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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
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 20.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 30.00
Weight: 161.20
Total Distance

Radar Road; 8:45 pace.  Light rain and humid.  Groin - no change.  But I was glad to go the extra distance.  Second half was 20 seconds/mile faster.

Oh, and I registered for the Haliburton 100.  That's a Canadian Shield style trail race - typical Northern Ontario geography - near here (about a 5 hour drive) with a 30 hour cut off.  It's on September 7/8.  I must be nuts.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.50
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Goodwill Road; 8:23 pace.  A little faster than I should, but my legs just wanted to move.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Radar Road; 8:24 pace.  20 seconds/mile faster on the last 5 miles.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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Radar Road; 8:15 pace.  Actually, 8:30 out and 8:00 back.  Too fast.  After the first mile, I tried to reign it in.  But I'm too wired, I think, to slow it down.

Dark night of the soul, and Led into the time of Trial stuff.  You'd think that St. Louis winning the Stanley Cup (Hurray), the Raptors winning the NBA Championship (Double Hurray!), and the Blue Jays winning a game (A Very Rare Hurray), all in 2 days, would help.  Nah.  Yesterday was a particularly bad day on SO many levels.  Today, I just needed to run.

Ah well.  Fortunately, that's where the running helps in spades.  Just gotta try to slow the pace a bit.  After all the rain we've had, the running surface was nice and soft for running.  It felt good.

As to the groin pain - a noticeable improvement.  Still achy, but not screaming pain any more.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.50
Total Distance

Radar Road; 8:39 pace.  

After 3 weeks, I know I'm not fully recovered from Sulphur Springs, but it felt SO good to get a somewhat decent long run in.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 20.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 30.00
Weight: 161.20
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