Filial love and Government Canyon Interpretive Run

“I love you because you have ears.”

That was Asa’s response to Eliot’s challenge at dinner last night to “Tell mom what we love about her.”  We were celebrating an early Mother’s Day at Chick Fil A because Eliot will be canoeing in Big Bend on Sunday — instead of serving me waffles in bed (aka watching Asa while I go on a long run.)

On the next round, Asa came up with: “I love mom because she has sunglasses.”  Motherhood is humbling.  I recommend it.

My run felt pretty good this morning — taking the 36 hour fluid and electrolyte depletion into account.  That is to say, underneath the weakness, I felt pretty strong.  I’m going to get some more calories and fluid into myself and run again this evening for about 12 miles.  Friday night on the treadmill.  Partay!

If you’re in San Antonio tomorrow morning, come out to Government Canyon at 8am for a 3 mile run with me and the park’s resource specialist and interpreter Niki Lake.  Niki will be presenting all sorts of information on the park’s history, plant and animal life, caves, bats etc. etc. etc. (She’s awesome.) and I’ll talk trail running.  Call 210-688-9055 ext. 292 to make a free reservation.  (You just have to pay park entry if  you don’t have an annual pass.)   The run is geared towards folks who are new to trail running.  It’d be a nice warm up for you if you’re an old hand.

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11 Responses to Filial love and Government Canyon Interpretive Run

  1. mtnrunner2 says:

    >“I love you because you have ears.”

    Too bad I already sent the flowers. Maybe next year.

  2. Herb Abrams says:

    I wish I could join you tomorrow morning but I already got some training plans. I am a recent fan of yours. I ran in Bandera and Rocky Racoon this year. I cheered you on at Rocky Racoon each time you flew by me. I was also at Hells Hills but didn’t realize you were working the aid station. I am fairly new to Ultra running and running in general. I lost 112 pounds over the past 1 and 1/2 years and Rocky Racoon 50 mile was exactly one year after I had ran my first ever mile. I have fell in love with ultrarunning and trail running. You know my friend and mentor Bridget De la rosa a little bit. Good Luck with your training for Western States. Feel Better soon!!!

    • lizahoward says:

      I hope our paths cross soon! And WOW about running Rocky after a year of running. You make me want to start doing something new today. Come join us at Eisenhower some Thursday evening– or Government Canyon on the weekends.

  3. Pommers says:

    They do say the cutest things sometimes, don’t they! Glad you’re feeling better and enjoy the Canyon run – sounds great!

  4. Lisa says:

    I love what he said Liza! Ruby surprised me with a necklace she made at school for me. The best part of it was her excitement about the whole thing. When I tried to open the little bag she had decorated, she insisted on showing me all the fine detailing like the
    “green hearts mommy because you LOVE green!” And then she proceeded to unwrap everything for me. Cute little imp!

    So I see you did a run twice in a day. I know it’s quite common for experienced runners trying to get high mileage in. At what point did you begin doing that and would it benefit someone like me who is getting only 4 days a week in now and wanting to bump it up to 5 days? My long run is at 10 miles- tomorrow in fact!

    Of course, you don’t have give me any advice if you don’t want to. I’ll totally understand!
    Wish I could get to Government Camp…

    • lizahoward says:

      I also never have to unwrap my own presents. I love that.
      I’d like to get to the point that working out twice daily is solely about getting high mileage in, but it’s more just a scheduling matter. I don’t have enough time to get the run done before Eliot goes to work, or the energy to run for hours after Asa goes to bed. I’m just an amateur and a novice, but I think throwing in an extra evening or lunchtime run during the week would be a great way to get that fifth day in. From what I’ve read (and experienced), the key seems to be eating correctly after the first workout to make sure your glycogen stores are replenished for the second workout. My second workout is at a more moderate pace than the first, though I don’t know if that’s standard.
      Any experts out there want to add some expertise?

      • Lisa says:

        Thanks liza!
        Yes, my running is all about coordinating the time. Now that it is light out longer, I will try an evening run after work. Good advice about the eating too.

        Those treadmill runs sound like torture. How can you stand it? Actually, the only way I can tolerate it is if I have loud 80s dance music blaring away! Ha!

      • lizahoward says:

        Women flicks. Last night: Bridget Jones’s Diary — with the director’s commentary.

  5. niki says:

    Well your ears ARE pretty outstanding….heheh. Asa cracks me up!
    Thanks for yesterday…it was awesome! We got stellar evaluations….I’m thinking i might do a night run next month to beat the upcoming tx heat.
    I owe you lunch or dinner sometime soon! Happy Mothers Day!

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