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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I ran my first marathon in 1998: "The Friendly Marathon" in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32. I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly - ended up running it in 4:00:30.  After that, I gave up running for the most part for 6 years.  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 every so often.  As a priest, entering weekend races always meant having to book a holiday, so it just didn't happen much.  My holidays were primarily focussed on various canoe and kayak trips.

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 (12 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

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

Half Marathon  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (10 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (5 run):   

Run for the Toad 50k Trail   September 30, 2017 (51 yrs.)  5:31:23

Niagara Falls 100k   June 17, 2018 (52 yrs.)  12:26:30

That Dam Hill 24 hours   September 15-16, 2018  Completed 100 Miles in 23:20:44

Sulphur Springs 50 mile Trail   May 25, 2019  10:37:27

Haliburton Forest 100 mile Trail   September 7-8, 2019  26:46:27

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.   That was fun

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.   That was muddy

The Haliburton Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019First place Master

A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston)

Sulphur Springs Trail (50 Miles) in May 2020 (warm up for S7)

The Sinister 7 Trail (100 Miles) in July 2020 (decided to go for it)

New York Marathon in November 2020 (IF I get in via lottery)

125th Boston Marathon 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 25 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 8 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: 187.00 Year: 187.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 298.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 286.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 285.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 283.00
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Easy shake out run through the local Cemetery.  It's a quarter mile from where I'm staying, and one loop is exactly one mile.

8:42 pace.  19C/66F, but with the 93% humidity, it felt hotter than that.  Sure will be glad for tomorrow's lower temperature and humidity.

Then a trip back down to Miami Beach to do the lazy 'do nothing' thing that is perfect for the day before a marathon.  Sat in the sun and watched all the gorgeous beach bodies go by.

Am meeting Tom and a few of his family/friends at Church for 5pm, and then we'll go out for dinner afterwards.

Oh, yesterday's snorkel adventure was exactly that.  Definitely NOT the same as doing that in Maui!  The little reef was off shore and the swells were pretty intense.  And there were a LOT of jelly fish.  I was the first one in, and quickly realized I had forgotten to put my flippers on.  So, while trying desperately to dodge jelly fish and not being able to move too fast in the swells, I panicked and swallowed some sea water.  Yuck.  

I made it back to the boat to get the flippers, but now the taste of sea water and the huge swells led to me getting sea sick.  After sitting for a while waiting for it to pass, it just got worse.  And that, boys and girls, was the extent of my snorkelling.  Ah well.  The boat ride was fun.  And honestly, I didn't want to ruin 16 weeks of excellent training with one stupid jelly fish sting on my leg.  So, in hind sight, I was okay with not going back in the water.  Besides, when I up chucked over board, there must have been several dozen fish drawn to it.  I saw all I wanted to see in the fish family that day.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 3.00
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A full day in Miami yesterday.  Did 4 tours.  A Duck Boat tour out of Miami Beach, then a Jet Boat thrill ride out of Miami, followed by a Cruise on the Island Queen (Millionaire's Row), and then a night tour on a bus through both Miami and Miami Beach.

All were very good.  It was warm and sunny for the Duck Boat, cold and rainy for the Jet Boat, mixed rain and not rain for the Cruise, and a torrential downpour for the Bus Tour.  The Atlantic Ocean was shooting up through the street drains.

The guy narrating the tour on the bus was incredible.  A long day, but I managed to cover a lot of territory as a tourist.

Today, a humid run.  100% humidity.  Fortunately, just 19C/66F.  8:42 pace.  

The forecast for race morning hasn't changed:  13C/56F with 75% humidity and dropping humidity as the morning goes on.

This morning, I'm doing a snorkelling tour out of Fort Lauderdale.  Will make up for the one I missed in Key Largo.  Then will head down to the Convention Center this afternoon for the Race Expo.


Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 6.00
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This is a very nice airbnb.  I've lucked out with those on this trip.

Morning run down to the water and back; 8:56 pace.  Still on the cool side, at 14C/57F.  

Marathon morning is predicted to be a touch cooler at the start:  12C/54F.  Pretty close to ideal, which is amazing for here.

Today I'm off to Miami to do the touristy thing.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 6.00
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So, I arrived in Key West mid day Tuesday.  It was colder than it has EVER been in Key West.  WOW!  

The staff in the bars were dressed the way I dress when I run in -40 temperaturs.  Seriously.  Down coats (where do they GET down coats down here???), scarves, touques.  (Seriously, they wore touques!!!).  Even balaclavas.  Unbelievable.

All the boat tours were cancelled.  Snorkelling too.  I couldn't do my snorkelling in Key Largo - cancelled.  Just incredible.  It felt like home in Spring.  

I wore the same jacket and hoodie that I wore at the airport when I left Sudbury.  And it still felt cold!  Very strong wind from the north.

No run on Tuesday.  Wednesday morning, I ran 6 miles around the Key.  8:40 pace.  In the afternoon, I drove back to Fort Lauderdale.  I just arrived.  In an airbnb for the next 7 nights.  Ready for A1A!!!  Bring it on!!!  The one thing I could not control was the heat.  And now it looks as if that won't be an issue.  All is good!

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 6.00
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Okay, I'm in Fort Lauderdale.

But yesterday was in Key West.

And the day before (Monday) was in Homestead.

So, a flight that was delayed many times over.  Left Sudbury late Sunday night.  A late arrival in Toronto.  A sleepless night.  And early departure.  And I'm in Homestead, at an Airbnb, after driving down from Fort Lauderdale.

So, Monday afternoon, off for my 5 mile easy run.  First time outside in over a month.  And it's hot.  24C/75F.  After 1 mile, I'm wondering why I'm doing this.  At 2pm.  In this heat.  But I did it, and I got faster and faster as I went.  Ended up running an 8:30/mile average.  And it felt okay.

I noticed:  the drivers in Florida are no different from the drivers in Sudbury.  Good and bad.

And, although weed is legal in Ontario (and not in Florida), it doesn't seem to make much difference.  Still passed 'zones' where tokers left their scent.

Tuesday off.  Driving to Key West.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 5.00
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Easy treadmill run; 9:15 pace. 

My next run will be tomorrow afternoon in Homestead, Florida.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 152.50
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Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 26.00
Weight: 152.50
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