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 this story highlighting how I trained for marathons by day and played concerts 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 an eleven-time Boston Marathon qualifier, have raced just about everything from 800m to 100K, and love serving as an inspiration to anyone with amateur athletic pursuits.
Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, I got my start running by joining my high school cross country team with encouragement from my dad. I didn’t 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 Greenville College cross country and track teams my senior year, after running on my own during my first three years as an undergrad. After graduating, I moved to Portland, Oregon with my husband André, 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 distance program from the ground up at Mountainside High School, chipped away at the marathon distance resulting in a personal best of 2:51:34 in 2020, and I’m now preparing to thru-hike the entire 2,193 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.
Personal Records / Achievements
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
2:51:34 – Houston Marathon, 2020
Appletree Half Marathon Course Record Holder (2019)
4th place ultramarathon debut at the 2019 Hellgate 100K (14:18:48)
Fastest Known Times:
Overall FKT – Forest Park Nasties – Tour de Nasty
Women’s Overall FKT – Kings Mt. – Elk Mt. Loop
Women’s Unsupported FKT – Wildwood Trail, out and back
I would love to hear from you. Get in touch using the contact form below, or send me snail mail, post cards, delicious baked goods, etc. at the address below. Please, no inquiries regarding guest posts or product reviews.
422 NW 13th Ave #821
Portland, OR 97209