About Lize

In the '80s, I was one of the best young distance runners in the state of Colorado. My career took off when I was 14 years old, when I got fourth place in my first-ever road race. It was a two-mile event with the first mile a steep and steady uphill grind. There, I learned that I loved racing, especially on the hills. Two years later, I set the record at the Pikes Peak Ascent, one of the toughest mountain races in the world. During high school, I was a four-time state cross country and track champion and twice qualified for the Kinney (now Footlocker) National Championships, placing seventh as a senior after winning the regional meet in Wisconsin. As a freshman in college, I placed second at The Athletics Congress Junior Cross-Country Championships and continued to set records in mountain races around Colorado.

It’s hard to believe that while achieving so much success in running, I was also struggling with an eating disorder that eventually almost killed me. In fact, at one point I was lying in a hospital bed so sick that my doctors didn’t expect me to make it through the night. 

This blog addresses more than running and my battle with anorexia nervosa, which ended my running career when I was in my early twenties. I started this blog in order to send the message that healing from an eating disorder can occur. I've written a manuscript which addresses the issues that led to my own eating struggles as well as how I was able to step onto a path of recovery. My hope is that through my writing, I will be able to reach others in need. Though my blog often contains unrelated and even off-beat topics, my intention in creating it is to remove the secrecy around an eating disorder and openly discuss what is often considered a taboo topic.