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Miner's Mayhem

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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: 94.50 Year: 2091.98
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 107.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 280.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 277.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 8.00
Race: Miner's Mayhem (4 Miles) 00:37:08, Place overall: 15, Place in age division: 13
Total Distance
8.00

I ran this crazy race 3 years ago, and decided to do it again this year, just for fun.  Obviously not taking it too seriously, as I ran 1 mile intervals at the track just yesterday.

So, I actually cut off 5 1/2 minutes from my time 3 years ago, which really surprised me.  I didn't think I ran it that hard.  I guess my ultra training on trails is paying off?

There were 85 men in the race, and 232 runners, so I placed in the top 15% of the men, and the top 6.5% overall.

Sudbury is a mining city, and so the race theme works well.  Started in a storage cubicle (mining cage), where they soaked you with water guns and water balloons.  There were 17 obstacles (or Mayhems) to mark the year 2017.  Over walls, under walls,  through water, balance beams, up the ski hill, down the ski hill, repeat.  And again.  About half way through, I was bleeding from somewhere on my hand.  When I finished, the knees were in pretty bad shape too.

Then, I changed into dry clothes and did it again!  This time with a team.  Parishioners who decided to run it after hearing me talk about it.  So, I was able to double up my mileage.  Slower the second time around, but still managed to twist my ankle on one obstacle and grind a few more layers of skin off my knees.

Anyway, a lot of fun.  I don't think I'll be running hard for a few days while I heal up.

Skechers GoRun4 Miles: 4.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 159.00
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