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Location:

Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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 (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   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 (100 Miles) in September 2019.

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

The Sinister 7 (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 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 7 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: 31.00 Month: 145.00 Year: 2335.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 215.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 302.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 324.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 159.00
Total Distance
183.10
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 7.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 24.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 28.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 48.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 40.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 30.00
Weight: 157.50
Total Distance
7.00

7 easy miles; pace of 8:36.  Iced that hamstring both before and after the run.  Still tight.  Will have to keep paying attention to it.

Finally into above freezing temps:  4C/39F.  And the long range forecast points to that being a continuing trend.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 7.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
10.00

"Strength" workout.  Supposed to be 3 x 2 miles at 6:50 pace (10 seconds faster than race pace) with 800 recoveries.

First 2 miles okay at 6:46 and 6;46.  Next mile okay at 6:46, but then I came to that big hill and decided to break up that sequence, so did a 400 recovery and then ran mile 4 at 6:37.

So far, so good.  But then I gassed out.  Ran just a half mile more and could only keep a 7:00 pace, and was getting slower.  So, instead of pushing it (and my right hammie was sore from the start), I decided to let it go and just cruised the final miles.

So, not terribly happy with the result.  Very inconsistent in my pacing.  Although the splits look good on paper, it was far from a steady effort and I was running "speed" interval paces at times.  Maybe that what caused me to gas.  Or maybe it was the terrible heat wave that has settled upon us:  running in a sweltering 7C/44F.  Whew!

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Yuck!

Was supposed to be a 7 mile tempo run.  I managed to crack off 3 and then I crashed.  

I had decided to run just over 7:00/mile for the first two or three miles, and then to pick it up.  Well, the first three went okay, averaging just over 7:00/mile, and then I just ran out of steam somehow.  Seriously - I could barely shuffle.  It was like every ounce of energy left me, and my legs felt like lead.  It was all I could do to run an easy pace to get in the 10 miles.

Is it possible that I lost THAT much fitness in those 2 weeks when I was injured?  I don't think so.  I should only have lost about 5%, and I already adjusted my program accordingly.

My best guess is I'm overtrained.  The signs point to that:  just sleeping 5-6 hours/night, when I normally get 6-7.  And my resting pulse rate is up over 50, when it's normally just below 50.  And of course the last few harder workouts I just could not finish with the effort I needed.

I'm 3 1/2 weeks out from my race, so no disaster here, I suppose.  My next 4 days are all easy running days, so I'll just run easy and see what happens.  Maybe running easy is the best I'll be able to do for the rest of my training.

 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
6.00

6 easy miles; 8:40 pace.

Although the legs were heavy, I never felt I was pushing it.  Hopefully I can, at the least, keep my mileage up here at this pace, even if I opt out of doing any more speed work before my race.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
5.00

5 easy miles; 8:20 pace.  Legs not feeling as heavy, so that is good.  Also good news:  hamstring is no longer sore.  Still tight, and I'm working on it every day - but not sore.  Days are warming up steadily.  Mornings nice and cool for running:  8C/46F.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.00
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10.00

10 easy miles; 8:30 pace for a run time of 85 minutes.

First time running in shorts since the Chicago marathon last fall.  It's a balmy 10C/50F.  Almost broke a sweat at one point.  Or maybe it was the rain - it was falling steadily pretty much the entire run.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
5.00

5 easy miles; 8:30 pace.  Snowed most of the way - guess we haven't quite gotten over winter yet.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 156.50
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10.00

Well, so much for my speed work.

Was scheduled to run 1.5 x 4 with 800 recoveries, at 10 seconds faster than race pace.  I don't know any more what my race pace is going to be, so I decided to just run relaxed and see what happened.

Well, I ran the 1st 1.5 mile at a 6:55 pace, and the second one at a 6:46 pace - so actually not that bad.  But then, nothing.  I think I felt the way The Flash did when Zoom stole his speed force.  Nada - Nothing - Zip.

It was a really odd feeling, because the 1st two splits were not a problem.  Same as last week though - I just could not go further.  So, I slowed right down and ran the final 4 miles at an 8:38 pace - and I felt like I was pushing to go even that speed.

So, presuming I'm correct in that I'm suffering from overtraining, I've decided to just eliminate all the speed work left before the race (just 3 more sessions) and run everything easy.  Maybe that will give me my legs back for the race - which is 3 weeks away.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 10.00
Weight: 156.00
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Total Distance
7.00

Opted for 7 easy miles today instead of Tempo work.  Pace of 8:46.  Trying to keep my heart rate around 130, which is what one site on recovering from overtraining recommends.  Seems that my normal easy pace pretty much puts me in that zone anyway.

I'm leaving today for Ottawa - going with 4 parishioners to the Annual March for Life, which is tomorrow.  Will do 2 runs of 7 miles in Ottawa; coming home Friday.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 7.00
Weight: 157.50
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7.00

7 easy miles along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.  8:42 pace.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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7.00

7 easy miles along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa; 8:45 pace.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
14.00

14 easy miles on the Suez route.  8:46 pace.

It was great running in Ottawa the last 2 mornings.  The trail along the canal is gorgeous, with lots of other runners and nice scenery.  Hot though, in contrast to this morning when it's just 6C/42F.

Anyway, it's also good to be home.  Two weeks and I'll be back in Ottawa for the Half.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 14.00
Weight: 158.50
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Total Distance
7.00

7 easy miles; 8:43 pace.

Back into cold weather running; just -7C/20F with the wind chill.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
11.00

11 easy miles; 8:25 pace.  I'm starting to get my legs back.  I felt like I had more pep in my step for this run - not dragging like I have been.  But I'm going to continue to run easy until race day.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
8.00

8 easy miles; 8:29 pace.

This was supposed to have been my final tempo run, but my legs are still not there.  My resting heart rate HAS returned to below 50, which is a good sign, but I still don't have the mojo I need.

I did try to pick up the pace around mile 4, but I found even a 7:30 pace hard to maintain for more than a quarter mile.  Weird feeling.

Anyway, I have ten days until race day, and will just run easy on all of them.  I don't have a clue what pace I plan on running for the race.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 8.00
Weight: 156.50
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Total Distance
6.00

6 easy miles; 8:45 pace.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 157.00
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5.00

5 easy miles; 8:31 pace.  Threw in a 75m stride at the end, just because.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 157.50
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8.00

8 easy miles; 8:42 pace.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 157.00
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5.00

5 easy miles; 8:14 pace.  Late afternoon run for a change.  SO nice out - hot, actually.  20C/68F.  I suspect it will be much like that in Ottawa next Sunday.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 157.00
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5.00

5 easy miles; 8:35 pace.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.00
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6.00

6 easy miles; 8:41 pace.

Threw in some strides in  miles 3, 4, 5 and 6 just to get the legs moving.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00
Weight: 155.50
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5.00

5 easy miles; 8:41 pace.

So, I guess I need to decide my race pace for Sunday.  I sure won't come anywhere close to my original goal of 1:30, or even my secondary goal of 1:32.  

I'm still unsure how my body will respond after my little bout of overtraining.  Plus, the forecast is for HOT:  30C/86F on Saturday and 26C/79F on Sunday.

I do want to follow a pace group, at least to start, so that I keep my initial speed under control.  Also, given my PR in the Chicago Marathon last fall, my time adjusted goal for the Half is in the 1:37 range.

So, with all of that in the mix, I think I'm going to start off in the 1:40 pace group and see how I feel a few miles in.  If I'm up to it, I can pick up the pace.  If not, I'll be happy coming in with a 1:40 time, all things considered.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 5.00
Weight: 156.50
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3.00

Super easy pace of 8:55.  Actually did this run last night, as I'm leaving early for Ottawa.  Report on the race when I get home on Tuesday.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 3.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
3.00

Super easy run in Gatineau Park.  Started on a trail through the woods, figuring I'd go out half way and then back, but after climbing a hill non-stop for a quarter mile, with no end in sight, I turned back and ended up just running laps on a track.  Not a day to do hill work!

So, ended up running a 9:05 average and called it a day just as it was getting hot and steamy.

 

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 158.00
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Race: Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (13.1 Miles) 01:37:14, Place overall: 575, Place in age division: 32
Total Distance
13.10

I arrived in Ottawa on Friday night - stayed at an airbnb in Gatineau, just across the Ottawa River in Quebec.  Decided to just rest that night.  Then decided to go out to Boston's Pizza for dinner and to watch the Blue Jays beat Boston.  The dinner was okay, and I even splurged on a beer, but the game was not on their screens - I guess a Toronto team does not rate that highly in Quebec.  Received an e-mail from the race director - they are thinking of cancelling the races because of the unusual heat and humidity. Today it hit 32C/90F.   Crap!

A morning shake out run on Saturday, and already it was getting hot.  It's going to hit 32C/90F again today, and even in the early morning it's uncomfortable.  Left late morning to pick up my package and visit the Expo.  Busy place - there are just under 47 000 runners registered for all the events this weekend, and they are all here today, it seems.  I'm number 20137.  

I've already made the mental adjustment that I will not be running hard tomorrow and certainly not setting a PB, so I am relaxed big time and spend more time than usual at the Expo - checking out most of the displays.  I don't need more shoes at this point, but I do find an interesting display rack for my medals - which are currently living in a shoe box.  So, I buy it for $25.  As a post note, it's now hanging in my house, with all 39 medals displayed.  Cool.

Today the 5k and 10k events are being run, and they are watching them closely to get a hint of what they should do re: cancellation.  Turns out the 5k goes ahead as planned and the 10k is pushed back 30 minutes to 7pm.  They have already announced that my event has been moved up from 9am to 8:15am in the morning, and the Marathon is going as planned at 7am.

The 5k gets the brunt of the weather.  32C/90F, with a humidex of 39C/102F.  I don't know how they even ran in that.  Some heat related issues for quite a number of runners, but the 10k still goes ahead.  They lucked out - the skies opened up big time just as it started, and the downpour lasted for a half hour or so.  Still steamy, but at least everyone is soaked down.

Went to Church, then the pasta dinner, and then home.  Will have to leave earlier than planned tomorrow because of the change in start time.  The pasta dinner, by the way, was spectacular - one of the best I've been to.

Sunday morning and it's a lot cooler than expected.  It's overcast and there is a breeze.  It's just 19C/66F at 7am, so we may have caught a break (although for me, I still consider it hot).  Turns out, although the high today will still hit 32C/90F, it will only have gone up to 21C/70F by the time I cross the finish line.  Plus, they have added misting stations along the route, and have hand delivered letters to every house on the route, asking the residents to set up their sprinklers along the road.  Turns out, quite a few of them do just that.  It was great.

Since I had to arrive early, I get to watch the start of the Marathon - I've never done that before.  It was quite interesting.  As the pacers ran by, I made note of where I might be in the crowd of runners.  It went on and on and on ...  Too funny watching the people at the back.  There was an older man with a walker!  I wondered if that might be me in the future. :)

So now, my warm up routine and final porta potty visit, and I'm making my way into the Blue Corral at the front.  There are almost 15 000 racers in this event.  Now I have to decide where to place myself.  At the start of my training, way back in the winter, I was hoping for a 1:30.  Then, having lost a few weeks of training due to that injury, I had set a 1:32 goal to keep open the possibility of a New York Marathon qualifier.  Then, with my overtraining issues, and having lost the last 3 weeks of quality runs, I went to a 1:35 and then a 1:40 goal.  And last night, with the heat warnings, I kind of set my heart on a very conservative 1:45.  Now, however, with the day starting off cooler than expected, I'm putting 1:40 back on the table.  I park myself next to the pacer holding that sign, and we're off.

I'm going to take water at every aid station, and I'm running through every sprinkler that is set up on my side of the road.  I'm not even sure what a 1:40 pace is, so I quickly do the math and figure it's about a 7:35/mile pace.  Mostly, I'm sticking like glue to this pacer as we work our way through the crowds in the first mile.

By mile 2, I'm comfortable at this pace, and I let myself move ahead of the pacer.  It's not really intentional - more, it's a matter of focussing on running the tangents and trying to stay in the open as much as possible.  But this is Canada - unlike Chicago where I had my bib ripped off, here people apologize if they so much as brush against you.  :)

So, by mile 3 I'm running free of the pacer, and I seem to be nailing my splits right around a 7:30 pace, and I feel fine.  Around mile 5, a spectator is giving out bottled water, so I grab one.  It's great - I feel like an elite!  :)  Even better, I'm able to sip it as I go and end up downing most of it over the next mile, and dumping the last bit of it over my head.

It's right around here that we catch up with the slower Marathoners.  Up until now, we are all running at basically the same pace.  But now, things get clogged up a bit, and there is the constant stepping around of the Marathoners.  There are 3 points where their route branches out and back, and even at the first of those, there are some who are cutting the course.  I don't blame them in this heat, and it turns out later that the organizers cut off about 6 miles of the Marathon route for the slower runners - after about 4 hours.  It was a smart move, as the day will turn blazing hot later on.

At around mile 8 I grab a gel and down it.  It was more like water than gel in the heat, but it was timely.  I was concerned my over training issues would catch up with me at this point, but there is still some spring in my stride and I feel good.  We cross the Ottawa River into Quebec where we have about 2 miles to run - some hills here, but not too bad.  Then back across another bridge into Ontario, and just 3 miles to go.

Up until now, the crowd support has been very good.  I mean, not Chicago good - that was crazy loud the whole route - but steady and helpful.  Now however, the final 2 miles along one side of the Rideau Canal, and then the other, it reminds me more of Chicago.  Loud and enthusiastic.  I love it!  I pick up my pace and am running in the 6:30 range, but then realize I am still too far from the finish line to run that hard and I'm afraid of gassing my legs, so I dial it back a bit.  So, across the bridge over the Canal, a sharp turn to the right, and the home stretch.  I finish strong, and I feel fine.  I'm pretty sure I could have hit 1:35 without too much distress, but I have no regrets running a conservative race, given all the variables I was facing.

I spend a little time in the cooling tent, but I'm feeling no lingering effects and so make my way through the park quickly for my stretches and I'm done.  A 1:37:14 official finish.  My splits:

7:26, 7:32, 7:32, 7:31, 7:36, 7:22, 7:30, 7:24, 7:21, 7:14, 7:25, 6:59, 7:02 and the finish kick in 6:08.

575/14423 total.  Top 4%

496/6432 males.  Top 8%

32/877 category (50-54)  Top 3.65%

7:24/mile pace average 4:36/km

Oh, my sister ran her second "Half" in Toronto at the same time.  She's the one who I ran with in her 1st Half last summer (picture of that on my blog home page).  The Toronto race was a women's only.  Turns out they reduced it to a 12k because of the heat, but she did well and finished and is already planning her next Half this Fall.

As for me, I'm going to take the next 2 weeks off from running.  I want to be sure I'm past the over training issues and all healed up.  Then I'll get into base training mode.  I may run some short events this summer, and maybe even a half this Fall, but I'm not going to do all the speed work I had planned previously.  I want to move smoothly from base training to Boston Marathon training this winter.  Boston is now going to be my primary focus.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 13.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
183.10
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 7.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 24.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 28.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 48.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 40.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 30.00
Weight: 157.50
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