marisa howard

Boise, ID

haute volée Since: 2015

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born 8/10/1992
current residence boise, idaho
college boise state university





Do you have a quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
"Good is the enemy of great." - Jim Collins

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31

What is your favorite post-race meal?
Margarita pizza or barbeque chicken pizza, but it must be wood fired. I also enjoy a nice cold root beer post-race and cookie dough ice cream to top it off!

What is your must-have piece of running gear?
I would have to say a really nice pair of running shorts or spandex with a thick waistband.

Do you have a training philosophy?
The most important thing I have learned over the years is less is more, and the key to being succesful is learning how to recover.

What is your favorite place to run?
My favorite trail is in Boise up on the ridgeline: Shane's Loop. I often do my morning runs on this trail and get to see the sun rise over the city. My second favorite is up at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho where we do our long runs. It is about 35-45 minute drive from the city. The trail is called: Around the Mountain and it has incredible views especially in late fall with the leaves changing color.

Why do you run?
I run because it is an incredible gift that I have been given and I want to use this gift to reach others. We all have different stories to tell with our running journeys. My journey has included injuries throughout college. Being able to come back from these and still compete at high level has pushed me to want to keep lacing up my spikes and seeing how far I can push my body. I hope through this journey I can inspire others to reach their goals too.

What is your favorite activity, when not running?
I love volleyball! I am definitely not the best player out there and I only get to play for a small window of time when I am not training, but we play almost every night in the summer. There are many nights when I go home not speaking to my husband because we are so competitive and I hate losing, especially to him. I have also been told that I am a pretty good baker!

Complete the sentence: If I was stranded in a hotel room with one movie and one book, they would be…
Any book or movie that involves Nicholas Sparks.

personal bests

800m 2:07.71
Mile 4:52
3k 8:57.15
5k 15:54.06
1500m 4:13.41
3k steeple 9:37.84


racing highlights

2017 USATF Championship - 3k steeple - 6th  
 2015 World University Games - 3k steeple - 4th
2015 NCAA Outdoor Championship - 3k steeple - 4th
2015, 2014 NCAA XC All American
2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship - 3k steeple - 2nd 
All-Time NCAA Women's 3k steeple list - 6th 

photo credit: Phil Bond