As a professional ultrarunner, NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor, and mother of two, Liza Howard is pretty busy—to say the least. But juggling work, family life, and training hasn’t stopped her from winning big races like the Leadville 100 and competing in the 100K World Championships. In fact, she says, her busy schedule is key to her success.
“Liza Howard is a podcast aficionado. The 46-year-old professional ultrarunner loves running podcasts like Marathon Talk and Becoming Ultra but also investigative true-crime podcasts, episodes about big political scandals, and series about medical procedures gone wrong—especially series about medical procedures gone wrong. And you can’t really blame her. Instead of setting out on lengthy trails, Howard trains for her 100-mile races by running on the same 2.1-mile loop in her San Antonio neighborhood for hours or slogging up to 40 miles on the treadmill...
Such is the life of a professional trail runner who works at the National Outdoor Leadership School on weekends and is raising two kids (ages eleven and five), one of whom she homeschools. While some of her peers can dedicate large chunks of their days to training, Howard has to squeeze it in between work, errands, sick kids, math tests, and soccer games. In other words, she’s a lot like most mothers: she’s busy as hell.”
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