Liza Howard

Liza Howard

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

June 2017
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Chickens and Firgun


Eliot spent his Father’s Day building a chicken coop under the kids’ tree fort.  This project has been on his mind for about a decade.  Generations of chickens have come and gone since he bought the supplies for it… (Hi, Eliot!)  And it’s definitely going to be worth the wait.  Check out these in-progress photos.

For my part, I’m very excited about ordering chickens on-line.  And it’ll be fun to see them use the slide eventually.  😉

I learned a new word while I working on my part in this month’s Trail Sister’s article.  Firgun.  Firgun is genuine delight in others’ happiness.  I was searching for the opposite of Schadenfreude, and boy was I rewarded.  There’s a great picture of Ruby eating an ice cream cone that I can’t find right now.  She is utterly happy.  And you can’t help but smile at her happiness — full of firgun.  I used the heck out of it in the article, and now I want a t-shirt.  Or maybe a tattoo.

Running is going pretty well.  My hamstring had been giving me trouble, but it’s cooperating again.  I had to push back the Hills & Dales Invitational Marathon as a result.  The new date will be up shortly.

My past few days:

Friday: 1 hour easy with 4 x 30 seconds fast And saw this fellow: 

Saturday: 16 miles with 6 at goal MP (I had to go for effort rather than actual marathon pace.  I’m not fit enough for marathon pace quite yet.)

Sunday: 90 minutes easy (with frequent stops to hose down and put ice in my sports bra.)

I’ve got another 90 minutes scheduled for today, and I won’t be able to do until tonight when it’ll be about 95 degrees. I’m making ice now, and I’m going to try to remember to drag the hose out of the sun, so I don’t scald myself with the first minute of water.

If you’d like to know a bit more about rhabdomyolysis and ultrarunning, Pam Smith does a great job describing it in this Becoming Ultra podcast.


Comments 2
  • Eliot Howard
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    Called-out on the internet! Well, I just hope the City Chicken Inspector (C. Every Koop) doesn’t subscribe to your blog or we’ll be in for it!

    • Liza
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      Lisa was asking if there was some chicken choosing app. Chicken Tinder. 🙂