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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I was never a runner.  I mean, I ran some when I was in university, because it was the thing to do, but it was never that serious.  In highschool a little before that too, but it was a bit of a joke, because I smoked (not heavy, but still) and never took my health that seriously.

I ran my first marathon in 1998 in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32.  It was kind of stupid - I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly.  Ended up running it in 4:00:30.  I gave up running for the most part for 6 years after that.  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 as I paid more attention to my health.

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   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 (100 Miles) in September 2019.

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

The Sinister 7 (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 23 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 7 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: 31.00 Month: 145.00 Year: 2335.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 215.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 302.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 324.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 159.00
Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 25.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.30
Total Distance

Goodwill Route; 8:05 pace.  Light rain.  Clipped along today, especially miles 3, 4 and 5.  Still not entirely pain free in the right foot, but better every day.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Goodwill Route; 8:28 pace.  I think I'm going to attempt some speed work at the track tomorrow.  If I can remember what that looks like - it has been a while.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Speedwork at the track; it has been a VERY long time since I did that.

8 x 400 with 400 recoveries.  Was going to start with just 6, but felt good and so added 2 more.

Pretty even splits at around 1:33, give or take a few seconds either way.

Oh, and a light snow.  Still melting as it hits the ground, but it's coming.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.50
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Tempo Pace on the Goodwill Route.  Figured that would be around 8:00/mile, but I am out of practice for Tempo runs, and ended up running them (miles 3, 4 and 5) at 7:41, 7:40 and 7:32.  Too fast.  Will have to reign that in.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Radar Road Route; 8:13 pace.  

In the last 6 miles, I ended up running what my Tempo Pace should be:  8:00/mile.  That's what I was aiming for yesterday.

Gorgeous Fall day.  Hovering around 3C/38F, but sunny.

Body Check:  all the achy parts post Ultra seem fine.  Even that nerve damage on top of my right foot is no longer an issue. 

12 weeks to Dopey.  Not sure exactly how I should train, so am going to wing it.  

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 162.00
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Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 25.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.30
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