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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: 18.00 Month: 136.00 Year: 1978.99
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: 147.32
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 106.25
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin Miles: 12.00Enigma Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
Total Distance

Ran an easy 8:45 pace.  Right heel a little sore; same as groin, but not as bad as last week.  I'm going to run two more 3 milers over the next 2 days, and then rest before the 8 mile race on Saturday.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 4.00
Weight: 159.50
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Just a nice, relaxed 8:53 pace and only 3 miles - no pain issues noticed.

Enigma Miles: 3.00
Weight: 159.50
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Three easy miles at an 8:43 pace.

Enigma Miles: 3.00
Weight: 159.50
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Race: Mackinac Island 8 Miles (8 Miles) 01:01:17, Place overall: 73, Place in age division: 8
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Well, this was my 1st race since Detroit almost a year ago.  It was meant to be a test for me to see how I've come along since that torn tendon.  So, I had no intention of racing hard.  I did well, however, and I felt great and did better than expected.  My goal was to run an 8 minute/mile pace.  I ended up with an average of 7:40 minute/mile and felt strong throughout.  My splits were:

7:25, 7:43, 7:46, 7:40, 7:41, 7:37, 7:40 and 7:32

The day was comfortable (21 Celcius) but very humid.  That made it a bit more challenging.

I started off too fast for sure, but mid-way through the 1st mile settled down to a fairly steady pace.  Both my right AT and left PF were sore from the minute I woke up in the morning, and continued that way no matter how much I stretched.  However, by mile 2 those pains were entirely gone.

It's a flat course, but where there was an uphill, I ran on my forefoot.  The rest I ran with a regular heel strike.  So, about 2 miles forefoot strike.  That really helped, and so I can see how in my training, I'll have to use both types of foot strikes.

My groin was never an issue when running, but sure felt tight when I finished.  I'll wait and see how it feels tomorrow.

The toughest part was sitting for almost 6 hours right after as I had to drive home for Mass tonight.  Really stiffened up.

I ran my own race and it shows.  At the end, I could have sprinted a bit faster, but chose to keep my pace and so I felt comfortable at the end.  I'm really pleased with this result.

I finished 8th of 77 in my division and 73rd of 1302 runners overall.  I will take it easy for a few days.  Based on this experience, I'm thinking I'll run the 6.6 Sault race in 3 weeks and likely the 10km Collingwood race the weekend after IF no issues appear in the meantime.


Brooks Glycerin Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin Miles: 12.00Enigma Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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