Liza Howard

Liza Howard

Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.

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Bandera 2016 in the Books, Odysseus, and Fan Fiction

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Hello from my bed, where I hope to spend many hours today eating snacks.
It was a good day at Bandera.  I ran 25 minutes slower than my best time in 2011, but I put together the best race I’ve run out there with 4:50 for the first 50k and 5:10 for the second. Usually, I run the first half a lot faster and spend the second half falling apart — lying behind sotol plants crying and vomiting. But this year, my stomach was solid.  The weather was beautiful.  And I only thought about how nice it would be to sit down and cry once.   I ended up 4th female and First Older Lady.  So besides wanting to drop more than I’ve ever wanted to drop at a race before, there’s not too much to report.   Except that, whoa boy, did I want to drop.  If Odysseus had been an ultrarunner, I know exactly what the Sirens would have been calling out to him.

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I didn’t have to go so far as to lash myself to anything (or anyone) to keep going, but it was close. More about that, some good stories, and an honest-to-goodness training evaluation tomorrow.  (Also, are these people wearing sunscreen?)

Big congratulations to Cassie Scallon on the course record!

Thank you all for your good wishes for this race.  It made a big difference.

Thank you to Tailwind for the solid stomach, Drymax for the socks and my blister-free feet, UltrAspire for my tiny racing pack, and New Balance for the Vazee Trails, which are very orange and work so well on the Bandera rocks.
In the meantime, there is this:

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IMG_3523There’s a lot more here:  http://nymag.com/following/2016/01/colin-meloy-inspires-erotic-militia-fanfiction.html

You are welcome.

 

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  • Pommers
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    Pommers Pommers

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    Fantastic Liza – well done! Look forward to reading the detail, but well done for keeping going – I’ve had races like that too, when the only thing that kept me going was a lack of logistical support to pick up my drop bag at the end. Whatever works in the strange Ultrarunning mindset 🙂


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      Amen! And thanks. 🙂


  • Andrea Ormerod
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    Andrea Ormerod Andrea Ormerod

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    You are are beyond wonderful! Congratulations, Liza – such an inspiration. I would say you were definitely allowed that one sit-down moment!


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      Thanks, Andrea. Going to be doing as much sitting as Ruby allows today, too. 🙂


  • Cassie
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    Cassie Cassie

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    It was great to share the first few miles with you, Liza!! You had set the bar high with your course record in 2011. I think you’re such a rad athlete! Hope to see you again soon. Good luck at MDS!


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      Thanks, Cassie! It was great to talk to you for a bit out there. Congratulations again on a great run!! I hope you love Comrades.