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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 6 Gold Miles: 5.00Skechers GoRun4 Miles: 10.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 21.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 10.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
Total Distance

Easy run in a light mist; 8:27 pace.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 160.00
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2 repeats of 3 miles with a 1 mile recovery.

Aim was to run about 10 seconds faster than half marathon pace.

First set was 6:49  6:49 and 6:44  =  20:22

Second set was 6:48  6:48 and 6:46  =  20:22

So, happy about that.  Sore going into the run, because I'm back (as of Saturday) into my plyometric jump squats which I've been neglecting to do.  Aim to do strength work 3x/week, and I've been slacking off.  It shows - I felt it when I woke up today.  The good news - a one hour massage today at Noon!

Skechers GoRun4 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.50
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:43 pace.

Normally my rest day, but decided to go easy today, take tomorrow off, and then see if I can nail a tempo run on Thursday.

Had to wait for a big thunderstorm to pass by before I set out.  Some rain off and on, but I got home just before the big downpour, which is happening right now.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 158.00
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Was aiming for 7 miles at Tempo Pace.  Was close.

First 3.5 miles were good.  7:00  6:57  and  6:54.  But then I turned into the wind and came to the Highway Hilltop Hill in Hanmer.  And it wasn't the alliteration that slowed me down.  Just the mental game, I think, of hitting the hill and the wind.  So, I resigned myself to taking it home easy, until I got to the top of the hill and talked myself into pushing it for as long as I could.

So, I ended up running mile four in 7:40, but then ran miles 5 and 6 in 6:54  and  6:59.  So actually, my average pace for those 6 miles was 7:04, which is pretty much what I was aiming for.

Now, that's where it got sort of weird.  I've been fighting through an odd kind of pain in my right hip.  There must be a nerve involved, because it shoots down that leg, through the hamstring.  More tight than sore, but every so often, it feels like that whole leg is about to give out.  Well, just before mile 6, it hit me hard and the pain shot right down into my calf.  So, I eased off and coasted home for the rest.

I know I was cheating on the foam rolling for most of the summer, but I've been hitting it with a vengeance daily now for a week and will continue, along with the stretching and strength exercises.  I'm hoping I can work through whatever is causing this particular pain in the butt.  I mean, it's actually painful to just sit here and type right now!

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.50
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Easy 8:27 pace.  Much cooler this morning at 7C/44F.  Could have used my gloves.  But nice for running.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.50
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Long run in the fog.  A lot colder than I thought it was going to be.  Should have worn gloves.  Oh well.  10C/50F.

Ran a pretty even pace which averaged out to 8:07/mile.  Sure went a lot better than last week's effort.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 158.50
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Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00Skechers GoRun4 Miles: 10.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 21.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 10.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
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