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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
Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 22.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 11.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 22.00
Weight: 157.00
Total Distance

6 easy recovery miles; 9:10/mile pace.  Legs a bit heavy today after yesterday's long run, but no aches or pains.  

It's 19C/67F with 97% humidity, and I felt it.  Sure hope it's a cool race day in Chicago!

Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 6.00
Weight: 157.00
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'Strength' workout this morning - 2 x 3 miles with a 1 mile recovery between.

A bit faster than I was supposed to go.  Splits were 7:29 7:23 and 7:28 for the 1st set, and for the second set were 7:31 7:23 and 7:19.

Had a black bear cross the road in front of me at the half mile mark.  

And it was HOT (for me, at least).  Probably the hottest run I've had all year.  It was 22C/71F with 95% humidity, making it feel like 29C/85F.

It started to rain pretty hard during my 1st set, let up a bit during my recovery run, and then opened up again for my second set.  So, I was drenched when I got home.  Had to dodge big puddles along the way.

However, all that being said, I felt strong throughout and am happy with today's work out.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 157.50
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Tempo pace run today.  Nine miles at 'race pace', plus warm up and cool down.  Goal was an average 7:45/mile pace, and I nailed it.  Very happy.  Saw a skunk at mile 2 on the road in front of me - gave it a very wide berth!

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 12.00
Weight: 158.00
Total Distance

6 easy miles at an average 8:55/mile pace.  Starting to cool down now - just 13C/55F - but perfect for running.  Gorgeous sunrise this morning.

Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 6.00
Weight: 157.00
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10 easy miles; 8:53/mile pace.  No bears or skunks today, but I got chased by a dog.  Had to use a rock to get rid of it.  Starting to run with a light now, as it's quite dark out when I start off.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 10.00
Weight: 157.00
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10 easy miles; 9:05 pace.  First frost - was 4C/40F.  Wore long sleeves and running pants for the 1st time this season, along with gloves.  But it felt great running.  End of week 14; 4 weeks to race day.

Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 10.00
Weight: 155.50
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Total Distance
Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 22.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 11.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 22.00
Weight: 157.00
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