been getting more myself, because I realize how important it is for high mileage weeks.

From Christi on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 10:41:04

Haven't I taught you anything about sleep? Just sleep in every day, miss the workout and rush to get kids ready. See- its that easy?! ( hee hee...)

From Michelle on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 22:40:26

Sounds like you have the sleep thing figured out! How's the rest of you behaving?

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 23:56:13

Michelle! I've been gorging too much on home-made bread, but other than that, not nearly as much mischief as you would expect.

Christi and Kory, you guys are the experts, I defer to your expertise on all things running/snoozing.

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1 mile barefooted this morning.

.6 with my son 

1.4 tonight with Lyndsay, who is one of my top 10 favorite people, non-family category. We are missionary companions, visiting teaching companions, and full-tilt talk-your-ear-off friends.  She is really fun to talk to--perfect person to run with!  She sprained her ankle a little while back and felt it just a little during the run.  Hopefully it didn't aggravate anything tonight.  She did great!  She ran the whole distance (which was an estimate, btw) without walking.  She does her stair-stepper every night for 30 min., so she is very prepared for running from a cardio standpoint.  It was a delightful run.

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From josse on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:36:26

Are you going to do the Ogden half or the Provo half?

From Paul Petersen on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:51:27

Lybi - I sent you a blog Private Message the other day. Did you receive it?

From laura on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 00:06:23

Good thing you added "non-family" in there!!!!!!! I might have to go take her out ... I don't take too well to friendly competition! :) hee,hee

Great run, you barefoot sidewalk-running masochist. ;oP

From sarah on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 09:02:21

did you really do the barefooted thing..Sasha is getting some special shoes that simulate barefoot running. Steve Hooper knows how to order those. Yay for running with Lyndsay...she is a lovely gal and seems like a fun person to be with.

From Christi on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 10:36:01

I love how you enjoy each run to the fullest! You have so many fun running partners from Sparky, to kids to friends! Neat! So you served a mission? Where?

From carrie on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 15:06:03

It looks like you are having a blast! An 800 is once around the track right? If it is then I think my 800 is about 1:40 Does that sound right?

From Lybi on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:08:56

Carrie, an 800 is 2 laps (1/2 a mile). I was asking because you said you did a fast .5. I was wondering what speed you did it since I am really close to your speed. IIIIFFFFF I were to ever try to run a fast .5, I was wondering what I should shoot for.

Christi--We're ward missionaries. Best calling ever!

Sarah-Vibram Five Fingers--I was thinking of asking for them for my birthday. And Lyndsay liked you too. She thought you and Sasha were way too cute together.

Laura--No one compares to you! Just don't get mad at me *quiver*! Just kidding *snicker*. Soon you too will be in the grasp of barefoot running. I hear you can even do it in the snow! (Not that I'll ever have the opportunity.)

Paul--Yup! And you are too really don't owe ALL your success to my encouragement. Just most of it. (I am joking, people. He didn't say that. C'mon!)

Josse--Provo, although I may just do the 5K. My training has not been very good since the knee thing. But, I'll do whatever Sasha tells me to do, probably. Also, James is kind of injured. If he can't run at all we MAY choose to skip the trip. Pray for James!

From James on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:13:21

I can use all of the prayers I can get!;) I hope your husband feels better soon, injuries are a bummer. Besides, I still haven't seen the piano teacher in action in a half yet.

From Lybi on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:20:55

Does "dying" qualify as an "action"? I guess it is a verb...

From James on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:24:13

Don't be a wuss! You can run a half marathon no problem.

From Sariah DeVard on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 19:59:45

Thanks a ton for the encouragement! I need it! Sounds like you understand beginners. Any other advice is always welcomed in the future! So, how's that barefoot running thing going? does it work or just hurt a lot?

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My littlest one has a really bad fever--almost 104.  I've been getting up a lot with him at night.  Not really sure how much sleep I'm getting...I just know it is nowhere near enough.   Feels like I have a newborn again!  (For every adorable little baby out there, somewhere close by there is an extremely sleep-deprived woman.)  Anyway, I finally did drag my hind end outside today and did 4.  First mile barefoot.  ZZZzzzz, uh, excuse me.  Time for bed!

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From Jody on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 12:01:42

You have had a rough go of it lately. I hope you and your family get feeling better and some much needed sleep!

From linda10k on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 14:49:02

You have my sympathy. My girls have been sick and it hasn't been fun. I just get one daughter all taken care of and the other one is crying. Hope they get better soon.

From laura on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 18:24:39

I hope he's doing better today, Lybi. Great mileage considering your night's sleep (or lack thereof).

From Kim on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 19:14:54

I hope you are doing better at your house! I don't miss the days of sick little ones. Sometimes I do miss the little ones though. Glad you can still get out and take care of yourself!

From runcarrie on Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 21:22:40

ok, sorry I'm not as knowledgeable about this distance stuff as I should be for a runner. I think maybe I'll go to the track and time myself to find out how fast I can do an 800. I'll let you know when I do. How are your feet by the way? Sidewalk treating you nice? Give that sick baby an extra hug for me and pray for a nap! I remember those days...sorry!

From sarah on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 19:40:16

I am so sympathetic about the fever..I couldn't sleep through many a fever. Sasha says you guys are not coming ?? James is injured. I'm happy for you guys to do whatever is best. I don't think I played it up to my kids too much...been too sick to talk to them as much I guess. speaking of..gotta go eat...sigh. Just a note you'll appreciate because you know my over obession with my organ playing. The husband of the organ queen that lives in my ward (so I'm assuming he knows what good playing sounds like) complimented me on how beautiful the music was...a tender mercy for practicing and playing through morning sickness.

From benjamin on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 20:00:05

I hope no thorns got stuck in your feet.

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 00:14:13

Thanks Benjamin. I hope so too!

Sarah. UG UG UG, It is true. I feel sad, but also EMBARRASSED. This is the second time we've bowed out. I tried to convince James that we could go and he could at least get scrapped by Josse, (and let me race--though I am far from in best form) but he said he would feel really bad about making the trip up there and not even racing. So, shall I mail you the blanket? We still want to come up there some time this summer, but who knows! I should come break my 5K PR at Magna. Wouldn't that be great! Tell your kids we are so sorry! BTW, I KNOW your organ playing is beautiful because it has not only pitches and rhythm, but also personal sacrifice on your part. It's like the widow's mite, except with time allocation instead of money.

The rest of you guys, thanks. Adam's high fever FINALLY broke today (Mon.) so hopefully we shall all sleep tonight, for a change.

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Well, I've been a baaaaaaaaaaaaad little runner.  I missed three days last week and I'm not even injured!  Time to really buckle down again.  I am still at a point where every once in a while I worry that I could revert back into a couch potato.  MUST...RUN...EVERYDAY.  Although, my excuse on Sat. was pretty solid--I spent the afternoon/evening in the hospital with Adam.  (Only because all the urgent care places were closed for Easter, though.  He just needed some antibiotics for a rather nasty lung infection.)

So 3 miles with Christine tonight, shod.   It was SOOO fragrant.  All the citrus trees out here are blooming their heads off, and the sweet, delectable scent envelopes you in its warmth.  It's like nothing you've ever smelled before.  Olfactory heaven.  I've never witnessed anything like this anywhere else we've lived.  Yummy.

1 more mile barefoot.  Today was the first time I felt the urge to run fast barefoot.  It just felt awesome and I wanted to stretch it out a little.  BTW I had some tightness in my hips when I ran with my shoes on tonight, but there was no trace of that later when I ran barefooted. 

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From Benn on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 17:47:55

Don't you just like the freedom and naturalness of running barefoot?! How warm is it in Arizona this time of year? 70s or so? That sounds amazing the citrusy smells and all..

From Christi on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 21:10:10

Hey Lybster! Glad to see you're still logging those miles! (I've been a baaaaddd little runner too!) I could almost smell those flowers you described so well- love it!

From Lybi on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 00:15:31

Benn--it gets up in the high 80s, but when I run in the morning or at night, it is usually around 60-70 degrees. Pleasant so far...

Christi--Welcome home! You were missed. Can't wait to read all about your vacation!

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2 miles barefoot.  My left hip was a little sore when I woke up this morning.  I'd like to say I cut my run short to be easy on my hip, but the truth is that I finished reading a book during part of my running time:  "The Long Walk."  Ug, it was painful and treacherous reading.  Not sure I'd recommend it. 

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From Mike Warren on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 08:51:17

Lybi, thanks for the comment! Barefoot, does it make you fast, like the Kenyans? Great job with your running!

From rungel on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 09:23:57

lybi thanks for your kind words. I see you have a 40 mile a week goal. That's what i should be striving for. Or 35

Barefoot running? What kind of surface are you running on? I should try that. I've seen people doing that years ago.. thought they were just crazy at the time.

From Kim on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 10:17:05

That's the only reason I hate to read, I cut everything else short so I can curl up with the book! Maybe next time you can read a book called "The Long Run", it might go faster. :oD I hope your family is all feeling well and injuries are flying out the window!

From Lybi on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 14:41:38

Kim, you got me to laugh out loud for real. Cute. Adam is all better, basically, thanks.

Rungel--I like running on the sidewalk best because it has the fewest incidents of little pointy pebbles. You have to alter the way you run to make it more comfortable--NO heel striking! And NO overstriding! I hope I am not crazy. I am just doing an experiement to see if my feet will toughen up and do their job, so the rest of me will stop getting injured. You are MUCH less likely to develop PF, knee problems, or get a sprained ankle while running barefoot.

Mike--I have no clue if I am getting faster. I'm still taking it pretty slow when I'm barefoot. I've only been doing it a couple of weeks.

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So let me explain...

I sort of accidentally purposefully temporarily rashly cowardly made my blog private for, like 18 hours as a consequence for laying around being a dork for an hour during the only time I had to run yesterday.

So there is no need to email Sasha and ask him what the heck is wrong with his computer program.

So, suffering from small lapse in running motivation, people. A little help? But I did finally get out late last night. My dog was the hero of the moment. After being used to run at least 3 miles a day, he was about ready to explode with energy (and that usually ends up causing a rather nasty clean-up effort on my part) so I finally conceded and got out the door with him. Just another reason to love my dog.

2 slow miles shod, and then a fast mile barefoot. I don't know the time because I wasn't wearing my garmin, but it sure felt good to stretch out a little. I've been running extra slow for almost a month--ever since I started having knee pain. But there were no ill effects or running faster, so I am feeling slightly encouraged.

But let me just put this out there--THANK YOU SO MUCH BRENT! You always know just what to say.

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From Christi on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 19:31:26

You crack me up! Waiting for the "more later" part!

From Brent on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 21:52:02

Lybi, the running gurus are forgiving, take your running shoes out of the trash. No one will ever know about the bag of potatoe chips, zingers, bon bons, french fries, donuts, chocolate shake, etc. You only gained 15 pounds in one hour. You can run it off with an overnight run.

Stay Kool, just kidding, B of BS Rools out

From Maria on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 08:08:13

I kind of had a thought that maybe you made your blog private, but quickly dismissed it, because you, of all people, are the most unlikely candidate for a private blog! You are way too active in this community to take the interaction piece away.

Anyway, I wanted to pass this link to you, as I remember you asked on the forum about running and osteoporosis. This is about 2 other common myths about running:

From sarah on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 15:57:04

Are you okay honey? I didn't even know you could make your blog private...You most certainly are allowed to some privacy..

I watched a show about dogs last night with my kids and thought of you..probably because I don't watch TV shows about dogs very often and had the pleasure last time with you. Did you know dogs can be trained to smell chemical changes in your body. There was one story of a little boy with diabetes who had life threatening seizures when his blood sugar crashed. His family had only 15 minutes after the seizure to save him...they were on call day and night and exhausted. The found and trained a dog that could smell the changes in his blood sugar long before the seizure happened. Interesting. It also talked about how terriers are born killers and were trained and bred for years to kill rats on the family farm. Aggresive behavior in terriers can be difficult to overcome because it is what scientists call a hard wired gene. Okay...enough dog talk...hope you feel better after taking a day off.

From Clay on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 16:36:04

I admire you for running barefoot, there's no way in heck I could do that! I know Lybi I'm a wimp! My feet are so sensitive, I'd be crying like a baby:(

Great job getting out...

From christi on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 08:56:11

Hey- I think we all go through those motivation "issues" I know I do! They usually pass and I think its usually 1 of 2 things- either our body or mind need a short break, or we are making too big of a deal about tying up the shoes and getting out there (the hard part) Sounds like you got a great run in. Just listen to your body, it won't lead you astray!

From MichelleL on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 15:18:03

You are back! I'm sorry you had a dark moment. We are here for you!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 16:24:42

How is your training coming along?

From sarah on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 16:43:27

I just chewed Sasha out for his annoying comment but he said you e-mailed him and asked for it...we both know what you got yourself into. I love you Lybi. Hope you are doing great today.

From Lulu on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:08:50


I am back on the blog... so I am watching your blog again. That should scare you into running;-)

Oh, and what is with this barefoot running? Is Zola Budd (runner from S. Africa in the early 80's who ran the Olympic mile barefoot)running again? Did I miss something?


From James on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:32:36

Are you still doing Striders half?

From laura on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 23:41:11

I'm glad you're back!! It was awful lonely to click on your name and just go to the main page. Even if you don't run, I like just reading your blog - just like we ALL do! What would FRB be without Lybi??? You always underestimate how much people love you and why we do! (hint - it has nothing to do with Striders or pace or mileage) ((hug))

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 23:59:59

Laura--Pay you later.

James--No, and thank you SO much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it why don't you just give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it! ;)

Lulu-Hi! Great to hear from you...I'm terrified ;)

Sarah--Good. And you're a darling.



Christi--I have my doubts about that. My body seems to want to stay on the couch and fall asleep reading after eating 3 pieces of pizza.

Clay--Thanks, and btw running barefoot is less painful that trying to run on stress fractures. So you win.

Maria--Cool link!

Brent--you're the best, you made milk come out my nose by making my laugh while drinking. TMI, I know.

From James W on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 00:15:36

Laura - everyone deserves a big sister like you

James - what she won't say is that I am the reason Striders is now so painful - me and my wounded ego of not wanting to come up there when I can't run!

Lulu - bring on the comments, Lybi needs some good general harassment from people other than me. She gets tired of me saying "aren't you going to run tonight?"

Clay - you should try it some time. Although I recommend starting on a softer surface . . . I made the mistake of burning up the sidewalk running barefoot faster than I thought, and ended up with bruised toes!

Brent - 100 Commando points for making Lybi laugh when she was drinking milk and having it come out her nose! Too bad I wasn't there to witness it! Even better would have been pop, but since she doesn't drink pop, too bad. I still remember a time when I was a kid when we were drinking Verners (a really, really, really STRONG ginger ale) and that happened to me . . . scarred for life, I tell you!

Honey, I love you no matter what! Now get out there and run!

From James on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 15:07:21

James W.- I understand not wanting make the trip when you can't run, that is what happened to me for Moab this year.

Lybi- you need better excuses for not running. Or give me the paper and lemon and we'll take care of you.

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 11:07:42

James--very diplomatic. I can't understand why animals everywhere tend to attack you. But you are right, and thanks for the nudge (shove/boot).

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3.5 Outside with my dog at "heaven can wait" pace. Had to go under and over fences in a construction site. How dare they do construction on my 3.5 loop--they didn't even ask me!

Then a marathon pace mile barefoot in 8:47.

Thanks for all the encouragement, you guys. I am starting to bounce back. I can FEEEEEEEEL it.

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From air darkhorse on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 17:30:03

You have seen "Heaven Can Wait" . That is one of my favorite movies.

From Lybi on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:37:25

All part of my "I wanna be like Ashbaker bid," Steve.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 08:37:07

Based on this workout, you should be able to run a half in a week at 10:00 pace, which would give you 2:11. You might even be able to do it faster depending on how hard that 8:47 mile felt, and how fast your fitness will make it back. In other words, if you sign up for Provo Half, you have a shot at finishing decent.

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 11:05:38

Well I am relieved to read that Sasha. Does that mean you guys are still willing to put us up if we come? Better check with Sarah first--it is very short notice. I would really like to try it, and James is willing to come along and make sure I don't try to flee the starting line. :)

From sarah on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 12:54:47

Of course you could still come...whatever you decide we are here for you with open arms!!! We love you.

My only regret is that I can't run it with you because I have run so many half marathons now that I know I could have paced you. We thought about asking Jamie to help you out...even though she's pregnant she is still in good enough shape to run that pace for a half...

Have I ever mentioned that I have threatened to not run almost every single race Sasha's ever signed me up for? Also, have a mentioned that he used nothing but straight bribery to get me to run fast when I was getting in shape. I got clothes, jewelery or basically whatever I wanted. Is James good for a bribe? Maybe Sasha will even buy you a new movie. :)

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 14:43:26

Yea...yea...yea...YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! !!!!!!!! I am downright silly with happiness!

From sarah on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 15:19:58

Are you happy about the trip, the run or knowing my deep dark secret that I had no real discipline of my own and only inflicted pain on myself for cheap thrills later? Just kidding...I know you are excited to come and see us!!

From sarah on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 15:30:25 I'm getting super excited because I just had a fabulous idea..We'll have to have a pre-race party in your honor at our house for all local FRB locals...Michelle, Jamie, Josse, Steve, Kim and Tom...anybody close enough to drive to our house. I'm sure they would come over just to see you and meet the kiddos. I'll have to think if a spaghetti dinner is a good idea or maybe we should just have a smoothie get together....Anyway...sounds too good of a chance to pass up to me. :)..I think Brent is close enough to make a apperance :) :)

From Kim on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 15:57:17

Only problem is we are going to be in Ogden running the Strider's half. I know Brent and Sylvie will be there too. We are only running the one in Ogden because that is what everyone else was planning at one time also. I would have been happy to be sleeping in my own bed and running the Provo 1/2. Oh well...

It would have been fun to join in the festivities...maybe next time.

Good luck to all of you running in Provo!

From sarah on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 16:00:19

Maybe folks will be back for a post race Sunday after conference smoothie party?

From Kim on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 16:11:09


From Lybi on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 20:37:36

Yea! I would be so happy see those guys, too.

I need to offer oblations to Michelle, give Steve flack about his motorcycle, congratulate Jamie, get Josse's help learning to scrap my injured hubby, obtain forgiveness from Kim for switching to Provo instead of Striders, and give Tom congrats for the PR I know he will get on Sat. It will be a very full weekend. :) Just don't feel any obligation to throw some huge thing, though, Sarah! I don't want you to be too exhausted to have fun too.

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Doggie be good miles.  1.3 miles bf.

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From LaurenO on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 20:34:16

Thanks for the encouragement on my blog yesterday! :)

From carrie on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:20:40

You rock girl! I'm so proud of you for keeping at it threw any crap the world throws at you! Love it!

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1.7 Miles getting to and from the park with my kiddos in the jogging stroller.  Then 1.5 barefoot in the grass while they played in the sand.  Well, "grass" is a gross overstatement, really.  More like prickly dead plants!  Running barefoot on the sidewalk is more comfortable.  Ah...desert landscaping.   Could've been worse, though, like if it were LAVA ROCK I guess.

Then a quick 1.8 tonight to make it to 5 for the day.  Oh, and I was barefoot again.  So today was a new all-time barefoot record for me at 3.3 miles.  I'm still liking it a lot.  If anyone is interested, here's a good link to a scientific review of the health benefits of running barefoot:

Anyway, it appears that I'll be running the Provo City Half Marathon!  YYAAAAAAAYY!  It is a long story, but I thought I was going to have to skip it because my hubby James is injured and didn't want to go.  I tried to be like "oh my dearest sweetheart, whatever the heck makes you feel better during this terrible time will be fine with me..."  But I couldn't keep it up.  I got more and more grumpy and unmotivated about running.  Finally I told James to go ahead and stay but I'm GOING!  The prospect of being home alone with our 3 rascally little boys quickly put the fear of God into him and he's now quite happy to be on board.  : )  I am really excited about doing this race because it marks the one year anniversary of when I started running post-high school, and it is something I definitely never thought I would be able to do.  It is also the last hurrah of my youth--I turn 31 on Monday. : )  I've never really raced anything longer than a 5K.  Wonder if it'll be much different... (AH!)

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From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 12:31:37

Physical youth should continue to about 45 under healthy circumstances.

From Maria on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 16:48:07

Lybi, you're cracking me up - "the last hurrah of my youth"! You still have about 10 years of improvement in your running (well, I read somewhere that you reach your peak after 8 years of consistent training, regardless of when you start running). So you're just getting started! It'll be awesome to see you run your first half. Enjoy! - but yeah, it will be much different from a 5K :).

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 17:23:50

My case is rather odd, since I've trained consistently for 23 years, and started at the age of 11. Even if you were to cut off the development years where I could just get faster by getting bigger, and then cut off the years when I averaged less than 60 miles a week, you can say that I've been training consistently for the last 10 years. I PR'ed in a 10 K this year by 40 seconds. I think there is another aspect to "training consistently", and it is training right for your current condition. Which is an art that takes years of trial and error to discover. And once you do, your body just changed on you, and is now ready to respond to a different type of training that you are not thinking of. With that aspect included, there is no such thing as a true consistent training. So it is safe to assume that even if you've trained "consistently" for 20 years, your body can give more just from better training.

From Jody on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 18:37:32

Great job! Question - Have you tried barefoot on the treadmill? I might take it up because spring has decided not to come.

From Brent on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 18:50:40

Lybi, I expect as you turn 31 that you will lose all your toe nails, (barefoot running and tripping) you will now be called grey beard and talk endlessly of running times of old. Your PRs will improve without running as you tell those old running (big fish) stories.

Stay Kool, Get A Grip (well maybe not a grip as you are too old), B of BS Rools out

P.S. Run Brave, Run Strong at the Half

From adam on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:50:24

Lybi, Sasha mentioned to me today that you might want someone to pace you during the half on saturday. If I am still not feeling well, I will be glad to do it. What kind of pace are you looking at?

From Lybi on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:12:38

Guys, I was KIDDING! There is no difference in the world between being 30 and 31! I do feel I have lots and lots of room for progress in the coming years, and I'm happy about that.

Brent, if I loose my toenails, I'm going to get implants, or press-on nails, or SOMETHING. I don't want to have "Steve Hooper feet". (Sorry, Steve!)

Adam, WOW that'd be great! Between 9-10:00 pace for each mile is the goal.

From will on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 07:07:55

No need to fear 31 - Schopenhauer believed youth lasted until the age of 37 :)

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3 Miles with Christine at 10:08 pace.  I feel soooo good about deciding to run the half this weekend in Provo.  

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From Kim on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 08:36:49

I'm excited for you to be running the 1/2 on Saturday! Wish we were running the same race. Oh well! It will be fun to read each others race reports and possibly meet up on Sunday for a verbal report! Good luck! I think you ought to do it bf with your bf! (barefoot, best friend).

From Christi on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 08:51:06

I can't believe you can run over 3 miles barefoot! That is amazing! I'm stoked for you to run a half this weekend. I'll be thinking about you, wish I could be there to cheer you on!

From Kristina on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 11:28:13

I'm jealous that you are going to provo, it is surprising how much a miss it :) Anyway, I'm happy for you that you are happy about decided to run :) I hope it is lots of fun :)

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YIKES! What a run! I ran 2.85 with Christine, which was uneventful, and then headed out for 1.15 more barefoot with Sparky, which was a little TOO eventful. Whenever I run with Sparky I always try to get him to "meet" the other people and dogs that are out on walks so he can learn how to do it without going crazy.

Anyway, there was this little old lady walking a HUGE black chow mix. As I approached her I said "Is it okay if I let him meet your dog?" She was just starting to say that it probably wasn't a good idea, when her dog lunged, broke his leash and came tearing off after us. Let me just let that sink in for a moment... Big dog, frothing at the mouth, tearing after Lybi in her bare feet and her little dog. Thank goodness I watch "The Dog Whisperer" just about every day (he he he). I knew that if we ran he would bite us. So I just stood my ground while the dog chased Sparky around my bare legs while I tried to block him with my stance. I had the wild thought that there was no way I was going to let that dog hurt Sparky--he'd have to go through ME first.

Meanwhile, the other owner appeared too afraid of her dog to do anything! (I can see her point, though, that dog was dang frightening.) He really seemed like he wanted to ELIMINATE Sparky. I kept trying to grab Sparky and, finally succeeding, quickly turned his rear towards the attacker. That's what dogs want--to sniff each other (according to Cesar Millan). And nose to rump is safest because eye contact is what triggers attacks usually. So that humongous dog made a big ol' deal about sniffing Sparky up most abusively, but at least he did not bite. Sparky was so scared he had an accident. I don't blame him a bit--I almost did the same thing, to be honest. After a couple minutes of this, and with both dogs somewhat calmer, I kept waiting for that lady to come get her dog. But I finally had to say "can you come get him, I think it's okay now." I felt quite heroic at the time, but I think I would've rather skipped the whole interlude and left my courage untested.

Interestingly, I got my very first barefoot injury, although it is of little consequence. The other dog stepped on my foot and scratched me with his toenails. A mark of courage!

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From Scott Zincone on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:53:26

I almost had an "accident" just reading this.

All of my friends and co-workers know I am the "most scared person" they have ever met when it comes to dogs. I am ok with a dog once we come to know each other, but I am terrified of strangers(dogs).

Probably has something to do with being bit in the face and still having a scar from it when I was 2 yrs. old.

From Tom on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 09:49:17

Yikes!!! That sounds pretty scary! Reminds of a few months ago when Kim and I were walking our dog and got attacked by a cat that was a bit crazy after just having kittens!

Hey good luck on the race Saturday. Looking forward to an exciting race report!

From Wildbull on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 09:55:53

Now you have been marked! James better look out! Are you running a 5 k this weekend?

From Mom on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 11:44:08

Did you know that chows consistently come up high on the list of biters?

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 12:08:26

Bull, you won't believe this, but I am actually running the Provo half marathon. My very first race longer than a 5K.

Tom...a cat! That's funny. My sister got dive-bombed by some birds on a run once as a teenager. Pretty crazy!

Scott, I'm so sorry you got attacked as a teeny little guy! That is what I'm trying to prevent when I spend all this time trying to train & socialize my thick-headed pooch.

From Sylvie on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 14:18:26

Ive been attacked quite a few times and bitted maybe 10 times, but thats not bad for grooming dogs for more than 30 years. One time when I was teen My Dad and I went late one night to feed my horse and the rotweiler Riley whose home was in the yard with the horses attacked my Dad and I did the same thing you did. Around and around we went with me fending off Riley, I think he wanted to bite rather than smell.

Bye bye:)

From Maria on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 16:07:54

Oh Lybi, that was entirely too eventful. I was scared just reading. You acted so bravely and calmly! I think I would have just panicked, but what do I know about dogs and what they want. I'm pretty uncomfortable around strange dogs. In London, they are all on a leash, but when I went to Moscow and ran there, there were tons of homeless (and hungry!)dogs roaming everywhere and I didn't like that one bit.

From wildbull on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 17:54:24

here you go lybi!

From Brent on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 19:15:02

Lybi, good I was not drinking milk. Me and Sylvie's jaws hurt from laughing. I was scared for you to read on, you prevailed with quick and smelly action. The dog whisperer and Paul Newman would be proud. Has Sparky recovered?

Good luck at the 1/2 marathon.

Kool Hand Lybie is Kooler the Kool hand Luke, B of BS Rools out

From laura on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 23:51:22

Yikes, Lybi!! Way to keep your cool! (not like the whole tree/sheet incident - hee,hee ... sorry) It's amazing how non-helpful the woman was with her dog. Someone like that shouldn't have a big and scary dog.

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 23:53:49

Wildbull, I can't believe I didn't think to bite that nasty ol' dog. What is wrong with me? I should at least start carrying a tennis racquet when I run. I have never really been good at tennis, but you'd think it would be easier to connect with the humongous head of an attacking dog than a little tiny ball, now wouldn't it?

Brent, thanks for the luck--have a great run yourself at Striders!

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 23:55:55

Laura--actually she was just dog sitting it for her son. But I was surprised, too. It's like she was waiting for it to eat me, get full, take a nap, and then she'd come get it while it was unconscious.

From Mik'L on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 21:00:40

Lybi- Brent told me I had to read this and I'm dying! That lady should not be taking that dog out! You were so brave! I would have freaked out, especially if it was after my little dogs! Good job on fending it off and more importantly, GOOD LUCK tomorrow at the half. You will do great!

From Lybi on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 22:04:14

Thanks Mik'L! I'll run extra hard, just for you. ;) P.S. Your dogs are approximately 1,000 times cuter than this beast was, and definitely worth saving, at the peril of foot scratches.

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Look! It's a taper. Tomorrow early we will be leaving for Utah. I'm SO excited. 

(I never did get out!  Stayed up WAAAAAAY too late packing for our trip.)

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From Christi on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 13:54:13

GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! I'll be thinking about you! You'll do awesome- can't wait to read your report.

(Crazy dog story yesterday, Dog Whisperer really pays off doesn't it?!)

From laura on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:16:29

KNOW 'EM DEAD in Provo, girl!!! I'll be dying to read the race report; so don't waste any time, eh?

From Lulu on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:32:49

Good luck tomorrow!

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Ran in Provo with James and Sasha. 2 miles in 18:48. I am feeling massively encouraged by all the analytic-sounding but supportive stuff Sasha said about my running. Now it's off to bed, so I can sleep well! The next time you hear from me I will be slightly tired from running my first half marathon ever. : )

Oh!  I forgot to mention that I got to meet PaulT, just for a moment.  He looked really fit.  Always fun to shake a fellow-blogger's hand. 

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From Lyndsay Johnson on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 02:36:54

Good luck good luck good luck!!

PS—Your picture looks exactly how you look in person! ;)

From Paul T on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 14:12:54

I'm sorry I didn't get more time to talk to you at Fazzoli's. I tried to keep an eye out for you before, during and after the race but I guess I missed you. I hope you had a good first (of many) half marathons. I look forward to your race report.

Race: Provo City Half Marathon (13.11 Miles) 02:03:18, Place overall: 72, Place in age division: 12
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Well, that was different!

I had a troupe of people helping me accomplish this little race, and I have to say that I don't know if I would have made it to the end without them! It was kind of a relay, and I was the baton, of course.

I started the race with Adam (Calcio) from the blog. He took me to the 3 mile point. He was pleasant and laid back--he's a young guy who has lived all over the world. It would have been interesting to talk to him, if I hadn't been breathing hard. During these miles, my main thought was that it was feeling way too easy and that I couldn't believe I was running faster than my usual 11 minute miles. By the end of those three miles, my average pace was 8:50. Calcio took off at mile 3 to finish the rest of race with a speedy 10 miles to finish at 1:42.

My husband James was waiting for me with 2 little 3 year-olds in a jogging stroller to take me through miles 3-8. It was REALLY nice having James with me for this portion of the race because, with the addition of the humongous stroller, he cut a wide swath through the wind. This portion was WINDY! Every time we turned, I thought that the wind would HAVE to finally be at our back, but it really seemed like it was either a headwind or a unfriendly cross-wind for 90% of the time. The course turned onto the Provo river trail for most of these miles, and I was immersed in the lovely sights and sounds of nature UNTIL my little son started crying, and wouldn't stop around mile 6.5. Other runners would run by and try to comfort him. It was aggravating/pathetic to listen to him cry and not be able to do anything about it, so I finally told James to take off and get him out of the wind around mile 7.4 or something. By the time I got to mile 8, my average pace was about 9:11 for the whole race to that point. I did slow down, obviously, but there were a lot of gradual inclines and that darn wind in this section, so I felt it was acceptable. If the race had ended there, I would have been quite proud of my efforts. But it goes on...

James ran the kids back to his parked car, and left to pick up Sasha from the finish line to take me the rest of the way. So mile 8 was the only mile I ran alone. I was still feeling pretty good on that mile.

Now comes the rest of the race, which I would prefer to leave out, but I will include it for the sake of posterity.... Sasha joined me at mile 9. I had been visualizing exactly how the end of the race would go: Sasha would appear, he'd tell me to go faster, I'd respond appropriately, push myself through the pain and end triumphantly. That was the dream. But real life is sometimes cruel, and the main point of the next 4.11 miles was that I was rather pathetic and ended up with an almost embarrassing last couple of miles. Sasha tried everything with me, he sang "BINGO" and "Come, Come Ye Saints." I had told him that it would help if he would sing, but the truth is that I just wanted to make him jump through some hoops to show his dedication. (Evil Snicker.) I began to feel like there was a thick rubber band binding me to the 11 min. girl. I could pull against the rubber band for a short burst, so I could obediently go give Sasha a "low 5", but then the rubber band would snap me back into and even slower pace. I began to run with my eyes closed for most of the time. It is slightly unsettling to see someone running with you who looks like they are just taking the most leisurely pace possible, while you are running as fast as you can. So I just listened to the almost constant encouragement, and peeked out every once in a while to make sure I wasn't wandering into the road. The absolute hardest mile was 11, and 12 too, and 13 was no good either (he he). One of those miles (I can't remember which) was my only mile at over 10 pace (10:30 to be exact)). That darn stupid mile was full into the wind (Sasha does not stop much wind) and uphill too. It made me angry, which delighted Sasha. I think I punched Sasha 3-4 times during that mile. He encouraged me to get really angry, but of course, as soon as he told me to, all the fun of it was destroyed and I just kept dragging along. I took off my shoes with about 2 miles to go & finished in my socks. I thought it would allow me to fun faster without dragging all that extra weight, and it worked like a charm...for at least 20 meters.  Very shortly I was back in drudgeville.

Michelle Lowry, the Queen of the Blog, joined us for the last mile and a half or so. I really enjoyed having her there, and I think she may have saved Sasha's life just by being close enough to be a witness.  Calcio joined the party with about half a mile to go, and I was doing my best just to keep upright at this point. It was weird. I thought I would be battling pain, the way you do in a 5K, but I didn't. My knees, hips, feet, everything felt no pain at all. But WHOA, there was just a complete lack of energy that was almost impossible to wade through. It was hard to even care that I SHOULD want to go fast. But all I really wanted was to lie down and sleep. I think I did kick a little for about 50 yards at the very end. Whatever, I finished the darn thing, and I only walked through 2 aid stations (I kept getting gatorade up my nose, and those times I wanted to actually DRINK it) but I did walk just a few steps on a monstrous overpass climb, which was cruel beyond measure.

Overall, I feel kinda proud that I did it, and kind of embarrassed about those last few miles. My ave. pace was 9:26, or something like that. 10 miles at 1:32:08, which is a huge PR for me.

Sasha got the "quote of the day" award after the race. I looked at myself in the mirror and said "my face looks puffy to me, does it look puffy?" To which he answered "yes, but no more puffy than usual." Sometimes I think it's a really good thing that guy's so fast.

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From Mom on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:10:47

But you did it!!! Happy first anniversary of running. Thanks to everyone who paced/encouraged, harrassed her. Thanks for posting such an enjoyable blog.

From Kim on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:11:46

That last paragraph is hilarious! I think we all think he is lucky he can run so fast with some of the things he says to us!

Way to go on your first half marathon! Someday we will run the same one at the same time! Planning on seeing the gang tomorrow night!

From Tom on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:14:59

Good job Lybi! And of course with Kim and I both having undergone the Sasha treatment in the past it is always wildly entertaining to hear how others feel about the whole low-5, bingo, tat-tat-tat-tat torture treatment. Glad you didn't have to kill him though, wouldn't be good for the FRB.

From josse on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:15:44

You should be very proud of yourself. That is quite the accomplishment.

From Mom on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:26:50

WOW Lybi! Wasn't your agreement with Sasha to do a half in under 2? Well way to stomp that! You did amazing!

From Kristina on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:27:36

whoops, that was me, not your mom. I'm using her computer and didn't realize it said her name :) It was me :)

From Mik'L on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:41:18

Great job Lybi! In a lot of parts I felt like I was reading my one and only half marathon experience. I felt SO much like that at the end. We would be good to run together in a half, although you did beat me by a few minutes on a harder course. Good job and keep it up. I don't think I could handle running with all those fast guys trying to prod me on. LOVE the last paragraph...priceless.

From Brent on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:13:13

Lybi, 100 commando points for the PR, first 1/2 marathon. Congradulations. Some boasting for you is in order, proudly you be.

Stay Kool, and under control, B of BS Rools out

From MichelleL on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:56:53

Lybi-being a first hand witness I think you handled the last few miles tremendously well. You get 50 commando points from me for each Sasha punch and for each surge you took. That adds up to at least 400 points. Sot that makes 500 for the race :) You were responsive and gave it your all. You should feel horrible at the end of a race, it shows you were racing it. And way to not walk when you wanted to up the hill. It was truly inspiring. I hoped you weren't mad at me for trying to motivate you for that last bit of your race. I am afraid I am not experienced on pacing. It was great to spend some time with my AZ remote buddy!

From Jody on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 20:21:05

Congratulations!! What a way to celebrate! You did an absolutely awesome job!! Enjoy your weekend!

From laura on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 20:28:09

YEA, LYBI !!!!! Congratulations on your first half and for doing it so well and injury-free! I'm sorry that I'm such a worry-wort, but that was my big concern with this race. I'm so happy that it went well. It's funny that your first 8 were great - you can pretend I was running it with you, since that's exactly what I ran today! :o) Next half, girl, it's me and you together!!! (with any other FRB friends too, of course!)

From andee on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 20:37:41

Way to go Lybi!!!! A great time and sounds like a wonderful way to mark your first year of running.

From Christi on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 21:24:38

Oh the flashbacks! As you know Sasha ran me in the last mile at Painter's and I hated every minute of it! (but of course was thankful for him afterwards) I think you did AWESOME! 9:11 is a great 1/2 pace. Sounds like a fun day w/ the bloggies & so cool that you finished in your socks- hope we get pictures. Great Job!!

From Cody on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 21:44:26

Nice Job Lybi! I was excited to read your race report and you sure delivered. Hilarious! Your race was awesome.

From crumpyb1 on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 22:34:56

Congratulations! You did it! You finished!

From Paul T on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 22:58:01

You told me you like to read my race reports, well right back at you! What an awesome race and report! My motto is "Every race is an adventure!", and you had a great one. Experiences like you had today are what running is all about to me. Good times and bad times, alternately enjoying and battling mother nature, testing our physical and mental limits, adjusting to adversity and enduring to the end, and sharing it all with good friends. You have nothing to be embarrassed about at all. You were victorious today. Congratulations!

From Clay on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:19:37

Congrats on the great time Lybi, you are awesome!!!

From James on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:26:13

Good to see you made it up here and finally did your half marathon after all this time. Now when is that first marathon going to be? Good job on your run today.

From Lynday on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:44:11

You're my hero!

From jtshad on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 08:18:57

Great job Lybi! Way to gut it out and what a great race report. I am very proud of your persistence to run a great race.

From Jon on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 10:39:15

Awesome job, Lybi. 1/2 marathons are tough races, nothing easy about them. But the first one is the hardest, so it's all downhill from here! I laughed that you ran with your shoes off! And don't forget to put this as a new PR, as well as replacing your old "longest continuous run"- two PR's in one day!

From Ian on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 10:54:59

Well done Lybi, you've fought hard and raced your first 1/2 marathon. Your race report deserves a medal, it has got me and my wife chuckling away. Keep up the good work.

From Lulu on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 18:41:53


There are a lot of people who would kill for a 2:03 first half. Amazing! Congratulations! I am ssssoooo proud of you. BTW, sometimes an effort like that will affect your salt balance and make you puffy. Again congratulations. I think this warrants smiling one entire day for each mile!

From Kerry on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 20:22:27

Loved reading your race report. It reminded me of my first half, which by some strange coincidence was also a 2:03. Those last miles can be really tough, but you can get to the point with your training where you feel like you can just keep going at the end.

From Walter on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 00:13:54

Wow great run Lybi, I didnt know you where up here for this race. If you guys ever need a place to stay for any races in SLC,just let me know. My wife and I would love to have your family after the generosity you showed me down there. Way to go Lybster!

From sarah on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 16:33:56

Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. I did have secret plans to make you a cake but just ran out of time...Hope the trip back was good. You guys got out so early. Very impressed. You've got us whooped on trip efficiency. No fun around here without you guys. We had a great time.

Great work on your race. I am now waiting to see you bust my fast time on an aided course...I'll bet you could do it on a tough course. Hope you enjoyed the party and everything but I'm sure you are going to be sooo happy to be home. :)

From Christi on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 17:17:03

What's this?! Happy Birthday in store? I hope its a MOST EXCELLENT BD for the Lybster!

From Brent on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 20:24:16

Happy Birthday

From Lybi on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 01:28:28

Weelllllll, after reading all these glowing and encouraging remarks, I am led to wonder, did you people even READ the part about where I started to turn into a lump of jello? Oh well, I'll take it. You are all the best, and I feel absolutely privileged to share a first half time with Terry. Thanks guys!

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A little over 2 miles tonight with Christine, mostly barefoot at 10:31 pace.  Hamstrings felt a little tight, but overall,  I'm not as sore as I thought I would be.  This leads me to believe that probably my trouble at the end of the race on Sat. was really more due to running out of glycogen than anything else.

Christine was absolutely baffled that I would want to run today.   Actually, though, I couldn't wait to run!!!  It was a busy busy day with traveling back from Utah, teaching a back-log of piano lessons, and having birthday festivities.  But I finally got out.  And I just have to say: don't let my rather morose race entry fool you, I was under the influence of exhaustion when I wrote that.   I am more excited about running right now than I have ever been in my whole entire life, and that's no joke!  That whole experience was a top five moment of my life, non-family related category.

I see now that it is an absolute privilege to be trying to push the limits a little more and more.  Someday I want to run a half and be able to RUN the whole darn thing, not just survive it, and ooze my way through the last couple of miles.  Hmm.  I have to be careful, though.  I am at higher risk for injury while I am recovering from this weekend. 

P.S.  This has been one of my very best birthdays ever and thanks so much to everyone who was so supportive of my race and everything.  It was really fun to meet a lot of you and the Blogger Open House on Sunday.  *Yawn*  Gotta go, I'll catch up with you guys tomorrow.

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From Kim on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 09:49:38

Glad you guys returned home safely! I'm sure it felt good. But I can't believe you had to do piano lessons when you returned home! It probably would have been nice if it could have waited until today. Glad you had a nice b-day! And congrats again on an awesome first 1/2 marathon!

From Christi on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 09:50:23

Way to go getting out there Monday- "active recovery" as Sasha would say! Glad you had such a great half experience- that high should last you WEEKS! Enjoy!

From Lyndsay on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 12:51:01

Hi! I called yesterday to wish you a happy b-day, but half way through the ringing I realized you might not be home yet. :) So Happy Birthday!

You are a machine, woman! See you Thursday,

From Maria on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 16:57:36

Congrats on the first half, Lybi, and of course, happy birthday! You ran a very respectable time for the first time. Now you can only get better. I would say your difficulties at the end were not only due to running out of glycogen, but also due to the lack of long runs. It'll get much easier once you extend your long run to 12 mi. regularly.

From mom on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 17:19:22

And do you think the high altitude and lack of ability to get oxygen could have had anything to do with it? Lybi runs at 1100 feet above sea level. She has not developed the red blood cells for the high altitude. One summer I ran in New Mexico (alt. abt. 4400 feet) 3 miles every day and had to walk some of it because of my lungs hurting. Then we went on vacation to California and I was amazed how far I could run. I actually had to stop because of my legs, which thing I had never felt.

From Wildbull on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 17:35:55

Happy birthday! one good thing about it you will never be as old as me!

From Lybi on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 21:46:02

You'll never get old, Wildbull.

Funny story--driving back from Utah I was sitting with my 5 year-old. He asked me how old I was turning. I said "31, getting kind of old, huh?" His bright little eyes clouded over and he said "Mommy, I don't want you to die!" SOMEONE (My Dad!) had told him that people die when they get old. It took me fully 15 min. to convince him that I was not on death's door.

From James on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 21:51:37

I didn't realize it was your Birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday late!

From Brent on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 22:25:41

Lybi, real nice to see you and James again.

Stay Kool, keep it fun, B of BS Rools out

From JohnK on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 09:29:14

Lybi, congrats on the half, a real accomplishment. It's great you're feeling so up about running.

From sarah on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 23:34:36

wow..I got goosebumps reading your inspired me...I want to run better (that's actually pretty hard to do...I won't admit openly on a public blog that I have grown apathetic at times. :)

P.s. I liked your defintion of women power. Mutated a little from the original but it will do ;)

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1 Mile this morning with the double jogging stroller & 80 pounds of kid.

2 Miles with Christine tonight at 10:21 pace.

I continue to feel better and better about having run a half. I feel like I can do ANYTHING now. It's probably a good time to hit me up to do a multi-level marketing scheme. He he he. (Just kidding, please don't!)

I know what I need to tackle next...EARLY morning running. It is a sad fact, but summer is just around the corner. Running around 5 am is absolutely essential to surviving the heat. I should make the adjustment now, while I am all pumped up. OK. Tomorrow, I'm going running at 5:30 am. If I don't...then...I' 30 push-ups in one day (it would take a full day to accomplish this, since I can only do 1 at a time--laugh if you must.) But no worries, because I'm going running at 5:30! Time for some WOMAN POWER. (Kind of like will power, but it fluctuates a little more.)

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From Lyndsay on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 02:32:09

I'm full of that fluctuating Woman Power ... I hope yours fluctuates towards an early morning tomorrow!

From Jody on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 08:48:49

"Race High" is addicting. Good luck getting up early!

From Walter on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 10:53:04

Hey, good to see you feeling so well! That wore me out when I drove down there, ran, ran some more, ran even more, slept on a couch,(which im grateful for) and then drove back to slc. that right there is an Ironman event! Happy birthday by the way and soak up some sun for me! Its ugly weather today here!

From Christi on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 11:52:35

You are awesome! I need to tackle the early morning too- I used to do it, but in March I got REAL lazy. You are a great example for me. I'm doing the Hurricane 1/2 next month so I better get moving!

From laura on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 11:56:47

You're such a hoot!! :o) Good luck with the early runs!! You were doing great last summer/early fall sticking to that early schedule.

From linda10k on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:00:37

How's the barefoot running coming? Running in the morning is a great goal. Good luck with it. I struggle getting up early in the winter but during the summer it doesn't seem as hard. Why is that do you think? You did a great job getting those miles in.

From Lybi on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:08:57

Thanks, Linda! Yesterday I skipped barefooting, but I did it today. I really like it, as long as I don't go too far or try to go too fast. I think it is making my foot stronger.

Yea, the super-heat teaches me to get out early. There is a severe consequence for skipping a morning run, and it's called heat exhaustion from trying to run at night. Yuck.

Walter, you are welcome on our couch anytime! BTW, traveling to and from Utah is a lot easier with James driving the whole way while you snooze. James is definitely the iron man when it comes to traveling!

From Kristina on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:39:14

Ha ha, your mom and I were just thinking it is about that time of year for you to want to move to NM ;) Sorry someone bought the house I picked out for you but there are still lots of options.

I'm also finding myself going out earlier too. For a while I was waiting until the afternoon because I wanted it to be warm. Now if I don't get out in the morning when it is cool then it is hard to make myself go out in the heat :) Still, all my runs are AFTER the sun comes up :)

From Michael on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 12:41:52

Congrats Lybi on your 1/2 marathon. Thats quite a feat and accomplishment for your first time. My 10 year old wants to run one, doubt I would even be close to him plus Im still recovering. Good enthusiasm, keep it up

From laura on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 16:05:39

So ... did you go at 5:30 this morning????

(P.S. I just sent you an e-mail, so go check your e-mail.)

From Walter on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 20:06:42

Thats good that James is good at driving for a long time. It took all of us to get home from your house. Very long drive!

From adam on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 22:13:54

Lybi, you got a ton of pictures up at (there's even one with the jogging stroller)!

From Lybi on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 22:48:13

Walter--we got home at 1:15 in the afternoon! (We left at 3:15 our time, though.) It was a major driving record for us.

Laura, I just did a push-up. Just kidding--I hate push-ups, and I was out there running barefoot as the sun came up!

Michael, nice to hear from you! It's been a while. Good luck on your continued recovery.

Kristina, James just applied for a job in UTAH, so the New Mexico contingent of the job hunt better step it up. ;)

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Hey, check it out! Thanks to Adam for pointing out this picture to me. This is me finishing the Provo City Half Marathon in my socks. I see now how puffy my face is. JK.

I can tell exactly what I am thinking by looking at this picture. The Pachevs have a lovely, deep, cushy couch in their front room. I was thinking 'I'm gonna lay down on that couch and not move for at least an hour!' And I did.  (Actually, I think this is when I first saw my three little boys waiting for me just across the finish line.  But the couch truly was an inspiration to me during miles 11-12.)

One mile barefoot today at the crack of dawn, 10:17 pace

3 more tonight at 9:55 pace, shod.  Gotta calm down, that is just a little fast for me in a recovery week.  Everything feels good now except possibly my hamstrings, which are just a little tight.

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From MurseR on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 23:45:36

My wife and I were reading your blog and we were wondering if you always run without shoes? Does it affect the arches in your feet? Does it really make you less injury prone? Thanks for the comment on my blog! And good luck running!

From Mik'L on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 00:26:20

That is classic! You are still lookin strong to me! Crazy girl with no socks on though! It sounds like you are recovering pretty good.

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 01:18:04

MurseR, I usually only run 1 or 2 miles barefoot per day. My arches are average to low, but to me they seem to be getting higher since I started barefooting. Running sans shoes teaches you not to overstride, and not to heel-strike (because it hurts if you do!). Overstriding and heel-striking are 2 big causes of some of the more common running injuries such as plantar fascitis. So I guess it's good. But I like it because it's fun.

Thanks Mik'L! YOUR turn to run a half and get paced by 3 fabulous runners...right?

From Kim on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 08:53:58

That is an awesome picture Lybi! I love that they got you in your socks! Look at the lady in the background, she's wondering if you're a crazy woman! (Which you are in a very good way!)

From Jody on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 09:13:52

Cute Pic!! I love that you are missing your shoes!! How much did you run barefoot? ( I missed that ) Great run!

From josse on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:56:35

That is one of the best end of race photos I have ever seen. Glad you had a great birthday and are recovering well from the half.

From Kerry on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:56:36

Great picture, Lybi! You reminded me of Abebe Bikila winning the 1960 Olympic marathon.

From andee on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:00:58

I love the picture!! What a woman to go without shoes! Keep up the good work.

From wildbull on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:02:15

you should make that your Blog pic. you look great with no shoes!

From Christi on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:19:55

Yay! This is just the kind of pic I was hoping for! Esp. since you are barefoot in it! You look like you are finishing up FAST & STRONG (and I see NO puffiness!) Way to GO!

From Lyndsay on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 17:47:18

That is an awesome picture! Are you smiling!?!? That is great.

From Kristina on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 19:37:03

You look so cute! Are you barefoot in this picture?

From Mom on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 21:22:17

I went to zazoosh and saw all the pictures. I especially like the one with James running alongside you pushing the jogging stroller and obviously talking encouragingly to you. I also noticed that it looks really COLD. Everyone is all dressed up and those that are not look they have really pink to red skin. What's with the width of your blog. Sounds like a problem.

From The Farns on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 21:41:41

I know what you were thinking: "Car keys, socks, hair thing...I know I forgot something this morning." It was your shoes, Libby. Your shoes!

Way to be an iron girl (with tungsten carbide feet).

Get a facebook account so you don't fall off the edge of the earth.

From kristina on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 09:54:42

I'm glad it's not just my computer that made you blog look all kinds of wide :)

You know grant, you and I are in the minority on facebook. Maybe YOU should get a blog :) Besides you never talk to your family members on facebook :P

From Lybi on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 13:48:15

Kristina--are you saying I look WIDE? JK. That is the freakiest, longest picture location in Kerry's comment I've ever seen! Cool picture, though. I'm flattered by the comparison.

The Farns-a-Larns! Good to see you, Grant. OK OK, I'll look into your yuppy facebook. "The Blog" here rules over facebook, though, because the people here are all trying to actually accomplish something, whereas on facebook, I think the idea is to try to convince people you are cool. Very UNcool. But your pet tarantula alone makes up for the facebook habit you have. Long live Stella!

Bull-it would've been better if I'd had no socks on for publicity purposes, but I didn't have time to get them off. My dear pacer was quite concerned that I stopped long enough to even take off the ol' shoes. Of course, I see his point, because he was the unfortunate soul that ended up carrying said shoes the last 2 miles to the finish line for me. That's going above and beyond, doncha think?

Thanks for the comments, everybody.

From Maria on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 15:39:09

Great picture, Lybi! You look strong and you're smiling, I think you're having too much fun for it being end of a half! I never look this good at the end of my races. I agree that you should make it your blog picture.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 21:40:20

I found a clever hack that keeps the page from breaking if somebody posts a very long string. Not without problems (e.g in this case the URL disappears), but will have to do for now.

Lybi - I agree with you on the Facebook. No reason that a non-runner could not set up a blog here. Everyone is supposed to exercise even if they do not like to/cannot run. If they have a person on this site they are supporting, they should have a blog of their own. More pages, more content means more traffic for us, which in turns means more ad revenue, and makes it possible for me to spend more time improving it.

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2 Miles with the jogging stroller. 10:47 pace, which is fast for me with the stroller. The other 2 miles I had planned for after my missionary appointments did not happen, much to my chagrin. (I got home at 10 pm!) I opted to try for a somewhat decent night's sleep so I could wake up darn early Friday morning. I feel okay about it (only 2) since it is a recovery week.

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From Michael on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 10:49:40

In your blog you stated "I started barefooting. Running sans shoes teaches you not to overstride, and not to heel-strike (because it hurts if you do!). Overstriding and heel-striking are 2 big causes of some of the more common running injuries such as plantar fascitis"

So did you have a plantar fascitis problem and did your barefoot running help it? Not sure if I could barefoot run, maybe in grass at a park, but Id still be worried about hitting something sharp hidden in the grass. I know reading the book on Jim Ryun, that he liked to practice barefoot running but then cut his feet badly I think from a hidden piece of glass.

I probably overstride and need to do shorter quicker steps. I try to avois heel strike but probably do that at times especially uphill

From Michael on Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 17:13:51

Ill comment on this one, so the message doesnt go to everyone with you being the "queen runner on the blog". All kidding aside, I admire how your running and dedication has improved so much, youre going strong - keep it up.

So I had a question, did you have a plantar fascitis problem? And the barefoot running helps get over it? Mine seems to be getting better, but Im being careful on it. Not sure about barefoot running, even in a park Id worry about getting cut on something.

Well I went against your advise and ran the 1/2 marathon but tried to be careful, but it sure tuckered me out. I couldnt match your effort on your 1/2 marathon, but it was fun trying

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1 mile barefoot in the darn stinking early morning hours.  Groan.  But is was beautiful--50 degrees and birds chirping and everything.  Then 2.1 more miles after stopping to shoe-up.  I think it was all around 10:30 pace.  I feel sleepy.  Possibly I will run with Christine tonight.

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From Sunny on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 14:46:56

Gotta love our boys! They just keep ya always wondering don't they. Good luck on fixing your wall.

From Christi on Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 21:58:24

Pat yourself on the back for getting up early this morning- way to follow through on the new goal!

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1 token barefoot mile with my psychotic but also majorly cute dog.

2 more miles with Sparky (shod), in an effort to induce the kind of exhaustion that will keep him from barking at every single bug he finds in the back yard. Our beloved next-door neighbors have very sensitive ears for barking. (I don't blame them. Well, maybe just a little teeny bit I do.)

5 more miles just to induce the kind of exhaustion in me that will prevent any unnecessary household cleaning. There was a very stiff wind. Headwind on the way out (agony!) and tailwind on the way back (bliss!). 10:17 average pace for the 8 miles.

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From jody on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:04:12

Great job! 8 mile run is fantastic! Have a great weekend!

From sarah on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:41:48

Wow...I'm impressed. You've recovered so well from the race and the trip. Good girl!!

From Brent on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 22:27:23

Lybi, we talked about the weight watcher thing at striders, the font need to be much smaller to not catch the attention of Russians.

Stay Kool, let it be, B of BS Rools out

Good I was not drinking milk.

From Clay on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:22:39

Great job Lybi. I am really proud of the way you have improved, inspiring!

Way to go on the WW too, dedication works great for running and WW:-)

Keep up the good work.

From Carrie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 23:37:52

Eight miles today--great job. I hate that headwind thing, but your right, the tailwind is pure bliss. Proud of you on the WW! That takes dedication.

From Mom on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 01:01:04

Way congratulations on the lifetime award. One of the few, the best!!!

From Kim on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 01:04:05

Lifetime is a huge accomplishment! You go girl! What a birthday present to yourself!

From Maria on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 15:45:42

Great job, Lybi! What was that about WW and Russians? I have nothing against WW, I think it's great! Or was that directed at one particular Russian? ;)

From Lybi on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 15:49:14

Maria, are you Russian? I didn't know that. Oops. No, I just meant I didn't want to start another debate with a very specific Russian.

From Christi on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 12:15:13

Oh Lybi- I love you & your blog! It brings a smile to my face every day! I'm chuckling just thinking of the old you & Sasha WW debate. CONGRATS on the lifetime!! That's great!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 17:43:52

I think the 20% or whatever success rate of Weight Watchers is largely due to people exercising at the same time.

From sarah on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 18:51:15

oooo...sorry for bringing his attention to the whole thing Lybi..don't take the on your FHE lesson..or pretend he wrote it in Russian. Yea, that's a good idea. Whenever you don't like or don't really understand what Sasha's saying just pretend it's in Russian and then you don't have to pay attention...I may start trying that myself. ..except that I actually understand Russian.

From Lybi on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 18:52:51

I knew it! You just couldn't resist, could you, Sasha? Well, very true. Exercising is a huge part of the program. In fact, to satisfy the exercise requirements of the program with running alone, I'd have to run 35 miles a week. Hopefully I'll be there soon.

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2 miles barefoot with Sparky SOOO early, 10:08 pace.

2.68 Miles later with Christine at 10:20 pace, and I almost pulled a Superfly 'cause I had just drunk a biggish orange julius and it didn't want to stay put. Blech. But I have an iron stomach, so I was spared any extra humiliation, which is good, as I had already had my fill today.

Today has been all about humility. This morning on my barefoot run I was starting to feel really proud of myself. I hardly even feel it anymore when I run over little tiny rocks. My feet are like IRON! And just as I was thinking this, I stepped on a big, poky rock right on my forefoot, between my big toe and that skinny toe right next to it. It HURT, and I stumbled--nearly falling to the ground. Strike one. (I'm okay, though--don't think I even bruised it.)

THEN, later, I was at the grocery store with my precocious 3 year-old. I just had to grab one quick thing, and I was in a hurry. I was whipping around that huge, long car-shaped cart, and my 3 year-old says "Mommy, you are going the wrong way!" I hate it when my kids tell me what to do, so I said "Adam, don't tell me where to go...I know where I'm go..." and just then I bump into a large aisle display of ranch dressing, which collapsed, knocking bottles everywhere. I couldn't even figure out how to put the thing back together. But anyways, my little guy thought it was really funny. And for me, well, it's always nice to meet new people--especially grocery store employees. And nothing grounds you better than, well, getting on the ground and picking up lots of stuff. Strike two. So anyways, now I'm off to bed before the pitcher gets the better of me.

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From Benn on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 06:38:21

Aw, so sorry you had a bad day yesterday, but sweet deal on the barefoot running! Hopefully today is a better day for you!

From Lybi on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 10:07:15

Thanks Benn! And what's this about you running St. George? SWEET! Hopefully James and I will be coming up and I can say 'hi' in person. Good luck with your training!

From laura on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:19:47

Hee,hee. I just read your long term goals. Very cool - BQ!!! Very funny - your ratio of comments. ;o)

So I think I'm gonna run a half marathon on Labor Day here in the Springs. Wanna come? ... If not, what races are you planning next fall? We might be there in Nov or Dec ...

From carrie on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:06:33

What a day! I think we've all had days like that and dang it is good to laugh when it happens to someone else! Keep up the good work

From Sunny on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:55:37

I was a bit surprised with my times running with the stroller. I thought I would be way slower. Yes, hills are a killer. You should see the hill I have to go up to get to my parents house. I usually have to walk up half of it.

Sorry about the comedy you you had to go through yesterday. We all get those kind of days now and then!:)

From Brent on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 19:26:03

Lybi, no doubt, with Roy, we know what you will be bringing to the next blogger part, 5 cases of ranch dressing, you broke it, you bought it.

Stay Kool, home on the range, B of BS Rools out

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It strikes me that I may possibly be making headway on my goal to become tougher and have more self discipline. I bounced myself out of bed at 5:30 this morning so I could go run 2 miles barefooted with my dog before becoming fully conscious. I've got to tell you, I am still feeling reeeally excited about running. 3 more miles planned with Christine tonight.

Christine couldn't make it, and I just went out for another 2.17 at 9:37 ave. pace.  Most of it was at 10:05 pace, but the last .5 I was around 7:45 pace, which is my goal 5K pace.  I just wanted to get home. 

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From Mom on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:47:42

Wow! That's disciplined.

From Jody on Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 23:13:22

Great job getting up early, not easy at all! Glad you are doing so well. I have a question: How much of your half marathon did you run barefoot? Thanks.

From James W on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 09:33:17

wow, 5:30 huh? And last 1/2 at 7:45 pace? That's faster than I am running right now! High School 5K record, look out, Lybi is on the warpath! Sounds like maybe we should start looking for a 5K in the next week or two - I am willing to bet you will be able to break your mark.

From James W on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 09:38:00

There is a 5K at Tempe Town Lake on the 26th - I think you should register for that one. Its called The Capital Baknork 5K for JA (Junior Achievement).

From Benn on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 11:20:55

Man, so if a 5:30 am run gets you points, a 5:30 2-mile BAREFOOT run gets like triple points! I've read a lot about how barefoot running does wonders, and I know that the McDougals (Liberty University) used a lot of barefoot running during their high school days to build up their legs.

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2 Miles barefoot before sunrise with Sparky.  I am starting to feel really comfortable with the early wake-up.  It's the 9:30 bedtime that is giving me fits!

Of all the ignominious running injuries one can possibly sustain while barefoot, I think I have located the stupidest: dogs stepping on you.   Remember that chow that attacked us recently?  He stepped on my bare foot and scratched my foot with his nastly ol' toenails.  That was my first barefoot injury.  Well, today Sparky lunged after a barking dog behind a fence, and ground my pinky toe into the pavement as he took off.  Now it is swollen and stinging.  Da!  He only weighs 17 lbs.!   I hope it is not broken, again.  Humph.

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From James W on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 13:59:28

So, does this qualify as a "mental accident"? ;P

I'm sure you will be fine, but maybe you ought to save the barefoot miles for running sans Sparky . . .

From Lybi on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 14:21:32

Yes it does, 'cause that silly dog of yours is mental!

He's YOUR dog when he does bad things such as breaking my toe and MY dog, when, for example, he is sleeping peacefully.

From Heber on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 14:46:51

To avoid injuries like that you might consider what I do. I wear Nike Free shoes. They simulate barefoot running because the sole is so flexible you can roll the shoe up into a ball in your hand. The top is sort of like a sock. But the advantage is that little things like small rocks or dog toes don't get you.

From Christi on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 17:07:08

Are you "owning" Sparky or is he "owning" you?! Hee hee, j/k! Had to throw in some Dog Whisperer terminology that I knew you'd recognize. Heck, my dog totally owns me. Anyway- GREAT job getting out the door in the mornings! Good luck w/ the toe!

From Laura on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 20:08:58

So, how did you get Grant AND Heber to post!?!?! Amazing. I think James has the best idea - barefoot sans Sparky. Sounds like you're doing great with the early mornings, though. Yea!!!! Keep it up, wonder-woman.

From Brent on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 16:18:33

Lybi, yucky question, it seems with the hazards of doggy do do, bugs, rocks and other crazy things on the ground. You, sparky and your feet are in for many future adventures. The free shoes sound better.

Stay Kool, with furture adventures of Sparky and Lybi, B of BS Rools out

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My little toe has been a little bit problematic for running.  Pretty swollen & difficult to get in my shoes.  Also hurts barefoot, though.  I find that the toes have a more more active part to play when running barefoot, and this particular toe seems to have decided that it needs a vacation from active duty.   Anyway, I didn't get in all my miles yesterday, which bugs me.  But today I was able to squeeze my running shoes on and go for a leisurely 4.25 at about 10:40 pace.  

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So far 2 for today.  1 mile barefoot, which was pretty comfortable in most respects (no dog).  9:30 pace (I wasn't looking at my Garmin, usually I try not to go below 10:00 on an easy run.)

1 more with the pooch in shoes at 10:40 pace, and my right knee started to really bug me.  It is the same kind of bugging that I have had within 2 weeks of most of my races.  Feels like referred pain, not a real injury, but it still does hurt and causes a limp.  I am going to try to scrape the heck out of my quads and gluts with (don't tell Josse) the back of a butter knife and see if that helps.  He he he.  Don't slay me, it feels exactly the same!

I've decided not to register for the St. George Marathon this year.   Sasha's advice was to wait until I could run a half in 1:50:00.  He said that with 3 months of solid, uninterrupted training, I could probably do it on a favorable course.  But to me 3 months of perfect training seems a little out of reach at this point.  Maybe next year.  I am perfectly happy to focus on the shorter distances for another season.  Well, not perfectly happy, but happy enough.  (BTW don't bother leaving me a comment that I should just chuck Sasha's advice, because I won't.  As far as I'm concerned he is practically psychic when it comes to all things running.)

Update: 1.1 miles after scraping, barefoot, 10:30 pace.  Knee felt very good!  And there was much rejoicing...yea.

1.15 a little later, still barefoot.  I am beginning to really not trust my shoes.  Tomorrow I've gotta go try on new shoes.  10 miles planned for tomorrow.  If I get them in, all the credit goes to Adam for the swift kick. : )


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From josse on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 17:51:57

The first time I scraped myself it was with a spoon so what ever works.

From Lybi on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 17:58:53

Doh! You caught me. ;) Thanks so much for scraping me and teaching me how to do it. I really do feel that it helps.

By the way, I don't think I ever told you how much I enjoyed meeting you--that was one of the highlights of the trip for me for sure.

From Christi on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 18:08:48

Sorry to hear 'bout the knee! This "scraping" is all new terminology for me, interesting...Sounds like the Josse has some techniques that will put you back in action in no time. So Sasha says to run a 1/2 in 1:50 before you do a full. Well, then I'm in trouble! I hope to still see you at the pre-race party for SGM this year? Is James running? (sorry about the interrogation (sp?))

From adam on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 18:25:48

The training doesn't have to be perfect for it to happen, but it does need to be consistent.

If someone said you could have a really, really, amazingly awesome thing after only three months of work, would you hesitate a year to do it? (2 Kings 5:13-14)

Time to make your "get tougher and gain more self discipline" goal beg for mercy!

From josse on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 19:07:31

I'm always watching hehehehe. I really enjoyed meeting you as well. I think you would break that time at an end of summer half;)

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 00:53:15

Thanks Josse!

Adam, do you mean Calcio? I find it hard to believe that some guy who hasn't blogged since August and whom I have never met is trying to give me a kick in the rear. But anyway, Adam (whom I highly suspect is actually Calcio) you get the award for the most motivating comment of the day! Thanks.

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 00:54:59

Oh, and Christi--James has registered for SGM, but who knows if he'll get in. IF he gets in, and IF he is not injured then I will definitely be there at the pre-race extravaganza. I can eat pasta with the best of them. :)

From James W on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 01:02:18

My dear, Josse gave me some excellent advice just the other day - if your knee hurts when you wear the shoes, then CHUCK THEM! You definitely need new shoes, and as we have discussed, I would suspect that you need some shoes with less stability control. Keep them miles coming!

From adam/calcio on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 11:21:21

I, little adam (all lowercase), am always calcio.

I do it this way because there's AdamRW from SLC, and whoever that other guy is (who hasn't blogged in a year), and calcio isn't my name. it doesn't link to my page, but i prefer it.

From adamr on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 18:16:20

I just changed my page name to stop the confusion, so now adamr should take you there.

From Lybi on Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 00:19:24

adamr--ex-cellent (Mr. Burns). Thanks--life is confusing enough!

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4 miles at once--all barefoot. So that's a new barefoot distance record for me. (But I did wear socks.)

2 miles in shoes that shall remain nameless. I am chucking my old trainers--I think they hurt my knees. BUT I can't run anymore barefoot tonight because I am on the brink of getting a blister on my forefoot. And I HAVE to run 10 today (because of blog persecution). So I had to improvise. 4 more to go. The night is still young.

2 more miles...2 to go.

2 more. How tedious! Longest 10 miles I've ever run. The good news is that my knee feels absolutely fine. I think it is a combination of scraping, and chucking my running shoes that has done the trick. Next week I really have to get new shoes of some kind, though. Possibly Nike Frees or something like that.

Pictures! Can you guess which toe got smooshed by my dog?

Still, he's not ALL bad. Cuteness covers a multitude of sins.

As usual, he is completely under my control for the photo shoot. Just like he always all times. ;)

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From James W on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 01:04:00

awww, look at them pigs! So cute - even the puffy one . . . he he.

From Christi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:28:27

Ah, your poor pinky! Sparky is adorable though. Its so hard to stay mad at them isn't it? (BTW you are looking lean & mean in that photo!)

From Mik'L on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 10:39:44 cute! But the toe doesn't look so good. Good luck with the miles today!

From Kim on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 13:24:20

I was thinking the same thing about your picture! Except I was thinking "lean and really nice" :) Lifetime looks great on you!

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 13:28:52

Yes, Sparky is very flattering on me. If only I could wear him at all times. Now I see why people have "lap dogs". He he he.

From Christi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 18:22:55

I decided you need to register for the SGM and leave it to lottery fate. You only have until the end of this month to register. C'mom- YOU CAN DO IT!!

From Brent on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 19:53:33

Lybi, your out voted, 436 to one, guess you have to register for St.George.

Stay Kool, new toe nail color, without toe jam football, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:41:21

Brent and Christi: I am invulnerable to your pressure, I mean, encouragement. ;) Wouldn't you feel SUPER guilty if I DID try to train for a marathon at such short notice and I got injured? Tsk tsk! I am aiming to be able to run a good solid half this fall. That still leaves 13.11 MORE miles that I am not trained for in a full.

From laura on Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 00:28:13

OUCH!!!! That toe look awful!! How can you be running on it? And barefoot?!?!?! Hopefully that was an old picture and you're fully recovered now?

Great mileage!!!

From Jody on Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 12:16:11

10 miles is great! Cute little spunky dog!

From steve ashbaker on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 12:12:23

Great pictures! I'll trade you injuries..

I have a swollen sprained ankle with lovely patterns of deep road rash. I'm sure you will be glad to know that I can't even loook at that horrid machine anymore!

Thanks for checking up on me. Steve.

From Christi on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 13:59:30

10 on Saturday- nice! I like your perseverance breaking it up into little runs. Glad the knee is co operating! (only 1 & 1/2 more week to reg. for SGM - hee hee!)

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What a lovely little run tonight! Felt fabulous. 4.37 miles in shoes at 9:54 pace on ave. The moon looked like a big golden coin hanging in the sky.

Today was a good day--check out the good fortune....We are replacing out air conditioning unit/furnace (which is actually a bummer, because if I wanted to spend that much money on the house, I'd much rather it be for something FUN like new carpet or countertops, or something). Anyway, these big sweaty guys were working on installing it ALL day. But they couldn't fit it in our attic for some reason. I felt very sorry for them--they worked long and hard, and ended up having to remove the stuff they had worked so hard to install. The good part, though, is that the AC company is now going to give us an even better system for the same price. But I have to stay home and babysit the house again tomorrow, which is a little bit blah.

Another fun thing about today is that I was able to connect with 2 long lost friends--my adopted brother, Gokalp Ekremoglu (who lives in TURKEY!) and James Nuttall, who was a college bud (hi James!) on Facebook.  So I take back all that terrible stuff I said about facebook.  He he.  Don't worry though Sasha--the blog is still the best ever.  :)

Congratulations to all the BRAVE SOULS who ran in the Boston Marathon today! Can't wait to read the race reports..

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From Michael on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:54:22

Hey I tried to run barefoot for about 1/2 mile last night and got a burr on my foot (actual truth). My lawyer will be in contact with you! Actually I can see how it could strengthen your foot but I find myself watching my feet too much worried where I will step or what Ill step on

From Lybi on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:54:51

Oh no, Michael! Sorry about your foot. You know, on my barefoot route I just go on the sidewalk for a 1/2 mile loop over and over. I know it so well, I am familiar with every pebble on the sidewalk. I would NEVER run barefoot on a trail or out in the wilderness.

From James W on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:20:55

Why won't you come out and tell everyone what kind of shoes you are wearing? Are you afraid of the reaction you will get? He he

BTW, I am also very grateful for the break we got on our A/C, even though we didn't originally think it was . . . Thank goodness it wasn't too hot out yet.

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2.85 at 9:41 pace early this morning.

*Whew* Christine and I are switching back to early morning running together. So now I have absolutely no way out of waking up at 5:30. That's good. Can't leave important stuff like that up to groggy will power.

1.28 barefoot tonight at 10:02 pace.   I'm exhausted.  

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From Christi on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 00:51:46

I'm impressed with your multiple daily runs lately- way to go!

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2.85 early with Christine at 9:47 pace. The side of Christine's knee was hurting a little bit. So we decided to run a little slower and take it easy. However, neither Christine or I have a very good sense of what speed we are going and ended up running faster than usual. Weird. Usually I try to run faster, and end up slower. The speed that we go is usually dependent on what we are talking about at the time. If we are excited about it, we go faster. At the end I taught her how to scrape her quads. Hope she'll be okay tomorrow.

1.65 More with James and one kid running & the other two in the jogging stroller. I think Sam ran 1 mile in about 10:05 or something like that, and Joey ran .65 miles at 11:10 pace or something like that.

This is Christine. She's an athletic chica! In addition to running, she lifts weights, jumps ropes and/or does some other form of cross training every day. You'd never guess that she was old enough to have a daughter starting college this fall, would ya?

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From Christi on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 14:47:18

Way to go on pace today. Christine is a cute chica!

From Mom on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 19:39:11

What is this about scraping your quads. You referred to it before and I thought you were kidding. What is it for?

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:49:32

Christi--she's totally cute. She has a daughter graduating from high school this year and they look like sisters. She's amazing.

Mom--scraping is a kind of massage that uses a metal or plastic tool to "scrape" your muscles. The goal is to locate and destroy the scar tissue that builds up from micro-tears in your muscles. It is kind of painful, but it seems to be very effective. There are lots of people I know on the blog who have had relief from long-lasting injuries through this technique. Josse is the one who knows all about it. She scraped me after I ran the Provo City half marathon. James is doing so much better since we've started scraping.

From Christi on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 13:38:24

So what's Christine's secret- staying active?

From Lybi on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 15:24:41

People ask her that all the time. Exercising is a huge part of it, plus good genes. But I think, since getting to know her better, that another secret is that she often skips or skimps on dinner. She eats good food, and enough of it during the day, but she just gets busy around dinner time. She is always telling me that she forgot to eat dinner. And I'm like ??? Que?

From Christi on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 15:32:50

I like Denise Austin even though my hubby can't stand to watch her & thinks she's WAY cheesy- but she says "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper (sp?)" I think there is great wisdom in this! Sounds like Christine may go by this philosophy whether she means to or not!

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Ditto from yesterday. 2.85 with Christine early at 9:57 pace. Christine's knee started hurting with just .1 to go. That chica just does not slow down! I try to slow her down (for her own benefit!) and she just gaps me. Hope she'll be okay.

1.15 miles barefoot this evening. I am in the mood to argue, I mean, debate, if anyone is interested. : ) The burden in on you to pick the topic, though.

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From Shauna on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 01:36:44

Well, I don't know about debating, but I am wondering: why are you running barefoot? And, doesn't it HURT???

From Lybi on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 09:53:06

I am running barefoot to make my foot and lower legs stronger so that I will hopefully be able to avoid injury, and run with better form. It doesn't hurt if you go on a nice smooth surface like a sidewalk, start VERY gradually (1/2 mile and take it slow for starters) and run with good form. If you heel strike or overstride it hurts. That's the benefit: it teaches you to avoid those two common pitfalls. Man! My feet get more comments these days than I do.

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Early morning solo run. 2.63 at 10:10 pace. I'll run another 1.5 this afternoon with my kiddos.

Today will be my first full day of homeschooling. Wish me luck! No...PRAY for us. Pray very hard!

Had a really fin day with the kids.  1.37 more miles tonight barefoot.

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From Michael on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 13:27:23

You could do some homeschooling classes:

Running Basics 101

Advanced Running (Barefoot) 201

Writing Skills to tease/harass future running bloggers 301

From Lybi on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 16:05:24

So far it seems like it is more:

How to get paint in every corner of the kitchen 101

Why math is not really as boring as it looks on paper 201

Volcanoes 301 (This is related to the paint issue)

So far, so good!

From Jody on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 13:31:00

You are such a brave Mom! Glad it went well!

Your running is going well too. When is your next race?

From Arie Beresteanu on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:31:39

Homeschooling is very brave indeed. Adding running to it is even more brave.

I heard about barefoot running. Never tried it tho. Where do you run barefoot? On what surface?

From Lybi on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 16:40:53

Thanks guys. It really is not all that brave to homeschool in this case. It is simply necessary. My bright little guy is just not learning anything in school, and mostly messes around instead, much to the teacher's chagrin.

Arie--I run on smooth sidewalk.

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Nice longer run (for me) with James. We got a babysitter and spent 1:27:00 just running and talking. 10:22 pace. Really more like 10:40ish pace for the first 7 and 8:50 for the last mile and a half. It was really nice spending the time with James.

The only annoyance was that I KEPT getting rocks in my crocs, I mean, shoes. Okay okay, I'll admit it, I've been running in crocs for the last week. I didn't want you to know because I didn't want to seem TOO much like a Sasha wanna-be, but my broken pinky is still swollen, and all other kinds of shoes squish them.

So here is my official product review of $4.88 fake-o crocs from Wal-Mart :

Pros: Very lightweight, very comfortable, very wide toe box to facilitate pinky mutilations, seem very cushioned, but you can still feel the ground a little (esp. when you step on a rock or something) inexpensive, widely available, did not cause any aching knees or hips. I had absolutely no hint of injury this week.

Cons: Rocks get into them--not just every once in a while, but EVERY SINGLE RUN--at least once. Today I had to stop probably 5 times to dump out a little pebble that had hitched a ride. Also they do not stop thorns. I got poked a little by a thorn I stepped on today, although it did not break my skin or anything. They also seem to be very short for the size. I usually wear 7s, and I had to buy an 8 just for my toes to fit without rubbing against the front.

This was a good week for me.  I got out every single morning at the crack of dawn!  Consciousness not required--just miles.

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From air darkorse on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:16:13

Running shoes designed for running. Crocs baad...

From Brent on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:20:52

Lybi, thanks for the hug, regardless of my situation, I will always support you and other bloggers. Sweet run with your hubby enjoying the day, those runs are priceless.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From MarcieJ on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 18:38:38

You are amazing! I dont think i could run barefoot or in crocs but you are doing great! Your miles are awesome too. Keep up the hrad work.

From Mom on Sat, Apr 26, 2008 at 22:24:25

That is a good thing to get a babysitter for--quality together time. Lots better than a movie. And doing something you both enjoy, sharing it.

I may have to get some croc look-alikes.

From laura on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 01:12:28

Saaawwheeet! I mean, hey, get in your running shoes. ;o) What a great run. I'm still so sad that I finally got up to 8 and had to back-track because of my dumb back. Humph. You're doing AWESOME, though!!!!! Great job! Did you check out Grant's blog yet?

From laura on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 01:13:21

Hey, I sure wouldn't mind if YOU had a personal (non-running) blog, too. *hint, hint*

From Mom on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 21:41:05

I would also like to see a personal (non-running) blog, in your nonexistent spare time.

From Christi on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 11:00:11

Me too! Join the blog addiction (as if this one isn't enough!) WOW- great run w/ hubby. That is SUCH a great date! Wish I could get Jim to run. Running in crocs? I'm not so sure about that, but I hope you have pics for posterity!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 17:20:12

I've been lucky to avoid rocks on my route. I think anybody that can run in racing flats should be able to run in Crocs.

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2.85 this morning with Christine at 9:46 pace. Feeling busy these days!

Last night I dreamed that I easily beat my old high school record for the 5K in a local race. It was such a nice dream.   A dreeeeeeeeeeeam is a wiiiiiiiiiish your heart makes...

1.15 more tonight barefoot.  I have achieved a very deep level of exhaustion today just working with my kids.   Can't wait to hit the pillows tonight.

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From Kim on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 21:26:56

Feeling busy?! Whatever for? Starting to home school your kids should add hours and hours of free time to your schedule! :o) You are quite the wonder woman you know!!!

From laura on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 00:08:52

Sleep well - you've earned it!

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2.85 with Christine at 9:57. We were both dragging like roadkill this morning. I don't think I even opened my eyes all the way until we were a mile out. Why am I soooo tired?

Mmmmm.  I feel soo much better after taking a quick nap this afternoon.  Thanks for the tip, Kim!  2.15 barefoot miles this evening at 10:25 pace.   Felt really good.

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From Kim on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:56:57

Lybster girl! Don't wear yourself down so you get injured or sick! Take care of yourself and get the rest you need! You have a lot going! Do you get a chance for a little nap at all in the day? I find that even 20-30 minutes helps out quite a bit! Good luck!

From Christi on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 13:29:11

Hey- maybe you can come to St. George for some "lazy lessons" I'll give you a deal! Really, maybe its the heat? I hope you're feeling spunky today!

From Jody on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 19:46:20

You are tired because you are a mom, you home school, you have church callings, you teach piano, you inspire all of us on the blog, you are a great wife and you run. I am tired after writing all this!

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2.85 with Christine at 9:46 pace on ave.

You know how you are supposed to check your smoke detectors once a month to make sure the batteries are still good? Well, it is very inconvenient to get out the ladder and hike up there so many times. It is much easier to do what I did yesterday and basically burn some scrambled eggs to ashes, and get those alarms all going off at once. The only drawback is that it stinks, and it is noisy for quite a while. ;)

Later....For dinner tonight we ate at McDonald's. But I abstained. I just kept thinking about that 1:50 half in my future. So I came home and ate Raisin Bran instead. : )

2.15 barefoot tonight at 9:40 pace on ave. I focused on relaxing the whole time.

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From grant on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:18:45

You could always try burning something that smells good when burned, like sugar. Well, incense might be better.

Actually, just throw a toy of some kind at it. Either you will hit the test button, or you will knock it off the ceiling. I've got no use for fire alarms personally. Who ever got saved by a fire alarm?

From Christi on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 15:55:11

Oh man, burnt eggs... not a good smell. We don't change our fire alarm batteries until they do that annoying beep while we're trying to sleep at night!

From Mom on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 20:03:37

I did that the other day while broiling steaks. I feel for you. Love you

From sarah on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 23:39:09

Yay for cold cereal. So do you want to give me a hint of some of the things you are doing with the kiddos to wear yourself out? Maybe I could look at it and give you some advice how to get the same bang for less buck(meaning less energy from Mom and same learning happening with kids)

From Brent on Thu, May 01, 2008 at 10:00:08

Lybi, no doubt, many great things in the future for you, a 1:50 is just one of them.

Stay Kool, Smokey, without Robinson, B of BS Rools out

From Kim on Thu, May 01, 2008 at 10:15:47

Brent, you are still quick on the draw with all your fun little ditties!

Lybi: I think I would choose Raisin Bran over McDonald's any day! There are other places I would have a hard time with that though It's funny, when I first read your comment I thought you said Russian Bran!

From laura on Thu, May 01, 2008 at 10:40:20

What an amazing woman - cooking dinner and checking the smoke detectors at the same time. You're such a multi-tasker!!!! ; ) Great job skipping the McD's (though sometimes it sure doesn't seem hard. Eckh)

Great running!

From Christi on Thu, May 01, 2008 at 20:52:22

You are such a great example to me! Way to abstain from Mickey D's! (It was IN-N-OUT for me last night and no abstaining...)abstain is a cool word...abstain, abstain, abstain...

From Lybi on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 09:12:04

Christi--abstain is cool, but if you use it as an adverb it's even cooler: abstemiously. "She nibbled at her buckwheat abstemiously." It has all 5 vowels and 'y' in alphabetical order. There are only 2 words in English that do this--the other one is facetiously.

From Christi on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 11:52:05

And why are you not an English teacher or professional writer??? How do you know this stuff? You are amazingly smart! (still want details on your homeschooling...)

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2.15 at 9:57 pace including a short stretch of walking.  For some reason I got a really painful cramp in my chest this morning.  Scared me just a little because it was right where I think my heart is.   It didn't go away when I slowed down or even walked, so I just cut my run short.  Probably caused by a lack of chocolate in my diet. ; )


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From Clay on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 09:46:18

I love Chocolate... Keep up the good training, your doing great:-) Time for my morning Hershey's big block!!! Breakfast of champions...

From Carrie on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 12:28:05

Hi there! I've been in Peru! Very sweet of you to notice I was gone! Thats so cool! I've been worried about my daughter because of a car accident she was in at the beginning of last month. A man ran a stop sign and totaled the car, with my girl in it. She will be going to physical therapy for a long time to get back to a hundred percent. It hasn't been fun, but it will all be ok.

From Grant on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 12:59:12

Told you not to run barefoot. You get heartworms. :)

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 13:15:35

Was it a cold morning? I get that sometimes when it is cold and I push too hard right away without a good warm-up. But in any case - make sure the diet is clean, eat lots of fiber and less cholesterol, make sure you are getting to bed on time, take some hawthorn berry (in capsules or in tea form) and cayenne pepper. When you are training a lot just like the skeletal muscle the heart experiences micro-tears daily and then rebuilds them if you give it a chance and becomes stronger. However, if you are not careful with the recovery, the heart can get weaker instead of stronger. When the weakest part of the heart starts lagging behind stronger sub-systems bad things can happen.

From Hildisvini on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 15:40:38

Thanks for the Welcome, Lybi. I checked out KellyP's blog as per recommendation. It's nice/interesting to know there are others who are kinda just getting started.

From Christi on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 23:27:38

Hey Lybster! Hope the heart thing was a one time fluke. Take care of yourself & have a GREAT weekend!

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I'm taking an extra rest day for my heart.

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Bleh. I had to wait for James to get home from the Father & Sons campout to go for my run. (I still had my little 3 year-old who was sick and struggling with asthma symptoms.) So it was almost midday when I ran. It was good--I had almost forgotten what it feels like to get heat exhaustion. You get that nice layer of dead skin build-up on your lips and start seeing little purple men (not really). But anyway, I hope to get a few more miles in when it cools down this evening.

Later...4.79 at 9:52 pace just to push me over 27 for the week. I've been in high 20s for several weeks now. Time to step it up to low 30s. Wish me consistency, everybody!

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From Christi on Sat, May 03, 2008 at 21:42:25

Be careful out there in that heat! I hope you take water with you. Good job getting in 6 in the heat, I know 6 can feel like a marathon on hot days! (thanks for being my cheerleader after my race today! you rock!)

From carrie on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 15:45:12

here is me wishing you lots of consistency!!!! You are doing such a great job

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2.85 With Christine this morning

2.15 This afternoon on the treadmill. I am so happy to have the use of our treadmill back. It works beautifully! James had to do some complicated repair/replacement dealio, but it works great now.

James and I are both recovering from post-Sunday nap syndrome. We both got great, sumptuous naps yesterday and suffered the traditional Sunday night insomnia as a result. We are both flying high on about 4 hours of sleep today. Not good! Tonight we have vowed to go straight to bed when our oldest is down, around 8:30. We shall see. Hold me to it! And don't let me off the hook with the whole "but it really DOES take 20 min. to brush your teeth if you do a really good job" routine. One of the ironies of life is that the more tired you are, the longer it takes to get ready for bed. Why?

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From Christi on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 19:36:10

So true! I stall the most when I'm most tired. Good luck getting your ZZZ'ss... Love, The Princess of Pillows

From josse on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 19:41:55

My problem is that I can be dead tired before the kids are in bed and can't wind down after they are in bed.

From Michelle on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 19:54:22

I'm with Josse, I get tired right after dinner untill around 8:00 and then the family starts off to bed and it's like someone turned on the lights again. I think it's a nightshift thing.... or just a curse!

From Jody on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 21:18:08

Nice run -

I have the same problem as Josse & Michelle, If I get alone time I can go forever!

From Grant on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 21:29:42

Sorry about your post Sunday nap syndrome. I had some of that myself Sunday, so I couldn't sleep till 5 this morning, then I napped today. Probably won't be tired tonight. Pretty soon I'll be completely nocturnal...dilated eyes and stuff.

From Lybi on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 23:10:52

Yea! Look, I am doing it! I'm going to bed and it is only 8:10!

BTW, I read this book on helping your kids sleep, and it does say that the whole "second wind" thing is due to not getting to bed early enough. You'd think we all had an insane hobby that requires really early mornings or something, wouldn't ya?

From laura on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 00:46:58

Woohoo! Great run, Lybi!! Sorry about the awful night's rest.

From MichelleL on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 19:07:48

Good job going to bed early! I have the same issues with the Sunday sleep. The nap is so glorious until it messes with the nighttime sleep.

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I feel like a broken record player. 2.85 with Christine at 9:39 pace. Every morning just the same. But it's good, right? I have a schedule right now that is really working, and this slightly faster easy pace feels exactly the same as 10:30 pace used to feel. I felt great this morning--well rested, even. Ahhh.

2.15 on the treadmill.   I feel really good today.  It's hard to explain, but I feel like I have a spring in my lower back.  Not a bad feeling, just energy, and strength.   Does anyone know what I'm talking about?  Like somehow the muscles of the back play a role in running.  Anyway, it feels good. 

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From Kim on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 10:28:48

Like you said, you may feel like a broken record, but you are being consistent and getting out each day! I have found that is very important! Even after dreadful Sunday Nap Syndrome, (in fact, especially after SNS!)

How hot is it for you guys now? Probably starting to get up there pretty good!

From James W on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 12:23:44

Good job out there today - just make sure you don't overdo it like I did! Another week or two of about 35 miles/week and you will probably want to bump up your mileage some more to prepare you for your next 1/2 marathon . . .

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 12:39:26

The broken record player is the key to breakthroughs.

From Grant on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 13:59:55

Way to be a creature of habit! And good habits no less.

From Benn on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 18:49:30

Actually I'd agree that the lower back plays a pivotal role in running in that your posture dictates where the force displacement is going to occur. i think that it's good that you feel "springy" and that you are in good shape. Don't worry about the "Broken record thing"; Sometimes that's beneficial to the body. Sasha will agree, as he argues a lot for consistent weekly 5x6 or 6x6 mile runs for several months (This is one of my goals at some point this month) . Keep up the work!

From Jody on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 19:59:44

I completely agree with the monotomy - not from you, but from me. I feel like my blogging is the same day after day! I need some excitement!

From Christi on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 21:32:16

Glad you have a bounce in your step today! Great job!

From Brent on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 22:29:25

Lybi, what is the song on that broken record? Bueller, Bueller, Bueller, I hope not. Consistency really pays off.

A spring in your step, a smile as you run, a sweet smell in the air, what a great day for a broken record run. Read Tom's blog, every day running is a great day.

Stay Kool, keep the old record player working, B of BS Rools out

From James W on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 23:32:10

I feel like a broken record . . . I feel like a broken record . . . I feel like a broken record . . . j/k! BTW, if you are getting tired of your current 2.85 mile jaunt with Christine, I have another course for you that measures exactly 2.85 miles. I'll tell you about it if you want me to. I'll take a broken record any day if it will get me another PR at St. George (assuming I get in, of course).

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Gasp!  Look at that.  I actually ran a different route with Christine this morning.  3 miles at 9:47 pace.

Christine is such an entertaining person.  We talk non-stop for the entire run every time.  The first thing she says to me every morning is "I'm sorry!"  Then she will usually apologize about 5 or 6 times on our run.  If I get a rock in my shoe, she apologizes.  If I trip, she apologizes.  Any time I do anything unexpected, it triggers another apology.  Ever know someone like that?  She is just cute.  Today she apologized because I couldn't find my shoes when she got here.  He he he.   


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From Kim on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 11:17:17

Way to shake things up with a different route!

I know the "I'm sorry" type. It makes you feel bad that they seem to take responsibility for everything! You'll have to be careful and do everything perfectly so she doesn't have to feel sorry so much. It's all on your shoulders! Sorry! :)

From James W on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 14:18:57

Well, it could just be an abbreviated "I'm sorry to hear that". Remember the "I Love You" book, where it says "and I'm sorry when you're sad" - it seems like that is more what is means. BTW, way to rock the boat there with a different route . . . you make me laugh!

From air dark horse on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 19:47:05

I'm sorry to hear that. You may be glad to hear that I have not looked at murdercycle for 3 weeks now and it actually has dust on it now. Just not saleable... I know how much you wanted me to sell it Lybi, Sorry..

From Mom on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 00:13:21

That reminds me of the Mary Tyler Moore she, a sitcom where she describes herself as someone who apologizes when she bumps into a table at home.

From Lybi on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 02:07:55

Yea, it was kind of funny.

Me (smiling): Did you know that the first thing you say to me every morning is "I'm sorry"?

Christine: Really? Oh, I'm sorry! Wait, I'm sorry, I did it again. I'm sorry etc...

The thing is that she really IS assertive in general. She just talks really fast.

From Brent on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 19:35:22

Lybi, yes, I have an "I'm sorry friend" at work. The ultimate test, let a stinker and she if she says "I'm sorry". Second test, don't listen to me, she sounds too nice for such a prank.

Stay Kool, Sorry, Without Patsy, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 00:39:58

Ok- I'm paranoid now. I'll have to watch myself & make sure I'm not an "oh sorry-er". I most definately am the

"talk your ear off-er". Good to see you living on the edge, switching up the route and all!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 10, 2008 at 23:26:06

How are things going?

From linda10k on Sun, May 11, 2008 at 01:05:14

Super job on getting out there and running. :-) Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.

From Lybi on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 09:19:53

Christi--don't be paranoid. If I were to say that someone reminded me of Christine, it would be one of the best compliments I could ever give. She is SOOOO amazing. Her most dominant characteristic is that she is so energetic.

Sasha--thanks for checking in. I'm fine. I've been running. I've just been really really busy. Catching up now.

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3 miles on the treadmill in the afternoon.  2 more miles in the evening outside.  BUSY!

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Terrible night's sleep.   I dragged myself through the day and finally got out for 3 miles in the evening.  BUSY DAY!

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Groan. This is the day of which I am ashamed. I completely skipped my run.  Missing a weekday is bad enough, but when I miss a Sat. I loose fully a third of my weekly mileage.  

I had a huge piano event today that I was kind of in charge of. I really really hate being in charge of stuff--it just does not come naturally to me at all. I'd so much rather be an enthusiastic supporter! Anyway, there were 300 piano students, 30 piano teachers, theory tests, individual performances, scales evaluations, written reports, oral reports, composer oral exams, sight-reading, duets, original compositions and a partridge in a pear tree. Ug. It went smoothly, but it was taxing making the final preparations this week. Glad it's over.

I got 4 hours of sleep last night and was on my feet ALL day--from 5:15 am to 9 PM. I did not drag myself out for my 10 miler like I should have. I was in the last stage of sleep deprivation. They are 1.) tiredness 2.) grouchiness  3.) fuzzy head syndrome 4.) the weirdness, which is much like depression. Today I was in "the weirdness" after the event. I wish I had dragged myself out for at least 2 miles. As it was, I was doing well just to get in bed and pull the covers over my head.

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I just ran 3 miles with Christine at 9:52 pace on average.

I finished reading "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer (author of "Twilight"). Any chicas out there read it yet? It is GOOD! I want to talk about it with someone.

*Later* It's been too long since I ran barefoot, so I dusted off the ol' feet and headed out for a leisurely 2 miles. I got a little bit antsy when I heard a song I liked on my Ipod so I ran the last quarter in 1:33. (6:12 pace--that is darn fast for me.) I've never really tried to run fast barefoot. I liked it. I got the tinglies and everything. *Blush* That sounds totally wrong, but you know what I mean... 9:21 pace on average for the whole run.

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From Christi on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 11:23:51

Hey fast reader! Now I know why you got a little behind on your blogging- ha! I actually just got The Host for Mother's Day and I'm just a couple pages into it. Not sure how quickly I'll read it. I kinda have the attitude that it will make a nice slow summer read. But you'll be one of the first to know when I'm done! Yeah, I have a dog. He's the best! He's almost 2, had him since he was a pup (cocker spaniel) I don't talk about him too much on the blog 'cause I don't take him on enough walks. His exercise consists of chasing the kids around the backyard.

From Lybi on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 15:29:32

It's true. That stupid book kept me up at night too. I'm doing better, though. It took me longer than 48 hours, so that's progress in terms of my binge-reading issue.

From Christi on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 16:29:44

Well, 48 hrs for a 700 pg. book is still mightly fast. I can't wait to get into it! I'm a binge reader too. I'd like to think I can take it slowly, but not sure how I'll do once I finally start it! Glad to hear its good. My friend Kathy has co-founded the biggest Stephanie Myer fan blog out there. You should check it out She told me The Host was a little slower to get into, but once she got about 100 pgs. into it she was TOTALLY hooked. Same for you?

From Mik'L on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 16:43:52

No spoilers please! I just bought it over the weekend and will hopefully get to start it on my trip. BTW, I am coming down to Phoenix 18-20 if you are up for coming to get me for a run sometime!

From Mom on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 19:45:40

Talk to me. I have read it and loved it. Took me a little over 24 hours to read it. I am amazed to be related to someone who know someone whose friend is one of the co-founders of TwilightMoms. They are so famous. Loved the series. Also loved The Host. Different. but so engaging. Kristina was more hooked after 3 chapters than she was with Twilight the first time.

From Lyndsay Johnson on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 00:13:23

I just bought The Host. I will speed read it and we'll discuss. :)

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3 miles this am at 9:57 pace on ave. What a great run! The temps were perfect, with just a touch of moisture in the air--the promise of rain. The air was thick with the tangy scent of water on the creosotes. Ahhh. I can't believe it--I actually love running! For so long I was running just so I could blog. Then I started to like seeing progress/improvement. This moved on to getting excited about the health benefits--the increased energy and vitality. Soon I started getting excited about racing and achieving my personal best. But now, although I still like all those other things, I really, truly enjoy just getting out there and feeling truly alive every day. This is a red letter day for me. Even if the blog went down tomorrow (heaven forbid) I would still get out and run everyday because now it is finally part of me, and not just something I force myself to do.

2 more miles this evening with my dog. 

No touch of soreness from my tiny, miniature speed workout yesterday.

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From Kim on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 17:37:19

I'm right there with you on your feelings Lybi! It's a great feeling!

From Brent on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 19:18:18

Lybi - heart and soul of running, welcome aboard.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From James W on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 20:35:28

Wow, what an inspirational statement! When you take away everything else, that is what running is all about . . .

From Michelle on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 20:57:14

Sounds like you had a great runners high today! Love those days! I too agree with how you feel. Minus this annoying injury I would be right there with you and hope to be back soon! Right now I'm suffering from decreased endurance because I've been out of it so long and when I do run it's WORK! Can't wait to get my endurance back and my body healthy again! Thanks for the inspiration for today!!!

From sarah on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 23:00:01

What a beautiful entry. So glad I read it. I remember when I felt like I could really tell people I was I runner. I run in the rain and the snow. I get out there no matter what..pregnant..yes even pregnant because it is part of me. I am deeply happy for you.

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3 miles this morning with Christine. She got really dizzy and had to stop and go home before we were half-way done. I think it was because of lack of sleep. Hope she'll be okay tomorrow.

2 barefoot miles tonight at 10:07 pace on average.  Nothing too interesting to report other than that a big dog tried to kill me.  No time to elaborate.  *Yawn* my pillow is expecting me...  

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From Bethany on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 11:36:28

You are running so amazing Lybi! You have made huge progress!

From James W on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 00:42:16

Pillow, attack! Good running today, I hope Christine is OK too - I think it really helps you to be able to run with her, and I'm glad you have found a running partner.

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I got up to run with Christine this morning, and promptly konked out on the couch while I was waiting for her to arrive.  She never showed, and she didn't call--that's the very first time that's happened.  Hope she's okay--I better call her.  James woke me up within 20 min. but I didn't have time for a full 3 miles.   So just 2 for this morning, SLOW.  I am feeling a little low on energy and have a sore throat this morning.  

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From Burt on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 13:40:33

I saw your husband's results for London's Run but not yours. What was your time? You probably beat me since I started out pretty strong and died the last three miles. :(

From Christi on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 14:40:51

Hey! Hope Christine is OK and hope your sore throat doesn't develop into anything more. Keep getting those Zzzzs!

From Lybi on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 15:36:45

Burt--I didn't do London's Run. I was just cheering, and sniffling. Such a sad thing for a little teeny kid like that to die of cancer! I've only run one half so far, and it was a monumental effort. I'm hoping to run another sometime this fall.

From Burt on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 15:45:06

Ah, my mistake. Yeah, when London's mom got up there before the race and did her speech I almost started crying. I was like, "Come on, I have to run in a few minutes!"

From linda10k on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 16:51:59

Hope you get feeling better. Drink lots of OJ.

Just finished reading the "The Host". I can finally get some sleep. My daughter has been out of kindergarten this week and hasn't let me sit down and read for one minute so I had to do all my reading at night. It was a great book. Not quite as good as the Twilight series but a very fascinating read. I can't wait until August when Breaking Dawn comes out.

From Lybi on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 17:23:24

Linda--cool! I know what you mean. I had to read "The Host" at night too.

If you are crazy about "Twilight" check out the trailer at

It looks like it is going to be good!

From laura on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 18:41:14

Oh, I liked that trailer! The other one I've seen made me think I wouldn't like the movie, but that one made it look great! Thanks!

That's too funny that you fell asleep waiting for Christine and she didn't make it either. But it's a bummer that you only got 20 more minutes of sleep. Hee,hee. Great running!!

From linda10k on Thu, May 15, 2008 at 18:55:18

The trailer of "Twilight" does look great! I think they did a good job of picking the actors to fit the characters in the book. Can't wait until December. I like the poster for the movie also.

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5 beautiful miles this evening. I really enjoyed it.

Today was my piano recital, so I hyperventilated for at least 45 min. while I listened to my students play. It is so silly, I get more nervous than they do! Except I stay nervous until they are all done, whereas they get to stop being nervous once they play. I'm always thinking "oh, here comes that one part....oh please oh please oh please...Ahh good, oh, here comes that other part..." For forty-five...loooong...minutes.  Seems like there should be some kind of cardiovascular benefit. Anyway, that is a huge burden off my shoulders. Now I get to relax and do nothing but play with my kids, I mean, homeschool, for the next 2 weeks. (I believe school can be playful!) Spring break for the piano teacher! Time to celebrate.

I suppose if I really want to indulge, I could watch "The Office" while I fold laundry! Wooo-hooo!!! It's funny, my life is sooooooooo boring on paper. These are the things I do: run a long ways, take care of my kids, homeschool, teach piano lessons, clean as little as I can get away with, hang out with James, blog, oh yeah--and do ward missionary stuff. That's pretty much it. Yet somehow I get a kick out of this simple little life of mine. I remember when I was working full time and hated my job, I used to fantasize all the time about just walking out into the wilderness and living like a bushman. Now I am doing the next best thing. He he he.

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From Benn on Sat, May 17, 2008 at 07:41:35

Some might say "boring", but I'm sure almost all of us agree it is absolutely amazing all the things y ou do. I certainly would not be able to balance running, teaching, parenting, cleaning, and church. I have half that much responsibility right now and I feel overwhelmed haha. Case in point you shouldnt play off just how important a role you play in not only your own children, but all the children you teach, as well as everyone you meet. You truly are inspiring and I think anyone would argue that just by knowing you they're truly blessed.

From Mom on Sat, May 17, 2008 at 08:37:56

Sounds like your life is grounded in very important things. You are able to keep your priorities straight and you still manage to do a few things for yourself to keep yourself emotionally whole. Life is good!! You will some day miss this part of your life. Love you

From Lybi on Sat, May 17, 2008 at 12:44:41

Awww. What a nice comment, Benn! Thanks.

And thanks to you to, Mom, for setting such a good example to me when I was growing up.

From laura on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:19:22

You're awesome, bushwoman!! ; )

From Lybi on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:23:06

Laura--yeah, at least I can hang out in my leopard pajamas all day and then go for a run barefoot...

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I got out a little too late this morning and was only able to do 5 before I started frying. So I guess I'll have to do another 5 after the sun goes down. 32 miles for the week! Yea, finally in the 30s. Hope I can actually graduate to the 40s someday soon! 3 weeks of low 30s, 3 weeks of high 30s, then 40 will be my target.

There is a 5K next week and I am really looking forward to it. Time to make a serious try for that old high school PR!

By the way, who won the Ogden marathon? Top 3 were Logan, Seth, and Sasha, I know that. I can't find the info anywhere.

Later...5 outside at night.  Bleh.  Still too hot.

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From josse on Sat, May 17, 2008 at 17:07:10

they said they would have them posted on the website at 4pm. Great job with you week!

From Cody on Sat, May 17, 2008 at 17:25:14

It was Seth, Sasha, then Logan. Good luck at the 5K next week. Paul will have a tougher goal to beat once his injuries are behind him.

From laura on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:20:43

Great mileage for the week, chiquita! You're doing great at keeping your goals!!!

From Mark on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 10:08:15

Great job getting in the miles despite the heat!

From Mik'L on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 12:25:02

I am in town but just until about 5 am Wednesday morning. Monday is my day off, so we can try and plan a run then, but I don't have a car. Let me know if it will work for you, if not, I totally understand.

From Bryce on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 13:39:41

Hey Lybi!!

I just can't keep up here. You can email me any time about homeschool stuff. We have homeschooled the whole time except for 4 mos. We are very much unschoolers (I prefer the term child led learning). John Holt has written a ton of great books on homeschooling and the Unschoolers Handbook is a good one too. My email is


From Grant on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 17:22:27

Oh man, it made me tired, but I finally beat your hitherto unbeatable score in biggest brain.

If you beat me again it's going to cause me a lot of stress.

On the plus side, I have not just about fully relearned my multiplication tables!

Way to run, by the way. Heh heh.

From Lybi on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 17:41:44

Grant you are going down. I will not rest until I beat your big-headedness! And if I can not do it, I will find someone who can. There is a guy on this blog who could take you down in the computation section in his sleep!

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3 miles with Christine at 9:40 pace on ave. Doh! I tried so hard to get to bed early last night. I skipped my Sunday nap, got in bed early...but wouldn't you know it my kids inexplicably refused to go to sleep last night, and when they finally did, my dog woke me up with frenzied barking, and after putting him away I had a hard time getting back to sleep. I absolutely MUST have good sleep tonight and the rest of this week. My little 5K on Sat. is my BEST chance for breaking my high school record this season. Soon temperatures will be most unfavorable for setting PRs. Uuuugh. I want to break it sooo badly! I've been thinking about this for over a year! Okay. No stressing out. It is going to be fine....


2 miles tonight, and it is STILL over 100 F.  9:53 pace on ave.  It is supposed to cool down for the weekend.  (I hope!)

I got new shoes today.  I have a funny story about it, but I'll have to tell you tomorrow.  Time for bed!

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From Michael on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 10:26:54

Good luck in your upcoming 5k - hope you get your PR - you can do it!. I dont envy you with that Phoenix heat

From will on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 11:48:22

Good luck with your race and have a lot of fun!

From James W on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:06:10

You can do it! Good job of getting out this morning. BTW, although it is going to be hot today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday are supposed to be quite a bit cooler, so we may just have some good weather Saturday morning!

From laura on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 12:48:01

And if all else fails - there's still your sister's house this summer!!!! : ) Bring your fleese pajamas and fluffy slippers, though. (hee,hee) No, really, you'll do awesome! Just think, you beat Grant on the Biggest Brain (for .. 4 days)!! You can do anything!!!!

From Brent on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 20:43:06

Lybi: Hit your splits, grunt and spit. Be a brave chicka with road kill negative. Get Mad and push the pain, whatever your time, no regrets, you done your best for this race test.

Stay Kool, Look Forward to a HardRock Race Report, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 00:14:00

Thanks, Michael, Will, James, Laura, and Brent. I won't let you down! It is nice to have a virtual private cheering section.

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3.35 miles with Christine this morning. 9:39 pace on ave. Eventful! Yesterday Christine's daughter almost got clipped on the freeway and swerved so hard that she ended up going into a tailspin and crossing all kinds of lanes, only to end up facing the right direction--completely unharmed. Thanks goodness! So the was conversation was even livelier than usual, and it was overall a pleasant run.

Soooooo don't die of shock, but I went and got new running shoes yesterday. I've been running in crocs or barefoot for quite a while now. They did a shoe dog analysis/gait analysis that yielded interesting results. I've had my feet/stride analyzed 2 time previously and they both said that I over-pronated pretty strongly and needed a stability shoe (and the right foot could even do with a motion control shoe). But yesterday, the results were better! Left foot was completely neutral, and the right was not pronating so much, as that the arch was a little more flexible, so barely fits into the "stability shoe" category. Better, eh? I tried to tell him that it was because I've been running barefoot, but he laughed and said that if I'd been running barefoot and I needed stability shoes my arch would be worse, not better.... Not according to my feet, but whatever.

So here's my funny story...the young man who was helping me asked me what my goal time was for the 5K this Sat. and I said "23 minutes," to which he replied by making a muffled choking sound. I looked at him and he was hiding a smile so I said "slow" and he said "yeah." So he thought my goal was laughable. I was just starting to think of a sign that said: "Wanted: Shoe store employee to do gait analysis and sell running apparell. Tact not required." Then he asked me if I'd ever done any longer races and I told that I recently ran a half in 2:03.  He made another interesting sound, so I asked him what HIS half marathon time was and he said "2:04." He was so shocked that I could beat him in a half! It was very gratifying.

1.65 miles later with the kiddos and the double jogging stroller.

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From Kim on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 10:20:28

I hope the second choking sound that guy made was because your hands were squeezing tightly around his neck! (kinda J/K!) Not the kind of guy you ever want to go back to for another pair of shoes! I'm glad things are looking better for you with your running! Glad your friend's daughter is OK! Makes you realize how fast disaster can happen and how grateful you are when it is avoided!

From will on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 10:57:39

Good to hear that your feet are improving. I have noticed that my feet are feeling better and stronger since I started running barefoot. Thanks for giving me the idea, Lybi!

Funny/sad story about the shoes, I'm glad you can shrug off ignorant criticism.

From Christi on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:30:01

That is so lame that the runner store guy was smirking at you. That's why I love Steve- he sounds impressed when I run 9 min miles (hee hee) Anyway- that's exciting about your 5k Saturday. I know you're gonna do AWESOME!

From Grant on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 13:58:20

So they like your shoe dog, eh? So they analysed sparky? Does he bring your shoes to you on command?

That would beat my gerbil circus tricks.

By the way, I now have mice as well. Not pets, wild ones. I wonder if my gerbils would chase them away if I let them run free.

Don't you have like an injured toe or something? I would think that would affect your gait. Can't give credit to the barefoot running.

From Maria on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 14:07:21

Lybi, I would take all these gait analyses with a grain of salt. I was told many times by running stores that I pronate moderately and need stability shoes. Then, I got a persistent niggle in my hip and went to see a well known sport podiatrist in New York who works with some elite runners, among others. He told me that I do NOT need any sort of stability in my shoes, and I should just wear neutral shoes, which I did. My hip problem went away. Not a proof that shoes were the problem, but food for thought nevertheless.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 18:55:54

Don't buy shoes from a guy you can chick :-)

From Lybi on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 20:54:51

Bwah-hahahaha! Kim you are such a cute blend of sweetness and spunk. I'll let the little twerp live. I've no doubt he will become more tactful as he grows up. That's what most people do, with a few notable exceptions. He he he.

Will--how cool that you have started barefooting! Hope it helps your running. My only issue so far is that I am not building up a thicker layer of skin on my feet like I think I should. I may have to start running barefoot just a little in the heat of the day to burn my feet a little. Not that my neighbors need another reason to elect me "most masochistic chica on the block".

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3.35 outside alone at 9:30 pace on average. I am ready for Saturday. I'm going to show you guys that I can be tenacious.

Any prayers for my little 3 year-old would be greatly appreciated! Yesterday he chewed up and swallowed some glass. I called 911 and the fire department came, and we took him in... NO cuts in his mouth or throat and now we are all just waiting to see if his body can safely expel it naturally. I am a mess. He seems completely normal, though.

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From brent on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 09:27:17

Lybi, yes, god bless. Thanks for your supporting comments. I am sure you will give it your best on saturday. I look forward to a detailed race report. I need to check your hubby's blog. He comments so little, I forget to check up on him.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 09:42:32

Oh man, that's scary for a mom. I'll be thinking of ya. I bet he'll be just fine! You are gonna RULE the 5k, can't wait to read the report!

From Christi on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 09:43:36

My sister's boy ate a nightlight bulb...he was OK after.

From Clay on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:06:20

Oh my Heck Lybi! I hope the little guy is alright:-)

From Kim on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:09:37

The things our kids make it through! I guess his body was craving some vitamin found only in glass. Luckily things like this seem to work themselves out quite well. Hopefully soon so you don't have to have that awful worry for so long. Good luck!

From James W on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 12:46:26

I was wondering about the vitamin thingie - maybe we need to get the boys back on the gummi-bear multivitamin regime. You forgot to mention that he tried to eat the McDonald's (gasp!) happy meal bag later that day . . . :D

From Clay on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 12:58:40

This kid is a goer! time to put him on a leash:-)

From mom on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 16:27:01

What a character. Children are the real reason parents age. I hope he is fine. My guess is he will be. I told you I accidently ate glass and was fine. I am sure that the stevia on the glass eyedropper made it seem like it might be a candy cane. I don't think it is a nutritional need. Your kids keep you hopping. Good thing you are a fast runner both of you.

From argentinerocket on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 17:02:23

How scary! Hopefully he'll be OK.

Hey, we have very similar paces/recent PRs, and goals (BQ). Keep up the good work!

From Lybi on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 17:04:52

Rocketlady--we may have similar times, but you look a lot more comfortable doing them!

From Paul Petersen on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 17:11:30

Scary stuff. Kind of reminds me of Trashcan Annie's story about finding a corroded battery lodged up her son's nose. Little kids are amazingly resilient though (probably by design).

From Michelle on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 22:16:41

I agree definately by design they are very resilient! Hope all goes well with the little one and the race!!! I'll be thinking of you both!

From Shauna on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 23:16:39

Glad your little boy is OK!! Good luck in the 5K this Saturday!

From sarah on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 23:24:45

Oh Lybi..I know you must still be worried. I told my kids the other day that a man has eaten an entire airplane (I think it took him several years). It was in the Guiness Book of World Records so...I don't know...maybe since he chewed it up it won't hurt him....Hope that helps you sleep better.

From carrie on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 23:36:02

Goodness isn't life with kids an adventure! My thoughts are with you and your boy. I'm sure he'll be ok, but its nerve racking I know.

Good luck on your race!!!!

From Lybi on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 09:37:20

You guys are all so great. Thanks for the concern. I know you are all wondering exactly how this happened, so I'll give you the short story.

We were eating oatmeal for breakfast. I sweeten mine with stevia (a natural sweetner). It is in a liquid form and very powerful. Just three drops makes my oatmeal quiet sweet. It was in a glass container and had a glass dropper attached to the lid. So Adam was being poky about finishing. After I finished, I got up and started doing other stuff--but still in the same room. I should have put the stevia away immediately! Anyway, I had my back to Adam and I hear a terrible crunching/grinding noise. It was kind of like when a spoon is in the disposal while it is running (wonder how I know that...). I looked around--what could make that terrible sound. It took me a second to realize that it was coming from Adam. He had the dropper from the stevia and was eating it like a candy cane. (I'm sure it tasted really sweet.) He ate about the bottom inch off the end. He was absolutely pulverizing it with his teeth. He ground it up really good. IF you've ever wondered what is stronger, teeth or glass, it's teeth. So anyway, I started freaking out, hyperventilating, telling him to spit it out etc.

I took the dropper to see how long it was compared to the bottle, and Adam just started eating his oatmeal again, and I was like "Noooooo!!!!" I didn't know the right thing to do. Should I wash his mouth out with water? No that might push it down. I finally just held him in my lap and called 911. I was so frantic that I couldn't even tell my address for a few...long...seconds. While I was waiting for them to get here, I took my finger and just really gently wiped some tiny shards from the space between his cheek and his teeth. He never acted like he got hurt at all or even noticed that it was not just a piece of candy.

From Lybi on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 09:42:49

Oops, I accidentally sent that before I was done. Anyway, the doctor thought the best thing to do is wait and told me that the most dangerous part was already past--the mouth and throat part.

I think that most of the glass is already out and he is fine. But thanks for the prayers! I feel much more calm about it today than I was yesterday. I have been quite a wreck, honestly.

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3 miles outside alone. What a beautiful morning--so cool and humid. Reminded me of the beach for some reason. Hope we get rain.

I run right after James gets back from his run every day, and he scared me a little today by telling me that he saw a real mountain lion not half a mile from our house. I've heard of mountain lion sightings close by, but I've never believed them. We live in a city! Anyway, although I was scared and alone, I was also very curious, so I ran over to where James said he saw it. With about 100 yds. from the "sighting" my feet just stopped without my permission and turned me around. I've got kids. I have to live. : ). By the way, let's not bring it to James' attention that I went looking for the mountain lion. I doubt he would be pleased.

2 BAREFOOT miles outside in the RAIN!  9:29 pace on average.  Yippeeeee!  It was puddle splashing fun.  You've got to try it.  Make sure you know your route really well, though.  It would be harder to see glass and stuff. 

I really like barefooting.  I wish I could transition to running barefoot all the time.  The thing that keeps me from doing it is that then I feel like I have to run the same little .5 mile loop all the time.  I don't feel safe just taking these bare puppies wherever because of the possibility of broken glass. 

Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE broken glass?  I HATE IT!  Whoever invented glass should be forced to eat it every day for breakfast, with no sugar. 

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From Kim on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:14:42

Don't worry Lybi, it's our little secret! BTW: We have the rain you are looking for, it was kind of fun to run in it this morning. But don't tell Tom I said that, or he might think I want to do it all the time. Another little secret for us.

From Big Bro (or Hubby?) on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:18:55

Big brother is watching/reading you know! Gotta guard those secrets closely! :)

From dave holt on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:26:50

1984 or 2008?

From James W on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:54:19

Grrrr! Some secret - put it right on the blog . . . that's it, you're in trouble, missy!

From Grant on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 13:49:24

No getting eaten by mountain lions, Libby. That will prevent you from accomplishing even your short term running goals!

From Christi on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 16:35:32

I gotta admit, I'd probably want to see it too, scary as it sounds! Like when snorkeling in Hawaii, at first I was scared of sharks- by the end of the week I was LOOKING for them! BTW- how is your little guy today?

From Adam rW on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 16:51:13

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From Lybi on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 23:26:26

Doh! I was ratted out. Big brother is to blame, as usual.

Christi-Adam is just fabulous! *Sigh of relief* Maybe someday he'll be one of those circus performers who swallow nails and stuff. A mother can only dream...NOT! I think I should've known that it was all going to be okay because of how panicked I was. Everytime I have been faced with a true life-threatening emergency, I have suddenly become calm and known exactly what to do.

From Christi on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 00:00:29

Good! I'm glad to hear he is OK!

From Mom on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 00:03:17

So glad he is doing well, which means the mother is doing better too. Love you.

You and your mountain lion. I remember when some walkers said they saw a mountain lion laying on your roof. Too exciting for me.

From Christi on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 09:43:03

So tomorrow is RACE DAY?! You're gonna do MARVELOUS! Can't wait to read the report. GOOD LUCK!!

From sarah on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 20:00:31

Ditto your mother's comment...i remember that well too...maybe since I panicked we should have known it wasn't life threatening..of course I remember you being calm but now I know have a secret (no so any more) passion for close encounters with wild life. Good luck on your race tomorrow..I hope you run like a cheetah or should I say mountain lion?

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3 miles outside.  Wow, the temps were perfect--54 degrees at 7:30  I hope it is like this tomorrow too!

James is home today.  Yea!  We are all going to the zoo today, so that should be a fun time. 

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From Sunny on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 12:06:46

Good luck at your race tomorrow! Have fun at the zoo. We went there the last time we were in Phoenix. It was fun but really hot! That was last July.

From Michael on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 12:21:49

Go Lybi on your race tomorrow. Have fun at the zoo. Maybe you should try a few practice sprints with the Cheetahs!

From Heber on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 14:14:29

Good luck on your race little sis!

From Lybi on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 18:10:10

Awww. Thanks guys!

From Mom on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 21:24:46

Good luck on your race. Hope the weather is perfect. Love you lots.

From laura on Sat, May 24, 2008 at 11:04:34

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR RACE!!!!!!!! You're gonna ROCK!!!!

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.

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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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Ow! It is absolutely ridiculous to be this sore from a race as short as a 5K. I can hardly walk. I stumbled out the door like a drunk and chug-a-lugged through 1.1 mile at 11:49 pace. The first quarter was at 15:00 pace! My hamstrings are the main culprits.

PM  Ahhhh.  So much better.  I really wonder if running barefoot uses different muscles or something because I was able to run barefoot without much discomfort at a more or less normal pace.  2 miles barefoot at 9:47 pace on average. 

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From Christi on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 11:11:52

Good job getting out so soon after the race! If you weren't sore, I'd be REALLY jealous (hee hee). Take it easy with some slow "active recovery"

From will on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 12:15:29

Way to go on Saturday - you were flying!

From Mom on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 13:03:46

The pain just proves that you pushed yourself. It is a badge of honor! And it will go away soon. Love you

From Lybi on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 13:06:55

Hey Mom! We're on at the same time! I need to call you. Love you!

Thanks Will!

Christi--does laying around moaning count as active recovery? Sometimes I get up to get a drink of water, though. I am so sore I am practically a fire hazard.

From Lybi on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 13:08:28

...meaning I might accidentally block an entrance or trip a fire fighter with my sluggish lump of a body.

From Kim on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 13:19:41

I'm glad you clarified that...I was hoping you weren't one of those spontaneous combustion stories you sometimes hear about!

I'm jealous of you for being sore. I think that means you really pushed yourself. I am not sore today after my 5K on Saturday, which probably means I wimped out. I will try to push harder next time so I can be a fire hazard the next few days. :)

From Shauna on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 15:07:34

Lybi, the soreness is a badge of honor! I wish I was sore from the race!

From Jody on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 17:14:04

Congratulations! Way to PR on Saturday. Take car of yourself and recover smart.

From linda10k on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 00:35:26

Great job on your race! Hope the soreness goes away soon. Keep up the good work.

From Maria on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 18:15:28

If you think 5K is too short to be so sore after, try 200 meters! I was crippled for 3-4 days after running all out 200m in a track meet last summer and just few weeks ago. I was amazed too, how mere 200m (only 33 seconds of running) can get me to such a miserable state.

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2 miles in crocs at 10:09 pace on ave. A little ouchy, but felt better as I went along.

Yesterday I returned the shoes I got last Monday and I ordered some Vibram Five Fingers from Steve Hooper. This is the color and model I am getting:

They are basically shoes for people who want to run barefoot. More like socks, really...but the sole is tough enough to provide protection against glass and stickers. Only 4.4 oz each! I'm really looking forward to trying them out. Can't wait until they get here.

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From Grant on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 10:29:15

More like toe socks, which we all know are very silly. Well hopefully being so in shape will compensate your ego for feeling silly about running around looking like a sasquach. :)

Let me know how they work out!

haha, those are some silly looking shoes. Every time I look back I want to giggle.

From Lybi on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:25:36

Do you really think they are that funny looking? I think they are cute! The very height of fashion...well, ok, they do look a little bit funny, but they are cool in a quirky sort of way.

But we all know that your primary objection is that they'd never fit you, Mr. My-toes-are-longer-than-the-whole-rest-of-my-foot. Honestly, you are some kind of throw-back to 3 toed sloths or something.

From Tom on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:30:00

Lybi I think the FiveFingers rock! They remind me of the shoes/boots that construction worker guys would wear sometimes in Japan while I was a missionary there years ago. I think maybe I gotta get me a pair of those.

From Shauna on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:50:58

OK, you have piqued my curiosity about these five-fingers. Let me know how the sizing is (and if they work OK on Phoenix pavement in the summer!).

From Mom on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 14:14:36

Once you have those shoes you can stop looking down at the sidewalk to see the stickers and glass and look up to watch for mad dogs and mountain lions. Yeah!!

From laura on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 18:17:29

Hee,hee. I might have to agree with Grant - those things make me giggle. I can't even wear the socks with separate toes - you'll have to tell me if you like these. I think I would first try Heber's shoes from Nike that mimic barefoot running - but they wouldn't be nearly as fashionable. : )

From Christi on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 22:11:26

I'm offically intrigued. I may have to try this out! Has anyone seen the SnL (or maybe its Mad TV?) skit about Jack Johnson's barefoot "shoes"...?

From will on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 01:06:07

Thanks for sharing the shoe pic - I did not realize shoes were available for barefoot running. I have been enjoying barefoot running in the grass, but stray objects always slow me down. The toe shoes would eliminate that problem. I will be self-conscious running in them, though, so I may have to become a late night runner.

From Lyndsay Johnson on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 01:12:17

Those are really super cool!

From Mik'L on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 20:52:24

Clyde got a pair and wore them our whole trip in Orlando. He really likes them. I'm tempted to get some myself.

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2 miles at the track with my whole family.  Somewhere around 11:00 pace.  1 of the miles barefoot.  The track doesn't feel especially good on bare feet.

3 miles outside in crocs at 9:58 pace.

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From Lyndsay Johnson on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 01:29:39

OK. So I really want to get that gym membership you were telling me about. I told Wes "I am just doing it." So there. Now all I need is the info so I can get over there!

From Mom on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 08:57:28

The whole family? Was even Adam running? Yeah for family activities. Little people love to be part of the big group.

From Lybi on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 11:53:31

Mom-I think Adam did one 100 Meter run with Daddy, otherwise he was running around on the grass and giving us all "high 5s" as we went by. Joey ran a little over half a mile and Sam did a mile with me.

Lyndsay--I'll have to look up the info. I'll call you.

From lyndsay Johnson on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 03:32:03

I can't believe you looked that up for me! That was so great of you. Thanks, and I am going to give him a call!

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5 on the treadmill in 49:40.

OK people. I need a little help. I am having a little bit of waffling in terms of what my primary goal for running is right now. It used to be that any time I was having a hard time getting out the door for my run, I would just think about how good it would feel to bring down my high school record. Now that it is out of the way (hooray!), I have been waffling between 3 running goals:

1.) 22:XX for a 5K

2.) sub 50:00 for a 10K, or

3.) 1:50:XX for a half

The significance of the 22 min. 5K to me is that that is where I've always started thinking of a chica as darn fast. It would be nice to be able to think of myself as fast.

The 10K time is significant because it is the dividing line between the boltushkas (meaning talkative woman who runs mainly for social reasons) and the non-boltushkas. Now I KNOW that it is actually a really good description of what kind of runner I am (vomit!), and Sasha has said that it is not a derogatory term, but I still just can't help feeling like I am being called the Russian 'B' word! I would LOVE to ditch the title. On the downside, I have never run a 10K and I am a little afraid of the distance. It's long enough to be aggravating, but not long enough to inspire awe from non-runners (haha).

The half time is significant because a certain red-headed running guru has commanded (advised) me not to run a full marathon until I can do a 1:50:00 half. According to Pachev prognostication, I should be able to do it by the end of July, providing I have solid training until then. So there will be no marathon for me until I can accomplish this.

So there it is. What do you guys think I should focus on? Vote!

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From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:35:20

You should be able to go under 50:00 in a 10 K right now. 1:50 half is a good goal, and you will crack 23:00 in a 5 K as a natural consequence of the half marathon training.

From Shauna on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:47:21

You know I hate 10Ks, so I would say go for the half marathon! Sasha is right about the sub-23 5K: every PR I have ever set was either during marathon training or soon after a marathon. So, go for the longer distance, and the the shorter-distance PRs will come! There are plenty of 5Ks in Phoenix this summer too...

From Kim on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:47:47

Hey Sasha,

Do you think I have it in me for those same expectations? I didn't run in high school, (which means ALL of my times are better than my high school times!), and only started seriously running last September. Thanks for any input. Kim

From MarcieJ on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:53:14

I dont like that term "boltushkas" either, nobody should be "titled" with name just because they dont run below a certain pace, just my thoughts.

Dont be afraid of the distance, a 10k is not that much further. I know you may not be ready for a marathon right now but I dont understand why you "have" to run a 1:50 to be able to run a marathon.

From Clay on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:54:58

Training can get ver boring sometimes, and like it or not we are not elite runners. So I think you should try for the half marathon and I feel like you will be ready after that for a marathon.

The main reason I run Lybi is to deal with stress in my life, the races are secondary. Although they do motivate me to get out the door, even if I didn't run another race I would still run every day just to help deal with the stress.

So the trick is to find out the real reason why you run, and then let that be your focus...

I don't know, that's just my two cents worth.

From luzylew on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:19:31

Hi Libi, I'm new to the blog, but have been enjoying reading about your recent accomplishments. It's been inspiring to read the blogs of the real FASTRUNNERs (of which you are!). I have been running for 30 years. First as my father dragged me out of bed at 5:30 a.m. everyday between 6th - 8th grade (first half marathon at 13), then as a 23:XX high school XC 5K'er, to my current 'semi-Boltushka' 40+ status (marathon at 3:58)(please don't vomit). You are not one of us chatty old lady runners! (It takes one to know one). My vote may not count for much....but I vote for #3. (You can totally cut 13 minutes from your half)! I know I'm a purist, but in my opinion, nothing beats doing a marathon(s). Thanks for your blogging! It's been fun to read your running piano teacher 'confessions'.

From luzylew on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:23:36

Sorry Lybi! I have another friend named Libi!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:40:04

Marcie - Americans are way too politically correct :-) If you had a feel for the meaning of besperspektivnaya you would love to be called boltushka. boltushka (which incidentally is not normally used by Russians in reference to athletes, but rather a term that Sarah invented to describe less serious recreational female runners that like to talk too much while they run sometimes to the determent of the training effect) will get faster if she takes things more seriously (although she can still talk just as much, she just needs to be more focused on the training). besperspektivnaya means the coaches have given up any hope due to the perceived lack of natural ability in the athlete and refuse to work with her from now on.

Kim - get into a 10 K, in fact there is one tomorrow in the Provo Canyon:

and just run 8:00 pace until you can't. Then do the best you can (if the breakdown ever happens) to the finish. This is a slow course, so if you can run 52:00 on it, you'll run 50:00 on a flat course, and probably 48:30 on the DesNews course. Jeff and I will be there, and will run the course as well, so if there is anything odd like a huge headwind, our times can be used to calibrate the conditions.

If the above race does not work out, e can find others, or just do an uneventful 10 K to see where you are at.

From Kim on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 13:02:41

Thanks Sasha,

Not going to work to run the 10K tomorrow, but I will try that at least in an uneventful as soon as Coach Tom can fit it in for me and see what happens.

From Tom on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 13:11:12

Kim one of these days we can run the out-and-back 10K route starting/ending at bishop's storehouse like I did back in December. OR we could also do the speedy spaniard 10K route.

From James W on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 14:19:01

Interesting that you brought this up, dear - I was just thinking that it may be in my best interests to try to do something like either the Provo River 10-miler (again) or the Provo River 1/2 (which is right around the same time as the TOU 1/2). However, since Provo is a couple hours closer, we should be able to just drive up there. What do you think? Sasha, does the Provo River 1/2 just go a bit further than the 10-miler?

From MarcieJ on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 14:20:24

Thanks Sasha for explaining what it really means!

From Lybi on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 16:11:32

Input! Thanks everyone. So it seems that most everyone is voting for the half marathon goal. That is acceptable. I didn't really want to run a 10K anyway, and I'm sure I will run a 5K sometime in the near future, but the half will be the goal that I can start dreaming about and salivating after.

And BTW Clay, I like running, but only when it is pleasant weather, and I have a fun running buddy, and I have had enough sleep etc. Races motivate me to get out there the other 75% of the time. I like racing. Well, I hate racing because it hurts, but it is SO DANG satisfying to see improvement that it is worth it.

Kim, if you want input from Sasha about your running ability, you should arrange to go on a run with him sometime. Most of the stuff he says to me is based on one 2 mile run where he told me to run a little faster at the end. You guys live close. Sasha just needs to do a nice easy run with you a few miles to start getting his psychic running vibes about you. ;)

And MarcieJ, I always welcome advice from Sasha about running. When I say he "commanded" me not to run a full, it is more like he suggested it, but I always (usually!) try to do what he says. When I started running again, there were so many conflicting theories about how to train (days off, intensity etc.) that I just kind of decided that I would listen to Sasha and see if I got good results. So he is kind of unofficially my coach, (which kind of sucks for him because the pay is terrible). But so far, so good. I'm happy with the progress I've seen so far.

From MarcieJ on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 17:19:22

I think that is a good plan for you. I think thats smart actually! There are alot of conflicting theories and if you try to listen to them all it could be very straining. You have had awesome results so far. Keep it up and Go Coach Sasha!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 17:38:33

James - Provo River Half adds a detour on the old highway (with about a mile of uphill, then back) + a scenic loop around Riverwoods. This would be a good qualifying half for Lybi. I need to talk to the boss to double check, but I think she would be OK with you guys staying with us.

From Christi on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 19:32:37

Whoa- where have I been. Missed the meat of it, but my vote is 1/2 Marathon! Come run Bryce 1/2 with me July 19th! Its a beautiful, downhill course, bound to give you the pat on the back you deserve!

From Lybi on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 23:18:58

Ooh! I like how close Bryce is to Arizona. Which is faster, Bryce or Provo River half? James and I may do different halfs--he gets the harder one. (It's fair, trust me! His legs are a foot longer than mine at least!)

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 23:23:43

Brice Canyon is about 2-3 minutes faster.

From Christi on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 23:35:29

There you have it- Bryce is faster! Well, I gotta run, leaving in am to FL. I guess I'll have to be suprised in 11 days when I read what you decide to do for your next race. I hope you come do Bryce. I think Marcie is doing it too? I'm bringing hubby & kids & making a weekend out of it. The more the merrier!

From James W on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 01:14:38

Bryce is out - that is the day we are flying back from Florida, and we don't get in until about 9 PM. However, maybe we could go with my original plan and have one of us do Provo River, and another do TOU. I think they are on separate days . . .

From Brent on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 23:01:23

Lybi, my take, Bryce is a minute or two slower than Provo Half. Why, maybe just me, I run much smoother on a gradual down hill, rather than falling off a cliff at Bryce, I ran Provo Half 3 minutes faster than Bryce last year. I think it depends on your running strengths. Bryce can really hammer your legs, could be done at mile 6. I would vote for Provo Half as your attempt at 1:50. Less risk of injury and crashing.

Stay Kool, Run and Run Again, B of BS Rools out

From steve ashbaker on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 22:45:09

Run what you want to Lybi as long as you put in the training to safely complete it. And.. without any undue stress on the body and soul. If your not prepared for the marathon however, a first attempt can ruin your experience and attitude toward it for quite a while.

From sarah on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:47:29

Has enough been said...I just had to put in my two cents. Sasha really does use the word boltushka as an affectionate term since he mostly really likes sweet talkative girls(one in particular)

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5 miles outside this evening.  3.8 shod (crocked & socked) followed immediately by 1.2 barefooted.  God's shoes!  48:10 (9:38 pace).


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From Bethany on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 13:01:08

Haha Crocked and socked. Love it

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*Whew*  I got really hot and tired on this run.   I left too late--around 8:30.  It got pretty hot.  (Hot enough to start seeing stars by the time I was done!)  I had a pretty good mild bonk today because I ran 5 miles right before going to bed last night, then 10 more miles 1st thing this morning, and the only calories I took in between the 2 runs were from a little bit of gatorade and some cheddar bunnies.   I took off my shoes for the last mile.  My body kept sending me hungry, hot, and tired signals, and I had to smile and think 'you gotta start storing more glycogen, baby!'  9:50 pace on average.

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From Shauna on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 14:53:48

Wow! You are an animal, doing 10 miles 12 hours after your previous run. And great pace! I think we're stuck with these temps until fall now! Be careful-I don't think seeing stars when it's light outside is a good thing!

From Brent on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 17:14:45

Lybi, you have certainly improved your conditioning. Running 5 miles last night and running 10 miles this morning, is essentially a two a day. I would expect some fatigue. But, the positive side, that is 15 miles!

Kind of miss following your blog. Busy than Busy Blogg.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Maria on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 17:40:30

Good job, Lybi! You beat me today, I only did 7. I saw your comment on Shauna's blog - is there a way you can arrange your long runs with James so that you both beat the heat? Pretty soon, it's going to be too hot even at 7AM. I've been to Phoenix once in August, and it was INSANE. I could not imagine how people can run in that heat, when even walking was very unpleasant. Maybe you can run long Saturday, and James Sunday (assuming you are allowed to run on Sundays for religious reasons)? It's better to run short recovery run in the heat than long run. Or, get a babysitter, so you both can run at the same time - but that could be expensive (and who would want to babysit at 6AM on a Saturday??).

From Lybi on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 17:46:45

Yeah, Maria, what we will probably have to start doing is run at the same time really early and one of us will be on the treadmill and the other outside, and we can swap in the middle, so we both get outside a little. I don't run on Sundays, unless you count doing laps in the church with a fidgety kid.

From Jody on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 18:21:01

WOW!!! Great run today and a great pace!

From James W on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 19:16:08

You are awesome! You did a great job today - I didn't really expect you to do the whole 10 miles this morning - I thought you were going to do a few later on.

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From lyndsay Johnson on Sun, Jun 01, 2008 at 01:45:36

I envy you because you can run at that pace, and also because you have something in your pantry called Cheddar Bunnies. :)

PS—Wes and I saw James running down the road the other evening, and woah, that was serious focus.

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Well I think I've learned something about moderation. I felt ill all day yesterday after my run--weak, nauseated, and...more weak. I finally just went to bed early (8:30), hoping I would feel better today, and I do. I felt bad being so useless yesterday though, so I better not run any more Friday nights!

Today is June 1st. I am sure that date means nothing to most of you, unless it is your birthday or something, and if so, Happy Birthday. But to my slightly superstitious brain it is a day of dread. The 2 worst, most excruciatingly painful days of my life both happened to fall on a June 1st, so I always have a secret desire to crawl back in bed and cover my head with my blankets every time it rolls around. So far, so good.  Maybe it's not too late to just crawl back into bed...

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From ShanMarie on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 05:24:42

I just wanted to tell you I love reading your blogs. I am new to this, and yours are awesome and inspirational. I also went to college for music. Even thought I went for vocal, I love reading about the music in your life too. I'm looking forward to keep reading yours :)

From Clay on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 15:32:01

I want to know what the two excruciating things that happened to you on June 1st.

Great job of training last week, keep up the good work!

From Lybi on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 15:43:35

Clay--not gonna tell you...wouldn't be prudent...not at this juncture.

From Shauna on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 19:13:11

Whoa-scary! June 1, 2008 was a horrible day for me. (see Monday's blog). I'm with ya on the superstition now!

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3 miles this morning at 9:29 pace on ave. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for early mornings. It is so much cooler.

I am pretty happy with my pace because I think this is the first time an easy run has had a pace below 9:30 without much effort.

I am sleepy today. Has anyone ever had a 3 year-old wake up at 3:30 AM and INSIST that it is morning? Guess we put him to bed too early last night.

This week I am going to try for 35-39 miles. I've had 3 weeks in a row of 30-32 miles. Time to step it up in sleep and miles.


PM 2 more miles at 9:37 pace, barefoot.  I am really feeling for all the fabulous runners on the blog who are struggling with injuries!  Get well soon, everyone.

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From Lucia on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 13:59:08

Ha! Here I am complaining about my cat waking me up at 5... You definitely beat me on that one!

Best of luck stepping up those miles - you're totally ready!

From Michelle on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 14:35:59

Sleep is such a fine line to walk, but comes with such crazy consequenses (sp?)...... a little too much and I'm lazy and useless, a little not enough and I'm lazy useless and grumpy! Hope you get caught up! Your running is looking GREAT!!! My goal looks a little sheepish compaired to your but it will come back!

From Jody on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 18:41:42

Great run today! Good luck meeting your mileage goal!

From laura on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 22:33:05

Wow! Your mileage sure jumped up there without me realizing it! You're doing great!!!! I'm slowly trying to inch up my mileage.

YES, We HAVE had a child think that 3:30 was morning!!! Ugh!! That's when Cami got a clock right by her bed. She wasn't allowed to get out of bed until the clock said "6:00." It works REALLY well!! We only had a few mornings where we had to remind her that it wasn't 6 yet, so she had to get back in bed. Darker curtains might help too with the sun coming up earlier and earlier. Good luck! Luv ya.

From Carrie on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 23:44:44

Yep-South America. It is at Machu Picchu Peru. One of the most amazing experiences of my life.

I left an explanation of what is going on on my blog. Thanks for your note.

And way to go on your miles! You ROCK darlin'!! Nice job on the pace too. especially with little kids at home. You are my hero this week!

From linda10k on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:17:50

Great job getting those miles in. Good luck with your mileage this week.

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5 Miles on the treadmill. I am exceedingly tired this week from very poor sleep. I don't think I will be increasing my miles this week, but hopefully I'll still break 30.

Has anyone ever heard of people's teeth never growing in? I took my son to the dentist and he said that a few of his grown up teeth just never developed and will never come up... What the heck?

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From Scott Zincone on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 23:45:25

A long time ago my dentist looked at my x-rays and said I only had 3 Wisdom teeth instead of 4. Not sure why the 4th never came though.

From Shauna on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 00:24:37

Not sure about the adult teeth, but I had a baby tooth that would not come out. When I was 12, my pediatric dentist finally pulled it, and the adult tooth grew in.

Great job getting the miles in on bad sleep!

From Mom on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 13:04:08

Which son? Which teeth? I think I have heard of it. Not common, though.

From Maria on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:31:50

Lybi, welcome to the club. My daughter has this condition. I was shocked to learn few years ago, that her permanent molars (or whatever they are called, two teeth right next to the first two teeth on top) never developed and will never grow in!! The orthodontist said it is usually hereditary, but no one in my family or my husband's family has it. He also said it is pretty common these days, and one of his own sons has it too! He offered two solutions: shift all other teeth in with braces, thus closing the gaps, but that would require filing the teeth to make them look like molars. Or leave things as is, wear retainer until she is 18 and stops growing and have two implants put in. I opted for the second option, because I did not like the pictures I saw of kids whose teeth were shifted - it just didn't look natural, all their teeth were crooked. So, my daughter has empty spaces now and wears retainer, but only at night. She doesn't care about appearances, and doesn't wear it during the day (it is somewhat a hassle, you have to take it out for each meal, exercise, etc.). I was afraid she would be teased by other kids, but it never really happened. She doesn't pay attention to it, and no one else does either. I'm afraid she won't want to put implants in even when she is 18!

From Lybi on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:14:45

Maria thank you so much for sharing! The dentist just said it was rare and that I'd have to talk to the orthodontist about the "options," leaving me a little freaked out. It is nice to hear a first hand experience. You know, one of these times I'd really love to go to the dentist and just have a normal, uneventful visit.

Raising kids is full of surprises.

From marion on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 23:18:54

My best friend husband has no permant teeth and 2 of her four children have no permant teeth and few baby teeth. In their family it has been passed down for several generations.

From Lulu on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:35:51

My father still has baby teeth (molars). I had baby teeth with no permanent teeth behind that we pulled and then I had bridges put in due to a major accident where they had to reconstruct the lower part of my face. Yeah, that is a long story. I look like a different person than I did in high school.

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4 miles outside at 9:31 pace on ave.

1.54 barefoot miles tonight at 9:30 pace on ave.

How's that for a boring entry? Better add something controversial: Why is it that man-sweat is so much stinkier than chica-sweat?  It IS true, and don't try to get politically correct on me.  It's my everlasting dismay.  Again, no need to bring this post to James' attention.

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From Kim on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 10:12:14

What kind of temps do you have to suffer in if you wait till later? I don't think I could handle that so well! Good luck!

From linda10k on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 11:08:44

Nice work this morning. Hope your barefoot miles are just as great.

From Brent on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:36:22

Lybi, thanks for the congrads, what the heck is right. Hope the best for you son's choppers.

Stay Kool, without green grass feet, B of BS Rools out

From Jody on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 23:54:11

Nice miles!

My answer to your question? They are MEN!

From Andy on Fri, Jun 06, 2008 at 00:17:52

Our sweat is more stinky because we work harder (jk).

From Paul T on Fri, Jun 06, 2008 at 02:26:15

I wouldn't dare question the validity of your assertion that man-sweat is stinkier than chica-sweat. I've been married long enough to have learned that when a man and a woman disagree, the woman is always right...even on the very rare occasion when she's not.

Just in case you are really curious (like I was) about the answer to your question "Why is it that man-sweat is so much stinkier than chica-sweat?", here are the results of some quick web research:

"There are two types of sweat glands in the human body. The "Wet" or eccrine glands produce the kind of sweat that makes you wet. It's mostly water and its primary function is to cool you down."

"'Odour' or apocrine glands make the kind of sweat that makes you stinky. It's an oilier sweat that gets mixed with skin bacteria and produces odours."

"Do men sweat more than women?

Nobody knows for's likely men and women sweat about the same amount, but that men may have more apocrine glands and could therefore be slightly stinkier when they sweat."

"Doctors say excessive sweating happens more on an individual basis rather than because of gender."

"Men's apocrine glands are larger than women's, and they secrete most actively during times of nervousness or excitement. Waiting colonies of bacteria turn apocrine secretions into the noxious fumes that keep deodorant makers in business. Hair provides surface area from which apocrine smells can diffuse—part of the reason why hairier men smell particularly pungent."

(I found this whole article entitled "The Smell of Love" quite interesting.)

Specifically regarding men's stinky feet:

"Foot odor is caused by decay bacteria growing in the funky, damp, warm, dark confines of your shoes. The stuff thrives on a diet of dead skin cells and skin oils."

"Men's feet stink more because men generally:

a) wear more enclosed shoes that do not let the feet dry out as readily;

b) wear more socks that trap the dead skin and sweat, forming a bacterial eden in your shoes;

c) don't pay as much attention to foot hygiene as women do (ever seen a man buffing his corns or applying a product called "pretty feet"?); and

d) men's sweat is more acidic while women's is more alkalai, and bacteria prefer an acidic growing medium to a basic one."

"Any combination of these four (a-d) characteristics would make men's feet generally stinkier. All of them together can make a guy's feet reek worse than Limburger on a hot afternoon."

So you asked a good question. On behalf of men everywhere, I apologize for our stench.

From Lybio on Fri, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:33:06

Bwah-hahaha!!! Paul you are a freakin' GENIUS! Now I know the answer to one of life's most pressing and perplexing questions. I just need to start hosing my dear hubby down with an antibiotics the moment he walks in the door. As it is, I mostly follow him around and ask him to *please* not sit on the couch or anything until he has showered.

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4 miles outside at 9:31 pace on ave. I was soooo tired this morning. I've been having a little bit of insomia this week. And I miss Christine. She is out of town for most of the summer.


1.65  I ran barefoot with all 4 of my guys.  Sam ran a mile, then Joey ran .65.  It was fun and refreshing.  My little boys compulsively pick flowers (or flowering weeds) for me whenever we are outside.  I doubt that it endears us to the neighbors, but it melts my heart. 

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8.7 Miles nice and early in the morning at 9:45 pace on average. Ahhhh. Nice and cool (for now!). I spent fully half the time thinking about my next half marathon--drooling for a glorious finish. It is pretty standard for me on a run to mostly think about having a good race sometime in the near future. I wonder if this is typical. What do you guys think about on your solo runs? How much time do you spend thinking about your next race?

PM Ha ha, I just ran .11 miles just to get me above the 30 mark. Very important. :) Phshaw, am I tired. I better go drink some gatorade and eat some jelly beans, I mean, sport beans.

I didn't handle my long run well yet again. I was so tired and lethargic today! I almost fainted, actually. I went over to my friend's house later in the morning to help her try to organize some stuff in here house--light lifting and such. Anyway after about 2 hours of doing stuff, I started to see spots and felt like I might pass out so I had to leave before we were finished. I ate, and nothing got better. I rested, and I didn't recover. Finally I drank about 24 oz. of gatorade and I was bounding around (not really, but at least able to do stuff) within 15 min. I don't know if it was the water or the electrolytes I needed. But one thing is certain: I am not as tough as Walter...not by a long shot. That guy is always running something like 18 miles, and then pouring 24 yards of concrete. Bleh.

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From Susannah on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 11:51:16

Thanks! My success probably was because hardly anyone showed up, but it was still fun. I love setting goals in races... one of the best was probably when I set a goal to pass at least 20 people. That was a fun race.

From Shauna on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 13:26:29

Really?? You thought it was cool? What time did you get out? I was HOT!

This is silly, but I often have a vision in my head of me crossing a marathon finish line with a clock above me that says 3:40! If I'm struggling, I'm thinking that what I'm doing most definitely is easier than the last 6 miles of a marathon. And if I'm really stressed out, I think about work.

From linda10k on Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 21:57:52

Nice job on your run.

I run by myself most of the time. Most times I just listen to the lyrics playing on my ipod. I think about my next race usually when I'm doing my speedwork outs. I always tell myself that if you want to achieve your goal you have to train hard, push and sweat. No pain no gain.

From josse on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 23:12:22

I get that way when I run in the heat. You need more salt, next time try getting salt into your system and see if that helps. What is you next half marathon?

From Lucia on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 08:22:05

You are so funny! Running .11 miles to get over the 30 mile mark, hilarious!

I actually try to think about anything other than running during my solo runs... I focus on the trees, the landscape, the sky, the buildings...

Good job on the run, keep it up!

From Lybi on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 10:27:36

Thanks for the comments, guys. Salt, huh, Josse? Thanks for the tip! I was really wondering what the heck was going on, and I know I did loose a LOT of salt on the run. I had dried salt all over my skin when I finished. (Yuck!)

From josse on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 10:31:31

I always thought my problems came from boold sugar. But Jon gave me some links after I ran Ogden about problems with low salt. The links are in my entries right after Ogden.

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I started out on the treadmill this morning because James was running outside. The stupid thing is that I can't remember how far I ran! It was either 1.35 or 2.35 miles. I don't know--I was just watching "The Count of Monte Cristo" until James got back. I'll assume the lower number just to make sure I don't short-change my training. Anyway, then I kicked off my shoes and ran 2.6 outside. It is a little bit strange to run on the ground after running on the treadmill. It almost feels like the ground is still moving. It's odd. My pace for the barefoot section was 8:59 on average, which is faster than usual. I think it is just because I was warmed up. It didn't seem like it was faster than I normally go. I hope that means I am getting faster! We'll see.

I still haven't decided which half marathon to try for 1:50 this fall. "When the runner is ready, the half marathon will appear" is kind of what I am thinking. I wish I could stay local, and yet avoid the crushing heat of the valley. Maybe there is some little half in Tuscon or Payson or something.

1.65 miles in the PM barefoot, with my little kids.  James kicked off his shoes for the run, too.  Then, of course, my kids BEGGED us to let them run without shoes, too.  So our whole family went running through the neighborhood barefooted.   We got lots of looks, and even some comments from people in cars.  "Doesn't that hurt?"  and so forth.  It was a fun run.  My kids did really well barefooted.  Zero complaints from my 5 year-old.  And my little squeaky wheel 7 year-old only whimpered twice when he stepped on a rock.

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From linda10k on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 13:21:01

Going from a treadmill to outside or vice a versa is a little weird. It takes a moment for you body to adjust. Good job on getting out this morning.

From Jody on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 18:53:13

I love the Count of Monte Cristo - one of my all time favorites. Great pace on your barefoot section.

From Brent on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:54:34

The "Count" must have thrown off your counting. Great flick, a bit on the dark side.

There may be half in Gunnison, Logon, Hurricon, La Verkon or on the moonacon running with lunicons. Adam Standler, I'm not his papaacon.

Stay Koolacon, B of BS Rools outacon

From Shauna on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 00:25:12

OK, do you run actually barefoot? Or do you wear socks? Wouldn't it burn your feet to run barefoot, especially with the heat we've been having?

One of my running partners mentioned the Tour de Pee Vee (PV?). It's a half marathon in Prescott that is coming up in the next month or two, I think. Flagstaff also has a half in August: the Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They also have a 5K, which I have run twice. I think the half is super-hilly, so it might just be one to do for the experience, not for time.

From Bonnie on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 09:06:29

Hi Lybi! Thanks for the welcome! I am sure we will see you sometime in the Fall!


From Lybi on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:24:03

Thanks, Linda!

Jody--I agree about the Count. Good flick. It is also a GREAT book.

Brent--You make me laugh. I'll have to look into those cities--they sound kind of like someone made them up!

Shauna--barefoot! I used to wear socks, but I don't anymore. In the morning it is cool on the pavement, in the evening it is nice and warm--but not hot enough to burn. The blacktop can cook a little, though. And Prescott... hmmm, maybe. I saw that race--hope it has a favorable course. It starts at 7,000 ft! Hope it's downhill. That one may be my best option right now.

Bonnie--yea! You are going to raise the average speed of the Arizona chapter of the FRB.

From laura on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:36:31

Hey, how serious were you about coming to CS for a half marathon? There's one on Labor Day that I'm secretly hoping to be ready for. shhh. It's one of the few that isn't on a Sunday. It's actually on Monday. It would be so much FUN to have you (and possibly your family) come visit!!!!!

From Lybi on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:49:04

Laura--OOOOOoooooo. Is it a fast course? I need downhill, and (hehehe) zippo uphill.

From James W on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:25:52

Well, keep in mind it is at abouot 6000 feet - that is going to slow you down. However, maybe I can run that one instead of the Tour de Pee Vee in Prescott or the St. George 1/2 . . . and then we could make a visit out of it. Since I have labor day off, we could head out there on Saturday and maybe drive back here on Tuesday or something, and I would only have to take a day of vacation . . . September 1 is far enough out from St. George that the timing would be fine. Up to you - either way, I think that one of us should run it.

From laura on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:55:18

Swwwweeeeeet!!!! Come! Come! Come! ; ) I'm not sure if it's considered a fast course. It's somewhat downhill and all on a trail (so easier on the knees). Go to and click on American Discovery Trail Marathon; or go to The full marathon looks like it drops 1300 feet over the full length - that's comparable to St. George, right? The half is an up and back course.

From James W on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 18:30:25

I checked out the 1/2 marathon course - compared to the Provo River 1/2, I wouldn't consider it fast, but it is also not what I would consider to be extremely difficult either, other than the elevation. Total elevation gain is about 100 feet, net elevation gain is eithe zero or negative number.

From crumpyb1 on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 22:55:16

Lybi--I am alive. It always seems like I am a week behind on my blogging. I hope you find a half marathon you like. I love the story about you and your family running barefoot. What a good memory!

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4.2 outside with the dog this morning. Around 9:44 pace, I think. (It got messed up with doggy stops.) Looking forward to playing with my kids and swimming today.

I am considering dropping my Saturday long runs. It is just too disruptive to my...I dunno, EVERYHING. These last 2 weeks I have not been functional all day on Saturday after my run. Will it give me the same benefit to run 6 days of 6 miles each as 5 miles on 5 days and then a 10 miler? Keep in mind that my goal race is a half marathon & that I usually break up my daily mileage into 2 runs. Any input?

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From Maria on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:03:02

Lybi, do not drop your long run - you need to run long once a week to get ready for the half (and later for the full marathon). Running 6x6 is not as good as 5x5 +10. I would even say you can run 5x4 +10 if it would help save your energy for the long run. My opinion is that once a week, you have to build up to 12 miles in one continuous run (no breaking up in two) in order to advance your endurance for the half. If you are not functional the whole day after, maybe 10 miles is too long for you now, try 8. Or, run at night, then you can be useless at night while sleeping :) - except the heat won't let you run at night. I used to feel exhausted and not good for anything after 20 mile runs when training for marathons, so I know the feeling. My husband used to complain that we can't do anything on that day because I was wiped out.

From James W on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 11:48:07

I really think that part of the problem with your long run is not eating anything before, and no carbs during your run. I think you should try once more, but this time, you need to eat something beforehand, and I think you should take gatorade and a gel halfway through. I remember you telling me that you felt crusty all over - I think your problems have been due to electrolyte loss and subsequent imbalance. Remember how you felt after I made you drink a whole cup of Gatorade? How you said you felt like bouncing around again? This is a big signal to me that you need more electrolytes during your run, as well as some quick carbs to keep you from bonking.

From luzylew on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:47:00

I run with friend that has hypo nutremia (something like that). She gets really sick,nauseated/exhausted unless she has a good dose of electrolite replacement before and after a long run (gatorade, gel blocks, etc). I'm not an consumer or advocate of sports drinks until I've run more than 10 miles on a hot day, and some of the gels make you a little sick to your stomach if you use them during the run. But hydration and potassium/electrolite replacement is essential-- especially in the heat. I'd cut back the long runs by a few miles if you have to, but don't cut them out if you're working toward endurance/distance. I'm working up to 6x6 to see if that helps my long runs not be so hard. Once I've got 6x6 under my belt, I'll get back to you. In the meantime-- DRINK!!

From sarah on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:57:02

All I can say is that I understand. I never did figure out how to do a long run and EVERYTHING. I just stick to my consistent mileage and race the long runs.

From Shauna on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 23:41:52

Lybi, I agree that the long run is important. In addition to the carb/electrolyte replacement, make sure you are getting enough sleep on Friday night (I assume you get up earlier on Saturday to get in your long run). When I get over 10 miles, I take a gel every 45 minutes to an hour and drink gatorade on the canal whenever I find it. You might need to experiment to fine a gel that you like and that agrees with your stomach. I like Gu. Good luck!

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 19:21:03

What is this whole big deal about a long run? Is the meal you eat on Sunday the most important meal of the week? Is the Thanksgiving dinner the most important meal of the year? Is there a meal during the week, the month, or the whole year that is that much more important than any other meal?

Do we have any evidence for long runs vs weekly mileage? I do not know of anything sufficiently reliable, and on the other hand I've seen plenty of cases where runners did very well with sporadic or non-existent long runs in races that exceeded their training distances by quite a bit. Just about every runner on the blog that upped the weekly mileage and did nothing or cut down his long run ran a huge PR. I do not know of a case where a runner cut his weekly mileage, upped his long run, and did better. In fact, a typical bad marathon crash case runner always does his long run, but neglects his weekly mileage often taking a day of rest to be fresh for his long run.

Here are some examples that I am very familiar with of people doing a lot better than you would think they should without long runs:

* Sarah - 4 miles a day 5 days a week, sometimes 6 on Saturday. Completed a half marathon running strong in the last 5 K (8:30 pace, which is fast for her). The official time was 2:08, but she lost 5 minutes on a VPB.

* myself - 1:17:40 at the age of 17. Training - 40 miles a week, over between 5 and 7 days, longest run prior to the race 12.5. I did run 10 miles fairly frequently, though if you can call that a long run. Average pace was a bit under 6:00, but I was maintaining 6:10s at the end.

I think for little kids that run 2 miles a day a 10 K is as good as a half marathon for an adult.

* Benjamin, age 9 - 45:36 10 K - training - 2 miles a day 6 days a week, no long runs. Last mile was 7:36, average pace 7:21.

* Jenny, age 7 - 53:06 10 K, average pace 8:29, last mile 8:03. This was her first 10 K, so she sandbagged a bit, that's why the last mile was so screaming fast. Training - 1.5 miles a day 6 days a week. No long runs.

Long run is helpful, but is extremely overrated in running publications.

I know I am raising a lot of eyebrows. If you are questioning this, I dare you prove me wrong. Try it. Race an all out half. Then run your current mileage evenly spread over 6 days without skipping for 4 months, then race a half on the same or comparable course and see what happens. My prediction is 30% will run faster, with the rest being no more than 2 minutes of the time they got four months before.

From Lybi on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 23:59:04

Wow, that is a long comment, Sasha--especially considering we are not even arguing about diet.

Well, you convinced me. (It is easy to convince me of something I want to believe, isn't it?) I will be a guinea pig. No long runs! Just upping the ol' weekly mileage. Such a sacrifice I make in the name of science...

From luzylew on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:43:25

I came back to this disussion after I read Sasha's comments. I'm doing the same thing as you are Lybi (upping week-day mileage and shortening long saturday runs). Except for the last two days, I've decided to taper a bit for a 10 miler I'm doing on Saturday--But my goal is to go from 4-6 a day to 8 a day. I'm very interested to see how upping the weekly mileage works for you. (I'd like to believe what Sasha says here, and I'd like to think it would make me a better runner overall). I still enjoy long runs for the sake of being "out" for a few hours on Saturday mornings. But am willing to up the weekly mileage/reduce Saturday mileage just to see what it does. Keep posting on the subject once you have some results/feedback in the weeks to come. I'll do the same and we can see if it's true! Good luck!

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1.45 on the treadmill at about 11 pace, then 3 more miles outside at 9:09 pace on average. Not sure why the treadmill seems harder at a slower pace. I do have it set to a slight incline (1), maybe that's the culprit.

1.75 barefoot with my family in the PM. 

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From Michelle on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 21:26:03

Thanks Lybi! I think I may make a come back after all!

From steve ashbaker on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 23:51:49

Lybi, some of it is in your head perhaps and some in the biomechanics of it all. They take some getting used to.

From Benn on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 23:59:42

personally I think a lot of the issues with runners and treadmills is that very few runners are built nor enjoy running at a constant pace for an entire run. Even just doing a couple miles today my pace fluctuated by a whole mph though it felt I was running at a consistent pace. I agree with Steve though that it's a mental game and biomechanics for sure come into play

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4.35 Outside with the pooch. If I run with the boys this evening (which is my plan) I should come out at exactly 6 for the day. I have so little free time these days--I feel a little like a sponge that is being wrung out. It really makes the days fly by. Can it really be Thursday already? I must be getting old. Pretty soon I'll be saying that the last 20 years flew by in the blink of an eye.

1.65 this evening  at 9:17 pace on ave.  Most of it was at about 9:33 pace, but I did a fartlek at the end at about 7:00 pace.

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From Kim on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:42:07

The last 20 years DID fly by in the blink of an eye!

From Lucia on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:50:52

I'm only commenting here to help you reach one of your goals, hahaha!

You're doing great!

From runcarrie on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 13:48:21

You have young kids, you ARE a wrung out sponge! I am going to my 20 year high school reunion this summer, it went by way too fast. You are doing great with your milage

From sarah on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:19:18

Oh I understand the free time thing...I'm having a night off tonight. I met a friend from college recently who started giving herself a night off every week (with help from a supportive husband)Miss ya! Have a good day :)

From James W on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 00:24:01

No wonder you came in a bit out of breath (speaking to the PM run). You are doing a fantastic job - keep up the good work. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be able to set a new PR in your next 1/2!

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1.7 miles on the treadmill around 9:45 pace, followed immediately by 2.85 outside at 9:07 pace on average.

I couldn't find any clean shorts today, so I snuck one of James' pairs and headed out. Add that the list of humiliations I am willing to suffer for consistent training (along with underarm chaffage) because they are so big on me I look ridiculously like a mushroom.

1 mile barefooted with my 7 year-old.  I had to run on the asphalt because the trash cans were all out on the sidewalk and I was pushing the double jogging stroller.   Running barefoot on asphalt in Mesa in the summer is...well, let's just call it uncomfortable.  So I put my shoes on to finish up with .65 with my 5 year-old. 

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From Shauna on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 16:32:09

Hey, at least you wore clean shorts! Sometimes my husband will just wear the same pair again! Forget I ever said that, because you will probably all meet him at St. George. :-)

Your pace is rockin'! It's been so much fun to watch your dramatic improvements!

From linda10k on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 20:14:29

Only a dedicated runner would borrow a hubby's shorts that are too big for her.

This morning's situation gives you a good excuse to go buy yourself a few more pair of shorts.

From laura on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 00:04:29

Ouch. I can't even imagine running on the hot asphalt. Wowza! I'm soooo excited you're coming to CO!!!!!

From James W on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 00:16:54

Good job of getting in the miles - your average easy pace has been creeping down. I think it's 'cuz your fitness is just continuing to improve. I think you have a very good shot of cracking 23 minutes by the end of this year, if not faster.

From missee on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 00:59:25

I just got a new running skirt today! I love running in a skirt. Makes me feel beautiful and fast!!!!

From marion on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:48:21

BArefoot in Mesa! I thought my feet were tough! You deserve a... I dunno, whatever you want! Thanks for the well wishes. Maybe barefoot would help my feet. I never ware shoes, except to run anyway ;)

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This morning our church group (ward) had a great activity. They had laid down all these humongous tarps overlapping each other to make a GIGANTIC slip'n'slide that went down a huge hill. They had a fire hose blasting water down it. It was SOOOOO much fun! 5 people could go down at once. James & the kids had a major blast, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more...unless possibly I could have done it without hurting myself. :)

I am all messed up! I was running and jumping all sprawled out in the air on each run, then, well, who knows what happened on the way down. I would turn and twist and scream. It was so great. But I did something to my left hip and now I'm limping. Dang it! My intuition is telling me to ice it. I may try shuffling (running) later. It is my left leg (for once!) and it feels weak. Every once in a while my knee buckles when I am limping around. What really hurts is to bring my leg forward. No can do. A lot of the discomfort (pain) seems more like referred pain than real pain. Probably this will go away really soon and everything will be peachy...I hope!


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From Christi on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 19:24:58

You've gotta stop partying so hard at ward functions- ha! Seriously, I'm sorry you're hurt. That stinks! I hope you're all better for running Monday- just take Sunday easy. Did you get your new 5 finger or whatever they're called (shoes) yet? Also- I'm way late weighing in on the Sat. long run. But let me tell you what works for me. I like the Sat. long run mostly because I make up mileage at the end of the week and its social time for me. I take is slow & take 1/2 pack of GU and a drink every 5 miles. That way I still have the energy to get through my day. Just my 2 cents. Bottom line- gotta do what works for you!

From James on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:21:34

You have to quite coming up with such lame excuses not to run!

Sounds like a super fun ward activity.

From Lybi on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:35:03

James--lame is right! I can't even walk, buddy! You're in for it. And yes, it was super-fun. It was worth missing a day of training, but not a week, so I better heal up here pretty quick.

Christi--isn't it ridiculous? All the other ladies my age (except Christine) hung out in jeans in the shade and never even tried it. I completely can't understand that. But then, I am the one limping around today. Heh. Thanks for your take on the long run. I am sure I will be revisiting the long run sometime in the next couple of months.

From Kim on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 19:49:31

I did a dumb on one of those things once too! Cool young women's president jumps up into the air before slamming down flat onto the HARD ground underneath the slip n slide! Not a fun back experience! Hope you are up and running again soon! No more set backs for you! You have a 1/2 marathon to be training for!

From Lyndsay on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 03:08:08

Hi! I sent you an e-mail. I have been dead to the world the past 2 days (see blog), but I am still in town and will be here Tuesday. I got your message (thanks!) and will call you Monday.

From Christi on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:20:09

Well- the ladies hanging in the shade should learn by your example that the cute, hip moms like you & Christine are PLAYING! (good reminder to me to try to not be "one of those moms" *wink*)

From Michael on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:52:33

Ill have to tell Alexander (Falcon) to be careful, later in July his track club has a water party - water balloon shotput, slip and slide race etc. Maybe you couold come and give him some pointers?

From Lybi on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:07:08

Michael--just tell him not to do any super-high flying leaps. But then again, he's got wings, hasn't he?

Christi--you are the definition of a cute hip mom. You're the standard. No danger of being too boring, imho.

Kim--Ouch! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's done this. I'm in good company, I guess.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:19:59

Benjamin had a similar experience jumping on a trampoline. Made his back sore. Cost him probably a minute in Heart of Holladay.

From Kristina on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 21:33:38

Wow, that does sound way fun. I want to play slip and slide, without the hurting myself part. Though I'm sure I would. I don't think I can get through a day without hurting myself :) Anyway, I hope you are feeling better. I would have taken an ibuprofen, gotten some sleep, and then tried to see how I felt in the morning.

Anyway, check your email, I invited you to my online book club :)

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1 mile on the treadmill, barefooted.  Humph.  I didn't like it.  Taking it easy at around 11:00 pace. 

4 miles immediately after the treadmill around 10:30 pace.  My left leg felt pretty good, but bothered a little esp. on the little downhills. 

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From Mom on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:39:05

How is your left leg now? When you feel like it is going to buckle under you it is usually something that a chiropractor can fix. In my experience.

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3.1 miles outside at 10:20 pace, followed immediately by 

2.9 miles on the treadmill at 10:30 pace.

James and I have to swap outside/inside running times so that one of us will always be here while our little kids sleep, so this is what I have to do if I want to get all my running done in the morning (unless I wake up at 4:00, but that is ABSOLUTELY NOT a suitable wake-up time in my book.  It's a better BEDTIME after reading a good book all night.  But there are bloggers who do it...Jon does it every day!  Jtshad too, I think.  Ouch!)

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From marion on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 12:02:39

Very cool you guys have such a great plan. What a great team you make !

From linda10k on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 13:44:45

My hubby and I switch running too. It is so much easier to get up early in the summer time than the winter. Good job on your run.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 18:17:50

Nice to see you are able to run again after your ward party adventure.

From lyndsay on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 19:53:27

Goodness gracious! 4am is 2 hours after I went to bed last night (after reading a good book all night).

From Lybi on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 00:31:54

Lyndsay--"The Host" is one of the rare occasions when it is worth it to be conscious at 4:00 am.

Sasha--thanks. Yes, I am fine. I only feel it a teensy bit if I do a lunge or something. Still being just a bit more cautious though. Hopefully that will carry over to fewer risk-taking behaviors at the next wild and crazy ward party!

Marion and Linda--thanks!

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 14:47:58

A better reason is to be doing the live webcast of the Wasatch Back Relay.

From Kristina on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 22:06:15

Wow, I'm glad that you have something worked out that keeps you from being awake at 4. Now we just have to wean you off of those all night book reading binges :P Fortunately you have over a month before Breaking Dawn comes out. You'd better get some extra sleep to prepare for it :)

From Michelle on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 22:46:14

Lybi, I'm just catching up, I've been oot for a few days. The ward party sounds like a blast I totally would have done that with you! I really want to do one like that comercial in the NBA playoffs, that looked so cool! So tell me about the Host...Does that mean that you recommend it?? I picked it up read the cover and then decided to wait and see how everyone weighs in on it! Hope that all is well in the running world, sounds like you are recovering nicely!

From Lybi on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 13:37:41

Michelle--yes! Of course you must read the host. My mom likes it better than the "Twilight" series. It's different. More meaningful, I think. There are some dry spots in the middle, but it is SO worth it in the end. That's how I felt about Harry Potter 7 too.

Kristina--Breaking Dawn is coming out that soon?

Sasha--Good luck at WBR! Live webcast, holy cow! Where is it going to be? How can we watch it?

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6 miles on the treadmill...slowly.  Eventful. (Groan...I do NOT want to tell you what happened.  I feel like such a dork!)  I was watching a movie and not paying very much attention to running, when suddenly I felt like someone grabbed my foot and pulled it HARD.  Actually I had drifted to the side and partially stepped off the moving belt.  So of course I did the logical thing and screamed and fell down.  In the process the big toe on my right foot somehow got folded back under itself for a second.  It is quite painful today (I am blogging this on Thurs.)  I am terrified that this may affect my ability to run this week. 

It is almost like I am subconsciously sabotaging myself by flinging myself off hills and treadmills.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  So I am going to get this off my chest and hopefully I can stop hurting myself.  1.)  I don't want to run a marathon right now.  2.) I don't want to run a hot half marathon, so I may wait longer than just this fall to run my next half  3.) I don't want people to judge the efficacy of the blog or anyone's running advice by watching me.  If you want to see if Sasha knows what he is talking about when it comes to running, look at how many miles he logs without ever getting injured, and how well his kids are doing.  *Phew*  Now I feel better--much less inclined to try "sudden death" training techniques.  :)

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From josse on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 14:13:20

No pressure Lybi, you go at your pace and do what you want to do.

Sorry about the fall, I seem to go in spurt when I hurt myself. One winter I think I fell around 20 times on the ice. But that hasn't happened sence. And one summer I sprained the same ankle 4 or 5 times. But I just keeped going and didn't let it hold me back. Yes it was alittle painful and maybe dumb, but I keeped on training. I have even cought my pinky toe on a book and broken it and still ran.

From Maria on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 14:32:23

Oh boy, you do seem to have your share of accidents involving toes! I think I stepped off the belt couple of times too, while running on treadmills, but I was able to right myself back on by grabbing on the handles. But it depends how far off the belt you were, I guess. In any case, don't worry about making any particular race. When you feel ready, it won't be too hard to find a half to run. Hope you feel better soon!

From Shauna on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 16:06:47

Ouch! I was just going to check in and make sure you were OK after not having heard from you in a while. Hope your toe gets better soon.

I think it's great that you recognize what is and is not motivating you right now. It'll help you enjoy running more and not feel pressure to train intensely in this oppressive heat!

From marion on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 17:29:41

I am so sorry about the fall :( I think the worst thing about a treadmill misshap, is that they are so SCARY!!! ...and you're paranoid for a very long while.

As for the blog- I would hope/imagine that every runner on this sight knows exactly how you feel and has been right where you are at some point. It's also good for new runners to see that every run or every week or even month is not perfect or great. That's just life :)

You're awesome- hey what's with the barefooted running? I am a barefoot FREAK!!! (with the nasty feet to prove it ;)

From luzylew on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 19:02:49

You're right to adjust that pressure valve. Do your own thing always. My Dad always told me: do something you love and do it in a way that makes you want to do it for the rest of your life. Because if you quit, then you've lost. That means sometimes telling 'the world'(the one in your head) to back off while you find your own pace and time. Life is full of cycles. Doing what's best for you now is what's best. That's the beauty of running-- it's all yours to enjoy how you please.

From linda10k on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 19:28:49

I'm glad you are alright. You deserve some time off. Take it easy this week.

From Jon on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 20:24:47

thanks for the encouragment, hope your toe gets better...treadmills are EVIL!

From brent on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 20:39:59

A measure of a runner is not in the fall, let the measure be the climb.

Stay Kool, Lybi Rising, B of BS Rools out

From laura on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 21:39:44

Ouch! Sorry about the injury, Lybi!!! If there's a half sometime close to Thanksgiving, I think we'll be in Phoenix around then again. I could try to run it with you or just cheer you as you come in at sub 1:50!!! ; )

From Jody on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 23:46:18

They come in groupings so maybe you are done! We can only hope. Take it easy and there are no expectations from anyone on the blog but to enjoy running!

From Lybi on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 00:34:24

Awwwww...Thanks for the understanding, everyone. I am especially grateful for Josse's comment. It is nice to know that I am not the only one to fall/injure myself many times within a short period of time. Luckily none of them have been serious. This toe thing is kind of weird. I can't move my toe at all--not because of pain, I just CAN'T. I send the signal and the toe doesn't move. James thinks I may have done something to a tendon or something. Anyway, I'm sure it will heal. And I'll just keep trying while it works on that.

And yes, treadmills are evil, but a necessary evil.

From Christi on Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 09:56:29

Hey Lybster! I'm late reading about " the fall" that stinks! I hope the toe heals fast- sounds scary that you can't move it. Its summer in AZ, I would wait for fall for heavy duty training. Just enjoy the summer! Maybe reg. for some nice 5 or 10ks, or possibly travel to some cooler fun races if you can make a family trip around it. ENJOY the summer!

From Brent on Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 19:09:43

Lybi, I hope your big toe is ready for some jam or jamming. Injuries and setbacks, both physically and mentally, are part of our own personal running game. Your the kind of person when at the fork in the road, you take it. Get better soon, miss your blogging.

Stay Kool, without Yogi, B of BS Rools out

From Jody on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 23:13:32

Hope you are doing well!! Take care of yourself.

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3 miles on the treadmill, slow. Absolutely no problem with the toe, which was slightly disconcerting. I probably should have run on Saturday...dang.

Hey, since I've decided this is my off season and I'm not feeling all that inclined to race, I've come up with a new goal to help keep me motivated.  I just checked back on the blog to see what my record is for most consecutive days of running since I started up running and blogging over a year ago.  It is 24 (Sundays don't count).  It was right after I humiliated myself at the Provo City Half, and right before my recent break-through 5K.  So here are the rules: must be at least 2 miles.   OK, I guess there's only one rule.  But anyway, let the games begin!  Today is day one.  Hopefully I will make it to day 25 and beyond!    

And in other news, I moped around the house in my pjs today until the day was half over because I was sulking that my parents left for home this morning.  We had such a nice visit with them!  If I were to design a heavenly life for me and I was completely in charge, my parents would live in our cul de sac, along with the rest of my siblings and several other dear friends. It would have to be a big cul de sac, I guess. There'd be several people from the blog there, too, and running buddies galore. And summers wouldn't be so dang hot...I could go on and on...

In other news, my little brother just got engaged!!! I am happy for him.

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From Shauna on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 00:17:26

Yeah! I was really hoping your toe would heal quickly. I had a toe injury yesterday too-it must have been a sympathy injury. :-) Funny, it feels much better now...

Your goal sounds like a great way to stay motivated during the off-season. And yeah for good family news!!

From James W on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 01:24:40

You think you humiliated yourself at the Provo City 1/2? Pullleeaaasee! Can't you do any better than that? I was so impressed at how you did for your first ever 1/2. Consider that for your first 1/2, you ran at almost the same pace as I did for my first marathon . . .

I like your goal - gives you something to shoot for. That means you will have to run when we have both our family reunions, though . . .

From marion on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 09:21:48

Yeah! Glad to see your quick recovery! I love your goal. I am going to copy it;) Should we make it an open competition?

Oh and by the way- I would LOVE to have your 1/2 time. My goal is 2 hours and I am not sure I can do it. Time will tell.

From sarah on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 12:13:28

I like that goal too..

Have you seen the discussion on Cheston's blog about converting different activities ..such as biking into running miles? I wonder how many miles Moms get for chasing children? I was trying to give myself double everything for being pregnant too. ;)

From Kim on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 15:54:57

You inspired me to go back and look at my consecutive running days. I am excited to say that it is at 45. I went back through one hundred days, (excluding Sundays), and found that I have ran all but 5 of those days scattered here and there between 45 -100. That is a fun thing to go back and see. It is also very motivating to keep it going good. What a great idea to help keep you motivated. Good luck getting the family reunion days in there! It will be fun to run in different places you are at this summer. And your families will all want to be just like you. (They probably have a million other reasons they all want to be just like you...this will just add another one to the list!) You are awesome Lybi! Keep up the good work! (If you have time now that you had to spend so much time reading this long comment.)

From Lybi on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 17:42:51

Kim--Holy COW! You are doing fabulous. No wonder you've been doing so well. You've practically lapped me in the consistency department, but just watch out...I'm gonna getcha!

Sarah, double is conservative! Triple would be fine by me. It'd be cool to have a lady in her 3rd trimester at the top of the mileage board. I suspect that it might cause convulsions among the mileage-tense among us, though.

Marion--I'll take the challenge! You're going DOWN chica! I hope you like humble pie! (Sorry, but smack-talking is part of the ceremonial ritual of challenge initiation.)

James--thanks, I guess I should have said "humbled by." It wasn't really humiliating, although I did get passed by a lady with a rump the size of Texas. (I was pretty inspired by that, actually.)

Shauna get well soon! Stupid walls--always getting in the way. ;)

From Brent on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 21:45:11

Lybi, how big is that cul de sac? Does it have a running trail of soft wood chips all around the outside? Is the weather always just right for running?

Stay Kool, good goal, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 00:51:43

Glad the toe is OK! Sounds like a great visit with Ma & Pa too. I love your creative goals- inspires me!

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Day TWO of my longest string of running days ever... 

1.65 outside this morning. I got out a little late and I couldn't finish on the treadmill because one of my little guys woke up early.

2.35 on the treadmill tonight. Since I recently *ahem* fell off my treadmill, I actually hooked myself up with the little safety thing. It's supposed to stop the treadmill if I fall or whatever. But what actually ends up happening is that I inadvertently pull the string with my arms while running and it puts the mileage counter back at I have to start it up again and add up the fractions of how much I think I probably ran to see how much more I have to do. I did that FOUR times. No wonder I never use that darn thing. It would be nice if things that made us safer were also convenient (unlike carseats! But don't worry I still use them).

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From Walter on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 02:46:37

dont be embarrassed, I was at a gym and the tv's were kind of at an angle and I was trying to see something on the news and when I looked over, I tripped fell and rode the dang thing off the belt and got belt rash on my arm. But it was the scene and everyone trying not to laugh at me. Your gyms down there would have to pump an extreme amount of a/c into the building to make me do indoor treadmill work.

From Lyndsay on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 03:14:33

I HATE doing the car seat charade. But of course I would never NOT use one!! But I know what you mean.

I am going to buy a treadmill if it kills me...

From marion on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 09:49:31

I hate that string thing! I hate the treadmill too, but it is a necessary evil with small children and noncompliant weather!

From missee on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 16:50:53

I'd rather run in snow, sleet, 10 degrees F, and/or rain than run on a treadmill for any significant distance, i.e. more than a mile!

I might try it in the next little bit just for speed training!

I'm grateful my kids are a bit older now. The only thing I have to deal w/ is which one is in my bed when I get home! When I leave to run, my bed is empty. When I get back, there is usually at least one kid in it!!!

From Christi on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 01:40:10

Too funny. I have the same problem with the earphone plug-ins on the gym treadmills. I'm always unplugging my earphones (and looking really cool doing that over & over again!) I'll be watching for your 26 days of consistency! I KNOW you can do it!

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Day three

I never would've run today if it weren't for the challenge. I spent the day traveling to Chicago to meet my new sister-in-law. By the time we were all done visiting and I was finally back at the hotel it was 11 pm. So I dragged Laura with me to the gym (to make sure I wouldn't get abducted that late at night) and got in my compulsory 2 miles. Poor Laura! She sat there and fumed about the weird Chicagoans we had met that day--and there were many. It was quite an adventure. Have you ever had cab drivers argue over who gets to take you somewhere? It is most uncomfortable. A different cab driver got into a shouting argument with another commuter while we were in the car. Weird beyond measure.

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From Kim on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 11:38:13

Getting your miles in at 11:00 p.m. That's commitment! Yeah for you! You will rock this challenge!

Cab drivers can be very scary in more ways than one! Be careful in such a foreign country! :)

From sarah on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 15:50:45

I almost married a guy from Chicago.....that was scary.

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Day four

Traveled back from Chicago. I know, a short trip! Got in late, dragged myself through 2 miles on the treadmill again.

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From Shauna on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 15:47:40

Whew! I was starting to get worried when I saw you didn't blog for a day, especially after you JUST started your consistency challenge!

I remember you saying that your little brother just got engaged. Who is this new sister-in-law you went to see? Did your brother get married already, or is there more than one brother?

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Day 5

I am taking a rest week...I guess. I just don't seem to want to run, but running only 2 miles seems like nothing, and for that I am grateful.

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From Kim on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 09:11:30

Don't loose the love for running! Make sure to keep it enjoyable! I wish I would have been running when my kids were your age! Keep it up, you are awesome woman runner hear you roar! (my mom loved Helen Ready when I was a kid. You probably don't even know who she is or about 'I am woman hear me roar'!)

From marion on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:15:04

Hang in there! You are doing so great on your challenge! My mom loved Helen Ready too (my dad hated her- to womans lib/man hater for him) Keep up the roaring. 2 miles does feel great!

From Shauna on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:52:28

Hey, there's nothing wrong with taking it easy for a while. Two miles a day should be enough to maintain your fitness for a while. Sometimes the motivation goes away without explanation, so you are doing a GREAT job keeping up with the running!

From linda10k on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 13:33:11

Great job on getting in some miles this week.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 21:01:10

Get out of this and up your mileage back to 6 miles a day. Mental accidents need to stop. On the positive side, this time your mental accident took you down to 2 miles a day instead of 0. That is good, you are making progress.

From laura on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 22:38:54

You make 2 miles LOOK like nothing too! I was surprised how quickly the time flew. And I was not "fuming," I was emotionally letting off steam and the Chicagoans were my scapegoat. (hee,hee - that's so much better, huh?) ; P

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Day 6 

Today is our anniversary--11 years! Love you James!

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From Jody on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 11:44:27

Great job this week and Happy Anniversary

From walter on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 12:42:06

Hey lybster, I was watching the news and they were showing the rankings of states that make you sweat the most and Arizona was number one on the list. Congrats, and make sure you run with plenty of water!

From Lyndsay on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 02:26:37

Happy Anniversary! 11 whole years—that is wonderful! (I am lagging behind with a mere 4.5) :)

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Day 7

5 easy miles this morning. I am amazed that I was able to get up at 5 ungodly o'clock to get it all done. Partly on treadmill. One mile with CACTUS spines all over my hand. Have you ever seen those red fruits that grow on cactus? I really wanted to see if the fruit was squishy, you know, like a peach? Curiosity is seldom rewarded, I am finding. One mile or so carrying dog...stuff in a baggy. Running is not a dignified sport.

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From Kim on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 13:01:35

Lybi, you are so funny! I can just picture you and your family on an outing...James says, "Boys, stay right here for a minute while I go get your mom out of trouble, again!" "Boys, be patient while I pull prickly thorns from your mommies hands." "Boys, next time we'll get a baby sitter for mom." :0)J/K Their outings would be so boring without you!

Congrats on day 7! And it's 5 miles! Woo Hoo! You are rollin'!

From luzylew on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 13:08:34

Good for you cleaning up after the dog! That is very conscientious, if not dignified in my book. P.S. I've eaten some kind of cactus fruit, although I don't think it was the red one off the nopales. The one I ate was sweet, but firm fleshed-- more like an unripe plum texture, and had a lot of little seeds in the middle. Good to see you're back outside. It's so therapeutic! Kudos on the a.m. thing.

From Shauna on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 13:49:38

Ouch!! I'm glad you made it home in one piece. :-)

Hey, there is another ARR 5k on Friday. Are you doing it? I debated long and hard, but we decided to go on up to Flagstaff on Thursday night and run at altitude instead!

From Lybi on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 14:22:35

Shauna--we're going to be out of town. Dang! Maybe next time. Good luck in Flagstaff!

From laura on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 22:35:49

HAHAHAHAHA! ... I love you! So much of life would go unexplored without you!!!

From Jim on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 10:10:55

You just need to be careful about what your curious about. I'd leave the dog at home too. Ick!

From Laurie on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 11:01:08

Man, my runs are so boring compared to yours. No place is safe for you apparently. But thank you for sharing it's great to smile and laugh! And I agree with Kim's comments......ahh too funny girls!

From Christi on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 21:24:33

Day 7 on your goal! Yippee! You're doing GREAT!

From Brent on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 23:27:45

Lybi, Callamady Jane must be in your family tree. Kim's entry was a hoot. Be careful out there: Rules to follow and things to carry when running:

Life perserver - never know, wild sprinklers on the loose

Mad Max Helmet - never know, wild ram may be on the loose

Cammo Outfit - never know, you may not want to be seen

Welders Gloves - never know, the cactus may have relatives

Super Size Bug repelent - never know, could be killer bees on the loose

Stay Kool, 7 is a good number, good to see your running going well, B of BS Rools out

From Lyndsay on Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 00:58:29

Lybi! Check out the spider here:

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4 Miles outside in New Mexico with my sister, Laura.  She is my ultimate running buddy.  It was really fun for me.  One odd thing is that my leg turnover was about twice as fast as hers and we have the same leg length.  How'd THAT happen?  My leg turnover increased a lot during the period when I was barefooting more.    Ug, Laura made me run FAST at the end.  I thought I would have to slow down a little to stay with her, but she sprinted like greased lightning with about .1 to go and the truth is that I ran as fast as I could and couldn't seem to quite keep even with her.  Sheesh!  Who is the one who's been running longer here? 

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From laura on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 22:16:04

I sure enjoyed running with you!!! You are so much fun to run and talk with. Wish you could've stayed an extra day! ; ) Love you.

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4 miles, mostly outside at 9:42 pace. Last quarter of a mile on the treadmill. Soooo, you may have noticed that I didn't break my most consecutive days of running record. Man, I hate falling short of my goals. However, I was prepared to cut myself major slack because for the last 2-3 weeks I was seriously convinced that I was expecting. It turns out, though, that my body was just playing a little joke on me. It is a stupid joke, and I have heard it before, yet I somehow fell for it once  again. It is easy to believe something you would like to be the truth. Anyway, no harm done other than a week-long vacation from running. It was a pretty good vacation. I got a little more sleep and got my legs nice and rested up. Now it is back to the serious business of surviving the summer heat. I need a snow cone.

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From Jody on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 16:26:59

Nice job getting back at it!!

From marion on Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 00:18:21

Mother nature is somewhat of a beast and not very nice sometimes :( I'm sorry it did not turn out as you had hoped.

Enjoy your snowcone ;)

From Lucia on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 10:38:40

The good thing about falling short of your goals is that you get to try aim for them again! You can do it!

From sarah on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 10:57:39

I'm sorry for that trick...but happy for the break you got....take care :)

From laura on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 23:24:26

Hey, I just saw you and you didn't say anything about this!! Sorry about the disappointment, Lib. Hope you're doing okay. (((hug)))

From Christi on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 09:51:20

Hey- so I wasn't the only one taking the week off? Sorry about your body's trick. I know all too well what that disappointment feels like. Go take the boys for a snowcone- yum!

From Lybi on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 13:11:29

Christi--you took didn't run last week either? There is a cosmic link--I just can't seem to run if you don't don't ever stop, ok?

Thanks to the rest of you sweet ladies too!!

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4 miles on the treadmill at about 10:30 pace on average.  I was watching "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"  and just kind of keeping a wary eye out for making sure I don't step off the belt.  

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From marion on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 13:23:57

LOVE That movie! Gald to see you on the move again! ;)

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4 miles . Half outside, half on Fred.

Our internet connection was down yesterday so I couldn't blog my run. One whole day off the blog! It seemed like an eternity. I don't see how anyone can run without being part of the Fast Running Blog Community. :) I know I wouldn't.

Those of you newer to the blog probably don't know how I started running. I married this really fast guy who seemed to need running like I need sleep. Although I ran in high school, I saw no point in running without a team to run for. Anyway, one day James told me that some guy he met on the internet and his family were going to come stay at our house for the weekend. I was a little bit ??? James, are you SURE they are not murderers? But murderers seldom travel with children, do I was willing to give it a try. So Sasha and Sarah and their adorable kids stayed at our house during the Del Sol relay--back when the blog was too small to support a full, fast relay team without including many non-bloggers.

Anyway, while they were down here I gave Sasha a 10 min. piano lesson and he ran 1 mile with me (which was an accomplishment for me!) So since then Sasha has played the piano every single day and I have become a runner. Although Sasha never misses a day with his piano practice (and I definitely have missed days of running) I am still winning, since I spend a LOT more time running than he does playing the piano (just kidding, Sasha).

I think the reason I wanted to start running was because I saw how running could be a family sport--with the kids involved and everything, instead of just being James' weird compulsion. So far it has produced a lot of positive results. My favorite is probably that my little boys were all able to come off their asthma medication. But being able to run a faster 5K than I ever did in high school was also very nice.  I have to remember these things at times like this when I am struggling just a bit.

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From Shauna on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 15:57:38

Great story, Lybi. I remember when you told it to me when we met in Tempe. I still think you're doing great.

My internet is down at home too. I have been running at night this week, so I pre-blog in the morning and update it the following morning at work! I feel very out of touch, but it's also nice to have fewer distractions at home.

From marion on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 18:55:42

That is the coolest story!

From Kim on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 21:02:50

You never know what you might find on the internet! You guys found lots and lots of treasures!

From Christi on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 23:33:10

Although I've known bits & pieces of that story- it was fun to run that trip down memory lane with you. Its cool how close you've become w/ Sasha & Sara's family! We all need to remind ourselves why we run, I've been doing that too lately. For me- its just reminding myself how GREAT I feel right after a run. Then I just have to get myself out the door to do it again...and again...

From Brent on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 23:45:13

Lybi, nice tales of special times.

Also, thanks for sharing your special moments of laughing at yourself, debating to no end with others and laughing at my jokes.

Stay Kool, Stand Tall and take a deep breath, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 01:33:27

Brent--standing tall is not an option for me, but I WILL try to at least stand STRAIGHT! :) Thanks for the kind words.

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Wow! Today was SOOO much nicer.  Best run I've had in months!!!  It poured last night so today it was cool and fragrant.  YEA!  There is an inverse relationship between the temperature and my running enthusiasm. 

I got all excited today looking at upcoming races.  I want to run the Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K BARE FOOT this year and hopefully get a new personal record.  (Shauna, you must come if you can--you are my lucky charm.  What else explains my last 5k PR?   I've heard that elite athletes are very, if I can't be as fast as them, I figure that at least I can be as susperstitious...There are also some local half marathons coming up that I am...hmmm...seriously starting to...possibly some point.

Tomorrow we are heading off to Florida for a week.   I am SO excited about that.  (But geez, has anyone else noticed that we are gallavanting off to a different state every other week?!)    Anyway, I packed running clothes!  But I won't be able to blog.  Take care, bloggies!  I'll catch up with you guys when I get back.  Be good:  just say "no" to carbonated drinks.

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From Burt on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 02:41:58

Let me know what halfs are coming up. I'd like to do some, too.

From Benn on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 06:28:06

Enjoy Florida! I had to laugh at the last line of your entry, as I found it extremely difficult, but I gave up my addiction to diet Soda in 2006. Still going strong :)!

From sarah on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 10:31:34

yes....I've noticed the traveling...I'm so jealous..Florida. I hope that you can find some delights amidst the craziness of traveling with children. Good luck on your barefooted race...I laughed out loud about the superstitious elite funny and true, I'm sure. Have a nice trip.

From marion on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 15:27:57

Florida is so BEAUTIFUL! Don't get eaten by an aligator :D

(Hey- I am 2 days off soda)

From Lucia on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 18:22:14

Glad to hear you had a good run - A week in Florida will probably make you appreciate the Arizona dryness more!

From luzylew on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 00:45:49

Have a great trip. I'm sad you can't blog from Florida. I love to read the vacation running. It's like being there, kind of. Do tell when you get back. Enjoy the amount of sweat out there. I guarantee you'll never sweat as much during a run than on the East Coast. It's nutty. Enjoy!

From Christi on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 09:47:46

Say hello to my home state for me. I hope you get in a beach run while you're down there. Its hotter than heck this time of year, but I know you'll have a blast!

From Shauna on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 13:11:21

Hey, have fun in Florida! You've already been there for a few days by now. I'll have to miss the Moon Valley race because it's the weekend before St. George, and I'll be out of town. I'm going to Austin, TX for a music festival. Late nights, and lots of bad food and loud music: not the ideal way to spend the weekend before a marathon, but it will be FUN! I will be running while I'm there, so I'll run the 5k with you in spirit! :-) I am always up for a local half, though...

From Mark on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 05:36:55

Enjoy Florida. I'm sure the heat won't bother you at all, you might need to even bring a sweater to keep warm :)

From Walter on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 17:31:07

It must be nice to see some rain down there huh? I would definately be out in it with that stubborn heat you get. Keep up the good work lybster!

From Lybi on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 12:23:58

Burt--there is a half in Flagstaff on August 9th. Check out for other localish races.

Benn--Yea! Good job keeping away from that stuff for 2 1/2 years. Keep it up, buddy.

Sarah, thanks, we had a great time and the boys all slept well and played hard.

Marion--Good job! I hope you are still off the bubblies. I didn't get to experience an alligator in the wild, but I did eat some alligator meat at a restaurant. Didn't taste like chicken...more like a pork chop cut into thin strips.

Lucia--I loved the weather in Florida. I'd trade it in a minute for AZ summers.

Luz--yes, I sweat so much on my outside runs that I could've convinced someone I'd jumped in the pool. It was funny.

Christi--I didn't know you were from Florida! What a beautiful state. It didn't seem hot to me, but maybe they were having unseasonably cool weather. It was cloudy a lot.

Shauna--What? I'll have to cancel Moon Valley...just kidding. We'll have to see about that local half when it cools down a little. That music festival sounds fun! (Just make sure you get your ZZZZ's okay? Sleep in!)

Mark--I actually did get cool a time or two! The air conditioning was too cold. Thanks for the warning. ;)

Walter--are a you a rain runner too? Cool, we need to stick together. There aren't very many of us. I get the most comments from people when I run in the rain....Like people will stop their cars just to ask if I'm okay and need a ride or something.

From Walter on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 23:58:55

It has to be hot outside to start running in the rain. If its a cold morning and its raining, my give a d*&^ is usually busted. But thats hilarious people actually stopped you to see if you need a ride. funny

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I intended to run today, but I had to pack in the evening when I should have been running.  Minus ten points for poor planning.

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We traveled to Florida all day today.   We had quite an adventure when our taxi never showed up to take us to the airport.  We ended up having to dash down there and park in the airport parking.  We were hideously late, and I was very grateful we run with our boys.  You should have seen us in the airport running with our suitcases and our three little boys following close like ducklings.  It truly was cute, and frantic.

We finally got in around 10 pm and I went for a frightful run alone in the parking lot.  I felt scared the whole time and finished as soon as I could stomach.  I though it would never end.  I had to do so many loops! 

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Today we went to church in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  The people were so nice and friendly!  They must be used to having visitors.  Also, fully half of the congregation was late for church, which was just interesting.

We took the kids beach combing and we gathered a big ol' pile of shells.  They were absolutely everywhere!  Even the sand was made of small pieces of shells that had been worn smooth and it sparkled beautifully.


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From Laurie on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 12:55:07

oh, I just figured it out! You are a PEOPLE watcher :) I love do it, it's just so entertaining.

I hope you are enjoying florida and it sounds like you are, and the beach and have a great time!

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I went to run on the treadmill, but the gym had closed already.  I didn't want to run in the parking lot again!

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4 miles on the treadmill in a resort gym in Florida.  It was boring except for the lively dudes who kept yelling out how many bench presses they had done, followed by excessive manly sounds of triumph. Those guys were yelling the whole time I was there and I was really glad to leave.

I think this was the day that we went to the science museum. This was one of my favorite things on the trip. We got to see lots of live animals on display in the everglade exhibit. My absolute favorite was the AMAZING frog exhibit. So many frogs! The little venomous ones from the rainforest were the most adorable. There was a little luminescent one that is so venomous that even if it just touches you, it would be quite dangerous. The exhibit said that it was more venomous than any snake or spider on earth. Imagine that! There were also these little dime-sized ones that were SOOOO cute.

Now try to tell me that that's not cute! What you can't tell is how tiny he is. He would fit on my fingertip.

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2 miles, unshod.  I wanted to have a nice barefoot run in Florida.  Unfortunately, there weren't sidewalks for most of this run, and though I enjoyed the temp and the scenery I ended up with horrible blisters on my feet that made it quite painful to walk for a day or two.  Dang!  I think it would have been okay if I didn't have to keep getting my feet wet.  Every time a car passed me I jumped off the road into the lush grass on the side of the road, which was invariably soaked.   Having dry feet is imperative for preventing blisters!

We spent most of this day in the resort pool, which had water slides and other fun stuff for the kids.  My 3 year-old was brave enough to do the water slide!  I was impressed.   The thing I enjoyed most was watching the daddies from our group play water volleyball with 4-5 year-olds in their arms.  Every time the big beach ball they were using went over the net, the dad would lift the kid high and the kid would hit the ball.  The kids felt like a million bucks getting to play in an important capacity like that, and the dads all got a major upper-body workout.  It was adorable. 

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I missed a couple of days of running here, but my feet needed to heal a bit anyway.  What I really enjoyed during these days was swimming in the ocean.  I liked to swim out past where I could touch the ground and just float like a piece of kelp, and enjoy the slight feeling of danger, since I'm not that great of a swimmer.   There were little tiny fish that swan around and tickled your toes.  They added some fun.  Something stung me though--probably a jellyfish?  It wasn't a bad sting.  I only felt it for 20 min. or so.  Just glad it was me and not one of my kids.

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I didn't run today but I did walk around almost continuously for, count 'em, EIGHT hours.  The girls all went shopping today at this HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE mall.  My mother-in-law is a shopper!  I never thought a 60 year-old lady could walk that far, that fast, for that long.  I most ly tagged along, but I got some really fun stuff too.  All the chicas were sore the next day.

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4 miles early in the morning in Florida.  It was hard for me to run early in the morning while we were there because of the time difference.  6:00 felt like 3:00 am!  Anyway, I finally did it and got really lost and found my way home again within 4 miles.  Thank goodness for Garmins!  Only slightly disappointed to not see an alligator (he he).  We spent most of the rest of the day packing and traveling home.  We also saw that  kids' movie ,  "Wall-E."  I liked it!  It was really different from all the other Pixar movies.  Nice ending, I thought. 

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1.4 miles barefoot, and the rest in crocs. It was just as humid as the east coast, but at least it was relatively cool. The clouds made a beautiful sunrise.

My feet are still a little sore from the blisters I got in Florida. I want to barefoot as much as I can in the next 2 months so I can be ready to race barefooted in September. The race directors aren't going to give me a hard time, are they? There are no rules against running a race barefooted, right?

Wait...if there are rules against it, don't tell me.  That way I can at least plead ignorance.  ;) 

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From Kim on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 13:42:54

Hey Barefooten girl! Glad to have you back! It was a little sad to see you over on the lone faithful list while you were gone!

We have a family in our ward who does not wear shoes. Some people have asked if they need financial help to get shoes. They are fine financially they just hate shoes! We went on a ward trek and a stake youth trek where they all went the whole way with bare feet! The sad thing was the other kids who thought they would be cool and try to do it too. But their feet weren't an inch thick with callouses on the bottom so they got some major pain! I'm sure you have the smoothest, prettiest callouses anyone could have! Keep it up, you are awesome!

From Shauna on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 16:29:21

So glad you're back! The blog is now complete again. :-)

From marion on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 17:11:37

Glad you're back! Florida is so pretty! Have fun barefooting it :D

From Kristina on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 19:27:19

Wow, your vacation sounds like it was fun. I finally figured out how to put you in my google reader so you won't get left out of my reading loop anymore :P Good job on running through your vacation. Vacations are through away days for me :)

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2 miles barefoot at 9:30 pace. I got out a little late this morning and didn't have time for more. But I hope to run a few more miles tonight.

And by way of confession....

I may have accidentally ingested some chocolate on my Florida trip. This is a picture of a pitcher of melted chocolate overcoming my resistance to temptation.

2 more miles barefoot tonight with the dog.   Stupid dog tripped me up!  So...I fell again.  A cute, fluffy, little off-leash dog ran up to Sparky and he freaked out and dashed in front of me.  I skinned my knee a little and embarrassed myself in front of yet another neighbor.  I hate meeting people and having the first thing they ever say to me be "Are you okay?  Do you need help?"  Obviously.  Dogs are the cause of 90% of my injuries.

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From Brent on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 19:29:01

Lybi, always funny, how did the healthy eater pavaratsi get this on film? This will certainly be a scandal on the blog. Next time, closets work best, no lights, a little messy, but safer.

Stay Kool, Willie Wonka Loves You, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 21:29:29

Can't wait to read Sasha's comment! ha ha. Love that pic! Sounds like FL was delightful. Glad to see you got your run in today. So what was the Elder's Quorum activity that kept the guys out partying so late?

From Lybi on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 22:35:24

Christi-they went wake-boarding (like water skiing). So they had to travel to and from the lake. Plus someone in James' car left their keys at the lake and they had to drive back when they were halfway home.

Brent, you have to expect paparazzi when 135 people see your blog each month, I guess.

From Shauna on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 23:36:10

You crack me up! That's a great picture. Nice job with the barefoot running!

From Kristina on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 23:49:13

I'm all about seeing people give in to the temptations of chocolate. It makes me feel better about myself as I stuff my own face :P

We all deserve to have a tasty reward now and then!

From linda10k on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:01:21

My sole reason for running is so I can eat chocolate and not feel guilty. :-)

Nice Pic!.

Sorry to hear about the dog. Glad to hear you are okay.

From Christi on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 13:52:41

Ok- I will forgive the Elders for being late if they were wakeboarding. I'm an addict myself. Too bad the wives weren't invited-huh?

From Jody on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 13:58:16

I use the excuse " I eat chocolate for medicinal purposes" Sometime is works. Great job getting your run in!

From laura on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 14:57:24

What a cute picture!! I love your hair!!!! ; ) Sounds like Florida was a ton of fun - I'm so glad! It's good to have you back in cyberspace, though. ha!

From marion on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 16:09:50

I love chocolate and I think it is a blessing from heaven! :D

From Lybi on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 11:31:08

I like chocolate too, but not as much as I used to. I gave it up for awhile, and then when I had some again it just didn't taste the same to me. This picture was mostly a joke--it wasn't even from something I ordered. Although I do eat a little bit of chocolate now and then.

Christi--if wake boarding is like water skiing the boys can keep it! Whenever I've tried water skiing I usually just end up being dragged behind the boat under the water like a torpedo, drinking half the lake in the process. You must be good if you like it that much!

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2 barefooted miles in the morning.  I had a limp from the knee that I fell on yesterday.  I  have a bruise right on my knee cap and it is a little swollen.  I just kept it really slow, like 11:30-12 pace.  

My knee felt better throughout the day and I really should have run last night but I had a stubborn moment and stayed in. 

James was home sick.  I felt bad that he was miserable,  but I must admit that I liked having him around.  He has a very soothing presence.

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From Brent on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 22:28:41

Crash - Lybi, maybe you need to run in hush puppies? We stopped running with very often for similar reasons, too many crazy dogs. Sammy runs great and stays exactly healing at my right side. We now take Sammy for a walk. By the way, why are you cutting back on your daily mileage?

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From lybi on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 23:12:47

Brent, what are hush puppies? I thought it was a kind of food(?)

As to my mileage, hmmm, good question. Thanks for showing concern. I am hoping that when it cools off and my running buddies return that I will want to run more.

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2 miles on the treadmill this morning, watching "Groundhog Day".  Felt great today!   I gradually increased the pace until I got to 7:30 pace at the end

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From marion on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 15:14:26

I LOVE that movie! Great pace! WAtch the edge ;D

From Jody on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 19:19:57

Way to kick it at the end! Super speedy fast!

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2 BF miles this morning outside. I forgot to set my alarm last night, so I slept in until 7:00 (which means I got 10 (!) hours of sleep last night! It was absolutely heavenly. The bad side was that I had to face a little more heat than usual because of the lateness of the hour.

I started out at 10:40 pace, and gradually increased the pace until I was going quite fast at the end. My average pace for the run was 9:05. It was a nice invigorating run. Then I took the boys to the library and the Phoenix Science Center for the rest of the day. Fun times!

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From Jody on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 21:45:41

Nice job enduring the heat! I need to take some sleeping lessons from you. I have not had a night more than 6 for weeks!

From Brent on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 22:16:01

Lybi, I thought about you and James today when Sylvie had the idea. It would not be the same without you two.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From marion on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 18:43:41

Most excellent sleep! I LOVE to sleep! GReat run! Speedy girl!

From Brent on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 19:17:05

Lybi, when are you coming to Utah? Are you coming up to the SLC area? The date of the fun run is not set, thinking about the sat. before St. George of some time after St. George.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Burt on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 22:22:59

What are BF miles? On a track trip in high school I saw this huge monarch butterfly. So naturally I took my shirt off and chased it down. (Shirts are a good substitute for butterfly nets.) My coaches started calling me BF. I wasn't sure at first what they meant by that. Of course they meant butterfly, but I thought maybe they meant bologna fart. So they made me come up with 100 words that started with BF. I did it (best friends, breast feeding, back flip, butter fingers, belly flop, etc.) So I can think of a lot of words that start with BF, but out of the 100, none of them fit the context of your sentence.

From Lybi on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 09:56:32

Jody, how can you survive on so little sleep!

Brent, we are only coming up to St. George, and just for the race. My next trip to Utah after that will probably be next June, and we'll be up around Salt Lake City. So in other words, don't hold up the BBQ plans on my account! :( But you better blog it well--I want to know details!

Butterflyman--BF stands for "barefoot," or "barefooted," depending on how picky you want to be about grammar. You made me laugh, you rogue entomologist!

From Burt on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 12:35:18

....ah. And now I have 101.

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2.15 barefoot miles at 8:57 pace on average.  I pushed a little on the last mile, and ran the last .1 as fast as I could.  It was a really nice morning--not too hot!  The only item of interest was that I got behind a walker with her ipod cranked up just a little to high, and I almost ran into her because she did not hear me repeatedly saying "excuse me."   I was going to go around her, but she stepped sideways a little to avoid something on the road and almost got smooshed by me.  I'm amazed she didn't scream.  If I were her, I would've screamed.  I mean, here it is, 6:00 am, you're completely alone, and then out of nowhere a runner materializes right next to you and almost collides with you.  Very ominous.  It probably helped that I was wearing my pink running clothes today.  It's hard to be scared by someone in pink...

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From The Howling Commando on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 10:13:25

I can't imagine why she wouldn't scream! :-P Yeah I agree a fierce tiger runner all dressed in pink and she doesn't scare an 80s hair band listening ipod walker! I mean come on! haha. If anything I think if I were the walker I'd be startled because this crazy runner materialized without sneakers on. The only way your story would be better is if she was singing to Journey or Men at work ... "WHO can it beeee nowww? Who can it beeee noooow?" LYBI the barefoot take no prisoners I will smoosh the competition if they get in my way Runner!

From Lybi on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 10:17:48

Hahahaha! Love it.

From marion on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 15:21:48

I was passed by a guy a few weeks ago and I DID scream. I was SO embarrased! My ipod was too loud and I was listening to the Scorpions- 80's for sure! the 80's live forever in my ipod!!! The dude was trying not to fall over laughing :D I'm sure I made his day.

From laura on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 22:32:13

Hahaha. That's funny - you AND Marion!! Glad you had good weather! That's a blessing in July for sure!

From Lybi on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 23:27:08

I knew I had some kind of kindredshipwith you Marion. Screaming is, of course, the most logical course of action when getting passed. You see it all the time among elite runners...usually followed by puking. ;)

From marion on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 23:35:01

I feel like Anne of Green Gables, meeting all of my kindred spirits at this blog! Actually, you drinking the chocolate was the clincher for me :)

I'll have to remember to throw up next time... I'll stash some gu for the occasion :D

From Lucia on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 18:17:22

Barefoot runners wearing pink, listening to 80's music and screaming when passed... You ladies are too crazy for my taste ;)

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2 miles outside BF. I had to hurry a bit to be back in time for Shark Week on the Discovery channel.  Happy Shark Week, everyone!

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From marion on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 10:59:03

I swear it is Shark Week whenever we go on vacation... no, we aren't on vacation, but... oh- I need to go back to bed!

Have a great day! Take care of those feet. Do you run in 5 fingers?

From Kristina on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 11:12:27

I love shark week!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 15:45:35

Official kick in the pants for low mileage, skipping a training day, and replacing the running time with a TV show.

From Brent on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 21:53:53

Lybi, second the kick in the pants, run on the dreadmill if you must watch sharks eat the beached whales.

Stay Kool, without Greg, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 23:01:22

Marion, I run barefooted--no shoes. Although, I think the 5 fingers I ordered months ago finally are on their way! Yea! I feel like I'm going to need to throw a party for these shoes when they come, I am so excited.

Kristina--who doesn't!

Sasha--Kick received.

Brent--pants are getting the message. :) Who the heck is Greg?

From Christi on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 18:58:14

Defending Shark Week here- it rules! This week I learned there are sharks under the ice in the artic- who knew?

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So, you may have noticed that I am not running so very much these days.... It is true, I have really been feeling yucky toward running. I have toyed on an off with the idea of just giving it up. There are a several reasons not to give it up, though. The days that I miss my run really do not seem to go as well as when I DO run, despite my reluctance.

Last night I prayed that I would wake up with a desire to run, and I did! My eyes popped open at 5:40 without an alarm clock (THAT is a miracle, people) and I went for a short run on the treadmill. It felt good, kind of like scratching an itch. I think that until this lull in running enthusiasm subsides I am happy to just run 3 miles a day to maintain health.

And in other news, BREAKING DAWN comes out tomorrow. YEA! I hereby pledge to...try very hard...not to stay up all night tomorrow reading. Doh! I can't promise, though!

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From marion on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 09:22:11

Great prayer story. :)

It comes down to, you need to do what you need to do.

My daughter and her friends went down to get it at midnight last night. I don't know if she stayed up reading or not. I went to bed after all of the HUGE fires behind our home. They are BIG and scary!

From Grant on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 10:48:20

Dude, not wanting to run? Haha, welcome to my world.

From Shauna on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 14:36:06

I think you're doing great. When I go through periods of low motivation, I don't run at all (hopefully that won't happen again). The fact that you are continuing to do so is a true testament to your dedication!

I'm going to have to read these books that are all the rage! There is nothing better than a riveting book that you can't put down. Enjoy your day of reading!

From Christi on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 20:17:53

Oh Lybster! You are a kindred spirit! I too have been lacking desire. I've found that the longer I go without running the harder it is to do it. So I think your goal of 3 mi. a day is great and don't beat yourself up if you miss a day. PLUS- its hotter than heck in your neck of the woods right now. I bet this fall when the temps drop motivation will come pounding at your door. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ BREAKING DAWN! (but I probably won't get to it until my Lake Powell vacation in Sept)Have fun reading it!

From Brent on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 20:17:55

Lybi, everyone runs for different reasons. Just a thought, any running clubs where you live? Sometimes, just getting out with other runners makes the difference. I have had fleeting thoughts everyday the last four months to just bag it. Is it worth it, why care. Then, I snap back, live in the moment, moments pass and pass, one lost running moment is not reclaimed. The TV will be there, the chores, the kids, but, a half hour consumed with the bless and release of daily stress is precious. Enjoy your running. Well, I have rambled too much.

Stay Kool, see you at St.George, B of BS Rools out

From Kristina on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 21:37:33

You know, running is great and all, until it becomes something you do because you feel you have to, or people make you feel bad if you don't, or whatever. My philosophy is that any exercise is only good as long as it is enjoyable. I tried yoga once and thought, "Wow, that was an amazingly tough workout, I'm I'm sure it would do me a lot of good to keep it up, but I hated every minute of it." Same thing happened when I tried to take a swimming class. I left during the first class because it was the opposite of fun. Does that make me a quitter? Some people might say so. But I don't think so. I still exercise, I just do what I want to do. So I've kind of gotten away from running lately. My big thing lately is kickboxing. It is honestly the funnest exercise I have ever done. Maybe it isn't quite as effective as running 3 or 4 miles, but I feel great after I do it and while I'm doing it I can feel it working muscles that normally don't get worked. And it makes me happy. So I've actually been thinking lately that I'd like to do some running. I think I go through phases. I think it is healthy to be able to say "This isn't making me happy anymore, I'm going to do something else for a while." So don't let anyone pressure you into making you feel like you have to be a running addict.

Sorry, just my agenda for the day.

Anyway, I have to wait my turn to read Breaking Dawn because I am too cheap to buy something I can borrow. Sadly though my turn comes AFTER your dad. So in a month from now I'll tell you what I thought of it. ha ha, just kidding.

Happy reading!

From Mom on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 04:55:16

I have finished Breaking Dawn. Dad is 1/3 of the way through. He is devoting all of tomorrow to it. We'll hurry. I up for talking about it to anyone who has finished it.

From Lybi on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 16:42:35

You guys are all adorable. Thanks for the sweet comments. I am feeling better about running already. So pay me no mind! I go up, I go down, but I really think I will keep running for the rest of my life, or as long as I am able. I think it is a good idea to hold onto anything that improves your life, even if it is yucky sometimes.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 17:01:51

To maintain your desire to run I would recommend reducing the number of channels on your cable service to the absolute bare minimum. Most TV shows do not cultivate a mind that likes to work, and running is work.

Same idea for books. Read the ones that encourage you to push your limits over the ones that just have an exciting story. A good one is Staying the Course by Dick Beardsley

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3 miles on the treadmill followed by a lot of reading!   I watched a terrible kids movie, can't remember the name.  I decided that I absolutely MUST run a marathon at some point.  I wonder if 2009 will be it!

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From sarah on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 17:17:41

I've noticed the slow down in running. I have been there. Sasha and I both agreed that after having Joseph it just took too much out of me to run more than 2 miles a day. We cut down my miles and things went swell for awhile. Then I became pregnant with Jacob and it was an okay pregnancy...I could still run and felt tired on and off but I was big deal right. Okay now don't go out and start running 5 miles a day after I tell you this part of the story or anything....but...I feel SOOO much better this pregnancy and I've been running more. Crazy? I don't know but Sasha and I have learned that for my body anyway 5 miles a day seems to clean me out better and keep me healthier.

The only thing that got me out of my 2 mile slump though was that I found some great running partners that tricked me into not thinking about running so many miles. Adrianne (Crumpy) was really the lady that did it. She was great and brought out a little bit of my competitve side too because I didn't really want my running partner to totally beat the socks off me in every I worked harder. make a long comment longer(sorry)...I fell in love with the power of running again and am grateful for the health it brought me. I think you are awesome and I know you'll find that niche for yourself too. Good luck.

From marion on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 17:25:12

Hey- come and run TOU with me next fall... or I'll come down there and run one in the winter w/you. I just have to run one before I turn 41 (ap 29 2010). Silly, I know, but oh well :D

From Jody on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 19:39:37

Nice 3 miles - I debate the Marathon thing every year. This year though I just need to do it and get it over with and then decide if I want to do another.

From laura on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 22:03:58

Whoa!!! That was a random post - first you're talking about a stupid kids movie and all of a sudden you're running a marathon!!!! (Ironic, today I decided to SHOOT myself if I ever considered running a marathon! ha!) So, where did your decision come from? We, your faithful readers, need more details!! Elaborate. ; )

From Kim on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 22:38:49

Must....Run....Marathon! I think we all need to try it at least once and see if we ever want to do it again! How can we just watch other people do it and not try it ourselves?! Must...Run....Marathon!

From Brent on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 22:53:31

Lybi, there are many of us big stupid kids running marathons, you will fit right in.

Stay Kool, without scoobie, B of BS Rools out

(Shark, Greg Norman's nickname)

From Shauna on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 00:32:22

Lybi got bitten by the marathon bug! It's contagious, you know. I've gotta say, there's nothing like it. And I would meet you in Tempe sometimes for long runs. That should be reason enough to do it. :-)

From Lybi on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 01:03:22

Wow! You guys make me want to go ruuun! In the absence of real running buddies, virtual running buddies are a great pick me up. (Smell nicer too...)

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, enthusiasm, and humor.

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Feeling pretty sleep deprived--running on just 3 hours and NO nap!  But I eeked in 2 miles anyway on the treadmill just for the sake of consistency.

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From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 16:58:47

2 is better than 0. What was the cause of 3 hours of sleep?

From Lybi on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 21:57:13

Sasha--I plead the 5th amendment! I didn't do it! I have a right to call a lawyer! important, though.

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3 miles on the treadmill this morning in about 28:00 minutes. So Laura asked me to elaborate a little on why I went from not wanting to run at all to pondering a marathon. So, here's a long pithy BORING explanation that I strongly advise all of you not read:

You guys never listen to me...

Okay, so I've been looking back through my blog trying to solve the case of the missing motivation. I think my motivation peaked after running the Provo Half Marathon in March. I was so humbled that I could fall apart that much just by running a longer race. It ignited a kind of excitement. A real challenge! (Plus, proximity to the Pachevs always makes me want to run. It takes a couple months to wear off.) So I had 2 really good running months. At the end of May I ran a great 5K that achieved the goal I had most set my mind on for over a year. It was a little having that goal crossed off. I didn't feel as passionate about any of my other goals. So then it got super hot and all my running buddies gave up running for the summer months. So, working backwards, all I need to do is set a new goal that I honestly really feel something about (that's where the marathon completion comes it), find some new running buddies, the weather will cool on it's own in the next couple of months and we're all good!

I work with motivating people a lot as a piano teacher. The thing that I try to remind them of when they go through rough times is that they pass! Sometimes all they need is a fabulous new song, a performance situation, or going to a piano concert to snap out of it. Discouragement is not a permanent thing, but quitting is.

I'll tell you why the marathon goal is the coolest goal in the whole world in Wed. post.


PS I finally got my 5 fingered shoes and they don't fit! My toes are deformed. They're more like vestigial toes than anything else. Rot it all!


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From Shauna on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 23:36:30

Your ups and downs with motivation makes perfect sense. I am exactly the same way. That's why I am training for two marathons right now. I knew it was the only way to get me to run in the summer....Yet another good thing about the blog is the fact that you can easily look back at your training to see what you did right (or wrong).

You should move closer to Phoenix so we can run together! I know, that's a GREAT reason to move, right?!

From Brent on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 08:11:11

Lybi, I could not resist reading your blog. I can relate to your situation for different reasons. I have had thoughts of just giving up running often during the last 4 months. My right foot is a compensation injury from the knee, it will get better.

Good luck on finding a training partner. By the way, most running clubs have regular runs during the week.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Mike Warren on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 09:33:58

Trust me Lybi, I am with Brent. The thought of giving up crosses alot of runners minds out there. I have been on/off with the running the whole year. Get in shape/injury, over & over. I have alot of friends who say just quit, your beating the crap out of yourself. I am with you, set a goal and then you have some motivation. I grew up playing the traditional sports and never gave much thought to running. Now I have a whole new appreciation of what it takes to dedicate to this sport. You should run a marathon, it's right up your alley, you have what it takes. Hang in there and keep training.

From Kristina on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 22:44:04

And here I was hoping you would be my unmotivated accomplice :P just kidding. But funny thing is I am way behind on all my blog reading because I just finished breaking dawn. Yup, I got my turn sooner than expected. Anyway, I just read this post and then went over to a friends blog and she was saying something similar to what you are saying. So I thought you might enjoy reading the lesson of the cream puff if you are interested

From laura on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 15:02:54

Hahaha - the truth comes out! Your toes ARE deformed! All those useless arguments we had as kids. (hee,hee) --Bummer they didn't fit.

That makes sense about the marathon. I still can barely wrap my brain around a 1/2, though. Good luck with your training ... once training weather returns to the Valley. Luv ya!

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4 miles on the treadmill, watching "Pride and Prejudice" with Keira Knightly.  I LOVE that one scene in the rain.  I had to rewind and watch it again.

Ug.  I wrote a long thing on marathons, but I took too long and didn't save it, so it fell into the black cyber hole.  Durn!  Maybe I'll try again later.

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From sarah on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 20:25:00

I LOVE pride and prejudice. I think that I could watch every version ever made about a dozen times and be happy. I watched the whole BBC version two and a half times when we moved into our house and it was winter and I was exhausted from selling a house and moving and had no friends to talk to to tell me it was dumb to watch too much TV.

In the running world....I loved running a Marathon. I got a little vacation with Sasha. There were hundreds of people running with me. I could talk to other people for hours. It hurt a little at the end but it really wasn't very screaming kids..just me and hundreds of other people and the road. I can't wait to hear more from you about why you decided to run one.

From Lybi on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 13:30:08

I didn't know you ran a marathon, Sarah! When was that? Which one was it? What was your weekly mileage? Is there a race report for it? I'm gonna go check. I feel like I can relate to you more than a lot of the roborunners on the blog, so this is encouraging to me.

From marion on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 16:21:48

I LOVE that movie too. I could actually do the dreadmill if that was on. I wonder who has borrowed it? How do you keep your kids from killing you when you are on the treadmill?

From Lybi on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 21:52:06

Marion, I usually only use the treadmill when they're asleep--either before they get up in the am, or after they are snoozing at night. Otherwise they would surely be missing some fingers... My kids are very curious. (Where'd they get that from?)

From marion on Sat, Aug 09, 2008 at 00:25:18

Mine aren't curious, they just believe that ALL toys must be airborn! It's a battle field in the family room :)

From Christi on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 13:56:36

Sounds like I may get to run SGM with you after all! Sweet! Motivation is a tricky thing, isn't it?

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 17:16:01

That rain scene is SO romantic!!!

I hate those black cyberholes... they got a bunch of my writings too...

From sarah on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 17:53:25

Whoops..I guess I forgot to mention that little ol race report on it because I ran it in 2003. I ran it on 5 miles a day and some 10-18 milers on the weekend. It probably wasn't quite enough mileage but Julia was only 1 and we were doing the 3 kids balancing act. I'm still not sure how Sasha talked me into it because part of me resented it a little bit. However, actually running it was truly not that bad. I was so long and hard of course but I really felt like the demands I faced with my three little kids every day were way more difficult emotionally at least.

I ran really slow too so that helped it not stress me out. I think my avg pace was 11 something. My time was 4:45. I just took it easy and enjoyed myself. Although I was in shape to race at 8 minute mile pace for shorter distances that was too long for me to run very fast.

It is really cool to be able to tell people that I've run a marathon and I do feel proud of myself ...BUT....I try really hard to not do things that I'm going to resent or that take more what I call "emotional energy" than I have. So..really think about it and don't do it if James has to take you there kicking and screaming. Do it for you...for the life experience but only if you really want to.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 15:46:36

Make sure to hit the Save button once a paragraph or so when typing long entries. A side note for you and everybody - reading the instructions on the page when you type in the entry that I tried hard to make hard to miss is very helpful.

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 15:53:17

It's easy to forget to save the entries, Sasha, because the system works so perfectly well most of the time, with only a few exceptions!

Now how about making it so that the entries save automatically as you type? :)

From Lybi on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 16:38:06

Lucia, you are a genius!

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 16:40:58


This feature is on a long-term TODO list, but does not take priority for two reasons. One, it is quite a bit of work, and we are severely undermanned (as in I am currently the only one coding, the blog is still making pennies, and I am a sole provider for a family of 7, so blog coding happens when I am lucky to find an hour here and there). I believe in teaching users good habits that will always protect them vs investing a lot of work to only reduce the probability of damage when those habits are not present. In this case, the habit is the awareness and thus the sense of vulnerability that the data you have typed out but not saved is still half way between your brain and persistent storage.

From Lybi on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 16:49:11

Ah, I see. As usual, your sole intention is to make us better people. How very wise you are Sasha. ;)

From Lybi on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 16:52:07

Although, I totally get the part about being super busy. And the blog IS free and fabulous, so no complaints here, other than friendly teasing that is very important to running...somehow.

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2 Token miles on the treadmill.

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This day I was going to run after I finished some work preparing some new curriculum for the new year for my piano studio.  Too bad I badly underestimated the time it would take me to get it all read and printed out....I stayed up all night!   

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2 Miles after watching the Olympics. Don't you just love watching the Olympics? It makes me proud to be a human. ;)

I've been a little sick ever since my all-nighter last weekend. (Go figure!) But anyway, although many of you may want to give up on me, you will see that things are heading up for me in the running dept. You can't tell because it doesn't show in my mileage yet, but I can tell because of how I feel. You will see!

And guess what? I have located a possibility for a dedicated running buddy! I give piano lessons from 6:45 to 7:45 am on Tues. Actually, I just started this new schedule--today was the first time. But anyway, the mom of these two little guys ran around my neighborhood during the lesson, instead of hanging out in her car like a veal. Her name is Brynne, and she is sooooo cool! It would be an absolute delight to get to know her better. I better go call her now, while I'm thinking about it. She has 3 boys, just like me--that automatically puts her in the cool person group, or at least, the "What the heck happened to my sanity group? (which tends to correlate to coolness (or at least that there are a lot of funny stories to tell on our runs.)) He he he.

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From marion on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 17:33:02

Yeah! A friend for lybi! Hey good to know that having three little boys makes me cool! I have always wanted to be cool ;D

From Bonnie on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 18:39:35

Lybi, you are a very cool person, I really enjoyed getting caught up with your blog (I have been out-of-touch for a while while traveling). I loved reading as you ruminate (I hope it doesn't sound gross, I like the meaning) through stages of motivation! Thank you for posting, you have motivated me from afar.

See you soon!! I actually had a dream that Dean and I had lunch with you on our way to Tucson.


From MichelleL on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 19:16:58

Three boys definitely makes a woman cool! I'm glad you're feeling in the groove. Have you called her yet?

From Lybi on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 00:39:24

I should have known you had 3 boys by your coolness, Marion! Fun fun.

Bonnie, we must make your dream come true! Are you passing through Mesa anytime soon? Are you adverse to being attacked by 3 little boys? James and I could get a sitter, but you would miss out on a lot of excitement. My little Joey used to love to throw cherry tomatoes at the poor waiters. (He had very good aim as a 2 year-old!)

And Michelle, as if running a 1:18 half was not cool enough--you've got 3 boys! It's just the sugar-free whipped topping on the fat-free frozen yogurt. You were always cool.

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Mixed feelings about my run tonight in the low-broil oven of early evening.  

Good-I am running.  This is good, this is back on track

Bad-Jeez, this seems like a really long way!  4 miles didn't used to be this long, did it?

Ugly-Feeling plump in my cute clothes.   Fat is so unforgiving.

But the worst tragedy is that I had to miss out on teaching discussions tonight.  That is one of my favorite things in the week.  Get better soon, Lyndsay! 

And I have one other important thing to say:  Gooooo Michael Phelps!  The universe has compensated you for giving you such unsymmetrical ears by blessing you with speed!!!  Great job making the most of it!

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From marion on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 11:51:33

You are so right! Michael Phelps is UNREAL! Even with his ears, that boy is AWESOME!!! My hubby was a state champ in high school, in swimming, and I pretty blatantly begged him to start swimming again last night :D (I am striving to be a beach volley ball look-a-like) Sad and twisted, I am :)

Oh yeah, and GREAT RUN!! 4 miles is forever long! YOU ROCK!!!

From laura on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 19:58:24

4 miles in a low broil is like 8 miles in optimal weather!! Great run!!!!!!!!! So, have you found a 10k this winter? It's a nice distance for a race, I think.

From Lucia on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 20:41:21

You are running, and 4 miles IS a lot for anyone! Some days are easier than others, and those days will come soon!

Marion you always crack me up!!!

From Christi on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 00:07:43

That plump feeling is probably psychological, tends to go hand in hand with less miles. I'm sure you look adorable! So did you invite Brynne for a run?

From Lybi on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 12:02:19

Christi--well, I emailed Brynne. I haven't heard back from her yet, though. Christine also hasn't called me back either--wonder if she's still out of town. And in terms of the plump factor, I have discovered that a difference of 15 miles a week = about 5 pounds of chub. All in the name of science...

Laura, I haven't really been looking for races yet. Since I have started running again I have PR'd at every single race. For some reason this makes me reluctant to race very often (particularly when I am out of shape) because I don't want to break my streak! I may have to just get over this, though. I see people who race all the time under terrible circumstances, and come away with renewed vigor.

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2 miles on the treadmill twice today.  Look!  2 days of running over three miles in a row.   Somebody call Guinness.

This week my 5 year-old went to Kindergarten.  *Sniff sniff*  You spend all your time helping them and hoping they will grow, and forcing them to eat veggies so they will grow, making them go to bed so they can grow...and THEN a terrible, terrible thing happens.  They grow! 

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4 miles, all outside.  2 this morning, 2 at night.  Beautiful both times.  This morning it was cool, and there were some gorgeous storm clouds set off by the sunrise.  This evening there was a big thunderstorm, and I got to go out after and run in the newly-washed glory of it all.  One of the unexpected benefits of running for me is getting to see a lot more of nature.  Any "nature" I see other than during my runs is usually unwelcome--i.e. a scorpion in the house or something.  Yech!  Dadgum nature!

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From marion on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:34:48

OUtside running fuels the soul! I swear it is magic! unless, like you said, it is in your house trying to kill you!!!

Great run! Yahoo!!!

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It was cool and cloudy today.  Yippee!  I took my 7 year-old for a run outside.  Missed my evening run, though.  

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2 Miles this morning on the treadmill, barefoot. Didn't seem all that bad today. Usually I hate running barefoot on the treadmill, but recently it has seemed less inconvenient to just run barefoot on it than to try to locate my shoes, if you can believe it. I just keep thinking about my tendons and ligaments getting tougher and more resilient to injury. Jeez, I hope that is what is happening.

2.5 Miles on the treadmill barefoot tonight.

Yea, I broke 20 miles this week for the first time since the beginning of June!  Now a slow and steady climb to 30 is in order.  Wish me luck!


Quick poll:  My 5 year-old's KINDERGARTEN class has 37 kids in it.  Doesn't that seem like a lot?  Especially for kindergarten?  The teacher and aid acted like it was a totally normal number.   What is going on here?!

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From Lucia on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 02:27:01

Congratulations on the mileage! Way to go girl! From 20 to 30 you won't even notice the difference.

37 kids seems like an awful lot to me! Only one teacher for 37 5-year-old kids? Yikes! I'd be curious to know what the other moms on the site say though :)

From marion on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 17:03:38

No no no no!! There should AT THE MOST be 20-23. 14-18 is ideal. That is nuts. I'd go BONKERS all over the district on that one.

Great mileage!! You are on a roll!!

From Christi on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 21:56:37

37 is a lot! I like my kids' classes to have 20 or less. So did you give into the school tempation? No more homeschooling? (I love having my kids in school and they love it too) Great job on mileage this week! Are you busy with piano students, did that just start back up along with school?

From Mark on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 10:44:34

Yes, definitely a bit hi, are all the other kindergarten classes that big?

Good job with the barefoot running, it seems to really be working for you.

From laura on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 16:06:43

Geez!! 37 is way out of control. Our school has a max of 19 (for half day K - the full day K is higher since they have a para). I'd talk to the other mom's in Joey's class and possibly talk to the principal. That's awful to START the year so full because it usually gets bigger! Go for it, Lybi!! Make a stink. It's worth it.

Great mileage! Good job coming back. But remember, you're still in your off (yucky) season so cut yourself some slack if you need to. Don't burn out - literally!

From Burt on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 16:06:56

I don't think 37 is too bad as long as their is an aide. One person couldn't handle it, but two could.

Do you know Stephanie Nielson? Check the discussion forum under news and announcements.

From Laurie on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 18:40:53

I don't know what it should be for kindergarten but I was sure all elementary was in the 20's.

I teach junior high and have classes up to 51!! But this year I only have one over 40 :) The rest are mid 30 and that is normal for Utah.

From Kristen on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 19:13:48

That's why my kids go to a charter school. . .15 students in my children's classes!

From Lybi on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 00:52:15

It IS a charter school! I expected a better ratio than at the regular elementary. Class size at our neighborhood school is 26. I don't know if there is a full-time aid, though. Luckily, there IS a full-time aid in my little boy's class and she is wonderful.

Laura, I made a moderate stink via email. Surprisingly they have not responded. Cowards. This is the same school that sent me the threatening letter and sent the police officer for my *blush* jay-walking (the cross-walk was blocked by construction, though!).

Christi, my 7 year-old is attending an on-line charter school at home this year. I like the structure and all the free resources. I wanted my 5 year-old to experience kindergarten, though. I love kindergarten!

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2 miles in the morning, 2 in the evening.  Both barefoot on the treadmill.  Felt really good and perky tonight.  8:40 pace at the end.

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2 miles this morning barefoot on the treadmill. Wanna know something kinda cool and kinda wierd? I stepped on (kicked, really) an open safety pin that was jammed in the carpeting and it DIDN'T pierce the skin on the bottom of my feet. I thought it was just an errant staple or something that got stuck in the carpet, because all I felt was some snagging, but no pain.  I'm take this as a sign that my feet ARE actually getting tougher, despite the lack of visible change. I had been waiting and waiting to see some evidence of my soles thickening, but to no avail.  But this is good news!!! I don't really want to have ugly calluses on my feet, I just want to have TOUGH feet. So...tough and cute are not mutually exclusive.   Tough, cute.  Better than chocolate and peanut butter, and much less fattening.  ;)

Anyway, I've gotta go get my last 2 miles in. Sorry I don't have much time for blogging these days, people! It's not because I don't care...I am just SO dang busy! When I get my fall schedule a little more under control I'll be checking out more blogs and leaving more comments, I hope. But for now [bulk comment coming] run! Keep it up, you are an inspiration!

2 BF TM miles too late at night.  Sleep running.

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From walter on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 10:34:28

Thats righ Lybster, you show those safety pins whose boss! lol you crack me up! So how you doing down there in the land of sun? Ill bet your tan is unbeatable. So did you get a pair of the 5 finger shoes yet? I ordered a pair from Steve and will be interested to see how they are. Say hi to the family and if you guys ever come up we have plenty of room to accomodate your family. Im definately in debt to you for your hospitality. Even if it was a couch or blow up matress! lol

From marion on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 11:36:57

Great feet! We should have an ugly-tough feet contest! I was sanding off my calluses last night. I use the belt sander ;)

...and NO!!!! there is nothing better than CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER!!!! How dare you even speak the words!! ;D You will need to run extra miles to pay for that sin! :D

From laura on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 21:59:54

Sleep running. I've done that before ...

Great job, little tough toes!!

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Ew!  I feel sick today.   

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From marion on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 17:49:59

What no description? ;) Thanks for refraining, and I hope you get better really soon!

From laura on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 22:41:31

I'm sorry to hear that! You feeling any better today???

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Well I woke up feeling a strong compulsion to run this morning.  Nothing works right if I miss my run in the morning.   I've got about an hour to an hour and a half before my kids wake up in the am to 1) run 2 miles, 2) shower and get all spiffy for the day, 3) fold a load of laundry, and 4)study my scriptures.  If I REALLY book it I can get all those things done before my little blessings wake up and command my full attention.  But if I miss my run, I don't do any of those other things and I wake up when my kids force me to (usually by jumping on my bed).  This is the scenario that leads to still being in pajamas at noon, and needs to be avoided as much as possible.  So, even though I was feeling sick yesterday (sore throat, feverish, can't hear out of one ear)  I headed out this morning, determined to get 'er done. 

I felt really clunky this morning--kind of tense, and rather slow despite moderate effort.  I was running outside barefoot as the sun came up.  I was thinking about chi running.  I'll admit it, I know nothing about chi-running, but Laura mentioned it yesterday in her blog, along with something about leaning forward a little bit.  Now, you all know that there is a little axiom about a little bit of knowledge being a dangerous thing, and in this case it proved to be quite true.  I basically just leaned forward a little more than usual, and reveled in the "chi-ness" of running in some Taoistic (I think I just invented that word) way.  I definitely was able to achieve a high level of detachment, as my chi running suddenly became chi-flying, followed shortly by chi-crashing.   I don't want to talk about it, other than just mentioning that this is by the most skin I have ever lost off my knees.  But I finished my run and got the laundry folded etc., so the day went pretty well from that point on.  I did start to feel sicker throughout the day though, so I will not be putting in my little end-cap of running this evening.

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From marion on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 00:33:04

I know what you mean about the day going badly if the "routine" is not strictly followed. Must run, stretch, shower, eat/read scriptures, then blog. Then the day goes WAY better :) I really hate it when my hubby gets home and I am still in my running clothes :( Ugly and SMELLY!!!!

Ok- I am sure your crash was HORRIBLE, but it sounded WAY COOL and very much like it needed to be video taped! I hope those knees heel well. I think bumps and scraped hurt WAY more now than they did as kids ;D

From marion on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 00:34:27

Sorry- wrong kind of heal- although they might be as rough as your heels for a bit while healing ;)

oh and i am glad you are feeling a bit better :)

From laura on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 16:08:07

OUCH! I am SOOO sorry!! I feel partly responsible. :( Skinned knees are so painful! It's amazing we survived through so much as kids!!

From Brent on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 19:08:17

Crash - Lybi, if I recall,this is the third biffing in the last few months, may be more? 50 commando points for not crying.

Lybi, are you a day dream believer, without the Monkies? Day dreaming has its challenges. If the brace works, I will be called 8 of 9.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 11:28:21

Is there a reason for you feeling sick? hee hee.. Sorry about your biff! I love how you call your kids your "little blessings", they truly are and its good to remind ourselves, right? Loved reading your morning routine! You're awesome!

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2 Miles on the treadmill this evening.  Pretty sore from yesterday's eventful run!  Sore back, ouchy toes (they lost a little skin too), knee purty painful if I bend it too far, but fine for running slow. 

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2 Really pretty BF miles this morning. It rained last night, and it always smells so good! I ran through a flock of about 50-75 little black birds, probably starlings. They all took off from the ground together, so I got the cool sensation of running through a living tunnel. I wished I had time to run a little more. Tomorrow morning I'm going to try waking up just 10 min. earlier and see if I can get 3 in the am instead of just the usual 2.  Whoops, it'll have to be Wed.  because Tuesday is when I start piano lessons uber early in the morning.  I don't want my poor students to come and find me all sweaty from my run.......again.  BLUSH BLUSH BLUSH!

2 more miles with my cute little guys tonight.  I'm developing a grow-your-own-running-buddy program over far so good!

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From Camille on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:19:30

Hey there! I'm a Mesa Runner as well (but I'm still green around the ears!) I think it's great you take your boys out running. I'm been too afraid to take my little girl in this heat. I am planning to take her when it cools down though.

From Lybi on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 02:00:37

Hey Camille! Yea--Another Mesa FRBer. The first of many, I am sure. Surviving the heat? I just love all this rain we are getting.

Do you have any races planned soon? I was thinking about doing the Moon Valley 5K in Sept. It'd be fun to see you there (hint hint).

From walter on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 08:58:04

Hey lybster, wie gehts? So here is probably the conversation of your students and their parents. "Yeah, I learned alot, but my teacher had beads of sweat dripping on the keys." lol I hate starling birds! They are a menace. I ran this morning and it was so cold that my hands are finally getting circulation back. (I have to rub it in!) We are in the perfect running weather right now which is equivalent to your November-February! Keep up those miles!

From Camille on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 10:38:20

Moon Valley 5K? I haven't heard of that one. When is it? I'm doing the "Life Without Pain" 5K on September 13th. That is the only race I'm signed up for right now, but I'm looking to add to that.

So, I didn't get to run this morning because of the lightning storm. Do you run in the rain? I think I'd be okay if it were just rain, but the lightning made me nervous. I do love the rain though. Such a nice change.

From Lybi on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 00:33:17

Camille--Yea, I ran this morning. I actually LOVE running in the rain. It can be slippery though, so watch out! Unfortunately when I ran I didn't get any rain--it was just threatening at that point. But the clouds were soooo gorgeous! For race info, check out

The race I am doing is actually the "Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K" on Sept. 21 It's a good certified course. Have you done the "Life Without Pain" course? I assume it's relatively painfree course (har har)... Is it nice and flat, well run etc.?

And Walter, gloat all you like. We are at the tail end of our difficult season, and yours is just ahead! Frostbite or heatstroke, now that is a tough one to call. Frostbite is worse, imho. Good luck!

From walter on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 00:44:26

I know I know, I have to get it in while I can though. I actually ran at 8:30 this evening and finished at 9:30. Very pretty outside and when I round a turn by Daybreak lake, it gives me a view of the valley and the District which is a commercial development which is lit up with so many different colors at night that its actually cool. I guess you dont know what its like in the winter to put 6 or so layers on with a nit cap, gloves and the works and set out like a mummy runner. lol

From Lybi on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 00:50:41

Sounds like quite a sight to see! No wonder people follow you in their cars. They're probably wondering if they should call 911 and report a zombie/mummy.

From walter on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 00:59:26

I know and I would usually do my long run on saturday at 4:30 when no one was driving and even at that time I would freak a few drivers out! funny!

From Camille on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:23:46

I have not actually ran the "Life without Pain" 5K before... and really, besides the first Ragnar Del Sol, I have never ran in any event before. So, I can't tell you if it is flat or not. I know that I picked it because it was the only weekend in September that I could do anything. Unfortunately, my husband will be out of town on the 21st for some scouting thing, and I won't have anyone to watch my little girl. Are you planning to run in any events in October?

From Lybi on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 00:53:27

Camille, let me see how I do in the Moon Valley will probably determine if I race in Oct. But we are coming up to St. George for the marathon. James is racing, and I'll be cheering like a raving lunatic. At least that's my plan. ;)

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I only got one mile in today!  But one is infinitely more than zero.  I got interrupted by children waking up during my morning run, and chose to spend time with James instead of running in the evening.  I mean really, what kind of choice is that?  Husband time trumps exercise anytime. 

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2 miles this morning outside. Shod. The weather was cool and threatening thunderstorms. I thought I'd have a good story to tell...however, the clouds held onto the rain until I was done. The clouds looked really magnificent! It looks like the sky was engulfed in a gray liquid, and part of it had been stirred up by a huge spoon. And in the middle of this disturbed section, a wide, diffuse waterfall from sky to earth. Beautiful! 5 more minutes and I'd have been as wet as a chicken. ;)

2 miles tonight on the treadmill, BF. 

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From Camille on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:57:59


What's the benefit of running barefoot? I noticed that was a goal of yours, and it sounds like you are making some good headway to make that goal. I just don't understand it.

From marion on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 15:08:58

Wet chickens? The sky can be so beautiful! Gald to see you running and blogging :)

From Christi on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 00:12:56

Way to make running a priority this week even with all the other life demands! Jealous of all that rain you're getting!

From Brent on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 14:58:16

Lybi, very nice blog, I really like the details for unusual days on the road.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Lybi on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 01:00:24

Camille, I just honestly like running barefoot. It is easier on the knees and hips, though, from what I've read. There's a lot of info on that if you just do a search for "benefits of barefooting." Running barefoot also requires 4% less oxygen. It's more efficient. And there is the added benefit of no having to put on shoes. That saves me a few seconds every day. (Reaching...)

Marion, "wet as a chicken" is a Sasha quote. He almost always says that when he gets soaked on a run. Funny, I don't associate chickens with water at all. Must be a Russian thing.

Thanks Christi and Brent!

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2 miles in the morning BF on the treadmill. I am so excited to go on our trip tomorrow! We are going to New Mexico tomorrow, picking up my beloved parents and taking them to Colorado Springs with us on Sat. Then we will hang out at Laura's house (on the blog) and relax on Sunday. Then MONDAY is when the fireworks start. Laura and sweet hubby James are running a half marathon. I intend to run the last 5 miles or so with Laura, if I can keep up with her! I am so excited for Laura because this is her first half ever. Quite a big step! I'm also excited for James. It's been quite a while since he raced.

Holy smokes, there are a lot of buttons to choose from down there. Er...I can't make decisions this late at night. I've got option shock!

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Pain.  I am soo sleepy right now.  I stayed up quite late last night packing for our trip.  Then we left at 5:30 am.  We got in around 1:30 local time and had a great time with the fam. here in New Mexico.  Happily, we were able to share in the joy of celebrating my big brother's birthday.  I gave him a big book about weather, with lots of cool pictures in it, 'cause he is interested in weather.  Unfortunately someone had already given him a big weather book last year for his birthday...ME!  I completely forgot that I did that...I remember thinking that I should do it.  I bought it online so it only took 1 min. of my time, and I guess it didn't leave that big of an impression on me!

Today was all about running as a family.  I ran about a mile with my 5 year-old (actually, I was chasing him and tickling him, but I kept it up for 12 min. straight, so that's got to be at least a mile.)  Then I ran 1.5 miles with my 7 year-old.  He is getting healthier and has a tougher mental attitude about sticking to it.  I'm so proud of him.  I'm gonna have to work to keep up with him in the next year or so.  Then I got to run 2 miles with James, which was my favorite part.  He has such a light, springy gait.  I chuff along and he's *boing boing boing* bouncing right along side me effortlessly.   It's fun.  I never worry about dogs or weirdos when I am with him, even though he got some wolf-whistles and a "hey baby!" from a chica who passed us in a car.  How rude to do that right in front of someone's wife! But I can hardly blame her.  He's hot, no doubt about it.  *Chuckle*

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From luzylew on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 17:31:42

I have given the same book twice. That's funny! It seems like such a great idea, and you're all proud that you thought of something clever. Then you forget that' what you did that the year before... I blame it on Alzheimer's (I'm hoping someone will give me Sodoku Puzzles on my next birthday to help me keep my brain alive). Hey, I have family in AZ and New Mexico. Know any Watsons out there?

From Kim on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 18:40:26

You can always give us a good chuckle! Way to have a family running day today!

From Christi on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 23:14:29

That's funny about the book! Sounds like a fun family trip.. Maybe the car was whistling at you? Never know these days... hee hee...

From Lybi on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 01:21:27

Luz--glad to know I am not alone! But I have to tell you that I play sudoku all the time and it has not stopped me from exhibiting symptoms of short-term memory loss. ;)

Christi--bwahahahaha! Not likely! Occham's Razor, you know.

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Running with the kiddos in Colorado.  Man, the altitude is really noticeable!  I think it's about 6,500 here in Colorado Springs where Laura lives.   She'll be flying if she ever comes down to Mesa to run a race.  I'm gonna twist her arm and see if I can gt her down here.  

Annnnnnnnddd, this is the first week that I've run all 6 days in a long long time.  First of many!  I'm starting to feel the excitement about racing and training again.   This is going to be a better running year for me than last year.  You'll see!  Fall, Winter, and Spring lay ahead like a big present for enduring the summer.

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From marion on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 22:38:06

Great job Lybi! You know- your summers are like winter is for us. We freeze in the winter and dont want to run- you ROAST in the summer. Godd job! I best you feel just like I do when Spring is coming!

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5 miles pacing my beloved sister Laura to the end of her very first half marathon. CONGRATULATIONS LAURA!!!

She was tough. The course was out and back, and, of course, at high altitude. The first half was mostly uphill, and then downhill the second half. Man, she attacks the uphill like a lion! I honestly think she went faster on uphills than on downhills. I don't understand that at all, but I can respect it!

It was a BEEEE-yootiful course running through super green, shady areas, with majestic mountains in the background. The weather was perfect--cool and windless. She stayed pretty strong right to the end, making wimpy sounds just a few times. ;) Tougher than I was in my first half, I think. I encouraged her to just put in a little more effort, like .1 on a treadmill. Just a touch more effort in a long race like this makes a BIG difference in pace. The ol' body wants to fall asleep on you around mile 10. She passed several people in the last 2 miles, including chicking 2 guys with .3 to the finish. Most triumphant! It was a very pleasant run for me and I sort of wished I had run the whole thing with her.

One sad thing was that James wasn't able to really race. He had a major calf problem. Well, it's kind of a recurring problem, but sometimes it let's him run and sometimes it doesn't. He had a really bad cramp-up on Sat. I worked on it for almost an hour (massage and scraping) on Sunday, but it wasn't quite enough to make it work. This morning he started to really feel it after a mile or two and knew he couldn't finish the race at his pace, so he walked until Laura caught up to him, and paced her the rest of the way. Very sweet guy! He has been handling the disappointment very well.

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From Lybi on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 22:43:58

100 commando points for being a great sister. Sounds like it was a blast.

Stay Kool, get in the groove, B of BS Rools out

From Brent on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 22:50:31

Lybi, I am a little rusty at blogging, no real bloggin spirit lately. Hope James is better for St. George. Say Hi.

Stay Kool, Name Challenged, B of BS Rools out

From Camille on Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 22:56:42

Congrats to Laura, and how nice that she has an awesome sister to help her pace those last 5 grueling miles!!!

From marion on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:30:10

Great job ladies! :D

From Camille on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 00:20:07

How is James's leg? Getting better?

From laura on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 00:21:50

You're awesome, Lybi!!! Thanks again for pacing me and helping me finish strong. It was way better than any of my practice runs, and better than I was secretly fearing. I think with each new distance that I "conquer," I overcome my own fear of it. Thanks for coming all the way to visit us, support me, and run with me. It was soooo fun to have you guys here!!!!!

From Christi on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 09:34:50

Whoa- I haven't been on the blog much ALL week! CONGRATS to Laura and Lybi you are such an awesome sista! Wishing James the best with the bugger calf!

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Zippo miles! Dang.  Ran out of time due to traveling home from New Mexico, teaching piano, going out to do missionary splits until 10 pm.  I see now that the only way possible to run on some days is just to get those super-early morning runs in.  Working on it.

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From marion on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 14:41:22

Good job, my dear! Yeah!!!

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From Kim on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 13:36:25


From Christi on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 22:50:30

Too funny, your blog entries are starting to look like mine last week- short & sweet. Obviously life is busy for the little blond piano teaching mom of 3! Great job getting in the miles. (thanks for the toe well wishes, I need it!)

From laura on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 00:20:55

K,Y are TF (Kim, you are TOOO funny)!!! Lybi, that's the shortest set of posts I've EVER seen on your blog! Wassup, shortie? (yes, I know you're taller than me!) At least you're running. I'm apparently still on sabbatical. ha!! Tomorrow - do or die for me. ;)

From Lybi on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 23:58:00

Hahaha! Kim you are delightful. I thought I would be in trouble for leaving such pathetic posts.

Christi, yes, I am busy busy busy these days! But never too busy to be amused by all the precious characters on this blog.

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Last night I had the most realistic dream I think I've ever had.  My Grandma Farnsworth, who passed away 13 years ago came up to me and gave me a hug.  I swear, I could really feel her arms!  It was so real, I woke up with the tactile echo of that hug on my skin.  Too bad you can't make yourself have dreams like this.  They just come.  Anyway, I was thinking about my grandma a lot today. 

I actually went to a funeral for the mother of one of my piano students today.   She had cancer and died far too young.  But this woman was a lot like my grandma in some ways.  She was a peaceful, quiet woman--so accepting of everyone, and so genuine.  It is always astonishing to see the absolute beauty of a person who many would have considerred quite ordinary, just by paying attention a little.  We should pay more attention when they are alive and with us.   There is no such thing as an ordinary person.

Oh yeah, and I ran 3 miles on the treadmill, BF.

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From Camille on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 10:43:17


Thank you for this post. My cousin's husband passed away on Friday. His is also way too young (25). I've been having a really hard time with it because I keep thinking of *my Husband*, and how devistated I would be if I lost him. I think we take advantage of our loved ones too much.

From luzylew on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 17:38:51

Such a sweet post. I do sometimes dream of the people I've lost (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather). I always wake with that same physical sensation that I've been 'with' them. It makes you miss them more for a while after you're awake, but also know they are still around-- taking care of you from where they are. Those visits are so rate. What a treat to see your grandma.

From marion on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 18:12:23

Grandmas are SO wonderful! :) I love dreams and feel like we can learn a lot from them. I miss my Grandmother too.

From Kim on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 18:17:03

One time I had a dream that I was choking on something and I fell over and was dying. My grandma, who had passed away, came to me and helped me up off of the floor and chastised me for trying to move on too quickly! "It wasn't time for me yet!" She helped keep me from choking, gave me a hug and was on her way. I've always felt her near me. Tender Mercies! :)

From laura on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 22:04:32

Oh wow, Lybi. I wish I could have a dream like that!! How truly precious. I hope you've written every little minute detail in your journal. Those are the moments that are cherished for a lifetime!

From Brent on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 22:08:57

Lybi, no doubt, with Gwen, spend a day, make everyone visible, without the cellefane man, the world would be such a better place.

Nice entry, I like the human side of each day the makes you special.

Stay Kool, makem visible, B of BS Rools out

From Christi on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 23:38:15

Wow! You made my day with that post. So beautiful! So sorry for your loss and esp. the little piano student's grief.

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2 miles this morning with my little 7 year-old outside, BF.  I was so pleased that when I woke him up to run with me (6 am!) he did not gripe at all.  He just got up and got his shoes on and we went.  I love running with him.  It makes me feel happy to know that we can enjoy each other's company doing something that is so good for both of us.  It is funny how much smaller than me he is, and yet his pace is pretty close to mine.   I let him set the pace, of course.  I'll be working hard to keep up in the next year or 2!

2 miles on the treadmill, BF.  "The Empire Stirkes Back" takes a lot of days to watch when you only see 20 minutes a day.   Search your KNOW it to be true...Noooooooo!

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From marion on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 01:16:29

My two year old loves the Emperial March song- we have him singing it as our phone ring tones! Great job with the kids running with you. I mostly chase mine ;)

From Scott Zincone on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 08:06:44

What a way to introduce yourself as someone's father. By cutting off their arm ?!?

From Camille on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 10:41:32

Hilarious! I always thought that Luke Skywalker was a bit of a weenie. :o)

Way to get your son to run with you. That's awesome.

From walter on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 10:47:20

Its funny you mention star wars, I was up at a cabin last weekend and they had the series up there so I tried to make my kids watch it and they lasted about 5 minutes and then ran outside to play on the atv's. I swear I will never be appreciated at my house with 3 girlies.

From kristina on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 23:09:54

I used to watch movies while I nursed Simeon. It was more than 20 minutes a day of course but I still took me a while to get through a movie (if I was diligent enough to stop the movie once Simeon was done eating) I think a movie from the Lord of the Rings took me three days to watch :)

From laura on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 00:26:20

Dum Dum Dum Dum-da-dum Dum-da-dum. Such an amazing soundtrack! Great running. GO, SAMUEL!!! ;)

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