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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: 40.00 Month: 57.50 Year: 182.50
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 311.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 292.00
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 205.50
Total Distance
186.50
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 63.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 49.50Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 5.00Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 69.00
Weight: 160.64
Total Distance
8.00

8:34 pace; Donnelly Circuit.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 158.50
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8.00

8:36 pace; Goodwill Route.

Freezing rain falling, and quite slippery for running.  Okay, as long as I avoided the pavement and stuck to the gravel shoulder.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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9.00

8:23 pace on a new route:  The Garson-Coniston Highway.  The hills are a lot more gentle than the sharp ups and downs on the Donnelly Route.  And only a couple of side streets with people pulling in, so a bit safer from that perspective.  Of course, it IS on the shoulder of a highway, so heavy and fast moving traffic.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.50
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5.50

8:43 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.

Really mild at 9C/48F.  Pretty much all the snow has melted.  Windy though!  65kmp winds (40mph).

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.50
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

8:51 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.  The snow is back - with a vengeance.  Came down pretty heavy, to the point where it was hard to see at times.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
8.00

9:02 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.  Lots of snow coming down, so it was kinda like running on the beach.  Except colder.  And with lots of distracted drivers.  And no lake.  But yeah, just like that.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
12.00

9:02 pace on the Maley Extension route.  Still pretty sloppy out there in places.  Cold too - my gatoraide turned to slush.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 12.00
Weight: 158.50
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9.00

8:17 pace on the Garson-Falconbridge Hwy Route.

Coldest run of the season so far.  Glad I had my face mask on.  -24C/-12F with some wind.  My face was pretty much frozen over by the end.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.00
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5.00

Wow - we're getting clobbered with snow.

I was going to brave it, but I only took one step and sunk up to my shin.  So I turned around and hit the treadmill instead.  I figured the drivers here are nuts when the weather is good, so best not to push it.  School busses cancelled, people stuck in their driveways, and so on.

Anyway, 5 miles at about an 8:48 pace.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

So, I checked the temps and decided to stay indoors again.  Wow, is it COLD!  With the windchill, -37C/-34F.  You KNOW it's cold when it's the same in both metric and imperial.

Besides, there are SO many car accidents right now, I figured I'd go the safe route.  That, and I wanted to do a bit of speed work, which I have not done in a few months.

So, 3 x 1 mile intervals, at 7:30 pace, with 400 recoveries.

Also decided on a 24 week training program for my 100 km Ultra.  Begins January 1st.  It's a bit more gentle than the 16 week program I was initially looking at.  More on that in the New Year.

Oh, one more benefit of the treadmill:  specificity of training.  I can run hot, and even now begin to prepare for the Southern Ontario heat I'll feel in mid-June.

 

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

Treadmill run; 8:30 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.50
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14.00

9:08 pace to Holy Redeemer Church and back.  Not an easy run.

First off, it's cold. -34C/-29F with the windchill.

That led to the next problem:  My water and gatroaide froze solid.  I only managed a few sips before sipping was history.  So, no food or drink on this run.

It also led to the other problem: really sloppy sidewalks.  It has been so cold, the salt has not been able to work.  Plus, the street plows and the sidewalk plows are working against each other, and the street plows are winning.  So, far from a smooth running surface.  More like running through chunky mashed potatoes.

Anyway, I toughed it out and finished.  Sure speaks to the advantages of the treadmill, though, even though it's not easy to run in one spot for 2+ hours.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

Took it outside today, since I was able to run in daylight.  But it may have been a mistake.  Ran a pace of 8:49, but changed my route multiple times ... the sidewalks were just not passable, and I avoided the highway routes whenever possible.  I think I'll stick to the treadmill until things get cleaned up a bit out there.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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5.00

Treadmill; 9:00/mile pace.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.00

On the treadmill; 9 minute/mile pace, with two 1 mile intervals of 7:30 each.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.00

Back to the treadmill; set it at 8:45 pace and went 70 minutes.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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16.00

Took it outside for 2:25.  Got a bit creative with my route ... down Maley/Barrydowne to Minnow Lake area, down Bancroft, return up Falconbridge and home.

It's pretty messy out there.  At -10C/14F, the salt they put on the roads did its job, but with a light snow all night, it was all slush by this morning.  The sidewalks were hit and miss - but where the plow had cleared them, they were good for running.

And in the heart of Sudbury shop land, I found the drivers to be extra careful around pedestrians.  I guess because there are so many of us out this morning.  Anyway, that was all good.

I deliberately started off slow, and picked it up for the second half.  Ended up with an average pace of 9:04.

It wasn't quite cold enough for my gatoraide to freeze this week, but my Cliff Bar sure did!  However, after holding it in my hand inside the glove for a mile, it was soft enough to eat.

So, that tops me out in my base mileage phase at 45 miles/week.  My official training starts January 1st, and I don't hit that mileage again for a month, so I think I'm in a good position going into my training phase.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 16.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
7.00

8:31 pace on the Goodwill Route.  Even though it snowed all night and made it difficult for running, there was just no way I was going to miss running outside on a day when there is virtually NO traffic.  

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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5.00

45 minutes on the treadmill.  Beautiful, clear sky.  But a tad chilly at -39C/-37F with windchill factored in.  When the Celcius and Fahrenheit scales match, you just KNOW it's time to stay inside.  

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 162.50
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7.00

Treadmill run - it's CRAZY cold today.  With the windchill, it's -43C/-45F.  Ouch.

Anyway, threw in 2 one mile intervals at a 7:30 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

72 minutes on the treadmill.  We are still in the grip of a polar vortex.  Brrrr!

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.50
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12.00

Treadmill again today.  With a windchill factor of -36 (basically no difference between C and F), I went for comfort.  Besides, I'm training for a hot Ultra anyway, and can use the heat conditioning.

I set up an African Cichlid tank in my running room.  There is no t.v., so I get to watch the fish for the duration.  Actually pretty entertaining.

Last run for this year.  Monday begins my 24 week Ultra program.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
186.50
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 63.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 49.50Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 5.00Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 69.00
Weight: 160.64
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