We wish Camilla (40) good recovery and good luck in the marathon 2019

Written by Magnus Thorud, BMW Oslo Marathon Ambassador.


Why are you running? Have you thought about it?

For Camilla, running has been about the joy of moving, but also about getting back in better shape after a long period as a patient.

In 2013, I suddenly got leamus on my right eye. Most people have probably experienced this, but this should turn out not to go away right away. After weeks and months, the leamus had become twitches throughout the right half of the face. I also had a headache, poor sleep and a sound in my right ear that sounded like a squirrel eating nuts, ” Camilla told us earlier this year.

Still, she continued to run. It became the sanctuary she needed, a sanctuary that got her mind off the troubles and everything else that also fills her head in everyday life - like a job, a punctured electric bike and the dream of maybe getting a dog.

Camilla ran. And as she ran further, she also set a goal. A slightly hairy goal to run a half marathon in Oslo in September 2015. "Sick far" thought Camilla and ran all she could, without reaching all the way.

 "The autumn of 2015 came and I was ready to run my first half marathon during the BMW Oslo Marathon, but just before the event date I was offered an operation to remove my ailments. So when several thousand runners were released in a sunny and summery Oslo, I was instead shaved on half my head and had brain surgery. My half marathon plans went up in smoke »

We who know Camilla well know that she is really stubborn, and it was therefore a matter of course that she came back. Not only in 2016, but also in 2017, she ran a half marathon during the BWM Oslo Marathon.

Still, somehow this was not good enough for Camilla. Firstly, she felt that the shape was not as it should be, and secondly, she wanted more. Much longer. 40 years and 42 kilometers on ruthless asphalt. There had been something there.

As 2017 turned into 2018, Camilla decided (then with a little help from the undersigned) that she would run her first full marathon. She began training in a cold and wintry Oslo in February, with zeal and courage as Camilla always faces a challenge. She ran purposefully from an icy winter, with slippery roads that threatened both thigh and balance skills, right into a scorching summer with the risk of dehydration, strawberry red skin and heat stroke.

She completed the half marathon and persevered. She ran as fast as she could on the three kilometers and pushed. And she completed OsloMila on a tough and hot day. And even though she knew it would not be pers, she carried it out. As Camilla always does, just because Camilla is Camilla.

Unfortunately, it's a bit like that, that some parts of the story have a tired tendency to repeat itself.

During the spring, Camilla's ailments have gradually returned. First in silence. She did not say anything, because Camilla never complains. She just put on her running shoes and ran. Run from the headache. At least it should not stop her, because "you do not become a marathon runner by lying on the side of laziness" said Camilla. She had realized that a long time ago.

But eventually the "squirrel" in her head would no longer be silent. The ailments became so prominent that it went beyond both the job, quality of life and also the training towards the marathon.

At the beginning of July, Camilla underwent head surgery at Rikshospitalet in Oslo for the third time.

Camilla tells herself:

I was ready for the Oslo Marathon 2018! I'm not anymore… Due to old age (40) and a few defects, unfortunately the surgeon had to fix me a bit again this summer. The instruction is no training until after eight weeks, and then it will not be possible to complete as planned. I had hoped to make it, but training and holidays have been replaced with sofas, short walks with "the poodle" and more sleep than usual

I have endured the heat with my legs in cold water on the balcony - under the awning and ice every single day - before me and the dog could finally take a shared bath.

Because I had trained a lot before the operation, I have recovered quickly. It is positive, so the training was useful, although I was disappointed that I did not make it this year. Now I have the world's best motivation to start training again!

The disappointment is set aside and I am ready to run when the weather is cooler and my head is in place! Oh!

And finally, I wish everyone who is going to participate in the Oslo Marathon good luck! No matter what distance you run. Run a little for me, but most of all yourself and your goals and reasons. Then I promise to come back in 2019 »


Will let it be the last word from Camilla in this round, also 42 194 meters of asphalt will have to wait another year.

See you in 2019.


Regards Camilla and BWM Oslo Marathon Ambassador Magnus Thorud



Age: 45

Residence: Bærum

Distance during the BMW Oslo Marathon 2020:
I run half, and of course aim to have the widest smile all the way.

Previous participation in the Oslo Marathon:
«10 for Grete» 2013, Half Marathon 2014 and 2015, 2017 and 2018 and marathon in 2019.

Three words that describe me:
Outgoing, Smiling, Energetic

Instagram: @muddylicious