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September 18, 2019

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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 (12 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

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

Half Marathon  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (10 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

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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 2019First place Master

A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston)

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

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: 136.00 Year: 1978.99
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 209.50
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 147.32
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 106.25
Total Distance
31.00

Long run; 10:08 pace average.  Just over 5 hours of running.

I did the Valley East Loop, going out on Radar Road and returning on MR 80 and Lasalle.

Gorgeous morning.  It was 0C/32F when I started and 8C/47F when I finished, with sunshine all the way.  I ditched the gloves at mile 11, the hat at mile 14 and the jacket at mile 23.  Nice to finally get some sun on my face.

My only mistake was forgetting to take immodium before I left.  I remembered at mile 2, but didn't want to double back for it.  I had really wanted to test that out on a longer run.  Now I'll have to do it in a couple of weeks when I go 20.  Ah well.

At mile 16, there was a service station/convenience store in Val Caron.  I debated about using the wash room, and ulitmately did when I saw the name of the place:  "On The Run".  I figured it was made for me.  The next "pit stop" was 7 miles later at a Tim Horton's.

I was really proud of myself for starting off reasonably slow.  I was averaging around a 9:20 pace for the first 13 miles.  But then I hit the hills.  I had already decided to walk them.  Total elevation gain was almost 900 feet, and that was clustered in some very steep hills.  After the first set, I noticed my pace really slowed and never really recovered.

Since I can't run trails yet (still covered in snow) I was glad to at least mimic the hills of the trail run.  The 50 Mile Trail Ultra is just 5 weeks away.

Now I have a few hours to recover before our Easter Vigil begins at sunset tonight.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 31.00
Weight: 151.50
Comments
From jtshad on Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 14:58:38 from 75.174.60.83

Wow, impressive run!

He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!

From Michael on Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 21:11:26 from 24.235.56.63

Truly He is Risen! Alleluia!

From Tom K on Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 12:26:54 from 47.201.58.119

Great work! You're a wild man with those miles. Happy Easter!

From Michael on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 04:09:58 from 24.235.56.63

Happy Easter Tom. And good news - nobody had to carry me into Church on Sunday! My legs managed it all on my own.

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