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Val Therese/Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

I was never a runner.  I mean, I ran some when I was in university, because it was the thing to do, but it was never that serious.  In highschool a little before that too, but it was a bit of a joke, because I smoked (not heavy, but still) and never took my health that seriously.

I ran my first marathon in 1998 in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32.  It was kind of stupid - I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly.  Ended up running it in 4:00:30.  I gave up running for the most part for 6 years after that.  I got into karate a bit more seriously, until I got my knee kicked out and had ACL surgery.  Then I became a 'fair weather runner' and started to run half marathons as I paid more attention to my health.

At some point, I started training more consistently, and started to think of myself as a runner.  I guess doing that in your 40's is better than never doing it at all.  I even started to wonder if I had it in me to qualify for Boston.  Well, I did - twice.  First time didn't count, I suppose, since I didn't make the "cut".  But the second time was a charm, and on my sixth Marathon, run in Chicago in 2015, I beat my BQ by almost 6 minutes.

Through it all, I've made tons of mistakes - and have had lots of injuries to show for it.  Hopefully, now that I'm in my 50's, I'm a bit wiser and can use that to my advantage to continue running for a very long time.

My PRs:

5k (10 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016      20:10

10k (9 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  43:37

Half Marathon  (21 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014   1:33:08

Marathon (6 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015    3:24:07

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

  Well, Boston is next.  Spring of 2017.  Bring it on!  Toying with the idea of an Ultra Marathon after that.  Haven't decided yet.  I mean, after Boston, it's kind of all over after that, isn't it?  

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run until this old body of mine won't let me run any more.  I was inspired in the Spring of 2016, watching the start of the Ottawa Marathon.  Near the back of the pack was an 'old man', running with his walker.  I loved it!  I thought ... there's me in 20 years.  Maybe.  


I am a Roman Catholic priest of 23 years, ministering in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.  I spent 8 years ministering in the small town of Wawa (where I helped establish the annual Blackfly Run) and 9 years in Sault Ste. Marie.  I have been in the Sudbury region now for 6 years.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 24.00 Month: 116.00 Year: 116.00
Zoom Vomero 10 Lifetime Miles: 445.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 203.00
Skechers GoRun4 Lifetime Miles: 80.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 77.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Lifetime Miles: 14.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 9.00
Total Distance

Easy recovery run; 8:54 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 152.00
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Long run; average pace of 8:11.  It has warmed up to -7C/19F, so decided to go with gloves instead of mitts (easier to access my hydration belt bottles).  That worked well enough, if I tucked my thumb into the palm of my hand.


Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 154.00
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Easy run; average pace of 8:41.  Striders at miles 3, 4 and 5.  I slipped on the ice at the start of mile three.  Didn't go down hard, and only my pride was bruised.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 153.00
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Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 12.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 153.00
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