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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 (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 (4 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

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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 2019.

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: 30.00 Month: 111.00 Year: 1257.92
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 377.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 150.00
Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 7.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 17.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.67
Total Distance

6 treadmill miles easy; 52 minutes running time at 8:40 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Some speedwork on the treadmill today.  4 x 800 @ 6:23/mile pace.  

Although sunny today, the temperature is -21C/-6F with a windchill of -32C/-25F.  Not the best for speedwork when the roads are icy.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.00
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1.5 miles at tempo pace on the treadmill; the rest easy miles.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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I took this easy 6 miles outside; 8:24 pace.  Not a bad morning for running, although the heavy traffic is back, now that the holidays are over.

Temperature was -1C/30F, with a light drizzle to begin, which turned into a light snow, then a bit heavier snow, and then back to a light drizzle by the time I finished.

I'm not running the trails anymore, but the roads are decent enough.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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6 easy miles outside, at a pace of 8:30.  Still mild out:  -1C/30F.  Colder weather coming next week, however.  Still, it will be mild for tomorrow's long run.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 158.50
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Okay, today's run was just awful. And I don't know why.

It started off okay.  12 mile long run at sub 8:00 pace.  No real problem for the 1st seven miles, where I averaged 7:57/mile (granted, all over the map in terms of pace, but still ...).  And that was with very challenging conditions.  Mainly freezing rain, and the roads were like a skating rink.  I did my best to stay in the crusty snow off to the side, but not easy running.  A bit of a headwind too.

Then it was like I just ran out of fuel.  NO pep in my step at all.  I had to slow right down, and that was now with the wind at my back.  Ending up running almost a minute slower/mile.  Decided to cut off a mile (since I could) and ended with an average pace of 8:13.  Knees - sore.  Ankle - sore.  Stomach - felt awful.  It was even hard to walk at that point - not from pain, but from exhaustion.

So, I'm not sure what went down.  Maybe overtraining a bit?  Nutrition off?  Too much wine last night?  Started off a bit too fast?  

It's 4 hours later and I've had a nap, and my legs still feel like rubber, so I'm going with the overtraining theory.  I think I'll see if taking an easy week - no speedwork - helps.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 11.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 7.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 17.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.67
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