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"Cleveland is not a well-known Olympic-qualifier trials course," Camp said. "It's flat, which is great. A lot of people think the wind off the lake isn't conducive to the Olympic Trials, so they go to other races. I'm glad I ran this one."
As for what motivates her during training, Camp says that she draws inspiration from local runners who brave the outdoor elements of Northeast Ohio. “When I see everyday runners out putting in the miles, it makes me want to get out there too. Anyone can run in perfect weather conditions, but now is when the real, tough people are out there!”
Camp finds time to train while maintaining a full time job as a logistics specialist, working with both domestic and international vendors & clients at Lincoln Electric’s corporate headquarters. “Lincoln has been very accommodating while training for the Trials. I have a fantastic support system as well. Without my coach, Glenn Andrews, many different training partners, family and friends, I could never have dreamed I’d make it this far.”
As for what comes after Houston, Camp indicated she’s looking forward to taking a brief break. “I look forward to having some down time to enjoy the people and different things I have missed out on these past few months, but then I’m going to jump back into training and get ready for track season.”
“I am excited to get back on the track and run some shorter, faster times like in college.”
You can learn more about the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon event and keep track of the results by visiting http://www.houston2012.com.