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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
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 17.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.17
Total Distance

16 weeks to the Toad!  So starts my 'official' Ultra training program.  Sundays are an optional running day, but it feels odd taking 2 days off/week, so went for a slow, easy one.

9:06 pace in a light rain.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.00
Total Distance

Back to the ski trails in Capreol.  Scheduled for 10, but decided to tack on the eleventh.  Well, kinda forced to it actually, as I was still in the woods after 10.  Wandered off on an interesting side trail and discovered some new areas for running.  

Running time of 1:52:30 with an average pace of 10:13.  I don't think the flies were as bad this week, and so I didn't have to run quite as fast!

Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.50
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Moderately paced run; 8:09/mile.  Although gusty, the temperature was perfect at 11C/52F.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.50
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Easy run; 8:50 pace.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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A new route today - don't know why I didn't try this one before.  Drove 3 miles north of my house and parked.  That puts me on the north rim of the crater .., not so flat up there as down here in the valley.

There is a dirt road there that meanders through the wilderness.  Nelson Lake Road.  A good variety of hills.  It goes on forever, so I just ran an out and back, and threw in 4 strides for good measure.

My only concern (other than coming upon a bear) was the dry, dirt road.  I figured if a truck came along, I'd be choking on dust.  Well, just 100 feet from the end of the run, a quad raced by and it did kick up a lot of dust.  Ah well.

There was just enough of a breeze to keep the biting insects at bay.


Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:45 pace.

Was talking to a parishioner last night about the route I ran yesterday.  That's where he goes hunting in the fall.  Told me yeah, there's lots of bears, but it's the wolves that are more aggressive.  Thanks.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 17.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.17
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