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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
219.50
Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 54.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 95.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 44.50Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 25.50
Weight: 159.47
Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road.  Took 3 days off:  Because of the long trip to Montreal and back for my aunt's funeral, and because I was hoping to give my hip time to improve. It really hasn't.  It hurt on this run.  I think I'm going to have to back off the mileage in a big way for a while.  Sigh.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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10.00

Radar Road Route.  Black bear crossed in front of me again - this time about 50 feet away.  Didn't seem too interested in me - likely off to feed on blueberries.

One of the advantages of self diagnosis, is if I don't like my first diagnosis, I can make a new one.  So I did.  A second opinion from myself, if you like.

Arthritis of the hip and hip tendinitis have basically the same symptoms, but very different possible outcomes.  So, since arthritis is chronic and gets worse by running, I've decided I have tendinitis, which is manageable and will heal over time.

With that in mind, I'm focussing on some specific stretches and strengthening exercises (which I've been neglecting to do for a while) that target the hip tendons.  We'll see how far that gets me.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
10.00

So, after my 2 services this morning, I had to go to the local cemetery for a burial.  After that, I was grateful for a nap.  Got up, had 2 coffees and an ice cream and watched the ball game. 

Then I had to go out to make the final preparations for a concrete delivery first thing in the morning - for a shed I'm going to build.  Did the final leveling and laid the wire mesh.  Then a nice cold beer.

It was right about then that I remembered I had wanted to run tonight instead of tomorrow.  So, I ran.  Was surprised I wasn't hurting after the various 'nutritional' intakes.  But kept a decent enough 8:27 pace in the heat - temps in the low 80s.

Most surprising of all:  the hip did not bother me in the least.  

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
12.00

Easy (8:42 pace) run on the Radar Road Route.

Quite a storm yesterday - washed out sections of my route, a few downed trees, and power out in parts of the city just south of me.  I watched it from my garage.  Powerful!

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 158.50
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6.00

Goodwill Route.  Smoke in the air from the forest fires burning north of here.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

Skead Road Route; 8:36 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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14.00

So I drilled 17, four foot deep, holes for my fence posts yesterday.  Alone.  In the rain.  Started around Noon and worked until dark.  Used one of those one man hydraulic drills.  Still needed a lot of lifting.  I hurt.  But I finished the job!

I didn't sleep much because I pulled something in my lower back.  Didn't think I'd run today, but decided to give it a go.

Surprisingly, running seems to have loosened up the back.  At least it didn't seem to hurt too much by running.  Just a bit, anyway.  And the added bonus: I didn't notice the pain in my hip as much! 

Radar Road Route; 8:49 pace.  Getting back into the heat:  25C/77 degrees.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 157.50
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Total Distance
18.00

Radar Road Route; 8:53 pace.  

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 18.00
Weight: 162.00
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11.00

Radar Road Route; 8:38 pace. 

Can't believe how cool it got, after the heat wave we just had.  Just 8C/46F during the run.  

My lower back seems to be the last body part that refuses to stop hurting.  At least it's not a running injury.  I'm going to get it treated this week.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Easy run on Radar Road; 8:42 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
20.00

Radar Road Route; 8:58 pace.  

All in all, a good week.  Doubled up the mileage on Monday because I was away all day Tuesday, and managed a decent enough long run today.  The week as a whole was also decent enough, considering my various aches and pains.

Tomorrow afternoon, I head North of Elliot Lake (a few hours from here) to a cottage rental with my parents and two of my siblings and their kids.  It's my mother's gift to all of us.  I'll be there until Friday; hope to be able to catch a wireless signal somewhere on one of the hill tops so I can blog while away.  All my runs will be on highway 546, alongside the Little White River.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 20.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
10.00

9:09 pace on highway 546. We will call it the deer fly route this week, because the little insects pestered me the whole run.

Dead legs for some reason, so really had to fight for every mile.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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12.50

The legs felt a lot better today. Deerfly Route; 8:49 pace. High humidity and then steady rain. Pulling my shirt up over my head helped to keep the deer flies away.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.50
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
12.00

Deer Fly Route. 9:00 pace. I discovered that wrapping a second t-shirt around my head keeps the pesky insects away.

A bit cooler today, and clear skies. An impressive fog coming off the Little White River.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 159.00
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13.00

My last run on the Deer Fly Route. Heading home later today. 8:46 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
22.50

Radar Road - Cote - Dupuis Loop.  8:59 pace.  Very nice running weather:  overcast and just 16C/60F.  And no deer flies!

My legs held up pretty well, considering the 70 mile week.  

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 22.50
Weight: 158.00
Comments(1)
Total Distance
12.50

Radar Road Route; 8:38 pace.  The first mile was a bit heavy, and I thought the run would be a struggle, but I got my legs at mile two and felt strong the rest of the way.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Skead Road Route; 8:45 pace. 

I had my bike in for a service all morning, and so ended up running in the heat of the afternoon. It was 28C/82F - on the warm side for this Northern boy.

I planned on running 8, but almost turned around at mile 3.  Turns out I was glad I pushed through, as I finished it okay.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
219.50
Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 54.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 95.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 44.50Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 25.50
Weight: 159.47
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