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.


Toe smashing 259/365


I stayed up LATE working on the lightning article. And then I got up early to put a nail in that coffin. (It is done! It”ll be published the first week of September and you can tell me if it’s useful — or at least if the cow joke lands.) I didn’t head out the door for my 20-mile run until it was already in the 90s. It took about a mile for me to decide to swap my Saturday and Sunday runs. 12 miles it would be. Eliot had the kids at Asa’s soccer game, and I figured I’d sit down to a few hours of work after my run. But it turned out there was a long break between games, and they all came home for an hour just as I was finishing. I felt like my usual post-run salted slug self, so I was both happy to get to see Asa’s second game and dreading sitting in the sun and heat. I might have been the tiniest bit grumpy when I finished off my iced coffee 5 minutes into the game.

I survived, but the whole thing might have affected my depth perception because when I rushed barefoot into my bedroom closet, I rammed my small toe into the corner of the door. If I’d been trying to kick the door down, I wouldn’t have hit it with more force. I wish could remember what I needed so desperately. I’m sitting with an ice pack on my toe remembering how I broke my foot the last time I was on a US team. Send me good toe healing thoughts.

What’s making me happy:

Running: 12 miles in the HEAT

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  • Allen Lucas
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    I did something similar (well, not counting the whole “being on the US team” thing) when I kicked a pair of dirty underwear out of the bathroom. Hopefully the ice and ibuprofen make this a minor issue. And hopefully the closet door survived (although I’m sure it would be more satisfying if it ended up in a splintered heap).

    • Liza
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      It would have almost made it worth it if the door had splintered. As it is, the door seems fine and is probably plotting it’s next sneak attack.