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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
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Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 35.50Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 25.50
Weight: 158.00
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Mega long run - my final one before "The Toad Ultra".  26 miles.  Weird running that distance as a training run.

I left early and it was cool, so I didn't have the hydration issues as before.  Ran the Lake Laurentian Loop trail, and then had to run another 4.5 miles out and back on it again to get the distance.

Running time of 4:17:37, for an average pace of 9:54/mile.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 26.00
Weight: 158.00
Total Distance

Okay, after yesterday's mega run, I drove to Laurentian Lodge - about a 2.5 hour drive Northwest of Sudbury.  The priests of my Diocese are on retreat there this week.  My right knee was aching (not my left, as before) so I drove with an ice pack on it.

In the morning, I drove to a flat place (since the Lodge is located in a valley between some pretty high mountains) and tried to run.  BOTH knees were killing me, so I packed it in after a half mile.  Obviously, I need to take a day of rest.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 0.50
Weight: 158.00
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Felt much better running today.  Managed the 7 miles at a pace of 8:36.  And since today is normally a rest day, I'm right on schedule - took my rest yesterday.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 158.00
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Felt even better again.  Ran harder, at a pace of 8:16.

Driving home later that night, a black bear ran across the road so close to me, I had to brake hard.  It didn't even bother looking both ways!

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.50
Weight: 158.00
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Ran 15 hilly cemetery laps - just over a half mile/lap.  Average pace of 7:51.  Actually passed another runner doing a few laps in the opposite direction.  Kind of surprised me, as I've not seen anyone else running here.  But she was real, not a ghost :)

The mornings are starting to get chilly:  just 4C/39F this morning.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 9.50
Weight: 158.00
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Easy recovery run to cap off my peak mileage week.  It's all downhill from here to my first Ultra at the end of the month!

8:13/mile pace in ideal conditions:  9C/48F, sunny skies, no wind.

The left knee is still a little wonky, so will ice it and enjoy my off day tomorrow.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 158.00
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Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 35.50Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 25.50
Weight: 158.00
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