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Val Therese/Sudbury,ON,Canada

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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.   Image result for run for the toadAfter that, I may step up to a 50 miler.  Haven't decided yet.  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!).

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: 47.00 Month: 131.50 Year: 1529.20
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 302.50
Skechers GoRun4 Lifetime Miles: 152.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 99.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 107.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 32.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 15.00
Total Distance

Just shy of 70 minutes of hills ... ran 12 laps inside the Civic Cemetery.  Averaged 8:34/mile.  Not hot, at just 16C/61F, but that was also the dew point, so with 99% humidity and a dense fog, it made for one wet run.

My left hip (IT insertion point?) was feeling it after yesterday's run, and still pretty sore this morning, to the point where I considered taking an off day.  However, I didn't feel it at all during the run, and it doesn't seem too bad right now.  So, will just continue with stretching it and foam rolling.

It hit me though:  this is my second time this year hitting peak training mileage (Boston training being the first), and I really haven't had injuries that have sidelined me.  Hoping to keep that trend going.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 157.00
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Easy recovery run on the train route.  8:35 pace.  Freight train beat me today, so I had to wait about a half minute for it to go by.  On the way back though, I beat the passenger train by about 200 yards.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 158.00
Total Distance

1 hour fast tempo run on the Train Route.  7:30/mile pace.  No train today.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 157.50
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LONG training run.  Averaged out at an 11:06 pace, for a total running time of 4:26:15.  Temperature started at 15C/59F and rose to 24C/76F with low humidity.  Total elevation gain of just under 1,000 feet.  I ran from my hotel, around Lake Ramsey and Lake Laurentian, using the trail system.

Ran the first 6 miles on mostly roads; entered the trail section for the last 2 miles.  Average pace of 9:20.

The next 6 miles were highly technical.  I mean, literally pulling myself up with the trees and scampering on all 4's over steep bedrock, complex roots, TONS of mud, etc.  I did one face plant in the mud which was not pretty, although I'm sure it looked funny.  I had to go another 2 miles to find some water to wash off everything - my water and gatoraide spigots were covered with mud.  Average overall pace had dropped to 11:48 at this point.

The next 6 miles were a combination of trails and roads.  Still pretty steep, and my legs were now like rubber.  Managed to bring my average pace down to 11:25.

The final 6 miles were all lake side boardwalk or roads.  Just focused on putting one foot in front of the other and finished.

Two weeks from today, I have my final LONG run ... 26 miles.  It's nuts, I think, to run a full marathon distance as a training run!


Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 24.00
Weight: 158.00
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Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 32.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 157.62
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