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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: 16.00Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 19.00
Weight: 157.80
Total Distance

Late run for me; I had to bring my Vulcan in to the garage for a service first thing this morning, and didn't get back home until late afternoon.  Also had physio this morning.

So, ran 5 continuous.  I'm not pleased that I can still feel that pressure in my hamstring though.  After 5 weeks, you'd think it would be completely gone by now.  I guess I need to be more patient.  Ran the 1st three miles at around a 9:15 pace, and the last two at 8:45.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.00
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First time I've run twice within 12 hours - was a little nervous about it, but decided to take it slow and see how the hamstring felt.

Although it was tight throughout, I think it actually felt better than last night.  I ran my 1st mile at 9:38 and my last mile at 9:00, with my speed gradually increasing throughout - average pace of 9:19/mile.

So, I'm still cautiously optimistic.  Would love to have that tightness go away.  And the hamstring is still painful when pressed.  However, I hope to run 5 miles every day this week.  Still no speedwork on the horizon for a while though.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.00
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I started off slow and thinking I'd go 5 miles.  I'm in Ottawa tomorrow for the March for Life and want to run 8 miles there on the beautiful trails along the Rideau Canal.  But as soon as I started, I noticed I had no tightness in my hamstrings at all.  First time in a long time.

So, at mile 4 I made the decision to go for 6, and I pushed the pace a bit.  Over all, my average pace was 9:01.  I ran 9:21   9:12   8:59   8:39   8:53 and 9:04.

There was some tightness for the final 2 miles, but not as bad as it has been.  More of a reminder that I need to be cautious and not push it too hard just yet.

This is the most hopeful I've been in weeks.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 157.50
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This is yesterday's run report, as I didn't get home from Ottawa until almost 11 last night.  

A beautiful morning, and I always love the ottawa trails along the Rideau Canal.  I started near the locks downtown where I was staying, and ran to Dows Lake and back.  8 miles in total.

Good News!!!  My hamstring was not an issue.  Very slight tightness, and it got no worse as I went.  I could have gone further, but thought it best to not push it.  In fact, I'm going to rest today and try for a 10 miler (maybe 11) tomorrow.  Then the Bayshore Half is just a week away.

I took it easy on the speed.  My splits:

9:21  8:57  9:07  9:01  8:56  8:37  8:43  and  9:04, for an average pace of 8:58 and a running time of 1:11:54.

I have physiotherapy this afternoon and I believe it will be my final one, although for sure I'll be keeping up with my own strength routine for the hammies, and I know I need to be very careful going forward so as not to reinjure them.  I have no plans for speedwork any time soon.


Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 158.00
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Success!  No pain and no tightness at all in my hamstrings either during or after the run.  Total run time was 98 minutes, for an average pace of 8:56.  I'm very happy with the results.  It has been over 5 weeks since my injury, so it's great to be back to where I was.

The 5 weeks of reduced training shows though.  I was very fatigued by the end.  But I did it, and now I have the confidence to run the Bayshore Half next Saturday.

Just a few weeks ago, I planned on walk/running it in 3 hours.  Now I'm aiming to come in  under 2 hours.  Nowhere close to my PR, but I'm going to just think of this as a training run for Chicago, and go out to enjoy the scenery.

I'm leaving early Monday for London, Ontario, and so won't be able to blog any of my runs until I get back home after the Bayshore event.


Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 157.50
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin Miles: 16.00Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 19.00
Weight: 157.80
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