Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

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Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.


Working on my makeup

I know this isn’t good by movie-industry standards, but it definitely gets the students’ attention. It’s supposed to be a partial thickness burn.  I’ve got to work on the blisters.  The antibiotic ointment isn’t yellow enough.  Maybe Vaseline.  It’s just weird to travel with a big jar of Vaseline — [...]

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Your medical certificate for the 1 mile race

I sat down to work through emails this morning and realized the medical certificate for Diagonale des Fous was due on the 15th.  There was all sorts of red bolded type that I’d managed to overlook (by not opening the email about the medical certificate.) I had a physical in February and called my doctor’s office to see if they’d [...]

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You probably don’t remember me…

When I was teaching this weekend, one of the students came up to me during a break after lunch and said, “You probably don’t remember me, but…” (This kind of lead in always upsets my stomach.  Oh no, what kind of misstep have I made?) “You were one of my instructors up in Alaska in 2005.” (Instant relief. [...]

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My Best Kilian Impression

I made the best of teaching the Wilderness First Aid class inside an REI store this weekend — far from anything resembling wilderness. I’d tried on different hydration packs and gave each a good wear test while I taught. I just happened to be wearing a Salomon pack when my co-instructor started teaching the dislocations class. [...]

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The Smell of the Wild

I’m teaching the Wilderness First Aid course inside an REI today.  The students have been game about the scenario space next to the dumpsters in the alley out back, and luckily there is a Starbucks next door to keep me caffeinated and in good humor. Ah, the Wild. I get to see my parents tonight, and I can’t wait.  After they [...]

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