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.
5k (12 run): Guelph, ON. October 10, 2016 (50 yrs.) 20:10
10k (10 run): Collingwood October 5, 2013 (47 yrs.) 43:37
Marathon (11 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
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 2019. First place Master
A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston) Qualified: 4:39 under my BQ time
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 26 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 9 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.
It's moot, because I'm running indoors. But outdoors, with the windchill, it's -37C/-35F. You KNOW it's cold when both units of measure are the same!
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 5.00
From Tom K on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 16:02:15 from 126.96.36.199
I need to experience this kind of cold, once, in my lifetime, for about maybe 30 seconds. Then, I will have had enough.
From Michael on Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 11:33:21 from 188.8.131.52
Tom, I've been thinking about this. Why don't you? 30 seconds is not enough. Well, maybe it is, I don't know. It's like skiing. Sometimes you hate it, and sometimes you can't get enough of it.
We have a number of winter races of all distances. We just had the Hyperthermic Half last weekend, for example. Or, if Sudbury is way too 'up there', there are races all winter long almost every weekend in the Toronto area. Why don't you bring your family and make a holiday out of it? I'd love to host you. If it were in Sudbury, you can stay at my place - I have an entire suite that is empty, plus and spare bedroom. If Toronto, I'd come down. Give me lots of time so I can book off a weekend, and it will happen. You might even decide to move here so you can experience that cold for 5 months of the year!
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