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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 (11 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) Qualified: 4:39 under my BQ time

Sulphur Springs Trail (50 Miles) in May 2020 (warm up for S7)

The Sinister 7 Trail (100 Miles) in July 2020 (decided to go for it)

New York Marathon in November 2020 (IF I get in via lottery)

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 26 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 9 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: 34.00 Month: 174.00 Year: 400.20
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 324.20
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 307.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 375.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 359.00
Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 15.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 8.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 151.25
Total Distance

Easy run in the snow; 8:53 pace.  Ankle deep snow - soft and fluffy, but still took a bit extra to work through it.  I decided to drop the strides today, since the footing was a bit iffy.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 151.50
Total Distance

10 easy miles; 8:46 pace.  Just -13C/9F, but the roads were all cleared and it was nice for running - I've been pretty good at nailing the right combination of layers for my outside runs.

Snowed off and on, but not terribly heavy.  Tomorrow may be a different story, however ... major snow storm heading our way.  They are calling for as much as 7 inches; hopefully I can get my morning run finished before that.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 151.50
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Easy run; 8:43 pace.  Cold morning at -16C/4F and a strong Northeast wind blowing, but I got ahead of the snow which is on its way later today.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 152.50
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Hill repeats on the treadmill.  1200m uphill at 7:15 pace, 400 recovery, 1200m downhill at 10:00 pace, repeat.  Total of 3 uphill and 2 downhill segments.  Legs felt good throughout.  This was my last hill specific workout.  Last speed workout next week, and then into more marathon specific 'strength runs' the weeks after.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 152.00
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Tempo work on the treadmill; 8 miles at 7:39 pace.

Same routine as before:  1 minute level, 2 minutes uphill, 1 minute level and 2 minutes downhill, repeated 10x, with 2 extra minutes at the end.

Felt great throughout.  I'd like to move my Tempo runs outside eventually, but it's too crazy cold and slippery right now to run that pace.  And besides, I like being able to consistently put in the elevation changes as a way of preparing for Boston.  Hopefully, by the end of March I can take them outside though.


Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 150.50
Total Distance

Easy recovery run; 8:51 pace.  Lots of new snow with a bit of freezing rain thrown in for fun.  My street is a mess, but once I got to my main route, it was okay.

Nine weeks of training down - nine weeks to go!

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 149.50
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Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 15.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 8.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 151.25
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