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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Garmin Death, Loss and Sabotage 67/365

My second to last Garmin died a fairly horrible death after years of sweat-soaked service. Both of its wrist straps had broken off and it’d subsequently slipped out of my hands so many times that its screen was cracked and hard to read. I was thankful when it finally refused to charge one day — for it and for me — though [...]

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Seen At Damnation Aid Station Part 4 66/365

If you leave your phone in your drop bag, and you don’t lock your drop bag (see yesterday’s post), and it rings for more than 20 minutes, Chris will answer it. And then he will have an engaging conversation with whomever is on the other end of the line. He might even figure out what runner, among hundreds, you are and relay a message [...]

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Seen At Damnation Aid Station Part 3 65/365

This was someone’s drop bag at the aid station.  Once we realized it had two key locks, we kept an eye on it waiting expectantly for its runner to return. Our crew had thousands of aid station volunteer hours between us, and none of us had ever seen a locked drop bag. What could possibly be inside??? We had fun speculating. Jewels? [...]

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Seen at Damnation Aid Station Part 2 64/365

This was pretty much the extent of the first aid kit at the aid station. The other pink pills in the Pink Benadryl bag are Tums. I think. There were also some throat lozenges mixed in the Grab Bag o’ Drugs. Could I make some suggestions since part of my job for the past 15 years has been recommending first aid kits? Yes. Will I? No — [...]

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Seen at Damnation Aid Station 63/365

A man stands near an open drop bag at the Damnation Aid Station 59 miles into his 100-mile race. He’s pouring baby powder on each of his shoes. Not in his shoes. On top of them. “So, ah, what are you doing there?” “The baby powder absorbs moisture.” “From the outside?” “I don’t know. I’ve [...]

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