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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: 27.00 Month: 189.00 Year: 1549.76
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 156.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Lifetime Miles: 422.20
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 61.50
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 63.50
Total Distance
189.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 89.50Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 27.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 38.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 17.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 17.50
Weight: 157.17
Total Distance
12.50

Radar Road Route; 8:38 pace.

Afternoon run again, but not as hot as yesterday ... 22C/72F.  The extra challenge today was smoke from the forest fires near the French River, about 100 miles south of here.  There was a heavy haze and a strong smell of smoke.  

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 12.50
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
12.00

Radar Road Route; 8:44 pace.  

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
15.00

Radar Road Route; 8:54 pace.  Managed to finish early enough to beat the heat.  Was sitting around 23C/73F in the morning during the run.

Race day is 6 weeks away.  I was thinking, when I woke up groggy this morning after 6 1/2 hours of sleep, that on race day, there would be no sleep at all and I would still have a few hours of running to do from that point until 8am.  I think that will be the significant challenge for me.  The only real advise I've received is:  make coffee your friend!  :)

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 157.50
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Total Distance
15.00

Radar Road Route; 8:49 pace.

Just 21C/70F, but 97% humidity, so it was like running in a wet blanket.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road Route; 8:51 pace.  I had a deep tissue massage this morning, so ran over the lunch hour.  Achilles tendons on both legs are a little tight, so I'll monitor those.  The right hamstring too - just enough to be noticeable.  I'm at peak mileage these weeks, so I'm not too surprised.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.50
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Total Distance
11.00

Radar Road Route; 8:50 pace.  Heavy fog.  An easy running temp of 16C/61F, but 98% humidity, so I was soaked through by the end.

Heading to Toronto in a few minutes; taking my dad to a ballgame for his birthday.  

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
17.00

Radar Road Route; 8:39 pace.

Tomorrow, I'm running the "Sudbury Camino".  It's the second year for it - last year I didn't do it, because my training run was a lot longer than the distance they put together.

It's modelled on the Camino Trail in Europe.  Participants will be able to park at Moonlight Beach - not far from here - and will be bused to a point about 17 miles out at Fielding Park.  From there, we hike back to our cars at the Beach, collecting stamps at waypoints along the way in a passport book.

It's along the TransCanada Trail - Sudbury portion.  A little more than 17 miles is this year's distance.  So, I'm going to run it tomorrow to bring me up to about 70 miles on the week.

Just a fun way to get in a longer run.

 

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 17.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
17.50

I finished the Sudbury "Camino" Hike (run) just as it began to rain hard.  Just under 3 hours at a 9:52 pace.  I had forgotten how much harder trail running can be, and especially when the trails are WAY up and WAY down steep rock.  Ah well - a nice change for the final run of my long week.

I only got my passport stamped at the first way point, as the volunteers had not yet arrived at the others.  So, I just took selfies to prove I was there and kept on going.

EDIT:  I just drove down to the finish line (not too far from here) to show my passport and selfies.  So, they gave me my medal:  "Sudbury Camino.  28 K in One Day".  A nice tumbler and a few other gifts as well.  Not too often you get a medal for a simple training run.  :)

 

Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 17.50
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road Route; 8:41 pace.  Took a mile or two to shake out the heavy legs, but it got better as I went.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road Route; 8:53 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 156.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road Route; 8:05 pace.

This was a weird run - I had a pep in my step like I've not had in a long while, for some reason.

I hit the 5 mile mark at a slighter faster than normal 8:34 pace, but was reining it in, as my legs wanted to go faster.  Then my next 2 miles were just below 8:00 pace, the next 2 at just around 7:30 pace, and my last mile was 7:11.  I don't know what got into me.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 156.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road Route; 8:18 pace.

Today I crossed paths with another runner for the first time on this route.  I've never seen her before.  She was running with the traffic, so we had to pass on the narrow shoulder.  We did that at mile 4, and then I guess we both turned around after about another mile, as I passed her again at the same point going the other way.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Radar Road Route; 8:24 pace.

I'm 4 weeks out from my race.  I think I'll aim for one more 70 mile week next week, and then begin my taper.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Radar Road Route; 8:30 pace.  Feeling it at the end.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 156.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Radar Road Route; 8:49 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 155.50
Comments(1)
Total Distance
189.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 89.50Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 27.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 38.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 17.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 17.50
Weight: 157.17
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