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Location:

Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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.

My PRs:

5k (11 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (9 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (22 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (8 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (3 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

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.

The Haliburton Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019.

The Toronto Marathon in May 2020 (qualify for Boston).

The Sinister 7 Trail (100 Miles) in July 2020 (big maybe).

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.  

Personal:

I am a Roman Catholic priest of 25 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 8 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: 18.00 Month: 178.00 Year: 594.17
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 250.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 357.08
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 340.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 471.37
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 279.00
Total Distance
226.00
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 128.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 82.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 161.07
Total Distance
10.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
18.00

LONG treadmill run; 9:50 pace, so just shy of 3 hours.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 18.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Had my monthly torture session with the massage therapist yesterday.  She found every sore spot, and maybe created a few more.  I haven't been that tight in a long time.  Ouch.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

Treadmill; 8:56 pace.  Night run, which is unusual for me.  But it was an unusual day.

Pipe froze/burst in my heating system over night.  What a mess.  Turned a Church storage room into a rain forest.  Steam/water everywhere.  So, spent the day dealing with the insurance company, the adjuster, the contractor, doing clean up, getting the line fixed, etc.

I finished all that late.  Was going to take the day off running, but decided I needed the distraction.  Besides, tomorrow is my day off, and then 2 long runs to follow.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
20.00

Treadmill; 8:50 pace.  

Freezing rain, then ice pellets, and now blowing snow - a good day to stay inside!

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 20.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
12.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
10.00

It has been 4 weeks since Dopey, so I've reintroduced some speed work on Wednesdays.

7 x 800 @ 7:30 pace with 800 recoveries.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
14.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Record breaking year for snow:  310cm has fallen so far.  That's 120 inches (10 feet!).  Amazing.

There has been very little thawing this winter, so there is still a record 94cm thickness of snow on the ground.  That's just over 3 feet.

And school busses have been cancelled 10 days in Sudbury - including twice last week. 

It's good to have a treadmill.

 

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 16.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
14.00

Treadmill, again; 9:50 pace.

Third day in a row with sunshine - a record for this winter.  It's nice.  But the shoulders on the highway are pretty much buried at this point, so the 'mill is still the safest option for now.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 14.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Treadmill speedwork.

6 x 800 @ 6:56 pace with 400 recoveries.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 163.00
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Total Distance
24.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.  Yes, that's almost 4 hours on the treadmill.  I believe that's a record for me.

I had to work it in between a few things; I have a funeral tomorrow morning, and didn't want to add a 24 miler to that AND my Saturday night Mass.

So, I ran it today.  But even getting up early didn't let me finish before I had a few duties to perform.  So, I ran 15.5 miles first thing, then finished the last 8.5 miles over lunch.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 24.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Treadmill; 8:56 pace.  The old body seems to be holding up okay after yesterday's long run and a 62 mile week.  I'll ease back a bit next week.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.  City is pretty much shut down because of a winter storm that started Saturday night and continues this morning.  Sping can't come soon enough.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 163.50
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6.00

Treadmill; 9:50 pace.

I considered running outside today.  Briefly considered.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Speedwork on the treadmill:

7 x 800 @ 6:52 pace with 400 recoveries.

Draw date for the New York Marathon - here's hoping!

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
226.00
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 128.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 82.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 161.07
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