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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
228.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 52.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 66.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 48.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 62.00
Weight: 161.88
Total Distance
7.00

Goodwill Route; 8:42 pace. 

I should probably start wearing my headlamp; the first few miles were pretty dark.  Of course, we'll gain an hour in the morning this weekend, so we'll see.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Tempo run; Radar Road.

7 miles at 7:55 pace, which means I basically nailed it - finally, after 2 previous attempts where I went too fast.

At least I THINK this should be my marathon pace.  Running it would beat my BQ time by 7 1/2 minutes when I attempt that a year and a half from now.  And that's the new, fast BQ time.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
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8.00

Goodwill Route; 8:30 pace.  With the clocks moving back, my run started with a stunning red sky, about 30 minutes before sunrise.  Awesome.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 163.00
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15.00

Radar Road; 8:18 pace.

Miserable sort of day:  hovering between 1-3C/34-37F, with a steady rain and gusty wind.  Just yucky.

But hey, it put me over the 2,000 mile mark for the year.  Yippee!

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Recovery run on Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.  In the rain.  Again.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Speedwork.  6 x.800 @ 6:40 pace with 400 recoveries.

I took it to the treadmill for the first time this season.  The ongoing rain has turned the track next door soft and mushy.  Besides, it's a perfect way to nail my splits!

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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7.00

Easy run on Goodwill Road; 8:40 pace.

Some snow heading our way.  Predictions are for 10cm/4 inches of snow by this time tomorrow.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Back to the treadmill today for my Tempo work.  Too slippery outside with all that snow, and the drivers are always atrocious after the first significant snowfall of the season.  

8 miles at my Tempo Pace of 7:52.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Back to the treadmill this morning; 8:56 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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10.00

Goodwill Route; 8:48 pace.

Yesterday, driving to my Mission, the landscape was stunning with a heavy hoarfrost covering all the trees.  Today, that had given way to snow, which has been falling lightly all night.  A different kind of beautiful - both are awesome.

This route is a local road, usually unplowed except for after the heaviest snow, so I follow the tire ruts - works well enough, and the traffic is not very heavy.

The snow continued to fall - huge, fluffy flakes.  Like running through little cotton balls.

A wolf looking dog joined me for one mile.  Had never seen it before, but it was friendly enough.  Ran just in front of me, and at times beside me.  Then got bored and dashed off into the woods.

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

Goodwill Road; 8:45 pace.  Icy cold and icy.  -10C/15F.  And twice I almost did a face plant.  Kind of goofy looking as I waved my arms wildly to regain my balance.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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7.00

Speedwork on the treadmill.  To paraphrase Robin Williams, it's colder than a penguin's butt in a sled rut out there today!  Record lows:  -18C/-1F.  With the wind, it feels a lot colder.

Anyway, 3 x 1600 repeats at 6:44 pace with 600 recoveries.  No problems.

And that's the end of my speedwork.  Wednesdays will now be given over to strength workouts - intervals at 10 seconds/mile faster than marathon pace.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Route; 8:44 pace.  Snowing pretty heavy, so it was like running through mashed potatoes at times.  Still, it was nice to be out.  Used my headlamp for the first time this Fall, since visibility was close to zero.  More for the cars to see me than anything else.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
11.00

Tempo pace on the treadmill.  8 miles steady at 7:52/mile.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Goodwill Route.  8:37 pace.  ICY cold.  Crisp?  -15C/5F  Still, nice to be outside, since there is little traffic on a Sunday morning, the sunrise was awesome and the trees were a brilliant white.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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16.00

Treadmill today; 8:35 pace.  Then to my monthly massage to work out all the kinks.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 16.00
Weight: 163.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Treadmill; 8:56 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength run on the treadmill.  6 x 1 mile repeats at 7:39 pace, with 400 recoveries.

 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
7.00

Goodwill Route; 8:42 pace.  Nice to be outside.  Cold wind.  Getting warmer, however.  All the way up to -9C/15F.  We're finally getting out of the deep freeze, and should be back to seasonal temperatures by tomorrow.

The road is hard pack snow with lots of icy sections and a few mushy spots.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 163.50
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Total Distance
11.00

Tempo workout on the treadmill.  8 miles at 7:52 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 11.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Goodwill Route; 8:42 pace.

I fell.

Shortly after mile 4. 

The road was slick, as it's up to 1C/34F and right at the melting point.  There was a slight mist falling, which kinda looked weird in the headlamp.  As the road was icy, I was running close to the edge where there was a layer of softer snow and, sometimes, bare gravel.

Going up a slight incline, it was really icy and I moved closer to the edge.  I went down so fast I didn't know what happened at first.  Ended up I tripped over a stump.  Fortunately, because it happened so fast, I didn't have time to tense up.  Unfortunately, I fell down to my left, into the ditch, and rolled down it into even deeper snow.  It must have looked goofy (or Dopey - I'm training for the Dopey Run, after all), and I was SO grateful nobody was around to see it.  No harm done.

Since I had to double back 2 miles on this 6 mile route to make up the distance needed, I passed the spot again after the sun came up.  It was one, measly, 1 inch stump sticking up a few inches from the ground.  Duh.

Between the mist, the fall and the puddles I ran through, I was very soaked by the time I was finished.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
10.00

A repeat of yesterday's run on Goodwill Drive.  This time in daylight.  A bit less slippery, and no fall today.  8:23 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Back to the treadmill, in the midst of a good snow squall.  Schools shut down.  Winter arrived WAY too early this year.

8:56 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength workout on the treadmill.  1.5 miles x 4 with 800 recoveries.  7:39 pace.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Route; 8:30 pace.  Gentle snow falling with little wind.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
228.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 52.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 66.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 48.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 62.00
Weight: 161.88
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