The Physical Performance Show: Camille Herron ‘Queen of Ultra Running’ 50k, 100k, 24hr World Champion + 5x World Record Holder

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In episode 243 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Camille Herron ‘Queen of Ultra Running’ 50k, 100k, 24hr World Champion + 5x World Record Holder on this featured performer edition.  

Camille’s bio is exemplary. Camille is the 50k, 100k, 24hr World Champion holder of five world records, winner of the comrades marathon and at the time of recording, Camille was just weeks away from attempting to improve her 12 hour and 100 mile world records. Camille broke the 100 mile trail world women’s record by 1hr, running 12 hrs 42mins at her first attempt ever running 100 miles. One month later, she broke the 12 hr world record. To give you some insight into just how fast Camille runs these world records, the 50 mile world record was set at 5hrs 38mins which is equivalent to a 4:12 per km pace. The 100 mile road trail world record 12hrs 42mins, was run at a 4:43 per km pace and the 24 hour road record a distance covered of 270 km was run at a 5:20 per km pace. Meanwhile, the equivalent track record that Camille set 262km, that’s right running around a track for 24 hours, was set at a 5:30 per km split pace.

Camille shares around the highs, lows and learnings of her career. She’s also been an academic researcher in the field of bone health, and you’ll hear Camille share tips around how to look after our bones as endurance athletes from her science and also her running perspective. The key role that the menstruation cycle needs to play for female athletes, structuring a training cycle and what key sessions need to be included, how Camille has been able to run 160 km per week / 100 mile weeks consecutively since November 2006. Camille shares around the power and importance of running easy when it’s a designated “easy run”. And of course a physical challenge for the week that will get your legs and lungs burning.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Coping through Pandemic
  • Averaging 100 miles of running per week
  • Long runs
  • Camille’s crazy story
  • Navigating bone health
  • Movement and blood flow
  • Balancing training and life
  • Weights workout
  • Performance Round
  • Best Advice
  • Next races

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To follow Camille Herron

Linkedin: Camille Herron
Instagram: @runcamille
Twitter: @runcamille


“I felt like I was losing the pep in my step.”
“Doing it heavy and doing it to fatigue.”
“Let the magic come out.” Mantra
“Going to a near death state.” Being in the zone
“Run easy on your easy days.” Best advice
“90 second reps with equal recovery.” Physical Challenge

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0:00 Start
1:55 Introduction to Camille
5:00 Coping through Pandemic
8:00 Averaging 100 miles of running per week
12:30 Long runs
17:20 Camille’s crazy story
21:20 Multiple stress fractures in the early days
27:26 Navigating bone health
31:26 Movement and blood flow
36:30 Balancing training and life
44:00 Weights workout
49:00 Performance Round
56:40 Mantra
1:01:30 Best Advice
1:03:00 Physical Challenge
1:04:20 Next races
1:08:29 Finish  

People Mentioned

Adharanand Finn – Best Selling Author, ‘The Rise of the Ultra Runners’, ‘The Way of the Runner’, & ‘Running with the Kenyans’, Ep 237 The physical Performance Show
Christie Aschwanden – Author of the New York Times bestseller, GOOD TO GO, Ep 187 The Physical Performance Show
Denna Kastor – ASICS Long Distance Runner
Gurna Stein – South African Ultra runner Ann Ashworth – Comrades winner and 2:35 marathoner

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