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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: 12.00 Month: 130.00 Year: 1972.99
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: 100.25
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 14.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.33
Total Distance

I decided to take it outside today, since it was SO mild compared to what we've had lately - it was a balmy 1C/34F and no wind.  That, plus there is virtually no traffic on an early Sunday morning, so it's a lot safer.

I ran the 6 miles in 51:53 at a pretty consistent 8:39 pace, so basically the same as I've been running on the treadmill.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Speedwork on the treadmill.  600 x 8 repeats with 400 recoveries.  Ran the repeats at 6:25 pace.  

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Well, that didn't go so well.

Tempo run - supposed to run 3 miles at race pace (7:50).  I could only keep it there for 2 miles.  Maybe could have pushed for another half, but in the Hanson's program, it's not supposed to be quite that hard.  In their words, if you struggle to maintain a tempo pace for the shorter training distances, then maybe the race finish time has been set too fast.

So, maybe cutting 200 seconds off my PR from 2 years ago is too ambitious.  I think my speed work paces are okay, but maybe need to slow down my recovery days a bit, and readjust my goal time.  I'll have to give it some thought and decide if my training paces will need some adjustments.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 6.00
Weight: 158.50
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6 easy treadmill miles; running time of 53 minutes (8:50 pace).

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6 easy treadmill miles; running time of 53 minutes (8:50 pace).

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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I took it outside today, just because.  8 miles at an average pace of 8:24; running time of 67:16.

It felt good to get off the treadmill.  The streets suck, however.  It was snowing pretty steady and there was an inch or so on the road.  Under that was ice, and rough, patch ice at that.  So, uneven surface, and a lot of slipping and sliding.  Either that or closer to the snow banks, in which case it was like running through mashed potatoes.

Still, the fresh air was great.  It was -7C/19F, with a windchill of -15C/5F, so actually not that bad.  And the trees on the 1st half were heavy laden with snow and it was just awesome to run through that.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 14.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.33
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