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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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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   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (9 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (21 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (7 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Well, Boston is done.  April of 2017.  My next goal is my first Ultra Marathon.  50km at the Run for the Toad on September 30, 2017. DONE!!! Image result for run for the toad  Official time of 5:31:23.  Now I'm looking at a 100km Ultra in June '18, and either a 100 miler or a 24 hour run in September '18.  I used to think that after Boston, it's kind of all over after that.     But that's not true.  There are lots of ways to enjoy challenging myself still.  And since Boston kicked my butt this year, I'm pretty sure I'll be back to tame the beast again (when it does NOT fall on Easter Weekend!).  Current goal is to run the 125th Boston on April 19, 2021.

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.  Currently I Pastor 2 small Parishes; St. John the Evangelist in Garson, and St. Bernardine of Siena in Skead, covering the area just Northeast of the city, surrounding the Sudbury Airport.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 94.50 Year: 2091.98
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 107.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 280.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 277.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 8.00
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9:08 pace to Holy Redeemer Church and back.  Not an easy run.

First off, it's cold. -34C/-29F with the windchill.

That led to the next problem:  My water and gatroaide froze solid.  I only managed a few sips before sipping was history.  So, no food or drink on this run.

It also led to the other problem: really sloppy sidewalks.  It has been so cold, the salt has not been able to work.  Plus, the street plows and the sidewalk plows are working against each other, and the street plows are winning.  So, far from a smooth running surface.  More like running through chunky mashed potatoes.

Anyway, I toughed it out and finished.  Sure speaks to the advantages of the treadmill, though, even though it's not easy to run in one spot for 2+ hours.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.50
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So, I checked the temps and decided to stay indoors again.  Wow, is it COLD!  With the windchill, -37C/-34F.  You KNOW it's cold when it's the same in both metric and imperial.

Besides, there are SO many car accidents right now, I figured I'd go the safe route.  That, and I wanted to do a bit of speed work, which I have not done in a few months.

So, 3 x 1 mile intervals, at 7:30 pace, with 400 recoveries.

Also decided on a 24 week training program for my 100 km Ultra.  Begins January 1st.  It's a bit more gentle than the 16 week program I was initially looking at.  More on that in the New Year.

Oh, one more benefit of the treadmill:  specificity of training.  I can run hot, and even now begin to prepare for the Southern Ontario heat I'll feel in mid-June.


Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.50
Total Distance

Wow - we're getting clobbered with snow.

I was going to brave it, but I only took one step and sunk up to my shin.  So I turned around and hit the treadmill instead.  I figured the drivers here are nuts when the weather is good, so best not to push it.  School busses cancelled, people stuck in their driveways, and so on.

Anyway, 5 miles at about an 8:48 pace.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 160.50
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8:17 pace on the Garson-Falconbridge Hwy Route.

Coldest run of the season so far.  Glad I had my face mask on.  -24C/-12F with some wind.  My face was pretty much frozen over by the end.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.00
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Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 23.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 5.00Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.62
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