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Camille Herron - Ultrarunner propelled by tacos & joy!

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Camille Herron is an American ultramarathon runner. She was born on Christmas Day in Norman, Oklahoma. She credits her athletic ability and steely toughness to her grandpa, who earned two Purple Hearts in World War II, and her dad, who played college basketball at Oklahoma State University for 3-time Olympic Team Coach, Henry Iba. As a 7-year-old she would practice basketball without water until she would black out. When she was 17, her family became homeless when they lost their home in a tornado. She started running long on Sundays to celebrate her life. Camille won the 2017 Comrades Marathon and holds several World Record times at ultramarathon distances. She is the first and only athlete to win all three of the road IAU World Championships for 50K, 100K, and 24 Hours. Camille also holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a superhero costume. She is known for running with her hair down, drinking beer, and eating tacos during ultramarathons. In November 2017, she broke Ann Trason's 100-mile Road World Record by over an hour in 12:42:40. She is the first woman to run under 13 hours for 100 miles, exceed 150 km for 12-Hours, and reach 270 km for 24-Hours. In April 2022, she became the youngest woman to reach 100,000 lifetime miles. Camille has overcome multiple challenges in her life, including injuries as a young runner and the loss of her family's home in the 1999 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. In February 2019, just two weeks after surviving a rollover car accident, she won the Tarawera 100 Miler in Rotorua, New Zealand in a new course record of 17:20:52. She was a 3-time All-Stater in cross country, 3-time State Champion in track and field, and valedictorian at Westmoore High School. As a young runner, Camille experienced many injuries and was inspired to understand why. She got back into competitive running as a road racer in her fifth year of college coached by her husband and former elite runner, Conor Holt. In 2007, Camille graduated from Oregon State University with a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science.

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Show notes

  • Who is Camille

  • Being a marathoner for 10 years before getting into ultra running

  • Committing to ultra running in 2015

  • Wikipedia for Camille

  • Being a shy kid with high energy

  • Getting into dance ad basketball before running

  • Playing point guard in basketball

  • Finding running very natural

  • Doing her first cross country race

  • Meeting her husband in college

  • Being surrounded by super runners and being inspired

  • Running miles for fun

  • Suffering from injuries and wanting to understand why

  • Winning 3 state titles in high school

  • Growing 9 inches and dealing with multiple stress fractures

  • Being told by doctors not to run competitively

  • Being taught how to train properly

  • Studying bone and exercise in grad school

  • Remaining injury free from her mid 20s

  • Reaching 100,000 miles in running

  • Being part of a research study at Stanford

  • Her running routine

  • Running periods and peri-menopause

  • Using her period as a marker of health

  • Having a mineral imbalance

  • Low magnesium and high iron

  • Working with a dietitian

  • Foot strike haemolysis

  • Recovery and sleeping after big training sessions

  • The Root Cause Protocol

  • Getting into a better routine at night

  • Feeling the best she’s ever felt at 40

  • Loving 24hr races and why its the hardest distance

  • Strategy for 24hr races

  • Mentally breaking down the race

  • Why it’s the hardest ultra race

  • The motivation and where it comes from

  • Future races and wanting to race more trail races

  • Connect with Camille

  • Coaching with Camille

  • Advice for new runners


Social Media

Instagram @runcamille

Facebook @runcamille

Twitter @runcamille


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