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June 19, 2018

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

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

Half Marathon  (21 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (7 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Well, Boston is done.  April of 2017.  My next goal is my first Ultra Marathon.  50km at the Run for the Toad on September 30, 2017. DONE!!! Image result for run for the toad  Official time of 5:31:23.  Now I'm looking at a 100km Ultra in June '18, and either a 100 miler or a 24 hour run in September '18.  I used to think that after Boston, it's kind of all over after that.     But that's not true.  There are lots of ways to enjoy challenging myself still.  And since Boston kicked my butt this year, I'm pretty sure I'll be back to tame the beast again (when it does NOT fall on Easter Weekend!).  Current goal is to run the 125th Boston 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 6 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: 0.00 Month: 135.76 Year: 1091.26
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 156.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 146.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 526.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 537.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 397.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Lifetime Miles: 230.70
Total Distance
25.00

Since I have a burial to do tomorrow, I switched my long run to today.  That had the added benefit of running in the heat of the day, since I couldn't leave until 10:30.  I am not a hot weather runner, nor an afternoon runner, but those are the realities of my next Ultra, so today was a small test for that.

Ended up running 3:45:35 for an average pace of 9:01/mile.  I know I went out too fast - I was averaging 8:44 at the halfway mark, and was still sitting at 8:46 at the 18 mile mark.  I really started feeling it there, however, and it was a real struggle to finish.  Step   ...   by   ...   step.  Lead in my legs.

They had called for rain with possible thunder showers, but at most it sprinkled - so little it basically evaporated as soon as it landed.  It was overcast most of the time, until the last hour or so anyway.  The temperature sat at around 21C/71F with humidity in the low 70s, so not nearly as hot as what I'll face in a few weeks, but a small taste of it.  

The take away for me is to slow down from the start.  I'm thinking I should aim for around 9:00 - 9:15/mile.  With the aid station stops, I'll be thrilled to finish the Ultra with an average of 10:00/mile, after all.  Just over 10 hours.   I have one more 20 miler next weekend, so I'll try that out then.  Realistically, if we get temps into the 80s, which is a high probability, even a 9:15/mile pace will be unsustainable for me.  In that case, my goal will be to simply finish.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Miles: 25.00
Weight: 156.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sat, May 26, 2018 at 07:09:02 from 71.203.16.36

When you get to the step by step fight mode, sometimes I wonder if hanging it up for the day is the better answer. You went through 7 miles of fighting it out. That's a lot! I'm impressed, but be careful, man!

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