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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You had me at caffeinated and more extreme tapering

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This is where I spent my afternoon rather than running or packing my bags for Bandera.

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I didn’t even get any bouncing in, so the extreme taper continues.  (Ruby bounced on her nose, and I decided to leave rather than rack up more OSHA violations for the place.)  I am going to run the 1-mile kids race before packet pickup tomorrow.  I’ll be running with Ruby, which might be a lot like my pace around mile 40 on Saturday.  So there’s that.

In other news, Tailwind sent me this fine package for the race.

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I like these people a ton — in part because they support the Trail Camp for RWB and in part because they write my name with an exclamation mark.  I also like the taste of their product, which is handy.  And it doesn’t turn my stomach 40 miles into a race.  Also handy.  They have a new caffeinated flavor “Green Tea Buzz,” which I’ll try at Bandera.  Sure, trying something for the first time during a race seems like a bad plan, but I don’t think I’ll need it during the kids race, so I won’t get a chance to try it before Saturday — unless I spike my coffee with it tomorrow.

I’ll try to get an actual race plan and fueling plan posted tomorrow.

 

Comments 4
  • Pommers
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    Pommers Pommers

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    Extreme tapering can be surprisingly effective, I find, as it forces you to carry out what is probably the right amount of tapering 🙂
    Hope Ruby is ok after her nose bouncing episode!
    Green tea buzz sounds inscrutable – oriental fusion of antioxidants and honey bee perhaps? 😉


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      You are right. And I actually forgot the Green Tea Buzz, so I’ll let you know how it goes — and look for an ingredients list — the next time I run long.


  • Gene Taylor
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    Gene Taylor Gene Taylor

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    Taper good; extreme taper, like Pommers said, can force you to actually taper like you should.
    Good Luck at Bandera!!!

    GT


    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      Thanks, Gene! There might be more extreme tapers in my future.