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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I ran my first marathon in 1998: "The Friendly Marathon" in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32. I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly - ended up running it in 4:00:30.  After that, I gave up running for the most part for 6 years.  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 every so often.  As a priest, entering weekend races always meant having to book a holiday, so it just didn't happen much.  My holidays were primarily focussed on various canoe and kayak trips.

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 (12 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (10 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (10 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (5 run):   

Run for the Toad 50k Trail   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

Sulphur Springs 50 mile Trail   May 25, 2019  10:37:27

Haliburton Forest 100 mile Trail   September 7-8, 2019  26:46:27

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.   That was fun

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.   That was muddy

The Haliburton Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019First place Master

A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston)

The Toronto Marathon in May 2020 (qualify for Boston).  A maybe.

The Sinister 7 Trail (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.  


I am a Roman Catholic priest of 25 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 8 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: 18.00 Month: 136.00 Year: 1978.99
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 209.50
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 147.32
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 106.25
Total Distance

Last shakeout run before tomorrow's Ultra.  Goodwill Road; 8:57 pace.

I have Mass this morning at one of my Nursing Homes, and will leave right after that.  It's about a 4 1/2 drive to Base Camp.  I hope to arrive by about 4pm, so I can check in, pick up my number (#20), drop off my Drop Bags and set up my tent at my camp site.  There is a mandatory dinner for all 100 milers at 6pm.  Race starts Saturday at 6am, with a hard cutoff for finishing at Noon Sunday.

The weather looks like this:  Lows in the single digits Celcius (mid 40s F) and highs in the high teens Celcius (mid 60s F).  Some rain likely, especially Saturday afternoon, but possible also at the start and overnight Saturday.  It's raining there now, so mud may be a factor.

The course is 25 miles out and then back on the same route, done twice.  Aid stations roughly 5 miles apart.  I'm using 3 drop bags.  The 2 main ones, with extra clothes/lights/etc., I'll leave at both ends, and I'll leave one with just Tailwind in about the middle.  I'm going to run exclusively on Tailwind, carrying 1200 calories worth at a time, using 2 soft flasks which I'll refill at the aid stations, and a fanny pack carrying the Tailwind refills.

Right now, I'm just aiming to finish in the 30 hours.  If I come in sooner - bonus!  More sleep at the end.

As far as my physical condition goes:

The right groin pain (injured in May) is still there, but doesn't seem to be more than a minor nuisance.  I'm not sure what it will do over 100 miles, but I think it will be okay IF I don't slip/fall.

The right achilles tendon pain has not been there this week during the taper.  I think it will be the biggest wild card over 100 miles.  The hills seem to challenge it.

The left plantar fasciitus (or whatever it is - might be a deep bruise) is still there, but seems to go away the further I run.  

Oh, and I woke up with a stupid paper cut (I think) on my left index finger.  I don't know where that came from.  Can bed sheets give you a paper cut???

Beyond that, I'm healthy and well trained.  If experience tells me anything, I'll be so sore pretty much everywhere 12 hours in, that my current aches will just kind of blend into the background.

I was at emergency last night; a good friend had a stroke and was rushed there by ambulance.  I stayed with him and his wife and son until they flew him down to Toronto for surgery.  I told him I would offer up all the pain of this Ultra for him.  Here's to you buddy!


Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 161.00
From Tom K on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 at 09:27:47 from

Sorry about your friend. Hopefully he will get great care in Toronto.

You should be just about finished now. I'm looking forward to that race report!

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