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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 (4 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

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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 2019.

A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston)

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

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: 14.00 Month: 95.00 Year: 1241.92
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Triumph ISO 3 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 371.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 140.00
Total Distance
Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 17.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.75
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:48 pace.

My sister is running her 2nd Half this morning up in Temiskaming Shores.  The Haunted Hustle.  Wish I could be there to cheer her on.  I'm so proud of her!  Go Cindy Go!

Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
Total Distance

9 easy miles; 8:44 pace.  I had to bring my truck in this morning for a recall on the air bag, and so ran a city route along a trail section I had been wanting to visit.  About 2 miles to get there, and so 4 miles of road running and 5 on the trail.  Turns out it is a well cared for trail along what's known as Lilly Creek in New Sudbury.  A nice change.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 9.00
Weight: 161.00
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6 easy miles; 8:44 pace.  Light rain and cool at 4C/39F.

Well, my sister ran her second Half on the weekend and did a fabulous job.  She had 3 goals:  run faster than her 1st one, come in under 2:15, and no walking.  She hit all three.  Finished in 2:11, cutting 16 minutes off her previous record.  Way to go Cindy!

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Easy run; 8:46 pace.  A bit warmer at 4C/40F - was able to run in my shorts.

AND, I got my official Boston Marathon acceptance card in the mail!  It's real.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Easy run; 8:38 pace.  Clear sky - the stars were brilliant.  But getting colder.  Just -4C/25F.  Getting to the point where gloves are not enough to keep my fingers from going numb.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Easy run at an average 8:44 pace.  It felt a lot warmer today, even though it was only 0C/32F.  Foggy.  

I finally got a small canister of dog spray.  I've had too many close calls, and this gives me an added layer of safety.  Sure wish they sold car spray - it's the cars that are the biggest risk.  And it seems worse in daylight - at least in the dark, my strobe light is pretty hard to ignore.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
Mizuno Wave Sayonara Miles: 6.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 17.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.75
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