Liza Howard

Liza Howard

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

February 2018
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Busyness and bacon 62/365


I really like Brad Stulberg’s writing and his tweeting. And the book he wrote with Steve Magness, Peak Performance, is excellent.


  1. Does anybody have busyness as a goal? I agree it’d be an awful goal. I kind of wish it was my awful goal — because I would be so dang successful at it. Every day.
  2. And, of course, I agree with the “figure out what really matters” sentiment. But, look, what if there are a lot of things that really matter? Feeding the children, getting them educated, laughing with them, keeping the bathrooms sanitary, earning an income to pay for housing, AND also wanting to learn, run, and be useful to others. I mean, I feel like I’ve jettisoned a lot of extraneous cares, quite a few standards, some friendships, timeliness, stretching, and a lot of keeping up with the Jones’ desires — and my day still feels full of busy. Food shopping, litter box cleaning, oil changes, shuttling the kids to school … Maybe I’m just feeling defensive at the end of a day that lacked intention, attention and care. Maybe I need to reread Peak Performance. Or maybe I just need to get some dang sleep.

Eliot, Asa and I are headed up to Huntsville State Park to volunteer at the Rocky 50 right now. We just dropped Ruby off with her grandparents in Houston — because she’s not always the best camper when it rains.  And it’s raining and we’re camping. We’re going to set up behind the Damnation Aid Station tonight, so we can help get the bacon cooking first thing in morning. One for the runners, one for me. With intention, attention and care. 🙂

Running: 60 minutes

Comments 2
  • Dave Dehart
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    A lot of stuff really does matter. We live each day being reminded of new developments that suddenly are important like shoveling the driveway or we’re out of dog food. I could skip those, but let’s be honest; they have a quantum impact on the wife’s perception of this running thing.

    But back to running. The little voice from The Six Million Dollar Man will always be there. “We can rebuild him. We have the technology…better, stronger, faster.” Of all the wonderful things one could ponder about before falling asleep, have I failed society because mine are training run formulations?

    So I just shovel and go into town.

    • Liza
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      Liza Liza

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      So very true. And the dog’s perception of it too. 🙂