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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: 34.00 Month: 155.00 Year: 2402.17
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 248.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 248.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 53.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 75.00
Total Distance
199.50
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 74.50Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 76.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 11.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 28.00
Weight: 160.79
Total Distance
6.00

Skead Road; 9:04 pace.  I was aiming for 8, but wisely cut it back.  I'm still sore; no need to push it at this point.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 157.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.  I was limping at the end ... that right groin is really screaming at me.  I may need to take more time off.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
4.00

That right groin area is still giving me trouble, post Ultra, so I took yesterday off and ran a VERY SLOW pace of 9:35 on Goodwill Drive this morning.

I'm going to have to go slow and easy for a while.  It's now down to a dull ache, and I'm not limping. so I'll take all that as a positive.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Goodwill Road; 9:07 pace.  Still working through the right groin achiness, but I'm optimistically going to say that it's not as bad today.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.50
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4.00

Goodwill Road; 9:10 pace.  Groin - still ouch.

Saw my first black bear of the season.  It crossed the road in front of me about 100 meters ahead.  Then, about 10 seconds later, a second one followed it.  Nice to see.  The second one looked quite a bit bigger, so I thought maybe it was the mother and the first one a yearling.  Or maybe it's just because I was closer to the second one, it looked bigger.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 4.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:56 pace.  No bears today; just a Hare.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 8:45 pace.  Light rain and humid.  Groin - no change.  But I was glad to go the extra distance.  Second half was 20 seconds/mile faster.

Oh, and I registered for the Haliburton 100.  That's a Canadian Shield style trail race - typical Northern Ontario geography - near here (about a 5 hour drive) with a 30 hour cut off.  It's on September 7/8.  I must be nuts.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:23 pace.  A little faster than I should, but my legs just wanted to move.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 8:24 pace.  20 seconds/mile faster on the last 5 miles.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:15 pace.  Actually, 8:30 out and 8:00 back.  Too fast.  After the first mile, I tried to reign it in.  But I'm too wired, I think, to slow it down.

Dark night of the soul, and Led into the time of Trial stuff.  You'd think that St. Louis winning the Stanley Cup (Hurray), the Raptors winning the NBA Championship (Double Hurray!), and the Blue Jays winning a game (A Very Rare Hurray), all in 2 days, would help.  Nah.  Yesterday was a particularly bad day on SO many levels.  Today, I just needed to run.

Ah well.  Fortunately, that's where the running helps in spades.  Just gotta try to slow the pace a bit.  After all the rain we've had, the running surface was nice and soft for running.  It felt good.

As to the groin pain - a noticeable improvement.  Still achy, but not screaming pain any more.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
14.00

Radar Road; 8:39 pace.  

After 3 weeks, I know I'm not fully recovered from Sulphur Springs, but it felt SO good to get a somewhat decent long run in.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
14.00

Radar Road; 8:48 pace steady.  Gorgeous day!

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 163.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 8:51 pace.

I hurt.  Not a bad hurt.  Just a "I started doing my strength work again after 5 weeks of doing none" kind of hurt.

Back to 120 plyometric jump squats and 180 heal drops, 3 times/week.

The advantage of not doing them for a while is finding out which muscles they work.  That would be the quads, hamstrings, glutes, hips and calves.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
14.50

Radar Road; 8:28 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 14.50
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
16.00

12 mile run on Radar Road; 8:37 pace.

Then home for an hour, and then my partner picked me up and we went to run the Miner's Mayhem - third year in a row for our team.  That was just over 4 miles of hills, mud and obstacles.  We ran it in 1:03:06 - a 15:17 pace for the 4.13 miles.  So, not bad.  

We named ourselves the "Sole Survivor's", because NOBODY else from our previous years teams could join us this morning.  So, Sonya and I ran it ourselves.  Just a fun event - although challenging in its own way.  I've run this event 5 times now - 3 on a team and twice solo - so I now have a collection of 5 hard hats - the reward at the finish line.

Oh, on my 12 miler, a Marten crossed in front of me - about 20 feet ahead.  It ran out of a marsh, onto the pathway, stopped, turn and saw me, and then continued across the path into the marsh on the other side.  Way cool - they are rare to see like that.

Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
16.00

Radar Road; 8:49 pace.

Trying the Vomeros again.  Last time was version 10.  They do feel plush on the feet.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 163.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:56 pace.

100% humidity, but only 16C/60F, so bearable.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 9:06 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
14.00

Radar Road; 8:51 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
12.00

Radar Road; 8:58 pace.  I would have liked to have gone further, but I had a morning funeral and ran out of time.  

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
199.50
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 74.50Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 76.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 11.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 28.00
Weight: 160.79
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