My husband and I live in San Antonio, TX.  We have a three year-old son, Asa.  I spend a lot of time running on the trails here training for ultramarathons and maintaining my sanity.

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  1. Paul Hooge says:

    Hi Liza,

    I ran across your blog somehow in cyberspace.
    Enjoyed your entries. We have a couple things in common. I’m a nurse, who grew up in Boerne (my parents live in SA now) I’ve been in Boulder for the last 15 years. I’m running Leadville as well. We are married, both of our last names start with “HO” and I was at the Leadville Hostel two weeks ago. Simply amazing, (ok, maybe not)
    Anyway, best of luck with your race! Sounds like you are well prepared.

  2. Patrick Testerman says:

    Hi Liza,

    CONGRATULATIONS on your victory @ Leadville. I just saw the race results online and am beyond impressed.


  3. Sarah Burton says:

    I stumbled across your blog a few days ago, and must say, you are very entertaining! I am a runner in the Austin area who has kind of fallen off the running wagon – but am trying to get back in the habit. I have a 5 month old and hearing how you manage to balance motherhood and running is very motivating. You’ve even got me dreaming of one day running an ultramarathon (though my family thinks I’m either joking, or off my meds 😉 Good luck with your running and I look forward to following your blog in the future.


    • lizahoward says:

      Thanks so much Sarah. I read your comment last night just after I decided I’d eat a bar of dark chocolate and have a glass of wine instead of doing the laundry.
      I had to wear a nice dress today because I didn’t have any clean casual clothes left, but it was a good, “balancing” decision otherwise. Starting to train for ultras kept me sane when Asa was little. It kept my moodiness in check anyway. Let me know if you’re ever in the area and want to run. Asa still tolerates the “little boy” jogger.

  4. Hi Liza,

    I will be racing my first Leadville 100 this coming year (2011). I also have a blog, and would like to tag your blog on mine. My blog can be found at jimsaintamour.wordpress.com. Nice entries!

    • lizahoward says:

      Hi Jim, Let me know if I can give you any Leadville info. Should be interesting to see if they make any changes this year now that Lifetime’s running it. Looking forward to checking out your blog. Tag away. 🙂

  5. Brent Godfrey says:


    I don’t expect you to remember me, but I was a student of yours on an Alaska Mountaineering Course in 2005 (TJ and Garrett were your co-instructors…Craig the Aussie suffered some sort of ulcer and had to leave early). Anywho, I just wanted to say that that course was incredibly transformative for me and continues to shape the way I live my life. I finished school in 2008, and now live and work in New Orleans as a firefighter, and, on my off days, I work for an organization that helps local entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground.

    I sent you and TJ an email a few weeks ago, but I don’t think I have your correct address. I just wanted to let you know that I applied for the Rocky Mountain IC this summer, and I’m taking a WMI course (WUMP in Oracle, AZ) this April. Keeping my fingers crossed about the IC! I’ll let you know how it goes.

    So glad I was finally able to hunt you down! Between motherhood and ultras, it seems like you’ve got plenty on your plate!

    Hope this finds you thriving,

  6. Cheers Liza!

    Thanks for a great morning read! Your blog came up in an open search I have for “Leave No Trace”, so of course love that you are a Master Educator and NOLS instructor. Great stuff. Also love that you wake up at 2:30 to have a little time to yourself. Mornings are precious to me.

    And finally your quoted passage re: offense vs defense. So true for every facet of our lives. Take care and keep up the great running and writing! Cheers!

  7. Tika says:

    Wow! Your blog still looks normal here (desktop) but on my ipad it is CRAZY! (I’m a traditional kind of girl…) What happened?

  8. Tim Smith says:

    Hey Liza! I am ecstatic to see San Antonio runner’s names coming up in the ultra marathon world! You’re quite an inspiration and I look forward to your future achievements.

    As a San Antonio native myself, I’d love to hear about some of your running routes. I live on the outside of town, so I have a few options for long runs but they are fairly mundane and straight with almost all the route being pavement/road.

    I really want to complete a 50k this year and I’m working hard to see it happen, any suggestions on great local training places? Feel free to email me or reply. Much appreciated!

    • lizahoward says:

      Hi Tim! I mostly run at Friedrich or Eisenhower Park off 1604 during the week. Lots of loops. On the weekends, a group of us heads out to Government Canyon or Bandera. I’ll give the guys your e-mail address if that’s okay, so they can let you know when they’re going. (I’ll be gone until the end of April.) We also meet on most Thursday nights at 5:30 in the parking lot at Eisenhower Park for a short run and then head to Willies or Freetails around 6:30. Most everybody in the group is an ultrarunner and could give you tons of info and suggestions about training for a 50k. If you can come out for a run with us, we’ll drown you in advice. 🙂

  9. Clint Cherepa says:

    Hi Liza,

    Just wondering if I could ask you a couple questions for an article I’m working on.

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