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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: 141.00 Year: 347.50
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 347.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 298.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 290.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Lifetime Miles: 38.00
Total Distance

22 miles at a pretty even 8:47 pace for a run time of just over 193 minutes.

But it didn't go as planned.  I had hoped to run the Radar Base Loop - out to the Capreol Road Turnoff and back.  I loaded 900 calories worth of tailwind in my hydration pack, figuring on just over 3 hours of running.  I didn't anticipate the trailwind freezing up on me.

It was a somewhat reasonable -11C/13F, but with a stiff 15-20 mph wind, the real feel temperature was more like -19C/-2F.  By mile one, the valve on my camelback was frozen and nothing was moving.  I worked on it, put it inside my jacket, and kept trying - no go.  So, I didn't have a lot of options.  Can't run that far without hydration/nutrition.  I hit the 8 mile mark when I got back home, and I was feeling it already.

So, I decided to do some shorter loops with my handheld, allowing me to re-fill it as needed.  I ended up needing just 2 loops --- first, a 6 mile section on the Goodwill Route, and then an 8 mile section on the Garson-Coniston highway.  

A little adversity - that wind was pretty intense at times - but I'm glad to have stuck it out and finished the miles outside.  I'm now officially back on schedule - where I would have been without the injury.


Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 22.00
Weight: 152.50
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Slow and steady on the treadmill; 9:00/mile for a 90 minute run.  Will hit the road for 22 tomorrow.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Miles: 10.00
Weight: 153.50
Total Distance

Speedwork on the treadmill. 6x 1/2 mile repeats at 7:00/mile pace with a very generous 1/2 mile recovery jog in between.  21 minutes at speed, and no pain issues at all.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Miles: 8.00
Weight: 153.50
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Two days in a row outside.  Nice.  Goodwill Route.  8:46 pace.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 154.00
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I finally got off the treadmill!  Wonderful feeling.

Up Radar Road, just past the radar base and back again.  8:50/mile pace up; 8:36/mile pace back; average 8:43 for a run time of just over 2 hours.

-9C/16F with little wind.  And best of all ... no pain.

I want to ease back into the road running, and so won't be putting the treadmill away for a while.  Still - a good step towards Spring.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 14.00
Weight: 155.50
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Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 36.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Miles: 18.00
Weight: 153.80
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