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Val Therese/Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

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      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

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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.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 40.00 Month: 248.00 Year: 687.00
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 253.00
Skechers GoRun4 Lifetime Miles: 141.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 223.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 62.00
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My 1st time taking the Wednesday workout outside.  Felt good to do that.

Ran 4 repeats of 1.5 miles at 7:25 pace with 800 recoveries.  I was pleased at the consistency of pace I was able to run those repeats.  All is good ... just 3 more 'something of substance' workouts left before race day.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 151.00
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Easy recovery run; 8:50 pace.  It has warmed up to 1C/34F, so I was able to take it outside today.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 151.50
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Well, the freezing rain that started right at the end of yesterday's run continued for more than 24 hours.  I drove part of my route this morning to take a look - no way was I going to attempt running it.  Even walking is dangerous.  So, to the treadmill.  2 hours and 12 minutes worth.  Ah well.

I made the most of it ... wore what I plan on wearing in Boston in 3 weeks, and made it into a good hill workout.

I ran it at a pace of 8:16.  First 4 miles I ran downhill (4 degree decline), then 4 miles level, followed by 4 miles of uphill repeats:  1000m at 4 degrees incline, 600m at level, repeated 4 times for the 4 Newton Hills.  Then finished the last 4 miles level, picking up the speed to 7:30 for almost 2 miles at the end.

Everything seems to be on track.  Bring on Boston!

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 151.00
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Easy run with hill burst/strides in miles 2, 3, 5 and 6; 8:43 average pace.

Gorgeous red sky/sunrise to the East and, at the same time, a stunning full horizon to horizon rainbow to the West.  Lasted exactly the five minutes it took me to walk home for my cool down after the run.  Perfect timing.

Perfect also, as the predicted freezing rain started the second I got home.  The roads will be pretty icy today, so I'm glad I got the run in beforehand.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 151.00
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Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 13.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 27.00
Weight: 151.12
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