Life is good, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

Time just keeps flying by at the Camberg household!! School for the kids will be wrapping up soon and I can hardly believe it. On Thursday I woke at 4am to meet Susan to run and do a strength training class. The evening I dropped Katherine at gymnastics and  was enjoying one of Josh’s baseball games with the other parents, the sun was setting over the mountains team spirit was high (Yankee pedicures, blue hair coloring, team caps) a cool breeze was blowing and I thought Life is good! I am so blessed to have my wonderful husband and beautiful active kids! We have roses right outside our garage door and sometimes I literally stop the car, hop out and smell them.

I finished school May 8 and am proud to say all A’s again! This is definitely not what my report card looked like back in the day. I am so thrilled to have a college “do over” where I get to be the student I always visualized, outstanding athlete and student. I missed running track with my team this spring but did get to catch their regional meet. I also was surprised by and award from my coach for “Top runner of the year for all of the Region” (not just our school). These awards will hang in  a special spot on my wall to always remind me that dreams do come true!

I started physical therapy a couple of weeks ago for my continuing and annoying tennis elbow and my acute hamstring/glute issue that happened in April. Due to insurance I started at a new place, ahh time to tell my story all over again and bring more people into the village of “help Kerry qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials”. Treatment is going well, ASTYM on all areas and dry needling. The hamstring area has been black with bruise measuring over         1 foot for a couple of weeks now as well as my arm. I get alot of “what happened to you”. Followed by “you let them do that to you”. The ASTYM is not too terrible the dry needling in my elbow makes me sick to my stomach literally. 10 needles sticking out causing pain! I feel like we are working on 20+ years of scar tissue leftover from my broken arm in gymnastics.

Mother's day with my cuties!

Mother’s day with my cuties!

The good news is I have been able to start building mileage again. Ran 35 last week and about 40 this week. Mother’s day I had a terrifying experience!! I was running on the canal by my house when 2 dogs came out of nowhere bolting full speed at me. A pit bull and smaller dog, they were jumping all over me in excitement. My ipod was pulled off and chewed on. There was no one around and the dogs had no collars. I assumed they escaped from a yard. After several minutes of them playfully attacking me ( i was shaking). I started to run and they followed me. The dogs stopped to look at some ducks and I took off like crazy only to find them at my heels. Next I tried crossing the canal on a metal slatted bridge, they ran across the canal for a bit. Then they went over the pedestrian bridge and came back at me! Finally a couple of men on bikes came along and we heard someone yelling for dogs. We ran/biked the dogs to the voice. I was really pissed and scared to death from this experience so started talking to the irresponsible owner. He was yelling at me and slightly crazy so I decided to high tail it out of there! Glad to get me 10 miles in and have my ipod still work.

I was really excited to get a new camera for Mother’s Day, just in time for Josh’s Little League Playoff games! I have enjoyed taking photos and cant wait to learn more about the camera. They boys are #1 seed going into playoffs with 15-2 record. Final games are this week.

Playoff game #1 they won.

Playoff game #1 they won.

Yankees checking out the competition for their next game.

Yankees checking out the competition for their next game.

Of course have to get some photos of the gymnast too!

Nice split leap.

Nice split leap.

Splitting the beam. FYI this really hurts!

Splitting the beam. FYI this really hurts!

Josh had to take a break from running because of the increased heel pain, they diagnosed him with Sever’s and he is also going to physical therapy. Between the 2 of us we were at the office M-Th last week. He has had ASTYM twice on his heel, Achilles, and calf. I rub his back and let him squeeze my hand all while thinking am I helping him or am I crazy!!! He is feeling better and doing his exercises 2x day. This also helps me get my pt exercises in too.

I had a last-minute opportunity to run with another Oiselle Ambassador from NY City last week. Jocelyn reached out to me and we had a great run around Tempe Town Lake. I knew she was the girl when we both showed up in diamond roga shorts! They really are the best!!!!!

Diamond Roga Shorts by Oiselle.

Diamond Roga Shorts by Oiselle.

I am inspired to look up other Oiselle ladies during my travels this summer, hmm a girl in every port. Sounds fun.

I can already feel summer upon us!! Excited for traveling and finding some races to run. It does get scorching here but there are still some short races that are fun.

What are your summer racing plans????

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National Masters News article April 2013

I was contacted by Cathy Utzscheider from National Masters News regarding her desire to write an article about me for the magazine. I happily answered all her questions, that day I was talking and hanging pictures in my husbands office. Here is  the article. You can order National Masters News at http://www.nationalmastersnews.com/

 

Focus and Believe: 2:43

 

By Dr. Cathy Utzschneider

 

Focus. Focus more. And focus still more.

 

Essentially, that concept forms the basis of 43-year-old Kerry Camberg’s success as a marathoner  — one who discovered her strength at the 26.2 mile distance only in the last five years. She’s at the top of her game now, hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. That’s no small challenge for Kerry, not just because she is 43 but because the “B” qualifying standard is now 3 minutes faster. It’s now 2:43, down from 2:46 in 2012.

 

“My training has gotten sharper and sharper with time,” she said. “Focusing on the marathon is a fairly new process, though.”

 

One might say that for Kerry the road to marathoning has been, to quote the Beatles, a “long and winding” one. Though she ran on her high school track team for a few years, Kerry was mainly a competitive gymnast, hoping she might even become a professional gymnast. Breaking her arm in the sport, however, ultimately ended her hopes for continued competition.

 

After graduating from “Arizona State University, she worked at Wells Fargo Bank in project management, enjoying yoga, hiking, and other recreational sports but not participating in any specific training. Married in her twenties (?), she had two children (Catherine, 12, and Joshua, 10), in her early to mid-thirties.

 

She began running again when she decided to start training for triathlons. “A week before my 35th birthday I started doing triathlons,” she said. Between 35 and 40, she participated in distances from the sprint triathlon to yes, the Ironman. “Just” one?” I asked her. “One and done!” she answered.

 

“I always liked running the most. I was always a terrible swimmer. On the biking I could catch up to all people. Then I would pass them in the running. My friends said if I learned how to swim better I would end up on the podium all the time because my running times were so fast.”

 

The triathlon led to the duathlon. (Why swim when you can be still more competitive just by running and biking?) “In 2009 I decided to do a duathlon. It was in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was very fun!” She was also very good. In this – her first – duathlon, she finished third, qualifying for a spot as a member of the 40 to 44 Team USA at the World Championship Duathlon.

 

Got talent? Yes. As a result of her first duathlon, then, she competed in the 2009 World Duathlon Championships – a 5K run, 40K bike, and a 10K run – in North Carolina, six months later. And how did she do there? “I was finished 11th or 12th out of 60 in our age

group,” she said. “We had horribly rainy weather and I had never ridden a bike in the rain before. My only goal was to stay upright.” It was at that point, she said, that she decided to “hang up the bike and concentrate on marathon training.

 

In 2010, she hired a new coach, John Reich, and training with a group of fast runners, the Bandidos. One of them is Susan Loken, three-time Olympic Trials marathoner.

 

The following year, 2011, was another tipping point in her marathon career. In February of 2011 she ran the Livestrong Austin Marathon. She ran it in 3:08 under hot, humid, and windy conditions. Just five months later, in June of 2011 she ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota in 2:47 — a 21-minute improvement in time and a personal best. “That was another sign that I should hang up the bike and focus on qualifying the Trials,” she said.

 

She increased her weekly mileage from about 35 to 75 miles a week. “We also did a lot of longer/faster workouts,” she said. “For example, we did a 20 mile time trial with 16 miles at marathon pace. We ran hills at South Mountain about three times a month.” The volume of weekly speed work increased from about two to 10 miles.

 

A sample weekly workout before her 2:47 marathon follows:

 

1 week training log May 2011 about 1 month before Grandma’s Marathon where I ran 2:47:57

Sunday 22 miles at South Mountain (lots of hill work) average pace per mile 6:59

Monday yoga and strength training no running today

Tuesday track workout 4×1200 in 4:45 w/1:00 min rest total mileage today 10 miles

Wednesday 6 miles easy pace about 7:15 avg. strength training

Thursday 12 miles at South Mountain last three faster pace

Friday 8 miles easy pace

Saturday 8 miles easy pace

total weekly mileage 66

 

In addition to increasing her weekly mileage and speed work, she increased her strength training. On average weeks leading up to the marathon she lifted weights for about an hour twice a week, focusing more on repetitions than heavy weights. “The heaviest weights were about 20 pounds,” she said. “I incorporated plyometrics – split jumps, squat jumps, and tuck jumps – and practiced to Bikram yoga at least once a week.”

 

Another running career highlight was that in 2012 she enrolled in exercise science and sports nutrition courses at Mesa Community College which had invited her to study on scholarship if she also competed on its cross country team. With Kerry at the lead, the team placed first at the regional cross country championships. (Kerry, more than twice the age of many of her competitors, won the race.) Her team qualified for nationals.

 

The support of her husband and children has been critical to her success, Kerry said. “My

husband supports me financially so I don’t have to work,” said Kerry. “He also helps with the kids a lot – driving them to their athletic events if I need to train.” Her husband attended all five races she ran in 2012, and her children came to four of them. “When they’re at the races it makes you a little faster,” she said.

 

Her advice to others?

 

* “Set your goals very high. You don’t know what you can achieve. If I hadn’t set a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials I would have said that breaking 3 hours was a plenty high goal.” (Kerry’s goal this year, on the way to running a sub 2:43 in the California International Marathon on December 8th, is to run 12 races, one a month, of distances from the 5K on up.)

 

*  Have fun. If you’re not having fun, I don’t know why people are doing it.

 

* Believe in yourself and your possibilities. So much is mental. If you don’t believe in yourself you can’t do it. I believe that the edge of my possibility is a 2:42,” she said.

 

Cathy Utzschneider, Ed.D. (human movement), M.B.A., professor of goal setting and competitive performance, Boston College; coach, Liberty Athletic Club, MOVE; number 5 world ranking, mile, 45-49; silver medal, Nike World Masters Games; 7 time national masters champion, track/cross country; American indoor record, 4 X 1600 relay, 50 – 59. Her first book, MOVE! How Women Can Achieve Athletic Goals At Any Age, can be found on Amazon and at http://www.movegoals.com.

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