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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
35.00
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 17.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 13.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.33
Total Distance
5.00

Took it outside again, since moving the clocks back meant I had more morning light.  Picked up the pace a bit, with the 5 miles averaging 8:33.  A little tight still, but nothing too bad.  I'm hoping to get up over 30 miles this week.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

3rd day in a row outside, just when I thought I was stuck on the treadmill for the winter.  Nice.

6 easy miles - 8:51 pace.  Felt easy, and no aches anywhere.  Again, nice.

Massage booked for this afternoon - my post marathon treat.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Back outside - gorgeous morning.  5C/42F with little to no wind.  Ran a bit faster than planned, so I guess it means my body has fully recovered from the marathon.  Even did some jump squats last night.  Ran the 6 miles at an average 8:08 pace.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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5.00

5 miles outside; 8:23 pace.  Another warm morning - 8C/46F - with a heavy fog and no wind.  Last year at this time we were buried in snow already.  Gotta love it this year.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
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5.00

Took it to the treadmill this morning.  It was warm, but the rain was torrential and the wind was something else.  Turned out the power for 5 hours this morning.  I'm glad I got my run in 1st!

Anyway, 5 easy treadmill miles.  No problems; plan on running either 7 or 8 tomorrow outside - supposed to be right at freezing, but no rain/snow.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
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8.00

Gorgeous morning after yesterday's storm, so I was glad to run my outside route today.  8 miles at an average 8:23 pace.  Felt great.  Four weeks after Chicago and I'm up to 35 miles and no aches to speak of.

1C/34F with clear skies and no wind.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
35.00
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 17.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 13.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.33
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