Articles by Liza Howard

10 Reasons to Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

Wilderness medicine is simply urban medicine practiced in an austere and inconveniently distant environment – like out on the trails or at a race aid station. But there are a number of important differences between the t...

Managing Discomfort in Ultras

We made it to mile 85. Only 15 more miles and the runner I was pacing would have her first 100-mile belt buckle. We were in Huntsville State Park in southeast Texas at the Rocky Raccoon 100, and we’d been marching throug...

How to Write Your "Just Finish" Race Plan

Goal safety- Many runners have A, B and C goals going into a race. Their goals might be something like: A: PR (Glory!) B: Sub-24-hour finish (Big buckle!) C: Just Finish (Any buckle) This C goal is often unexamined...

10 Ways to Make Cutoffs, PR or Beat a Rival

Most ultramarathons only require you move at an 18 to 20 min/mile pace to finish. If you can hike briskly, you should get a belt buckle. But hundreds of runners miss time cutoffs at ultras every year. Twin Lakes Inbound...