I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
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.
My good friend lent me a copy of Lahcen Ahansal’s biography, “Marathon Man of the Sands: The Story of Lahcen Ahansal, the child of nomads and Moroccan star of the desert” by Marie-Pierre Fonsny. Here’s the story Lahcen’s mother told him about his birth: “My mother wishes to join my paternal grandfather, [...]Liza
The running trip to Guads involved some of this along with some winds gusting up to 60mph. The Park Service dispatch described them as “devastating winds.” 54 degrees with devastating winds. They were enough to knock down some well-pitched tents at any rate. I’ll put the story together today. 12 hours of minivan [...]Liza
There was a woman grape-vining up and down the stair climber in front of my treadmill today. It was mesmerizing. And impressive. I would have toppled off the machine at the first foot crossover. Every now and again she’d add a backwards kick. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what she was training for. Mountain dancer? [...]Liza
Meanwhile on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio… Thus proving my love for our cats is truly a subdued and flimsy thing. For the record, I would buy the sloth version of this sweater jacket in a heartbeat. The trails of New Zealand and some city streets in Germany made for a great speed workout on the treadmill today. [...]Liza