Struggles, training log, and getting consistent again

Nobody likes to talk about their struggles. I promised when I started my website 3 1/2 years ago that I wanted to be completely candid and talk about both the good and bad and what I’ve learned through it all. It’s been cathartic at times– quite the journey upon reflection. There’s been so many highs and lows… mentally, physically, and emotionally… but as I say, the highs ALWAYS far outweigh the lows! So, I try to keep a positive attitude and keep this in mind.

Camille a Debbie Downer, wha?!

Camille a Debbie Downer, wha?!

The past 2 months I’ve had some lows. As my husband told me, I’ve been a “Debbie Downer”– for those who know me in person, it’s probably hard to even imagine me being anything but my cheery self! For the first time since 2010 (when I had my hip surgery/comeback), I haven’t written in my training log. My mind and body haven’t been focused on training. I’ve been going through the motions– some days only running a few miles, not doubling, or taking a day off. I realize now this has made me inconsistent and I’ve detrained. I haven’t felt good, and my right hamstring has gotten sore again. I’ve struggled getting back to doing hard workouts and pushing to full-intensity. [Read more...]

Missoula Marathon- State win #11/win #15!

Photo by Kurt Wilson with the Missoulian.

Photo by Kurt Wilson with the Missoulian.

This past weekend, I ventured up to Missoula, MT for the Missoula Marathon- I won my 11th State win and 15th marathon win! It was also my 6th marathon and 4th marathon win in 2014. I hadn’t been up to Montana in 11 yrs (I lived in Bozeman for a summer), so it was ‘amazing’ to get back up there and see Missoula by foot! [Read more...]

What I’ve learned (so far!) transitioning from the marathon to ultras

Camille Herron at Comrades 1One of my marathoner friends recently reached out to me and wanted advice on transitioning from marathons to ultras. While I appreciate her thinking of me, I am farrrr from an expert on ultras quite yet! However, I definitely feel that I’ve learned a lot in my first two ultras. I’ll share what I’ve learned, and haven’t learned (so far!): [Read more...]

It’s Ok to not be perfect.

Almost perfect.

Almost perfect.

Last week, I was thrown back into the fire with my job (lab job, not running!). Jetlagged, recovering from 50+ racing miles/illness, and being mentally/physically “not all there”, I had to do some important new cell culture experiments… and within a limited time frame. I didn’t anticipate having to do all of this, but sometimes things come up! I did what I do as a long distance runner… I tried to gather the mental and physical fortitude to concentrate when I’m tired.

I did the first part well (collecting the cells from the bone marrow, which I seem to have a knack for). On the second part (the new part I had to learn), I worked slowly and carefully to make sure I did everything right– that’s how I work when I’m doing anything new. I’m a perfectionist. [Read more...]

Road ID for emergencies

Road ID slim

Road ID slim

After last weekend’s scare at Comrades in South Africa, I’ve decided to get Road ID (in green, to remind myself of my Nedbank Team/South Africa, who rescued me!). For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a wristband (and other types as well) that has your personal/medical information in case of an emergency- it’s like “dog tags” for athletes!
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