I’m Liz Anjos, a distance runner and musician from Portland, Oregon. I’m a classical pianist and toured around the world for five years playing keys and singing with the indie pop act RAC. I was featured on the cover of Competitor Magazine with a story highlighting how I trained for marathons by day and toured with my band by night. In 2017, I co-founded Rose City Track Club and put on the inaugural Rose City Mile, now an annual event in Portland. I’m a ten-time Boston Marathon qualifier, three-time sub-3:00 hour marathoner, a US Olympic Marathon Trials hopeful, and love serving as an inspiration to anyone with amateur athletic pursuits.
Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, I began running cross country in high school, just for fun. I did not display any kind of special talent, but found that consistency and hard work could go a long way. I began running more competitively when I joined the cross country and track teams my senior year at Greenville College in Illinois, after running on my own during my first three years as an undergrad. After graduating, I moved to Portland with my husband, toured around the world playing music while continuing to train, formed a track club with structured training for runners of all levels, began coaching individual runners, helped build the new distance program at Mountainside High School (est. 2017), and I’m now pursuing one of my life goals of qualifying for the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta 2020, as well as preparing to thruhike the entire 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail in the summer of 2020.
I’ve had the privilege of running in all kinds of amazing places around the world thanks to my experience as a touring musician. Like any athlete, I’ve also gone through the many ups and downs of training–triumph, heartbreak, and all. Writing is my #1 way to process and my favorite way to share. Most of my entries here are sporadic and long form; the best way to keep up with me in the moment is by following me on Instagram.
4:58.69 – RHS All-Comers 1500m, 2019
5:18.25 – Rose City Mile, 2018
10:27.47 – Portland Track Festival 3000m, 2018
18:01 – Carlsbad 5000, 2018
36:44 – Tenacious 10K, 2018
1:22:43 – Portland Holiday Half Marathon, 2019
2:57:37 – Chicago Marathon, 2019
I would love to hear from you. Please get in touch using the contact form below, or send me snail mail, post cards, delicious baked goods (if you feel compelled), etc. at the address below. Please, no inquiries regarding guest posts or product reviews.
422 NW 13th Ave #821
Portland, OR 97209