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Location:

Mesa,AZ,

Member Since:

Apr 04, 2007

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

Prs:

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!*

Personal:

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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Wow, dear reader, if only you could smell the citrus trees in bloom in Mesa tonight.  It is a scent so powerful and so warm and sweet; it could end war, inducing everyone to sit, just quietly, and smell the flowers. (2 pts. if you can identify the quote.)  Unfortunately, my son is allergic to orange blossom, and he has breathing issues, so it's a mixed blessing for us. 

This morning was the TR5K for Values, which is a 5K fundraiser for the youth group at our church, where I volunteer (Mormonspeak=YW calling).  I was in charge of timing, and I was a real stress case yesterday, trying to figure out the computer program (racetimer.org) and prepare for any crazy situations, but everything went well.  Actually, it was so inspiring.  I almost cried, like I've been missing running so much all this time. 

Most of the people who ran the 5K were really just trying to support our young women (so sweet--dads running with their kids and so forth.)  Kids  were free. We did draw one elite couple, though, which totally made my day.  It was the lady's first race after having a baby and she pulled out a 19:22, which was good enough for 1st overall.  Now, if you had asked me yesterday what would make the race 3 thousand times more wonderful for me to watch, I would've said "for a chica to win 1st overall"  so I was super excited.  Her name is Dannika Braun, does anyone know her?  Her husband is super elite, spondered by Adidas and everything.  He didn't officially run, but he ran the course as a tempo run, and, I KID YOU NOT, he did the full 3.1 in 13:XX.  He is doing the Olympic trials (in 5K?).  They were a really nice couple from Flagstaff and all the runners from our church were super inspired to have them there.  Several people said that they want to do it again next year and maybe even take up running, which was very gratifying.  I'm so glad we did this instead of a dessert auction or something yucky like that. Overall, the race went off without a hitch, and it was a great experience to be involved.  I wish I could've run it.

BTW James won his age division with a 23:11 (which is just mostly jogging for him--he had to take it kind of easy because of his calf problem).  He came in 4th overall. 

Camille did this race too, which was GREAT!  Always fun to see her.  She was in Dannika's age group, dabnabitall.

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Comments
From ACorn on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 23:56:38 from 24.2.76.146

Awesome consistency Lybi!

From Burt on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 23:59:32 from 72.223.93.158

Now I'm glad I didn't come. It looks like I would have been beat by several girls :) Sorry Lybi. I'm so out of shape right now it's not even funny. Seriously. What are you laughing at?

Let me get Bonnie over here.

From MichelleL on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 05:13:26 from 42.98.231.26

Wow, Lybi, that sounds like a great experience. Even putting on a low key smallish race can be super stressful. Sounds like you did a great job.

From allie on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 08:32:49 from 97.126.223.167

very cool, lybi! it sounds like the race was a success and i am glad everything went well.

i really wish i could smell the citrus...

From Lybi on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 08:36:13 from 68.3.188.21

Thanks, guys! It was a great day. I can't take credit for the whole race going smoothly, though. Our Young Women President is the most organized lady I've ever met. Thank heavens for organized people!

(There was one old guy who started to go the wrong way, but we had so many volunteers that like 5 people tackled him and turned him around. hehehe)

From yogirunnermom on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 09:02:37 from 67.41.183.234

What a great activity! Nice job putting it all together. And, I do wish I could smell the citrus, too. That's one of my favorite smells.

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