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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Empathetic 123/365

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Ruby and I arrived at the main entrance of her school at the same moment one of her classmates did. The mom turned to me, sighed, and said: “We just flew in from Cabo late last night, and I just don’t know how P. will do in class today.”

I struggled to respond. Yeah, those mid-week resort trips really throw a wrench in a kid’s schedule — is what I did not say. I addressed the cute three year-old instead: “Did you just fly on a big plane?”

She showed me her mermaid doll and we all left it at that.

The brief interaction brought to mind a runner I met at packet pickup for Mad City. He was nice and friendly, and when he found out I was from San Antonio, he told me he’d been led off course by a race official at the half marathon there. This was particularly upsetting,  he said, because he’d been running a 5:30 pace and was 20th overall.

I struggled to respond and came up with the equivalent of:

“Was it a big race official?”

Maybe I need to work on looking less empathetic.

What’s making me happy:

Running: Still nope.

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