Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a long-time is a longtime ultrarunner who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, coaches, directs the non-profit Band of Runners, and drives her kids around in a minivan.

January 2011
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In the red


22,000-ish people are running the Houston marathon right now. The course basically encircles my mother in-law’s house, which made my drive to Lifetime Fitness … an adventure. I almost abandoned the car. And I’m not sure how I’m going to get back. I’m considering waiting until Monday.
So, yeah, Lifetime Fitness. I only have 8 miles, and after three nights in a double bed with Asa and Eliot, — after two days in a small house with a three year-old trying to help my mother in-law, — well, it was time to use up the Leadville prize. I plan to stand quietly in one of their showers after the run — until the building’s hot water runs out.
This run is using up a lot of relationship credit. I might be in the red, actually. Eliot had the look of a shipwrecked man when I walked out of the house. Ah, well, I’ll make it up next weekend. Oh, no I won’t; Eliot’s crewing for me. OK, Valentine’s. Valentine’s has to be big. Send G-Rated ideas.
Update: So given the choice between running down trails in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico and jumping in a hidden hot spring, and spending the morning at Lifetime Fitness in Houston, well, right. But, I’m not going to lie, I had an awesome time there this morning. To pretend otherwise would be foolish. I am cleaned and steamed and blown dry. I had a nice fast treadmill run watching coverage of the marathon. (They had a camera at mile 20ish. Inspired: Check.) I did not manage to use up all the hot water, but otherwise, it was an entirely successful visit. That’s the end of my pass, sadly. You can bet I will be motivated to win Leadville this year. I’d find a (soft) course record to break for a free house cleaning. Judge away. 🙂

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