Liza Howard. Ultrarunning Mom.

Ultrarunning Mom

An Accounting of Last Week

Well, hello there.  I have been busy spritzing my belly with water as I hike uphill at a 15% grade on the treadmill.

belly

(21 days left until 40 weeks…)

Other than that:

-I watched the rain fall from the sky and listened to the live oak trees cheering.

-I prepared and gave a talk about hydration and running nutrition for a group of nice folks in downtown San Antonio.  (I had fun telling them I was proof that running wasn’t going to help them lose weight.  I also promised them I wouldn’t go into labor during the talk.  (Nervous laughter.))

-Chris R. and I interviewed our friend Jay Danek about his book “Got to Live.”  We recorded it.  You could even call it a podcast if you wanted to.  I’ll post it here tomorrow if I can figure out how.  The recording quality is not amazing, but it was our first time and it was entirely free, so I feel pretty good about the outcome.  Jay sounds great at any rate. You’ll have to let me know what you think about the rest of it.  We are lacking snazzy music…

-I did hours and hours of emailing and phone calling about the Trail Running Camp.

-I coached really fine athletes.

-I listened to a podcast by Robb Wolf about a new book called Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, which led me to get the book on Kindle — which made another pile of hours disappear. Has anybody read this book all the way through yet?  I’d love to hear what you think.

-I worked on gaining empathy for folks who suffer leg cramps during ultras.  (NEVER stretch and point your toes in the middle of the night pregnant ladies!  I don’t care how many bananas you’re eating!)

-I spent a lot of time psyching myself up about turning over when I’m in bed.  (OK, on three!  And a one, and a two, and a THREE!!!)

-I spent a good many hours laughing at this from my friends Claudette and Jason.

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- And I did some more rigorous uphill training on the treadmill.  Eliot called it “walking on the treadmill” until I clarified things.

The boys were also busy working and playing hard this week.  Here they are bottling Ruby’s welcome beer.

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Ruby Jane’s American Pale Ale

“Ready When It’s Ready.”