Zombies Halloween and Running The Lost Coast: Camille Picott

Camille Picott: Undead Ultra II

It’s almost Halloween and that means… Zombies… And what do you do when you come across a horde of zombies? Run!

Ultra runner and author Camille Picott has written another suspense filled novel about long distance, endurance running and the dangers that lurk in the apocalyptic, new world of blood-thirsty zombies and renegade survivors. Her newest book features the perilous, fascinating, and REAL Lost Coast on the rugged and isolated northern California shoreline.

Zombies, bears, and other scary stuff

Today we’ll be talking about zombies, bears, and other scary stuff in Camille’s Undead Ultra Series. In addition to discussing the newest book, we’ll go into detail on how you can run the Lost Coast (or backpack if that’s more to your liking), and we’ll pick her brain about the Javelina 100, Camille’s longest race yet. The Javelina 100 always happens right before Halloween and is a self-described “ultra-runner’s costume party”.

Camille’s first 3 books were featured in our May 1, 2019 podcast honoring Zombie Awareness month. Take a listen if you haven’t yet heard it. It’s a great interview.

 And now she is about to release another installment of the Undead Ultra Series called The Lost Coast.

Questions Camille is asked:

3:20What’s your background, location, and how did you start running

4:01 How did you get into writing about running?

4:58 How long have you been writing?

6:13 What were your first 3 books in the Undead Ultra series about?

10:11 How did you choose The Lost Coast as the focus of your newest book?

12:50 How does the character of Alvarez fit into this book?

14:18 What are some of the new and continuing relationships happening?

15:42 How does the Northern California drug culture play into the plot?

16:38 What can you tell us about the character of Mr. Rosario?

18:59 Who is Lila and what is her role in the book?

20:10 What were some of the running drills the characters do in your series?

21:58 How does running play into the stories?

24:00 What did you learn about The Lost Coast and how did the characters end up there?

30:01 Could you read a selection from The Lost Coast?

33:29 What should people be aware of when visiting The Lost Coast?

34:49 Do you need a permit for day visits?

36:58 What is the Javelina Jundred 100 Mile / 100Km race that you’re doing?

39:08 What is the course like?

39:48 Will you be racing in a costume?

40:30 What other message would you have our listeners takeaway from the Ultra Undead series?

44:06 Any final thoughts?

45:01  Final Kick Round:

  1. What is your favorite local training run or outing (location, starting point, parking, distance, terrain and safety issues)?
  2. Favorite book(s), video or resource? 
  3. Who or what would you like to have featured on the Run To The Top podcast?



“I didn’t really know what Ultra Running was until I watched Running On The Sun and by the time it was finished, I knew that I wanted to run an ultra marathon.”

“You definitely need to have a healthy dose of respect for Mother Nature. The tides are not something to mess with. When I was writing this book, a buddy of mine said, ‘I just heard they lost somebody up at The Lost Coast.’ It was a backpacker from Canada who got trapped in a tidal zone and they never found him. They found his pack, but they never found him.”

“If you want to survive the end of the world, you better get a pair of running shoes and start running.”

“I am so excited for this race. It’s my first 100K. I like to write about people running 100 and 200 miles, but I haven’t actually done it myself.”

“The Lost Coast Trail was so pristine and so quiet. I’ve never experienced anything quite like that.”


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Mentioned in this podcast: 

Run To The Top Winners Circle Facebook Community

RunnersConnect Facebook page

Tagalong Training


Movie: Running On The Sun

The Lost Coast California

Backpacking on The Lost Coast

Javelina Jundred Race

Michelle Barton on RTTT

Camille’s Amazon Author Page

Camille’s Website

The Lost Coast Trail

West Side Road running trail

Website: fastestknowntime.com

Candelabra Grove – Lost Coast Trail

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