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Location:

Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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.  

Personal:

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: 8.00 Month: 132.00 Year: 2094.27
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 182.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 278.28
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 278.23
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 21.00
Total Distance
28.00
Ghost 5 Miles: 16.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.75
Total Distance
3.00

Ran 3 miles at recovery pace on the indoor track.  Glad I'm going for a massage today, as I'm sore/tight in a few places.

Also hit the weights and then swam one mile.  Now I'm tired.

Ghost 5 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

On the treadmill at a slow 10 min/mile pace.  The really good news:  it's not my knee!!!  My MT showed me the slight swelling in the quad - a level one strain.  So, I believe I did that on the 12 mile run 2 weeks ago, and in particular when I ran downhill hard at one point.

Anyway, will keep icing it on monitoring it.  It's actually that left groin that is giving me a lot more grief.  It hurts, but doesn't seem to affect my running.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
3.00

Ran a bit faster on an indoor track.  Then leg lifts for my quads and then 1 mile (32 laps) swimming in the pool.

 

Ghost 5 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

6 miles on the treadmill at a 9 min/mile pace.  I think my treadmill is actually going faster than that, based on my heart rate.

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
1.00

Spin bike for 50 minutes, and then just one mile on the treadmill.

Ghost 5 Miles: 1.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
9.00

Ran outside - it was snowing, and was too beautiful to stay inside.  Started off slow, but ended up running the last 4 miles at marathon pace, for an average pace overall of 8:14 min/mile.

Left knee/quad and groin complaining now.

Good news about the knee - my chiropodist confirmed my suspicion that it's not runner's knee, but a torn quad.  And it's not a serious tear at all, and seems to be healing.  It's only been 3 weeks since the injury.  So, I'm happy about that.  Having some laser therapy done on it.  Ice and ibuprofin help a lot too.

And the groin is not a hernia.  Might be a Gilmour Strain - will see what my doctor thinks when I see her next week.

Ghost 5 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
28.00
Ghost 5 Miles: 16.00Brooks Glycerin Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.75
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