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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 Ghost 5 Miles: 14.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
Total Distance

A miserably painful run.  My left hip was really sore this morning when I got up.  It felt fine last night - stretched it out and I thought everything was great after the long run.  I guess not.

It hurt from the start, and I struggled just to keep at the slower end of my easy pace for the 1st 2 miles.  After that, I was limping.  I slowed right down and decided to cut the 6 mile run down to 4.  I'm glad I did, as I could barely hobble at the end.  Sucks.

Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 164.00
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Well, I ran.  Was scheduled for 10 miles, but decided to run 6 and bike for 40 minutes.  Here's how my week unfolded:

Sunday sucked, as reported.  I woke up Monday in a lot of pain, and was limping all day.  So, I didn't run.  Tuesday was a scheduled 'off' day anyway, and I was still limping, so I just rested.

Wednesday and Thursday were not better, so I biked both days.  I took my scheduled mileage and biked 10 minutes for every mile scheduled.  That gave me 110 minutes on Wednesday and 60 minutes on Thursday.

Thursday morning, I finally got the shot of cortisone in my hip.  The injection includes an anesthetic.  My doctor told me I would feel better quickly because of the anesthetic, but then back to my miserable self a day later.  Then another couple of days for the cortisone to work its magic.

Well, so far she is bang on.  I felt great last night and could actually hop on my bad leg for the 1st time in a long time.  I woke up a bit sore, but still ran the 6 miles without the same level of pain as I had on Sunday.  I cut it short only because I didn't want to push it just yet.  It's a few hours later and it's quite sore, so I'm curious to see if I'll be able to run tomorrow (10 miles scheduled) and I'm optimistic that my 6 mile run on Sunday will go well so that I can tackled the faster work planned for Monday.

IF all that goes well, I think I can make a few adjustments in my training and still run the Hamilton Marathon.  It will depend on my iliopsoas, of course.  Oh, and the x-ray results showed I have mild osteoarthritis in both hips.  Joy.  For now, that doesn't mean much, although it may be a factor for me at higher mileage - we'll see.  For now, I'm just hoping to run without the pain I've had recently.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
Total Distance

Managed to run my scheduled 10 miles, at the faster end of my easy range:  8:46/mile pace.

Still a lot of pain in that hip, but I decided to just push through it.  The injection was 2 days ago; I'm hopeful I'll notice a difference when I run my 8 miles tomorrow.

Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 5 Miles: 14.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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