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.
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
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.
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.