After Boston ... now what?

August 18, 2017

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Location:

Val Therese/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.   Image result for run for the toadAfter that, I may step up to a 50 miler.  Haven't decided yet.  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!).

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.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 47.00 Month: 131.50 Year: 1529.20
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 302.50
Skechers GoRun4 Lifetime Miles: 152.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 99.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 107.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 32.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 15.00
Total Distance
12.00

So, I've had time to do a body inventory following Saturday's run.  Both elbows scraped up, and both knees.  Abrasions on various parts of my legs.  A welt of some sort across my left shoulder.  Left ankle is swollen and sore.  Right knee is throbbing - feels like it's bruised from the inside.  Triceps are pretty sore, as are most of the shoulder muscles.  Calf muscles are screaming.  Hamstrings are really tight and sore.   Abs feel like they've been pounded.  Yes, the race was a lot of fun!

Anyway, took yesterday off and wasn't sure if I'd be able to run my 12 miles today.  For sure wasn't going to do it on the trails.  Decided to run the bush "wolf" road instead.  Elevation change is 210 feet, instead of the trails which is 3 times as much.  Figured I'd go slow and see how everything reacted.

Well, all the sore parts didn't affect my stride in any way, which I believe is the test of whether you should run through pain or not.  So, I went the distance.  1:44:00 running time for a pace of 8:40.  

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.50
Comments
From Tom K on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 08:15:48 from 47.206.60.114

When you show up for work on Sundays, your parishioners must be talking about your physical state. "Father Mike is limping, bruised and bloody again. Do you think he'll mention it in the sermon?"

I'm glad you passed the inventory, so you could run!

1,100 miles on the year!

From Michael on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 10:12:28 from 63.135.9.179

Yeah, the mileage is good. The parishioners, though, are more likely thinking I'm nuts! One more weekend here ... my new Parishioners will have to start getting used to me on July 2nd.

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