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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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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.  


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: 135.76 Year: 1091.26
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 156.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 146.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 526.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 537.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 397.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Indoor Lifetime Miles: 230.70
Race: Toronto 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:20:38, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

Okay, first off, my left hip is screaming at me.  It started during my Thursday run, and was pretty bad by the end.  So, I took Friday off to see if that might help.  After today's race, it's REALLY screaming at me, so I may take next week off ... we'll see.

I was actually defending my title today.  I ran this race last year, just because it was on a Saturday morning in Toronto, and so I didn't have to take a weekend off to race.  Same as last year - I drove the 4 hours to Toronto on Friday and took in a Blue Jays game.  Last year, they got clobbered by Boston 13-3.  This year, they lost to Detroit, but it was 5-4, so more respectable.  Last year, I won the Master's division.  That gave me a $300 gift card to The Running Room, and free entry to this year's race.  I didn't have high hopes of defending my title, because of my hip and because I really haven't done a lot of speed work.

Anyway, looking up my blog, I see that last year I had 4 beer the night before.  This year, just 1.  And last year, it was very humid.  This year, cool and dry. Just 9C/48F, so great for running.

Had a hard time getting to the start line, as various highways were closed for construction, and then sections of the subway.  So, it took a few detours and a shuttle bus to get there.  

I met Alex at the start line.  He's also 51, and told me that I passed him in the final 300 meters last year to take the victory.  I didn't remember that, but he sure did!

So, the first third is steep downhill.  The second third is basically flat.  The final third is steep uphill.  I remembered that!

I ran the first mile in 6:11(6:13 last year), the second mile in 6:41 (6:52 last year) and the third mile in 6:56 (7:04), with the final kick done at a pace of 5:34 (5:54).  All according to my GPS.  So, I ended up running 17 seconds faster this year (officially), and first again in the Master's Division.  That's another $300 award, plus the free entry again to next year's event.

As to Alex, he passed me pretty early on.  I didn't care much, as I was just going to run my own race.  But I caught sight of him at the half way mark, and began to close the gap.  I passed him at the bottom of the final hill and made a big push up, which was enough to beat him by 36 seconds.  It's cool, because I've never really had anyone to compete with in a friendly way.  We chatted for a long time after the race, and he left with "see you next year!"

11/332 overall

1/20 age division and 1st in Master's Division.




Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 158.00
From Nora Jo on Sat, Sep 09, 2017 at 15:52:10 from

Great job with your race and victory! Always enjoyable to have some friendly competition to help push toward the finish!

From Tom K on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 06:38:24 from

This is great. Win the age group -awesome! Win money and free entrance next year- even better! Beat a guy that has told you it bugged him that you passed him last year - Oh man!, that's the good stuff!

From Michael on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 08:21:49 from

Thanks Nora Jo.

Tom, you get me! :)

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