She collects world records with wild abandon. With each race, she narrows the gender gap, rewriting the rulebook on human capability with a broad smile and arms outstretched.
Meet force of nature Camille Herron.
Alongside 21 marathon victories, Camille won the Comrades Marathon in 2017, becoming the first athlete to win World Championship titles in the 50K, 100K and clocking the most miles in 24 hours (167.8 to be specific) of any woman in history.
Just after turning 40, earlier this year Camille took home a big win at the Jackpot 100, beating all the men and besting her own 100-mile Road World Record by clocking 12 hours 41 minutes, an effort that also earned her the 12-hour World Record (and a slew of Masters world records as well).
In addition, Camille is the youngest woman to reach 100,000-lifetime running miles; she recently beat Harvey Lewis to outright win the Strolling Jim 40-miler; and she holds my favorite world record—fastest marathon in a superhero costume—running 2:48 dressed head to toe as Spiderwoman.
Today she shares her unique story, in her own unique way.
“There are no limits on what I can do—if I set a goal for something I go after it. I want to raise the bar for what women think is possible.”
– CAMILLE HERRON
How can a woman who commits herself to such hellish feats of physical performance remain so joyous?
Today we dissect it all: Camille’s relentless positivity, her unique backstory and quality over quantity training style.
We also discuss how she thinks about closing the gender gap in ultra running, the importance of strength training, how blood work has impacted her focus on nutrition, the difference between trail running and road running, her near term goals—and future ambitions.
In addition, Camille reveals how she manages being married to her coach Conor Holt, how running can be self-transcendent, and many other interesting topics.
Note: this conversation was recorded several weeks ago prior to the Western States 100, a race that transpired last weekend in which she placed 8th in the women’s category.
Camille is an unbridled optimist, a super fun hang, and an inspiration for all—especially for those of us pondering our athletic capabilities as we age up.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Camille: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- New York Times: ‘Women Ultrarunners Age Like Fine Wine’
- CBS: Ultrarunner Camille Herron, 40, breaks her own 100-mile women’s world record
- Outside: Camille Herron Will Run Her 100,000th Mile This Week
- Men’s Journal: Camille Herron Sets World Record for 100-Mile Race, Beating 120 Men in the Process
- Runner’s World: How to run 100 miles, according to the women’s record holder
- Trail Running: Women in distance running: is the gender gap closing?
- Red Bull: Camille Herron: the Queen of Ultrarunning who ran 270km in a single day
- Guinness World Records: I was born to run: Camille Herron on her ultramarathon records
- Believe In The Run: An Interview with American Long Distance Runner Camille Herron
- Trail Runner: Camille Herron Breaks Her Own 100-Mile Record
- Run With Camille: Coaching
- ATRA: Camille Herron Sets 100 Mile World’s Best
- Women’s Running: Camille Herron is Doing What She Was Born to Do
- Sports Illustrated: How Camille Herron Ran a ‘Mind-Boggling’ Record 162 Miles on a Track Over 24 Hours
- Run 247: ‘I enjoy every moment’: Camille Herron reflects on latest 100-mile world record
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