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.


Hellscape 180/365


Asa’s last day of school was yesterday. He had a great little graduation ceremony. The choir sang, and Asa had four-line, 20-second solo. And then we headed to the after party at the Main Event.

Have you been to one of these hellscapes?

Despite the blessed air conditioning cooling the building to negative 20, these places suck the joy right out of me. They’re like dementors. Somehow the combo of loud music, neon lighting, large TVs on every surface, graphically violent video games, tasteless pizza, and gift shops filled with cheap plastic throw-away crap – create a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts situation, which makes me awfully sad. It’s the kind of place that makes you doubt the existence of trees and mountains and quiet.

The class room mom had arranged for a 5-hour time block there for the kids. I managed to get a friend to cover 3 of those hours. And then it was me and the Main Event Dementor, some unfriendly moms, Ruby, and 2 hours.

When I got home, I told Eliot I needed to go run in the woods ASAP. And I did. And things were better. No chocolate frogs necessary.

What’s making me happy:

Running: 60 minutes easy.

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