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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
50.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 21.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.42
Total Distance
10.00

Back to the treadmill this morning; 8:56 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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10.00

Goodwill Route; 8:48 pace.

Yesterday, driving to my Mission, the landscape was stunning with a heavy hoarfrost covering all the trees.  Today, that had given way to snow, which has been falling lightly all night.  A different kind of beautiful - both are awesome.

This route is a local road, usually unplowed except for after the heaviest snow, so I follow the tire ruts - works well enough, and the traffic is not very heavy.

The snow continued to fall - huge, fluffy flakes.  Like running through little cotton balls.

A wolf looking dog joined me for one mile.  Had never seen it before, but it was friendly enough.  Ran just in front of me, and at times beside me.  Then got bored and dashed off into the woods.

Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Road; 8:45 pace.  Icy cold and icy.  -10C/15F.  And twice I almost did a face plant.  Kind of goofy looking as I waved my arms wildly to regain my balance.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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7.00

Speedwork on the treadmill.  To paraphrase Robin Williams, it's colder than a penguin's butt in a sled rut out there today!  Record lows:  -18C/-1F.  With the wind, it feels a lot colder.

Anyway, 3 x 1600 repeats at 6:44 pace with 600 recoveries.  No problems.

And that's the end of my speedwork.  Wednesdays will now be given over to strength workouts - intervals at 10 seconds/mile faster than marathon pace.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Route; 8:44 pace.  Snowing pretty heavy, so it was like running through mashed potatoes at times.  Still, it was nice to be out.  Used my headlamp for the first time this Fall, since visibility was close to zero.  More for the cars to see me than anything else.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
11.00

Tempo pace on the treadmill.  8 miles steady at 7:52/mile.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
50.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Treadmill Miles: 21.00Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Miles: 10.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 12.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.42
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