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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)

Sulphur Springs Trail (50 Miles) in May 2020 (warm up for S7)

The Sinister 7 Trail (100 Miles) in July 2020 (decided to go for it)

New York Marathon in November 2020 (IF I get in via lottery)

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: 47.00 Month: 147.00 Year: 147.00
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 298.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 260.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 279.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 275.00
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 20.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 158.38
Total Distance

Today, my program called for a race of either 10 miles or a Half Marathon at a moderate effort.  I chose the half, and was aiming for about an 8 minute/mile pace.  There are no races around here, so I had to just pretend.

I ran the Lake Ramsey loop.  That is the same route used by the Master's Race every year ... actually, just a few weeks from now.  I ran that by accident when I was a teenager - with zero training.  A friend called me up to run the 10k.  We were going to bandit it (shame!).  We got into the wrong race.  My friend dropped out.  I was too stubborn to stop.  Not a good feeling at the end.  Still, my 1st unofficial Half.

Anyway, it went better today.  It started off misting, then pouring, then back to misting.  I was soaked through by mile 4.  However, it was only 15C/60F, so good that way.

This route is part trail, part road way.  Some of the roads are wicked with short, steep hills.  Anyway, I ended up running 13.1 miles in 1:41:39, which is a pace of 7:46.  I ran the first half in 8:00, so I sure picked it up for the second half, running it in 7:30.  Of course, the 1st half is mostly trail, and the back half is mostly roads.


Elevation gain of 578 feet.


Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance

Moderately fast run; 7:23 pace up the highway to Garson and back.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 158.50
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7 easy miles on the train route.  8:21/mile.  No trains today.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.00
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Race: Toronto 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:20:38, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
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Okay, first off, my left hip is screaming at me.  It started during my Thursday run, and was pretty bad by the end.  So, I took Friday off to see if that might help.  After today's race, it's REALLY screaming at me, so I may take next week off ... we'll see.

I was actually defending my title today.  I ran this race last year, just because it was on a Saturday morning in Toronto, and so I didn't have to take a weekend off to race.  Same as last year - I drove the 4 hours to Toronto on Friday and took in a Blue Jays game.  Last year, they got clobbered by Boston 13-3.  This year, they lost to Detroit, but it was 5-4, so more respectable.  Last year, I won the Master's division.  That gave me a $300 gift card to The Running Room, and free entry to this year's race.  I didn't have high hopes of defending my title, because of my hip and because I really haven't done a lot of speed work.

Anyway, looking up my blog, I see that last year I had 4 beer the night before.  This year, just 1.  And last year, it was very humid.  This year, cool and dry. Just 9C/48F, so great for running.

Had a hard time getting to the start line, as various highways were closed for construction, and then sections of the subway.  So, it took a few detours and a shuttle bus to get there.  

I met Alex at the start line.  He's also 51, and told me that I passed him in the final 300 meters last year to take the victory.  I didn't remember that, but he sure did!

So, the first third is steep downhill.  The second third is basically flat.  The final third is steep uphill.  I remembered that!

I ran the first mile in 6:11(6:13 last year), the second mile in 6:41 (6:52 last year) and the third mile in 6:56 (7:04), with the final kick done at a pace of 5:34 (5:54).  All according to my GPS.  So, I ended up running 17 seconds faster this year (officially), and first again in the Master's Division.  That's another $300 award, plus the free entry again to next year's event.

As to Alex, he passed me pretty early on.  I didn't care much, as I was just going to run my own race.  But I caught sight of him at the half way mark, and began to close the gap.  I passed him at the bottom of the final hill and made a big push up, which was enough to beat him by 36 seconds.  It's cool, because I've never really had anyone to compete with in a friendly way.  We chatted for a long time after the race, and he left with "see you next year!"

11/332 overall

1/20 age division and 1st in Master's Division.




Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 158.00
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 20.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 158.38
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