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. In the summer of 2020, I became the second fastest woman in history to complete the 2,193 mile Appalachian Trail, and set a fastest known time for women in the northbound direction. I 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 at the Houston Marathon in January 2020, and thru-hiked the entire 2,193 mile Appalachian Trail in the summer of 2020, setting a women’s northbound fastest known time of 51 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes and becoming the second fastest woman in history to complete the trail.
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
36:44 – Tenacious 10K, 2018
2:51:34 – Houston Marathon, 2020
Appletree Half Marathon Course Record Holder (2019)
4th place ultramarathon debut, 2019 Hellgate 100K – 66.6 miles; 14:18:48
11-time Boston Marathon qualifier
Fastest Known Times:
Kings Mt. – Elk Mt. Loop – Women’s Overall, Unsupported
Wildwood Trail | Out and Back – Women’s Unsupported
Appalachian Trail Northbound – Women’s Overall, Supported
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