Elite Inside #7 feat. Liza Howard
The Ultra-Trail® World Tour offers support (travel, accommodation & race entries) to elite runners in collaboration with participating events.
All of the selected runners have proven to be top-notch athletes.
- They have shown extreme endurance, both physically and mentally
- They have respected the values of trail-running
- They have contributed to develop the global ultra-trail community
More information about the UTWT Elite Athlete Support Program can be found HERE!
In the 2015 series of interviews, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour will give a little inside about some of the runners who received support.
Elizabeth (Liza) Howard
3 Best Results:
- Umstead 100 2014: 15:07
- Rocky Raccoon 100 2015: 15:34
- Leadville 100 2014: 20:01
2014 UTWT Ranking:
1st season in 2015
Goals for 2015/2016:
- Prepare and train well for MdS
- Run a sub-15 hour 100-miler
- Run a PB at Leadville 100
- Run well at Comrades
- Direct an exceptional trail running camp for Team Red, White & Blue, an organization serving veterans
Best memory from trail-running:
I have too many good memories of running with friends to chose a best one. One of my happiest moments, though, was running off Hope Pass during Leadville 100 last year. I felt light and strong and gleeful enough to belt out a song from the Muppet Show.
Why have you chosen this sport?
Ultradistance running gives me the opportunity to practice endurance, suffering, and compassion. I hope the practice will help me do those things more gracefully in real life.
How long have you been running (ultra-) trail races?
Which is your favourite race of the UTWT? And why?
I have only run one UTWT race. Western States.
I am looking forward to running more UTWT races and having a favorite.
Do you have any recommendations for preparing/running an ultra-trail?
Seek out a group of local, veteran ultrarunners, listen to their stories, and learn as much as you can from their experiences.
Also, if you’re having trouble during a race, assume it’s a calorie deficit until proven otherwise.
What is your favourite proverb?
“There is more in you than you think.” Kurt Hahn
Do you have a habit you always follow before a race?
I usually carry a small picture of my grandmother with me. I think she would have run ultras if she’d lived at a different time. I tell her: “Here we go!” at the start of my races.