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This is Liz Marsh. She can rock some sweet '80s garb.
This is Liz Marsh. She can rock some sweet ’80s garb.

Liz Marsh has been writing “Running Under the Influence” for the Colorado Daily for several months now. When she’s not giving us humorous and poignant insights to her experiences, she works for a grad school and is co-owner of Boulder Outdoor Cinema.

Plus she just bought her very own home in Denver, so pat her on the back. Well, I guess you could try for a pat on the bum, but what happens to you is TBD. Your decision.

I’ll let her talk now…

Tell us something juicy that we don’t already know about you.

I briefly lived a romantic comedy à la Katherine Heigl. You know the movie — two men love her and she thinks she loves the bad guy, but then she realizes the guy who’s been there all along — the “good guy” — is the one she loves, so she chooses him and the movie ends with a happily-ever-after montage? Mine was like that, except I chose the wrong guy and my movie ended with me laying on a wood floor in a puddle of tears, clutching a bottle of single malt like my life depended on it, listening to The Smiths “I Know It’s Over” on repeat.

Where’s your favorite place to hang your hat? Do you even wear hats?

The good Lord did not bless me with a face for hats. He blessed me with an extra helping of cheeks instead. If I did have a hat I’d hang it in my new house which is conveniently located next to the alley. I’d call it my “dumpster divin'” hat.

What’s your adult beverage of choice? What’s your favorite thing to pair it with?


I feel like you’re asking me to choose between my children and I won’t do it. Can I say my favorite thing to pair with beer is wine and whiskey? I don’t want anyone to feel left out.

What does running do for your psyche? Do you ever run so hard you can’t get off the floor all day?

I started running to get myself off the tear-soaked wood floor of my apartment and it saved my life. Well — running, therapy, single-malt whiskey and a vacation on another continent all contributed to the life-saving. An exercise hangover is the best feeling in the world, but after my first half marathon I couldn’t stop shaking and slept for 14 hours… I don’t think that’s supposed to happen.

If you could sit belly-up to the bar with any person in the world, who would it be and why?

Charlie Rose. He’s the keeper of all the good stories and looks like he could knock a few cold ones back.

What’s the best part of waking up? Don’t say Folgers in your cup.

My favorite thing when I wake up is my dog’s face staring at me. I swear she wakes up one minute before my alarm goes off in order to greet me. Although, now I’m worried she never sleeps and instead just stares at me all night long plotting to kill me. I’m going to sleep with one eye open tonight. Thanks.

What is your life mantra? You can only use a ridiculous movie quote.

“No fighting in the war room.” – “Doctor Strangelove”

Tell us about your day job, then your dream job. Maybe they’re the same?

My dream job would be if someone paid me to write things… kinda like you guys do. Thanks for that, by the way.

What advice would you give a homesick CU student?

Chin up, Sport. It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.

What was your favorite thing about 2014? What do you want for 2015? How about 2037?

My favorite thing about 2014 was being at the birth of my niece. That was a weird, beautiful, gross moment. If all goes according to plan, in 2037 my husband and I will celebrate the 22 year anniversary of the day we met, so that should keep me pretty busy for the rest of 2015.

Liz Marsh’s “Running Under the Influence” runs every other Tuesday on Page 10 of the Colorado Daily.