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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: 18.00 Month: 136.00 Year: 1978.99
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: 106.25
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 30.25Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 10.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 12.00
Weight: 156.00
Total Distance

First outside run in 9 weeks!  Hurray!

I saw a local runner on Saturday, when I was driving to my other Church for the funeral, and I made up my mind that I would run outside on Monday.

On Sunday, during the same drive, there was a blizzard.  White out conditions.  I changed my mind about the run.

But today, it was cold and clear.  So I went for it.  -12C/11F, so not the balmiest of runs, but it felt so nice to have the road beneath my feet.

The gatoraide in my handhelds froze by mile 6, but that's okay.

Ended up running an average 9:01 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 157.00
Total Distance

Goodwill Road; 8:58 pace.  Still on the chilly side:  -13C/9F.  Not much wind though, which helps.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 156.50
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Back to the treadmill for my weekly speedwork.

7 x 800 @ 6:58/mile pace, with 400 recoveries.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 156.00
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Treadmill; 9:36 pace.

Too dark at the early hour to run outside.  Besides, aiming for 24 road miles tomorrow.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 12.00
Weight: 156.00
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Sad news:  my ancient Garmin Forerunner 305 died on me.  I'll be looking for a museum to donate it to.  It just would not stay powered on.  I had put a new battery in this winter, but this is more than a battery problem.  Ah well - time for a new GPS watch.

So, I ran with my Timex stop watch instead, since I basically know where the mile splits are on Radar Road.  Of course, going out 12 miles, I wasn't sure exactly about the turn around, so I ended up running a quarter mile further than planned.  No harm done.

Ended up running an average pace of 9:46/mile.  I intentionally started out slowly, hoping to finish a bit stronger.  However, my legs were pretty heavy toward the end.  It will take a few weeks to adjust to running outside.  Slightly different muscles are involved, I suppose.

It was supposed to snow, but didn't.  I nailed the clothing side of things, and was comfortable throughout.  Starting temperature of -5C/23F, and going all the way up to -1C/30F by the time I finished almost 4 hours later.

I'm actually hoping for more snow before the season for it ends.  We are SO CLOSE to breaking the all time snow record.  It would be shame, after surviving this winter, to NOT have a record to show for it.  I think just a few more inches will do it.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 24.25
Weight: 154.50
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 30.25Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 10.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 12.00
Weight: 156.00
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