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Location:

Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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 (4 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

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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 2019.

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.  

Personal:

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: 22.00 Month: 163.50 Year: 1310.42
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 171.50
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 391.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 168.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 16.00
Total Distance
60.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 36.00Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 20.50Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.20
Total Distance
14.00

Radar Road; 8:48 pace steady.  Gorgeous day!

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 163.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:55 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:51 pace.

I hurt.  Not a bad hurt.  Just a "I started doing my strength work again after 5 weeks of doing none" kind of hurt.

Back to 120 plyometric jump squats and 180 heal drops, 3 times/week.

The advantage of not doing them for a while is finding out which muscles they work.  That would be the quads, hamstrings, glutes, hips and calves.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
14.50

Radar Road; 8:28 pace.

Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 14.50
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
16.00

12 mile run on Radar Road; 8:37 pace.

Then home for an hour, and then my partner picked me up and we went to run the Miner's Mayhem - third year in a row for our team.  That was just over 4 miles of hills, mud and obstacles.  We ran it in 1:03:06 - a 15:17 pace for the 4.13 miles.  So, not bad.  

We named ourselves the "Sole Survivor's", because NOBODY else from our previous years teams could join us this morning.  So, Sonya and I ran it ourselves.  Just a fun event - although challenging in its own way.  I've run this event 5 times now - 3 on a team and twice solo - so I now have a collection of 5 hard hats - the reward at the finish line.

Oh, on my 12 miler, a Marten crossed in front of me - about 20 feet ahead.  It ran out of a marsh, onto the pathway, stopped, turn and saw me, and then continued across the path into the marsh on the other side.  Way cool - they are rare to see like that.

Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
60.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Miles: 36.00Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Miles: 20.50Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 161.20
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