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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: 0.00 Month: 118.00 Year: 1960.99
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: 141.32
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 94.25
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Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 6.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 7.00Enigma Miles: 14.00Ghost 5 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 160.00
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Down Hill session, same as last Monday.  Had planned on running 6 instead of 5 repeats this time.  However, I'm still struggling to breathe due to allergies and, after 4 repeats, decided it was best to stop while ahead.  Still, that's 2 miles worth of downhill work, so it will do the job.  

The good news is my allergies do seem to be letting up a bit - my lungs don't hurt as much.  More than anything else, what did me in this morning was a coughing fit while re-ascending the hill for the 3rd time.  Ouch!

Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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7 easy miles, for a run of just over 1 hour.  My lungs are still not firing on all cylinders ... I'm pretty congested and it's hard to breathe, but maybe it's not as bad as the last couple of days.  Sure will be glad when allergy season is over!

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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7 easy miles (8:43 pace).  The good news:  I am breathing a little better today.  I slept a solid 7.5 hours.  I am still congested, but when I cough I am managing to keep my lungs where they belong.  Other symptoms seem to be fading away too, so I'm hoping I'll continue to see daily improvements from here on it.

At about mile 3.5, someone stopped and asked if I wanted a ride.  Nice - but I declined.  Wasn't even tempted.

I slept in until almost 6am, and I lingered a bit longer over a second cup of coffee, since I am not due at the office until a little bit later than usual today.  That meant I ran with a different group of commuters - gotta watch that.  Traffic is heavier at this time, and those cars pulling out from sidestreets really are not looking for pedestrians/runners.


Enigma Miles: 7.00
Weight: 158.00
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7 easy miles in the rain.  The 1st really warm rain we've had, so I didn't mind it at all.  It started yesterday and continues today, and it's doing a great job of clearing the pollen from the air, so all is good.

I didn't go into any coughing fits on this run, and my lungs are not burning quite as much, so I do think I've turned the corner on the allergy front.

Ghost 5 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.50
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An easy run.  Lungs continue to improve - slowly.  Tomorrow I'll attempt a long run.

Enigma Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.50
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A nice day for a long run, although there was a cold north wind (48 F with 20 mph wind).  Miles 1, 12, 13 and 14 were into the wind.  Miles 5, 6, 7 and 9 had it at my back.

My long run pace when I start my Hanson's Marathon Training program next month is 8:18, so I aimed for that.  Did pretty good - ran 1:56:08 with an average pace of 8:17.

I took a Boom Energy Gel 15 minutes before I began, a Power Bar Gel Blast at miles 2, 4, 6 and 12, a Hammer Gel at mile 8 and 8 ounces of Honey Maxx at mile 10.  The rest was water.  Of course hydration was not a huge issue today, given the cold temperatures.

I'm pleased with my breathing - much easier than it has been all week.  However, when I finished, I had an extended coughing spell that really hurt my iliopsoas.  It hurts to cough!  Other than that, I'm pleased with the run today.

I have an obstacle course 'mud run' that I'm doing a week from today, and I'll be away at camp Monday - Friday, so even though I'll be running every day, I'll have to wait until I get home to record what I've done.

Ghost 5 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 162.00
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Mizuno Wave Elixir 8 Miles: 6.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 7.00Enigma Miles: 14.00Ghost 5 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 160.00
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