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.

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Cakes, anniveraries, ER visits, blogging goals, and training

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So the 24th was Eliot’s birthday,
IMG_3422(Yeah, I made that.  Eliot’s cake is pretty much all the baking I do all year, so I try to make it count.)
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(It did.)
And then it was Christmas,

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(MY Grouchy Ladybug Game!!!) 
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(Find the two kittens in this picture.)
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And then we flew to DC on the 26th.
It is my parents’ 45th anniversary — and where Santa left the good presents.
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(The storm drain and the last place the drone flew.)
Anyway, what with all that, and teaching a Wilderness First Responder Recert course up in Austin last weekend, and the Bandera training, it’s been hard to find the wherewithal to write.
4-hour blog-writing PAUSE
See, I was just getting going with this post, when Asa smashed his head into a playground bridge.  Now I’m writing from the pediatric emergency room in Lansdowne, Virginia.
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(Is this giant dog in the waiting room unnerving, or is it just me?  Maybe it’s because it’s so shiny. That’s not natural…)
IMG_3474 (2)So how’s a person supposed to find the time to blog?!?
No, no, I know it’s just a matter of dedication.  And making peace with some potentially rushed entries.  So, that said, I’m going to post something for the next 370 days.
As a friend reminded me: “[T]he harder the way, the more worthwhile the journey.”  I’m sure Wilfred Thesiger was referring to daily blogging.
OK, so here’s the running log:
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I am solidly a Bulbous Sea Horse in the Manatee to 100k program.
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I finally feel fit again.  Not racing fit, but fit.  I wish Bandera was another two months away.  But it’s not.  And so, I’m going to do what I can.  (I’m still hoping to advance one more stage in the program before January 9th.)
More from me tomorrow and the next day and the next…

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  • Allen Lucas
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    That shiny dog is just there to drum up business – I’ve got to believe more than one toddler has had an issue trying to climb that thing and wrestle it to the ground.


    • Liza
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      I should have asked about that Allen. They offered Asa a slurpee before we left. Highly shellacked dogs and slurpee machines… Suspect.


  • M @readeatwriterun
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    What a beautiful cake! Bet it tasted wonderful too.

    I thought you meant Landsdowne MD (eye roll at self). We’re closer than I thought – maybe next time.

    Look forward to reading a post a day – what a challenge to set for yourself along with everything else! Glad the fitness is coming along, will be rooting for you at Bandera.

    Best wishes for a great start to 2016, emergency rooms, drones and storm drains nowhere to be found! (just good runs, training and racing and time and fun with family & friends,…and more cake)


    • Liza
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      Best wishes for 2016 for you too! I always look forward to reading your posts and tweets. 🙂


  • Frank
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    So… Y’all stay in Leesburg VA?! That’s a bit far from Aspen Hill MD. If you plan to run on the towpath, please let me know — that’s about half way between us.


    • Liza
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      Frank, Thank you so much for the invite. We don’t get to get together as a big family much ever, so I haven’t wanted to head out for a run much outside the neighborhood here.


  • Gene Taylor
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    One cat is obvious in front of the bag on the left; the other is in the bag beside Asa. The one in the bag has a cute white spot on its nose. Which one was “devil cat” when you got them?