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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 (3 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

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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 Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019.

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

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: 128.17 Year: 128.17
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 234.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 357.08
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 340.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 283.37
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 18.00
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin Miles: 8.00Ghost 5 Miles: 4.00Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 4.00Enigma Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.75
Total Distance

4 mile easy run in the early morning mist/light rain.

Boy, my right hamstring REALLY tightened up over the weekend, after my last long run.  I worked it hard for 2 days, with stretches and the foam roller.  It finally felt better last night, and didn't seem to be an issue during today's run ... still a little sore, but manageable.  I'll keep working on it this week, as I focus on stretching and foam rolling.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 4.00
Weight: 163.00
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Just a nice, easy paced run.  Brisk morning, but sunny and no wind.

Ghost 5 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 162.00
Total Distance

What a miserable day!  Cold and wet.  Strong wind driving from the North.  Yuck.  I almost decided to run on my treadmill, but am glad I opted to go outside after all, since I'm so close to race day, and I wanted a dress rehearsal - wore what I plan on wearing on Sunday.

It's 40 F, which is actually what the temperature is forecast to be in Cleveland around race time (7am) on Sunday.  The good news is, it's also forecast to be sunny, with little wind and low humidity.  Should be good for racing, and as far as temperature goes, it's pretty much what I've been training in - much better for me than heat.

Anyway, my program called for speed work today --- 2x one mile at 6:38.  I ran the 1st one at 6:31 and the second one at 6:20 (wind partially at my back).  Both felt strong, and I have absolutely no pain issues - neither my iliopsoas, nor my glutes/hamstrings.  So, I'm glad for that.

As expected this time of the year, my allergies are flaring up a bit.  Will double up on the anti-histamines and that should take care of it. 

So, a bit of a confidence booster today.  I think everything is falling into place for what I hope to be a PR on Sunday.

Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.00
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My last run before the Cleveland Half on Sunday.  And today's conditions look identical to race conditions:  4 C (39 F), cloudy, and a bit of a wind.

Physically, I feel great going into this race.  A little tightness in some areas, but no pain and no injuries.  I am confident of a PR on Sunday.

My strategy will be to join the 3:05 marathon pace group and stick with them.  This should solve my problem of going out too fast and fading later on.  I'll have to run the last 3.5 miles without them, where the marathon route turns away, but at that point it will be okay anyway (I won't be tempted to go too fast at that point!).

So, I travel today as far as Southern Ontario and then to Cleveland on Saturday.  I'm turning this into a holiday --- making my way eventually to Chicago --- so I won't be home until Saturday, the 24th of May.  I won't have ready access to a computer, so unfortunately my race report will have to wait until then.  

Oh, my bib number is 6597.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.00
Total Distance

4 mile easy run in Toronto.  Muscles and hamstrings have really loosened up.  Feeling good.

Enigma Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin Miles: 8.00Ghost 5 Miles: 4.00Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 4.00Enigma Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.75
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