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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I was never a runner.  I mean, I ran some when I was in university, because it was the thing to do, but it was never that serious.  In highschool a little before that too, but it was a bit of a joke, because I smoked (not heavy, but still) and never took my health that seriously.

I ran my first marathon in 1998 in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32.  It was kind of stupid - I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly.  Ended up running it in 4:00:30.  I gave up running for the most part for 6 years after that.  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 as I paid more attention to my health.

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 (3 run):   

Run for the Toad 50k   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

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.

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

The Haliburton (100 Miles) in September 2019.

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

The Sinister 7 (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 23 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 7 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: 8.00 Month: 132.00 Year: 2094.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 182.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 278.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 278.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 21.00
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Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 14.50
Weight: 160.00
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Was allowed 2 miles on the treadmill today, so sandwiched it in between an 80 minute spin on the bike.  The hamstring (Biceps Femoris, to be precise) was tight throughout, but no real pain.  We'll see what my physiotherapist thinks later today.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 160.50
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60 minutes on the spin bike.

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55 minutes on the spin bike, followed by 2 miles on the treadmill this afternoon, under the watchful eye of my physiotherapist.  His goal is to get me running 6 miles by the end of next week.  The good news is, although there is still tightness when running, there was no pain at all when I was finished.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 160.00
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Getting there.  After 65 minutes on the spin bike, I was able to run 4.5 on the treadmill at the physio's place.  Picked up the speed a bit too - ran at 9:00/mile.  Felt good.  No pain or tightness in the hamstring.  I'm catiously optimistic.


Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 159.50
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Was supposed to run 20 miles, so decided on 200 minutes of cardio.  40 minutes on the spin bike, followed by 10 minutes running, repeated 4x.  Ended up feeling good ... no pain or tightness ... so went 140 minutes on the spin bike and 60 minutes running.

It has been almost 5 weeks since my hamstring went ballistic.  Two weeks reduced to 24 miles each, and then 2 weeks with virtually no running.  I'm hopeful I can get back to 24 miles next week and then build quickly from there.  With the biking, I should not have lost too much fitness, so it's just a matter of not crossing over that line where I push my body too hard from running.

Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Brooks Glycerin 14 Miles: 14.50
Weight: 160.00
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