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

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

Half Marathon  (21 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (7 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Well, Boston is done.  April of 2017.  My next goal is my first Ultra Marathon.  50km at the Run for the Toad on September 30, 2017. DONE!!! Image result for run for the toad  Official time of 5:31:23.  Now I'm looking at a 100km Ultra in June '18, and either a 100 miler or a 24 hour run in September '18.  I used to think that after Boston, it's kind of all over after that.     But that's not true.  There are lots of ways to enjoy challenging myself still.  And since Boston kicked my butt this year, I'm pretty sure I'll be back to tame the beast again (when it does NOT fall on Easter Weekend!).  Current goal is to run the 125th Boston 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 6 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: 13.50 Month: 101.00 Year: 1949.48
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 102.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 138.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Lifetime Miles: 204.00
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 223.50
Total Distance
33.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 22.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.20
Total Distance
7.50

Easy run on the O'Neil West Route.  8:15 pace.  Getting colder now; I think the gloves will soon have to give way to mitts.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 7.50
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
5.50

Easy run - 8:38 pace - on the Donnelly Circuit.

It warmed up to -1C/31F.  And, with the time change on the weekend, the sunrise is currently 7:15, so no need for a headlamp for a while.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
5.50

Tempo run on the Donnelly Circuit; 7:45 pace.  That speed wasn't planned.  It just happened.

Nearly got hit in the final mile.  Lady sitting at a stop sign turning right.  Never bothered to look right.  When the traffic cleared, she didn't move.  I wrongly assumed she was waiting for me, and I was just about to wave her a 'thank you' when she lurched forward.  If I didn't jump out of the way, I'd have been splattered.  I did not wave her a thank you.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.50
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
5.50

Donnelly Circuit; 8:18 pace.  COLD!  Just -18C/0F, with a windchill of -27C/-17F.  Boy, did THAT ever come fast.  Full winter mode.  The only thing that got cold was my face, as I didn't wear my tube or balaclava.

Hit a car today.  Crazy drivers.  I didn't think it would be possible to see drivers worse than Valley East, but Garson is very competitive in that department.

So, sun is up and it's bright and I'm wearing black against the white snow background, and I'm wearing an LED strobe light on my head.  Hello!  First stop sign controlled intersection where the man was turning right, and he actually looked right, saw me, and waited.  Hurray!

Second one, the woman never saw me.  Didn't bother to look right at all.  But the traffic was thick and she couldn't pull out when I was crossing.  So, made it across.

Third one, again she didn't look right.  Same intersection as the other day when I had to jump out of the way.  Different woman.  I was trying to make eye contact with her, to no avail.  I slowed down, anticipating her to gun it.  I was right.  I slapped the side of her car hard - that was the first time she saw me.  Oblivious.  If I had not slowed down, I'd not be running for a long while.  

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
9.00

8:36 pace on the Donnelly Circuit - Maley extension.

Was able to wait a few hours to run when it was plenty bright.  So, no car issues to deal with.  Of course - Saturday - so no commuters either.

Warmed up quite a bit from yesterday:  -10C/14F.  I was actually a bit over dressed.

So, I'm on the cusp of running long runs again after my post-Ultra lay off.  Other than heavy legs, everything seems to be fine.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
33.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 22.00Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.20
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