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

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

Half Marathon  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (10 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

Ultras (5 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

Haliburton Forest 100 mile Trail   September 7-8, 2019  26:46:27

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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 2019First place Master

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: 34.00 Month: 155.00 Year: 2402.17
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 270.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Lifetime Miles: 248.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 248.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 53.00
Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 75.00
Total Distance
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 13.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Miles: 33.00Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.83
Total Distance

Goodwill Drive; 8:46 pace.

Decided to risk the run outside, since Sunday morning traffic is not too bad.-4C/26F with very little wind.  The road was narrow because of the snow, and varied from snow covered to ice covered to ice patches to bare.  All in all, it was doable as long as I was careful with the ice.

The extra hour means it is not pitch black when I start, and the sun was just rising as I finished.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.50
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I had really hoped to get to the end of my speedwork section of training with all the workouts on the track.  That would have been the end of November.  But the track is covered in snow, and the white stuff is still falling, so to the treadmill I turned.  Big advantage, of course, is running even splits.

Today was a Step Speed Workout:  400 - 800 - 1200 - 1600 - 1200 - 800 - 400, all with 400 recoveries.

I ran all the sections at a 6:40/mile pace.



Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Miles: 9.00
Weight: 162.00
Total Distance

Seven mile Tempo (Marathon Pace) on the treadmill.  7:52/mile.

Since I'm inside anyway, I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to heat adapt to Florida running; I've turned up the heat in my exercise room.  Not much I can do to mimic high humidity, but even this should help.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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I took it outside and am glad I did.  There was a hoar frost that turned everything white.  As the sun rose, the trees turned golden.  And once it was fully risen, everything sparkled like diamonds.  Gorgeous.

The roads, however, were covered with ice; had to really be careful.

And it was cold - had to wear mitts instead of gloves.  I should have worn a balaclava.

-11C/12F with a bit of a breeze.

8:44 pace.

Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.50
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Goodwill Road; 8:50 pace.  Same conditions as yesterday, minus the hoarfrost.  And I did wear the balaclava, which helped. 

Oh, also running with my new (as of yesterday) Biolite 330 headlamp.  A LOT better than what I had been using.

Saw my doctor yesterday and she is sending me for x-rays of my foot later today.  Time to find out for sure if it really is arthritis and not a stress fracture.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.50
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Long run on the treadmill; 8:27 pace.

Got a prescription for a strong anti-inflammatory cream to use on my left foot.  Time to get off the ibuprofin before it rots my stomach.

Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Miles: 14.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
Nike Zoom Vomero 13 Miles: 13.00Saucony ISO Triumph 4 Treadmill Miles: 33.00Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.83
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