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.

January 2016
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Training Review


So here’s the complete training log for Bandera.

Leadville 100 in August and then donut-eating and sloth until the first week of November — when I ran 9 whole miles.

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So as far as a “Manatee to 100k” training program goes, I’d say it was pretty well designed.

What do you think of this as a book cover?

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My biggest take-home is that if I have let my fitness decrease to manatee levels, it’s going to take more than 2 months to get into PR shape.  How’s that for some brilliant critical analysis?

I think if I’d worked harder to run faster during training, rather than just logging miles, it would have paid off.  That said, I think the high mileage served me well, and I don’t know how my body would have handled both during the eight weeks I gave myself.

I did an okay job getting sleep until about two weeks before the race.  Being less sleep-deprived would have been helpful.  Having kids in my 20s would have been helpful too…

All-in-all, I feel like I’m in a solid place to train for Marathon des Sables.  I’m going to train for the Woodlands marathon on March 5th as part of that.  Then I’ll do two of the 3 Days of Syllamo.  And then onto the desert!







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  • Pommers
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    You’ve done brilliantly – you’ll crush the MdS this year!

  • M @readeatwriterun
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    You’re going to do great at MdS (and I bet at Woodlands too)! Thanks for sharing your training so honestly.

    Q – when you write “weight vest “- is that during the run or just wearing it around? Which vest do you use and how much weight? What’s the benefit/intent?

    How far ahead of a race/year do you discuss taking a coaching client or is it appropriate to start with a coach? I am thinking about maybe JFK50 in 2017 (yikes, not a trail runner or heights person) and maybe Comrades in 2018 (want a down year), but those races and training for them would need to work with my ongoing quest for faster marathon times and continuing to BQ and run faster Bostons. (I have done a 50k, at Across the Years.) Seems like you’d be well equipped to coach me on both fast marathons and tough ultras (and you’ve done Comrades!) and on how to fit it all together….and what to do when it doesn’t fit. (Though being the control freak I am, I have always been self-coached. and haven’t completely convinced myself to get a coach yet, or set those goals in stone.) I love the creative ways you get your training done, and run on a treadmill – most of my runs are on mine. You have a very practical approach, from what I’ve read/heard, which I think is great.

    Manatee to 100k seems like it worked out pretty well after all. 🙂 2015 was the year of getting 8h of sleep a night, right? (how did that go, and do you think it helped?) Are you going to keep up with that, as you can with the kids?

    Best to you all!

    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      I had just been wearing the weight vest around. It’s 15 pounds. I’d intended to run hills with it, but I just didn’t make it happen. I’ll wear it around for the MdS training and run with the pack I’ll use. I’m not sure what the brand is. It was the least expensive one at the big box sports store. I didn’t intend to do more than hill workouts in it — and walk with it — so I didn’t feel the need to buy one that had more bells and whistles. If I could do it again, I’d get one with a 20 pound capacity. For me, it’s stealth weight training during a busy day. Also strength training on the uphills and I think the weight helps me prepare for long downhills in races — that I can’t simulate here in San Antonio.
      I’ll send you an email today with answers to the rest of your comment. 🙂