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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 (11 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (9 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (22 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (8 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (3 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

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.

The Haliburton Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019.

The Toronto Marathon in May 2020 (qualify for Boston).

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: 178.00 Year: 594.17
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 250.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 357.08
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 340.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 471.37
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 279.00
Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 5.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 19.17
Weight: 158.00
Total Distance

Goodwill Route; 9:07 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 158.50
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Total Distance

Goodwill Route; 8:43 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 158.50
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Race: Run Collingwood Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:54:00, Place overall: 57, Place in age division: 4
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Okay, let's just put it out there:  running a Half today, exactly 3 weeks after my 100 mile Ultra, was just plain stupid.  Mea Culpa.  In my defense, I signed up a while back without thinking it through clearly.  In Canada, most races are held on Sundays, so I have to book a holiday to run them.  It seems Americans have most of their races on Saturdays.  Not sure, but I think you folks respect the Lord's Day a lot more than we do up here.

Anyway, this is one of those rare Saturday races, and just a 3 1/2 hour drive from here.  So, I decided to run it as slow as I could, just for the fun of it.  I actually paced this race 4 years ago; I think I paced it at 1:55, which is basically what I ran it at today.  

Perfect day for it:  started off at 8C/47F and rose to about 11C/52F.  Light wind and cloudy, although the sun came out towards the end.

My right foot still aches from the Ultra (top of foot - nerve injury), and my right shin is still tender.  So, I decided to aim for about a 2 hour race, and tried to run as much of it as possible on the gravel shoulder.  That worked:  when I ran there, no shin pain.  On the pavement, a different story.

I found it SO HARD to hold back and keep my pace slow.  However, at about mile 2, a man (Will) runs up beside me and we start talking.  Continued for the next 10 miles.  Turns out, he ran the Dopey Challenge this year.  In fact, he was wearing one of the race shirts.  So, we talked about that, and kept on talking about anything and everything.  I felt he was pushing me a bit faster than I would have liked, but I think the reverse may have been true.  He hadn't run since January, and he was struggling to keep pace towards the end.  At mile 12, I had enough of this holding back.  I was not breathing hard, and had not cracked a sweat.  So, I picked it up and ran the last mile hard.  Well, actually just at 7:06 pace, but it felt good to move faster.

Most of my mile splits were in the 8:45 range, which felt extremely comfortable.  I was worried I was going to do more damage to my foot and shin, but I don't think I did.  So, I'm glad I went and am happy with the way the race unfolded.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 13.17
Weight: 157.00
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Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 5.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 19.17
Weight: 158.00
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