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Mesa,AZ,united states

Member Since:

Aug 18, 2008



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

(2009) London't Run 10K - 51:59 :o)

(2009) "Ostrich Festival" - 5K (25:21) Another PR! :o)

(2010) "Ostrich Festival" - 5K (28:54)

(2010) "Fight for Life" - 5K (26:49) 2nd for Age Division!

(2010) "Women's Half Marathon" - (2:16:40)

(2010) "Shun the Sun" - 10K (58:19)

(2010) "Mesa Mi Amigos Turkey Trot" - 10K (57:45)

(2010) "12 K's of Christmas" - 12K (1:14:13)

(2011) "Sedona Marathon" - FULL Marathon  (5:21:58)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon  (October 2008)

Run a sub 27:00 5K (November 2008)

Run a Sub 2:00:00 1/2 Marathon

Run a marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Live a long, heathly life but more importantly, teach my family how to live healthy.


I am a lucky lady.  I'm married to the best husband ever, and we have 3 beautiful kids (ages 4, 2, and "new here").   


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Note to self: make sure you EAT first!!!  Dude, I can't believe I forgot that!

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From Burt on Mon, Jan 02, 2012 at 22:06:25 from

How are the kids?

From Camille on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 at 09:27:38 from

they are really quite good... thank you for asking. Melanie and Noelle are as goofy and giggly as ever, and Oliver just likes to hang out.

How is your family? How is Atwell treating you? I hope everything is well.

From Burt on Fri, Jan 06, 2012 at 21:01:52 from

Atwell? comment.

From Camille on Sat, Jan 07, 2012 at 00:22:32 from

are you not there anymore?

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I ran half on the road, half on a trail.  It was really nice.  I got to see the sun set.  That was nice too.  Apparently Oliver, my 6 week old, did not appreciate my run though.  He decided to scream the entire time I was gone.  I guess you could say he is a mama's boy.

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So, on the way out the door, my husband yells to me: "Run like the wind".  I tell him I'm not as fast as the wind... so he says "okay, like a bubbling brook".  I have decided, I'm more like a retention basin...  very slow, but eventually I get there.

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This was my first "long run" since having Oliver, and it was nice.  I spent the whole time thinking about my mom's upcoming wedding, so it went fast.  I will admit, I'm a little sore now.

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I felt awesome on this run! 

On another note, I found a partner in crime for my marathon training!!!  I'm excited!

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From Kelli on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 11:13:21 from

YEAH to feeling awesome and BIG YEAH to finding a training partner! It is much more fun when you are not alone!

From Camille on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 23:19:37 from

I know, right? I'm excited about both. my new running partner in action has never ran a marathon before but saw that it was on my resolutions this year and has been running, so decided she'd do it too. This will be fun.

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I was suppose to run 4 miles today, but cut it short because it was so close to dinner time when I left and I knew my husband would have to leave for work right afte dinner.  The 3.35 miles felt really good though.  I think it was actually a bit chilly out.  I came home to a really unhappy new born.  luckily he hadn't screamed the entire time, but long enough for it to take me several minutes to calm him down.  He is definitely a mama's boy.

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It was a really cold, windy day... and yet the wind stopped just in time for me to run.  Thank you wind!  It was much appreciated!

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So, my training plan has me running 9 miles this Saturday, 10 next and 11 on the following (then a rest week).  Since I'm playing catch up and don't want to injure myself, I decided to do 7, 9, 11.  Hopefully this is a good "plan of attack". 

It  is beautiful outside.  The run felt good.  It took me 75 minutes (roughly), including the stop light time (I hit 4 of them).  Not too shabby.

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I was suppose to run last night, but instead of making dinner... I decided to do left overs... and instead of just warming up left overs, I decided to make a menu and set up the kitchen like a restraurant.  I think dressed up like a waiter.  I took orders, gave them a starter salad, made their meals, refilled their drinks...  and left them a bill (I got 10 kisses, and 8 hugs).  And then I send them into the girl's room so I could clean up the kitchen and get it ready for Family Home Evening.  All that took away from my running time, so I went tonight instead.

I was suppose to run 3, but when I mapped it, it turned out I was a little shy.  I'm a little bummed to learn that... but I must say, my sprint to the finish felt awesome!  I got some serious speed.  And thinking about 2 weeks ago, when I started running/training for this marathon, speeding up to finish was a real stretch.  I did the best I could, but I doubt anyone would have known the difference.  So, having said that, I'm pretty happy with my run tonight.

Happy Tuesday!

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Map My Run says my route was 9.91... but I figure, with the meandering sidewalks along the mile on Brown Road, I had to have hit 10.  My husband was impressed with how fast I managed to get home... so I'm pretty happy about that. :)

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pretty good run.  My only complaint is waiting for those darn street lights.

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From Burt on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 19:20:57 from

Use your civil engineering skills.

From Camille on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:18:28 from

I'm not sure I *could* time these lights right, even with doing calculations... there are too many variables.

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So, my music stopped before I even hit mile 1.  Instead of jammin' out, I though about how amazing I want to look at my mom's wedding in August. :)  I am "giving her away" (walking her down the isle).

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Race: The Color Run (3.1 Miles) 00:28:00
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Today was the first Color Run Arizona, and it was coloriffic.  They didn't time the event, so it was really just a "for fun" run (with your closest 6000 friends... yes you read that right.  6000 runners for a 5K).  It was so fun... I loved it.  If only the color didn't taste like hairspray or something equally disgusting.

Here I am before with my two little girlies.

And after:

Next year I'm going to register Melanie to run the race with me.  (p.s. since it wan't timed, I just put in 28 minutes on the time, but it's just a random number)

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From Kelli on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 17:59:09 from

OH, so you decided no stroller for the girls during the race??? You certainly did get colorful, I bet Melanie will LOVE it next year!

From Camille on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 19:20:30 from

Yes, I decided against it when I found out how many runners there were. I'm glad I did too, because I think they would gave been gagging with all that chalk trown on them into the stroller where it would have lingered (if you know what I mean)

From Kelli on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 18:06:39 from

Did you gaga and choke on it? I can not even handle running through sprinklers. It takes my breath away and makes me have to pee. ;o) Of course, if it hot, i do it anyway.

From Camille on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 18:22:45 from

yes, I gagged. It was colored chalk... so, it was like running through a dust cloud of corn starch or powdered sugar that tasted like hair spray

From Kelli on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 18:27:00 from

Should have worn a mask.

From Camille on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 18:27:50 from

next year I'll bring something for sure

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It was a really good 3 miles.  I didn't have my music, so I did some thinking.  I'm thinking I may need to start cross training.  I know biking and swimming are good cross training, but those would take me away from home more than I already am.  Is Yoga cross training?

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yoga yoga!  I don't know if it's cross training... but it's definitely stretching and feels good.  Having two little girls attempt to do yoga beside me makes it pretty funny too.

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From Burt on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 13:29:45 from

P90X yoga is definitely cross training.

From Camille on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 14:23:21 from

well, it isn't P90X, but it is still challenging.

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I did Yoga in the morning.

I was suppose to run 6 miles today, but it was crazy around the time I would have ran, so I opted to run on a treadmill at the rec center.  I have reminded myself why I can't run on a treadmill.  It was so hot there, and there was no wind being generated by my running.  And going NO WHERE is really hard for me.  I like to see progress.  Anyhow, 3.5 is better than nothing.  I then did some weights and headed home.  It was prefect timing, because Oliver was NOT happy when I got home. (poor little man)

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I took Noelle and Oliver on my run with me.  Oliver was grear, and Noelle said I was "super fast".  That was encouraging.

Weight: 131.40
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I got attacked (but not bit) by a dog on this run.  I have never been so scared on a run in my life.  The owner of the dog kept telling me "it's okay" but wasn't grabbing the dog's collar.  It was chasing me, barking at me, growling, snapping... and wouldn't go away.  I am not ashamed to admit I started crying and screaming uncontrollably for the owner to get her dog.  It was the first time I honestly had wished for a tazor gun, and hoped a car would hit the dog.  But, I lived...

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From Burt on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 10:15:10 from

How dreadfully frightful. I had a dream a dog bit me on the leg. But it didn't hurt. I was just like, "what's got a hold of my leg?"

From Camille on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:31:38 from

That reminds me of those old cartoons with the dog catcher. Seems so innocent in the cartoons... but in "real life" that would be aweful.

From Burt on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:48:02 from

You always spell awful wrong ;)

From Camille on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:53:31 from

I know. It's out of habit. Ironically, as soon as I hit "post comment" I realized I did it again.

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I'm mad at map my run.  I mapped my run, it said 3.13 miles, then I "saved" it and it saved it as 2.03 miles.  How annoying.  But, whatever.  It was 3.13 miles, and I know it.  And it was with my youngest two kiddos...  a double stroller... and headwind.  But I'll take that over a dog any day.  (I had nightmares last night.  Stupid dog)

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pretty uneventful... which I'm happy about.  I did run oast a dog that looked like tiger, and my heart sped up, but this dog didn't do more than look at me. :)

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I wasn't going to run today.  I dropped Melanie off at school and was being lazy... and then my cute little 2 year old says "mommy, going run run" (both my girls call my running "run run").  I said "do you want to go" to which she replied yes and get her shoes on... then went and found mine.  I have a good little coach.  I'm very lucky.

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It felt like I was running on the sun.  Boy was it hot.  Next time I am NOT going at noon.  But, it was a good run.  I ran to my friends house (almost 4 miles) and then ran another 6 with her.  I was going to run home from her house, but looked at the clock and realized it was later than I had hoped, so I got a ride home instead.  I have a half marathon next weekend, so I'm happy I didn't push it.  It is a good recovery long run.

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I'm ashamed to admit that this is the first day I went running this week.  It has been a little crazy, but that's not really a good excuse.  With the marathon in 2 weeks, I'm rededicating myself next week.  I have a half marathon this weekend and I'm excited!

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It has been B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. out.  It was a good run.

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Race: Lost Dutchman's Marathon (Half) (13.1 Miles) 02:11:49, Place overall: 300, Place in age division: 54
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While training for my April Marathon, I decided I wanted to do a half.  This was a last minute decision.  I signed up 2 weeks ago, and with the full intent to run, then hurry home, get cleaned up, and head to church.

I'm going to briefly run down to race.  We got there in time for me to find a spot in the starting shoot around the 9 min/mil pace flag.  They didn't give any warning to the gun... no count down or anything... just "bam!".  We all looked shocked and then (eventually) started running.  There is almost a minute time different between the gun and my chip times.  I started pretty solid, pacing myself behind a gal in pink.  I passed the half way at 59:33.  It felt really really good after the turn around.  I passed pinky, but she seemed to pass me again at 10 miles.  I called Brandon at 11 minutes to tell him I was "closing in".  And then an emergency pit stop happened (at mile 12)... and it set me back big time. LOL.  Such a bummer.  But I didn't have a choice.  I finally came in at 2:11:49.  (see what I mean about the set back?)  But... it's a PR, and I am really happy with myself.  I kept a pretty constant pace, I fueled up good, and I didn't drain myself.  I made it home, got me and the kiddos showered, and everyone was sitting in the chapel before church started (which is amazing because we only had 30 minutes frmot he time we got home until when church started). 

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From Russ on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 09:53:25 from

Impressive on a PR and being early to church! I'm planning on doing the same thing for a September marathon in town as we have 1 o'clock church this year.

From Burt on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 15:12:08 from

Nice job Camille.

From Camille on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 19:25:57 from

Russ - thank you! I will have to read your race report in September to see if you make it :) (I'm sure you will).

Burt - thanks!!!

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I started the day with yoga to help stretch some of my sore muscles. It really helped. I didn't do my run until after my husband came home because my kids are sick and I didn't want to torture them by making them go running with me. While on my run, I saw a girl running ahead of me. I decided I was going to catch up to her and pass her. She had about a 1/6 of a mile lead on me. I am proud to say I passed her right before we hit the 1/2 mile.

So, I am sporting some sexy cold sores. I'm thinking they are from my race this weekend. I'm also thinking I want them to go away! Besides Abreva, anyone have any advice?

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I almost didn't go.  I was coming up with a ton of excuses.  But then I decided I better.  There would be no way to make up the miles.  I'm so glad I did!  It was a good run, and with the marathon coming up (I'm officially registered), I can't afford to skip just because.

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I ran up usery's pass and a little bit of bush highway to get to coonsbluff, then back to bush highway.  There were a lot of long climbs, but I felt really good about them.  I got to pass several runners, bicyclist, and a troop of scouts.  My kids went hiking with daddy at coon's bluff and picked me up when I was done.  I ran the entire length, non stop... and it felt great.  What didn't feel good was sitting between the two toddler carseats with no room to even lean back while we drove home. hmm...  next time I'll convince the hubby to bring the truck, not the jeep (just saying).

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Happy Leap Year Day!!!  I didn't run yesterday due to a horrible sinus head ache, but decided to still do my long mid week run tonight.  I started pretty sluggish, but by the end, I felt really strong.  Heres to hoping my sinuses start liking me again.

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From Lybi on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:47:36 from

I am massively impressed at you run, chica! Sinus problems and relatively recent childbirth can't back the Camilster!

From Lybi on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:47:52 from


From Camille on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 16:53:26 from

Lybi, You are a sweet heart. I was a total loser last week and only ran 2 times... I need to stop coming up with excuses and do this thing. :) ha ha!

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So, There was a marathon that ran THROUGH my neighborhood and I didn't know about it until it was started!  Can you believe that?!?!  Seriously, how did I not know?????  (In my defense, it was the 1st year, but still!!!)  Why do I have emails with racing events come to my inbox if they aren't going to tell me when there is a race so close I can actually cheer on the runners without going anywhere? 

Anyhow, I still ran my 16 miles, even though there was a marathon going on.  I did Usery's Pass, Bush Highway, Coons Bluff (up and back) and Phon D Sutton.  And it felt good.  There was some serious head wind on the way up Usery's Pass, but it didn't get the best of me.  I even sprinted to the finish.  And, I only stopped twice.  Once for the light at mile 1... and once at mile 12.5 to kiss Melanie's finger because apparently she got some cacti in her finger while hiking (the family was hiking Coon's Bluff while I was running... The girls really enjoy it!)

Good times.  Only 7 weeks until my marathon (one that doesn't go through my neighborhood... and that I have to go out of town to get to... can you tell I'm a little bummed by this discovery.  Next year!  Next Year)  I honestly think I am in good enough shape, I could have ran that last Saturday.  I mean, the only uphill in the race was actually going through my neighborhood, and I clearly know how to handle that.  sigh. o-well.

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From Lybi on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 22:36:50 from

16 miles!!! I am so impressed! Don't you know that you just had a baby for goodness sakes?!? At this stage you get bonus points just for getting out of your pajamas by noon. Sheesh! You are one tough lady, Camille.

From Camille on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 17:58:54 from

I'm just crazy! :) But seriously, next year.. You... Me... Phoenix Marathon. We can do it!

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3.05 Miles with Noelle and Oliver.  I love that Noelle thinks I'm super fast, even if I'm super slow.

I need more sleep.  I gave decided

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From Lybi on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 at 22:34:10 from

You gave decided? I agree with your sleepiness assessment. I hope you got a nap! You forgot to mention that you hosted a really cute party today! What an awesome lady you are.

From Camille on Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 07:36:56 from

that's "gave" with a "G" that makes an "H" sound. ha ha! o-well. No, I didn't get a nap. two days running now. It's a good thing Oliver is super cute!

From Lybi on Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 23:03:51 from

You must have been thinking in Spanish. Shoot, hope you get a nap today, or whenever you read this.

From Camille on Fri, Mar 09, 2012 at 06:58:22 from

:) I actually did get a nap yesterday. Thank goodness! I was not feeling good. And I'm a slacker, I have not ran since Tuesday. I was suppose to do a long run Wednesday, but Brandon worked until almost midnight, and yesterday I opted to go to the RS meeting instead. I know, excuses, excuses. sigh. perhaps I'll go back to being happy if I change out of my pjs. :)

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Noelle, Oliver, and I went a different route today, through the Red Mountain Park.  Noelle saw lots of puppies and duckies and was pretty happy.  And I had a pretty good workout pushing her. :)  Happy Friday.

P.S.  I'm a little nervious about my long run tomorrow.

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According to my training plan, this is suppose to be my rest week, and I'm suppost to go 12.  Next week, I should be going 18.  Well, next Saturday I am speaking at a baptism in the morning and making/decorating a wedding cake for the evening.  running 18 miles just doesn;t fit into the day.  So, we decided to switch the weeks, 18 this, 12 next. 

Then my dad invites us to breakfast.  Instead of getting an early start to running, I started at 9 after breakfast.  It wasn't too bad, but it was hotter.  I ran up Usery's Pass, did a 2.5 mile there and back thingy North of Bush Highway, then ran up Bush to Coon's Bluff.  Originally my plan had been to run down coon's bluff, wave at my family (who were hiking/picnicing at the bottom), run back up, then back down.  That would get me my 18.  But with the late start, when I got to the bottom, I could tell they were just tired and ready to go.  I thought I'd yell to them "pick me up at the top" but some car came and stopped in a weird place, making me have to run over to tell them.  The girls came running over and were giving me hugs.  I didn;t have the heart to run off... plus stopping and starting is not a specialty of mine.  So there you have it.  That is my reasoning for running less than my original plan, but I'm not worried.  I still have 6 weeks until the marathon.

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From Lybi on Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 23:17:24 from

Great job! 16 miles! How did you feel? You are going to ROCK the marathon!!!

From Camille on Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 20:28:06 from

Thanks Lybi! I felt good. My left knee hurt a little during the run but stopped hurting afterwards. I have decided it is easier for me when I'm running on the main road where I can smile and say hi to the occasional bicyclist then it is on the side roads were I don't see another person. I seem to get more discouraged when I see no other life. But when I turn onto the main road and see bicyclists I'm going strong again. It's kinda weird. My next long mile building run is miles. I think I'll keep it to the main roads and see how I do.

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So, I love that my husband is so supportive of my running.  I was almost trying to talk myself out of it, and he says "you need to go running"!  And I did!  And I'm glad I did!

Thank you hubby!!!

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From Burt on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 23:41:48 from

Good 'ol Brandon.

From Lybi on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 09:38:55 from

There's a good man! Camille, you did well. (On your run and in your life partner choices!) Imma call you.

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so, after becoming a horrible running blogger last week, I decided I better start fresh again this week.  I had a good run today. 

so, how about this crazy weather?  I loved the rain last weekend.

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From Lybi on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 23:53:38 from

Yea, Camille!

From Camille on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 13:14:52 from

Lybi, I love having you as a cheerleader!

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Wow did this run not go the way I had planned!  Actually, so far, I could say that about the entire day!  Here's to hoping for a better second half!

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From Lybi on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 00:13:22 from

Hope your second half was littered with Chairos moments that warm your soul for years to come!

And great job on your run, you animal!

From Camille on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 07:51:40 from

umm... the second half involved me eating some chocolate to avoid crying The chocolate started "disapearing" when I opened the fridge to figure out my lunch and one of the door shelves decided to brake off, sending it's contents to the floor. *sigh*. It was eat the dark chocolate Brandon surprised me with a few days ago or find a dark whole to hide in and cry. Since I was still mom and couldn't hide... I ate the chocolate.

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Today was an adventure.  Noelle, Oliver and I did a little "off roading" with the stroller, came up close and personal with 2 very large, very loud geese, and saw some friends in the neighborhood.  Noelle sang to me while I ran, and is a great running partner ("Mommy runs super fast!"  It's far from true, but I love hearing it).

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From Lybi on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 13:33:52 from

How CUUUUUUUTE! There is nothing cuter than little girl singing. NOTHING! Geese are scary, or they can be if they are assertive geese. But beautiful! I love the adventures that running supplies.

PS I just found Danielle covered in manure from our newly planted garden. She had been rolling all around in the corn rows. Ha! Adventures adventures everywhere...

From Camille on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 13:36:14 from

wow, that is an adventure that would have gone well with my story from yesterday.

Noelle was singing "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief". It's too sweet

Race: TR5K 4 Values (3.1 Miles) 00:26:04, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 4
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One of my favorite people, Ms. Lybi, asked me to run in this special 5K to help support the YWs in her ward.  I believe this fundraiser was to help them get to girls camp.  Of course I agreed! 

Originally I was going to run it slowly and the run another 12 miles afterwards, but last minute decided to run it like the 5k it was and see how I would do.  There was no way I was ever going to place when the first person in was in my age and gender bracket (that chiqa was amazing!), but I did come in 4th of my gender... and am super happy with myself... and, can I point out that I just had a baby 4 months ago?  Even *I* think I'm crazy.

But, I have also fallen a little behind on my marathon training.  I still plan to run it in 4 weeks; however, I'm thinking it's time to watch "The Spirit of the Marathon" to get my dedicatino back.  It's time to "do this thing"

Thank you, Ms. Lybi, for asking me to participate in today's 5K.  Not only did I get to see you (which I LOVED), and run, but I really enjoyed the race.  Everyone was so nice and clearly excited about the fundraiser.  Remember me if they do it again.


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From Lybi on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 23:31:18 from

Awwww, you are so great. Thank you so much for coming! You did a wonderful job. It went so well, I'm pretty sure we are going to do it again next year.

By the way, 1 month from the marathon I think that it is kind of common to get the blahs. Save up all your enthusiasm for race day. You are going to fly!

From Burt on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 23:48:24 from

I feel so bad about not going, but I haven't run in forever. I just can't tell Lybi directly. Will you tell her I said sorry.

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So, I was daydreaming while running, and next thing I knew, I was on my street and forgetting to sprint in to the finish.  I don't remember much in betwwen, only that I know I went on  my regular route.  Very funny.

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From Lybi on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 14:40:53 from

Sleep running! I bet you were thinking about how awesome I am, right? RIGHT?!? Probably designing amazing cupcakes, I daresay. Great job!

From Camille on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 21:50:29 from

I was actually thinking about the birthday cake I want to make my cousin and about how lucky I was to have you as a friend. You were very very close. :)

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So, I will have to admit to "sleep running" again... at least the first part of my run.  I seriously was side tracked, missed my turn (which I made up), and almost missed the light I was waiting for because I didn't realize the little green man was granting permission to go until it was almost too late.  Wow!  Not sure what is going on my with my mind, but it is definitely else where.  This could be percieved as good or bad... Good:  I'm clearly in the zone and not thinking about any running aches and/or pains.  Bad: I could potientally be running harder if I weren't day dreaming.  O-well.  I'm not really too concerned about my speed.  And I did manage to get back in the amount of time I told Brandon I would be gone, even stopping at all the lights, so it couldn't be too bad!  I'm so silly though.  Seriously!  

On another note, we have been blessed with fun girls in my house lately.  Not only mine, but friend's children as well.  Yesterday we had two cute little girls over for a play date (and I got to have a friend over too, which is extra special... Thanks Lybi!)  And today I babysat for my sister in law's sister (can you follow that?).  This little girl was too precious and my girls just loved her.  It has been fun.  I'm happy to say that we will be getting OUT of the house alittle bit the next few days though, which I think we all need!  ha ha!

Weight: 123.20
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I met a really nice man by the name of Harley after mile 3 and we ran together for 4 miles.  He is also training for a marathon.  He told me some good stuff... and next thing I knew, I was going down hill.  I didn't even realize we were that far.  He turned around and I kept on keeping on.  At mile 15.5 I met the hill I was dredding.  After I started up it, I decided to walk it (1/2 mile).  There was no point of giving myself a heart attack.  At the top, I started running again (more up hill).  I ran out of drink and had to fill up with water at the park and ride.  I used the restroom in Del Taco (which was not a good place to stop... the greasey smell in the place after running was awful!!!)  I would have used the restrooms at the park and ride, but it was locked.  Then I ran 2 miles to my neighborhood, walked a 1/2 mile to the park, then ran the last 3/4 mile home.  At that point, it actually felt better to ran to walk.  My hips hurt when I walked. 

Now to catch up on my conference. (and eat)

Weight: 121.20
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So, I'm having a hard time figuring out when to squeeze runs in during the week this week.  I have a little girl with a double ear infection, 2 doctor's appointments, a husband working late, and 3 very young children...  so, my miles may not look like those of someone that is running in a marathon in less than 3 weeks...  but it's the best I can do.  Next there is a season for everything.... maybe next marathon I'll be better trained.

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We went on a family "bike ride" (Brandon rode a bike pulling the girls, I ran pushing the little mister).  It's 5 miles shorter than my mid week run is suppose to be this week, but I went.  And I got family time while I was doing it.  double BONUS!

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From Burt on Sat, Apr 07, 2012 at 20:32:53 from

Hope everyone's doing okay. Fun run.

From Camille on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 at 18:06:08 from

yes we are! I hope you had a great Easter. I have decided that when I train for the next marathon, I'll include the family in my training more. :) Then perhaps I won't feel as guilty.

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Highlights of my run:

  • The 40+ year old *sitting* on his skateboard, going down a hill, while talking on the phone (so happy I saw him in time, that could have been bad). 
  • The bird that landed on a cactus that literally blended in.  If I hadn't seen it land, I wouldn't have even known that was a bird.
  • seeing and waving to Harvey again (see last Saturday's run)

Not so "good times":

  • rolling my ankle/foot at mile 3.  (It still irritates me, and it a little bruised, but not swollen.)
  • All the bicyclists on the road weren't the friendlist.  They typically are.  I figure it's due to the bike race this weekend.  But still. 

2 weeks left.

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So, I haven't ran since Saturday because my ankle has been hurting me.  But today I decided it was time to get out there again.  It was a good run with the whole family (Brandon and the girls biking, Oliver and I on foot).  I'm already mentally planning my next training plans for my next marathon.  I haven't picked the race, but I have a desire to do better.

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It's probably not good if your husband kicks you out of the house to go running because you are too cranky. hmm... talk about getting an additude adjustment. ha ha!  Well, it worked.  I got out of the house for about an hour, and the run helped my mood.

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brrr...  baby it's cold outside!  I love the change in weather!  1 week until my marathon.  Any last advice for the crazy girl that is running it?

Weight: 123.60
Race: Brian Mickelson Marathon (26.2 Miles) 05:25:58, Place overall: 37, Place in age division: 2
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This past weekend was the Brian Mickelson Marathon in Cottonwood, Arizona. I picked this marathon out about a month before I had Oliver as one I wanted to try to train for. So, I had Oliver, and after waiting the 6 weeks (okay, I lie, I started running at 5 weeks post-Oliver), I started training. I followed a training plan I found online and decided that once I get up to the larger runs I would decide if I could handle an actual marathon or not.
About a month ago, I decided I was all in. I registered and reserved a hotel.
A few days prior to the race, I received an informational email regarding the upcoming race. In in, it said: "This year is the inaugural marathon event and we have nearly 50 registered to take on the 26.2 miles!" *Nearly*? In my vocabulary, that means "less than". When I ran the Sedona Marathon last year, there were between 100-200 runners, and I remember thinking that was small. 50 is tiny. So, I decided to try not to think about the size.
Saturday morning, we got up bright and early (thanks to Oliver, who saved the day by waking us up at 5 o'clock when we slept through the 4 o'clock alarm), and headed to the start. It was a little chilly at the beginning, but felt nice.
I was happy to find out that one of my runners was an engineering friend, Ox. He was running his first marathon and had his dad (who happens to be our pediatrician) was there to support him. It was fun seeing a friendly face in the race (even if I only saw his face for a few minutes and then he was off ahead of me).
I had a plan for this race. My plan was to run a lot slower at the beginning so that I could keep a steady pace for the entire race. My goal was to run in less than 5 hours, so my goal pace was 10:45 min/ miles. That is a lot slower than my training runs, so I thought it would be doable. I borrowed a friend's garmin (Thank you Lybi) and kept track.
The first 17 miles were super easy and flew by. Ironically, that's were all the hard climbs were. But I had my family as a cheer team every once in a while, and my music was keeping me excited and jamming. After mile 4, I really didn't see anyone until mile 9 (when the people that were faster than me were coming back from the long 6.75 mile there and back segment). Really, the only people I saw were the ad station workers and my cute family.

At mile 18, I realized I passed a porta-potty, but by time I made that realization, I was going down hill and didn't want to go back up. I didn't really *need* to use it, so I thought I'd use the next one. Ha Ha!!! What next one? I started asking ad workers at mile 19 if they knew where the next restroom would be. All I got was blank stares and "I don't know". At mile 22, I was directed by the ad station to go off course a quarter mile (half mile round trip) to use an outhouse. I did as he directed, but after getting of the restroom, I was momentarily lost. They only markings on this race were little pink flags and pink painted arrows on the ground. And have I mentioned that there are no other runners around? yikes!
Thankfully, I found the trail, but unfortunately, after that, I lost my momentum. I still was able to run, and made it past the mile marker 23. Until this point, I had kept my goal pace, and was on track to make my goal of running the whole marathon in less than 5 hours. Then something happened... I got so sick. Can we say DeHyDrAtIoN?!?! It was 95 degrees in Cottonwood on Saturday. So, even though I had been drinking and re-fueling like a crazy girl the entire race, it still happened. There really wasn't anything I think I could have done differently. I had turned onto a dirt trail around mile 18.5 and never saw the family on the course again. I decided I was determined to finish, so started walking (though dizzily). I tried calling the family after I passed mile 24 to see if that would encourage me (my music stopped working, stinkin' ear phones), but I didn't get through to them. Before I got to mile 25, I was on another dirt trail and got the feeling I should sit down. I sat. Then I got a feeling I should lay... then a strong feeling came over me that perhaps laying would be a bad idea because no one would ever find me. (Have I mentioned that I hadn't seen any runners in a LONG LONG time). I got back up and kept going. I passed mile 25 and was on the main road again. I started speed walking. I passed mile 26... I started jogging... I ran through the finish.
Did I make my goal of finishing in less than 5 hours? Heck no! (My official time was 5:25:58). Did I finish? Heck yes! And I happy with it. Yes. (Though I will admit to mixed feelings at first, but I have gone over it again and again in my head, and I don't think I could have changed my approach at all to prevent my dehydration).
So, how am I feeling now, 2 days later... just fine! I'm already planning my next marathon. I'm thinking Phoenix Marathon, March 2, 2013 (and probably one or 2 others early next year) Until then, I'm thinking it's time to take on some half marathons! But believe me, I'm definitely not running another long race in 90+ weather any time soon. Yikes!
Random question... turns out that there was only 2 people in my age group, so technically I took second. If you were me, would you ask for your reward? I didn't stay for the ceremony because I had to hurry back, shower and feed Mr. Oliver. I didn't realize I had "placed" until just now looking at the results.

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From Burt on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 18:56:52 from

Wow Camille. Great job! How did Ox do?

From Burt on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 19:05:28 from

I just looked up the results. I bet this was a tough course.

From Dan on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 19:11:25 from

Hot hot hot! Way to tough it out, congrats and congrats on placing no matter what! Good call not lying down on the dirt path.

From Camille on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 08:40:46 from

Burt - Thanks! The course was more dirt than anything else, with some good climbs. But in my opinion, what really made it tough was the heat and the lack of runners. Oh, and the fact the most of the ad people were teenagers that didn't want to be there. But Ox may tell you something different. I'd be interested in hearing what he thought of the race.

Dan - Thanks! I emailed them and asked for my award. I figure whatever it is, I want it. ha ha!

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This is my first post marathon run and if felt great.  I was pretty speedy too... which also felt nice.  I had a dream last night that I was training for a tri.  I mentioned the idea to my husband this morning, who lovingly gave me a look that I can only interpret as "sure, I'll start planning your funeral now, but I would prefer to grow old with you".  hmm...  I'll keep thinking about it.

Weight: 126.00
Race: Ka-Pow Superhero Adventure Race (1 Miles) 00:20:00
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Saturday, the Town of Gilbert sponsored the Ka-PoW Superhero Adventure Race at Freestone Park! Holy Guacamole Batman! Was it Fun!
I found some costumes for the girls through friends and family, got myself a Superman shirt, Brandon a Captain America shirt, and Oliver something in red, white and blue. After dressing everyone up, we headed in the car to the park. The girls had NO idea what we had planned, they just knew it involved costumes, and costumes are always good!
When we got there, and got Melanie and myself registered, we started having fun. Grandma Traci came to watch the event and got this great picture of the whole super family!
Then the girls bounced in the bounce houses! Eventually it was time for some running. First up: Noelle in the Flash Dash.
She went over!
She went across!
And She went through!
I'm so proud of her! She did a great job!
Then we went over to the start of the "big race". We got there just in time. Melanie has the cutest, silliest little run you have ever seen. I just love it. It has character!
There were several obstacles on our 1 mile "Wolverine Run". Here was the line up of the obstacles Melanie and I encountered:
Superman's Tower (a large superman bounce house complete with it's own obstacles inside and a slide to get out)
Wonder Woman's Wall ( a 6 foot tall wall, that we went under instead of over... because we are small super heroes. We may not be able to fly, but we can blast through walls, right?)
Wolverine Wash (shown in the below picture).
The Aquaman Slide (a huge slip and slide down the side of one of the hills at Freestone Park).
Spiderman's Web Crawl (a rope web that we had to crawl under to "escape")
Captain America Tunnels (long tunnels made of large plastic pipe)
Back through the Wolverine Wash...
Over the He-Man Mountain (a large pyramid haystack)
and through the Finish Line!
We Made it!
I'm so proud of Melanie. 1 mile is really really far for someone so small. She started strong, got tired and thirsty right off. Walked, Ran super fast, walked, Ran even faster, rinse and repeat. She was cracking me up. She'd stop running, and tell me she was tired, so I would tell her we can walk. Walking is okay. She'd take a few steps and then say "okay, let's run!" At one point, she asked me if we could lay in the grass for a while. I had to tell her no. I had a flash back of my marathon, and my desire to lay down. I told her we can always walk. 5 seconds later she saw the gigantic slip and slide and was off running again. I'm so impressed by her. She did the whole thing and was ready to bounce in the bounce house as soon as she was done.
Since it was a Superhero Adventure Race, there was a booth devoted to the up and coming comic book convention. The people manning that booth were definitely acting the part. We couldn't pass up a photo op. Not pictured are Batman and Batgirl. I'm not sure were they went off to, but I'm really pretty happy with the picture I got. Tell me this isn't awesome!
Way to go Noelle and Melanie! Both of you ran your first races and did an amazing job! Mommy is SO proud of you!!!

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So, it was hot, but it was nice to get out.  I still have my friend's garmin (I need to return that), so I used it.  I ran at a 9:06 pace.  Pretty nice considering the heat.

I'm debating.  I found a marathon I could do in October, but I'd have to train through the summer, and it's pretty brutal here.  My other thought is to find some shorter races in the fall and this summer work on speed and endurance.  I'm thinking if I go that route, I can set a time goal.  Any thoughts on the matter?  (I want my running buddies opinions).

Also, my husband says there is a tri. that he knows about this fall that is a small one and thinks I could do it.  That's an interesting idea.  I'm not a good swimmer, but he says the length isn't really anthing (he has done it with the scouts a few times).

Weight: 123.00
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A family bike ride/run.  It was fun!  And it wasn't too terribly hot out.  I'm thinking a sprint triathlon in August.  I found a reverse (run, bike, swim).  My only hold up is finding a pool to train in. 

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Day 1 of my triathlon training... and I decided to start with the bike.  It felt nice to switch things up.  It was hot outside, but the air breezing by definitely helped.  I was suppose to meet up with a new aquantance and run/walk after my bike ride (she is new to running and wanted a partner).  I ran to her house, found out she wasn't home, and ran home.  We will call that my cool down.  It felt weird running after biking.  I better get use to that. ha ha!

I think the workout was a success though. :)

Weight: 123.60
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Okay, I'm a horrible swimmer.  This will take some practice, definitely!  If someone were to watch, they'd wonder if I were drowning.  But, on one was around.  This was good because I didn't drown; however, I suppose if I were drowning, I'd probably like company.  Anyhow, I'm okay with kicking, and I'm okay with doing the arms, but apparently doing them together is not my strong suite.  so I did mostly arms, but did practice both at the same time too.

And when I was done, I was dizzy.  Must. Swim. More. Often.

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From Kelli on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 21:21:28 from

I am right with you! I absolutely HATE water. HATE IT! I do not get in it for anything. It is kind of the family joke, I didn't even get in with my kids when they were little. My husband did.

Good for you for swimming. Maybe you can give e the courage to try it. But only if I can wear a swim skirt!

From Camille on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 21:30:22 from

I never get in the water either. It's the only thing that had been holding me back from doing a tri. But I decided I better face my fears. I use to hate running.

Okay, your comment abour swim skirts made me remember I have been meaning to ask you a question about running skirts. You have one right? And you love it? I'm thinking about getting one. I'd like to get one that I can run, bike and swim in. I saw some on (I think) that has bike shorts under it. Is that how yours is? What is your opinion?

From Camille on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 21:33:52 from

I lied, it was That "s" is important.

From Kelli on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 23:56:16 from

YEP, those are the ones I love. I get the athletic skirt, with the biker shorts. Not sure about swimming in them, but I have run and biked in them. LOVE THEM! I have well over 10. ;o)

From Burt on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 19:45:40 from

I had Gabe give me some pointers once about swimming. He gave me a paddle board and told me to kick. I started to kick and went backwards. He said, "Uh, I've never seen that before." lol!

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