ROB CAMP­BELL

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on pre­hab

CF: Do you have any tips for stay­ing un­in­jured? RC: I’m in­jured. CF: Oh.

on mo­ti­va­tion

“When I watched the Mu­nich Olympics and saw Frank Shorter fin­ish, I was 12 years old. It was the last event of the Olympic Games and I was lis­ten­ing to the com­men­ta­tor say­ing that he’s run 26 miles and he’s in first place and he’s run­ning into the sta­dium that is full for the clos­ing cer­e­mony. That’s when I got it stuck in my head that I had to do a marathon. In Grade 10, I got my sci­ence teacher, who was a marathoner, to reg­is­ter for me. He only let me know that I was in two weeks be­fore the race, so I ran my first marathon at 16 based off of high school cross-coun­try fit­ness.

“I like to main­tain a phi­los­o­phy to­wards run­ning that was preva­lent in the ’70s and ’80s, when no­body ran for money or to post on so­cial me­dia, run­ning was just a per­sonal jour­ney. Run­ning should be some­thing you do for your­self – you’re work­ing for your­self and you’re achiev­ing for your­self.”

why the marathon?

“At each race dis­tance you can have a story, but the marathon is the only one that’s got a full nar­ra­tive – you don’t re­ally get that jour­ney, that strug­gle from be­gin­ning to end un­less you go to that dis­tance limit. And that’s true for ev­ery marathoner from the fastest to slow­est – each one will have their marathon nar­ra­tive. I don’t know how many mil­lion peo­ple have run marathons now, but it is still kind of a club. You can ‘talk marathon’ with those peo­ple and share those sto­ries.”

AGE 57 HOME­TOWN TORONTO MARATHONS 20 PB 2:46

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