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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: 19.00 Month: 69.17 Year: 1866.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 156.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 174.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 201.23
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 15.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 154.50
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:56 pace.

Was going to take the day off since I was still pretty sore when I went to bed.  But I woke up early feeling a lot better.  Just a mild soreness in the quads.  So, I decided to take a slow test run.  Glad I did - the quads were not an issue.  The wind sure was!  -1C/30F with a stiff wind at 25 mph, making the windchill just 18 degrees.  Isn't it supposed to be warmer than this by now???

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 154.50
Total Distance

Pushed it a bit further today; 8:41 pace.  Feeling like my normal self.  Still cold!  Just -1C/32F with a strong north wind.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 156.00
Total Distance

Feeling sore today, so took it super easy.  Five miles; 9:01 pace.  Heading to Ottawa tomorrow, so will get a couple of runs along the Rideau Canal when I'm there.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 156.00
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In Ottawa with some parishioners for the Annual March for Life.  Early morning run along the Rideau Canal.  I LOVE this route.  SO many runners.  Anyway, went the 6 miles at an easy pace of 8:41.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 154.00
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Along the Rideau Canal again.  Went all the way to the Dows Lake Pavillion.  What's there not to love about this city for running?  I think there must be runners out 24 hours/day.

Easy pace; 8:39.  Started slow and picked it up to MP by the end.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 154.00
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:51 pace.

Well, it has been officially announced, so now I can say that I've been transferred to a different Parish, effective July 1st.  Not moving very far ... Garson.  Just 25km/15 miles from where I am now.  It's literally the parish next door to me.  Basically, moving from the Northern part of Greater Sudbury to the Eastern part.

So, as far as running, not much will change.  Still pretty much flat as a pancake there.  I'll have to discover new running routes once I move.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 152.50
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Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 15.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 154.50
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