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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
Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 17.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 17.00
Weight: 155.17
Total Distance

Easy run with strides at miles 3, 4 and 5.  Average pace was 8:45.

All the new snow was finally cleared over night, and with the temperature around -12C/10F, the surface is pretty solid for running on.  

15 weeks to Boston - and a Happy New Year to everyone!


Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 155.00
Total Distance

My 1st 'long run' of this training cycle.  Just 10 miles, but the pace is a bit faster --- supposed to be 40 seconds slower than Marathon Pace, so around 8:25/mile.

I started off too fast, but was able to reset and at mile 6 was averaging 8:22/mile.

My program allows me to pick up the pace at the end to mimic running the last miles of the marathon on tired legs - so Marathon Pace or faster.  I ran miles 7, 8 and 9 at:

7:36  7:30  and 7:23.  So, average of 8:05 over the ten miles.

It felt easy, despite the challenging running surface.  It has warmed up to -5C/23F, making the shoulders mushy, but the tire ruts icy.  There were only a few sections where there was bare pavement.  But hey, if there is a freak snow storm in Boston in April, I'm good to go!

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 10.00
Weight: 155.50
Total Distance

Easy recovery run in conditions similar to yesterday, except the snow sections are more like running through mashed potatoes today.  9:03 pace.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 155.50
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Speedwork on the treadmill, which works out fine, since there is a ton of new snow outside this morning.

6 x 800m with 400m recoveries for 3 miles fast, and the rest either recovery, warm up or warm down.

I ran the fast sections at a pace of 6:39, or 200 seconds/segment.

The foam I put under the treadmill helped - it moved a lot less today.

Oh, this morning I also ordered my Boston Marthon jacket!  I didn't want to risk not getting my size at the Expo on Sunday afternoon.  I'm having it shipped to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and a friend will pick it up for me (they don't ship to Canada).  I'll figure out later how to get it here from there --- it's 200 miles away.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 156.00
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Tempo run on the treadmill.  Was planned anyway, but an extra bonus, given that it's -25C/-12F outside.

6 miles at 7:39 pace.  Tempo (race) Pace is more like 7:45, but the extra little speed compensates a bit for the treadmill efficiency.  I alternated running 2 minutes downslope, 1 minute level, 2 minutes upslope and kept cycling through that pattern.

Oh, and the foam I put under the treadmill worked!  No more sliding off the blocks.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 154.50
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:49 pace.

Nice to be outside, but COLD! -22C/-8F  With the windchill factor, it was -30C/-23F.  That makes it my second coldest run this season, the coldest being on December 15th.  

That's 4 weeks of training done; 14 to go!

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 7.00
Weight: 154.50
Total Distance
Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 17.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 17.00
Weight: 155.17
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