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.

June 2015
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Lovely day and Dave Mackey link


Asa is off at a friend’s house, Ruby is napping, and I have already done my running.  Time for a beer — at 12:39pm.

The rains in San Antonio have brought out some great neighborhood vegetation.


It looks like something out of Dr. Seuss — and I think it’s a pretty good addition to the Urban Trail Runner’s coffee table book.

MdS Cinderella: I’m incorporating a lot of heart rate training into my program, and I’m pretty excited about it — mostly because I don’t have to run too fast in all this heat and humidity right now.  We’ll see how it pans out at Leadville.  I will probably run with a heart rate monitor during the first half of the race — but I’m not sure how I should figure in the altitude’s affects.  Thoughts?

ruby's glassesOK, I’d better go do my core workout and drink some coffee before Ruby gets up.

PS. If you have extra money this month and are looking for something good to do with it, here is the link to help with Dave Mackey’s medical bills.

And here is UltraRunner Podcast’s interview with Dave about the accident if you haven’t read about it already.    It’s worth the listen even if you have read about the accident.





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  • Alli
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    Alli Alli

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    I’m not an expert but I am training with a heart rate monitor and starting prep for a higher altitude race. I think that you will just see a somewhat more elevated heart rate than you are used to seeing – as though you were working harder or training when you’re already slightly fatigued. I plan to race at a specific heart rate rather than a pace and I don’t think that will be affected by the altitude except that I will be slower at that specific heart rate than I would be if I were running at the same exertion at a lower altitude. It should feel the same. In theory that’s the nice thing about running by heart rate – It takes some of the guess work out of perceived exertion and how hard to push when.