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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
39.00
Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 33.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.42
Total Distance
6.00

6 miles at 8:26 pace.  Cool morning at -3C/27F, but no wind and a stunning sunrise.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Took it to the track this morning for a bit of speedwork.  Just 3 x 400 @ 6:00/mile pace with a lot of easy miles.  Just to see.  No problems as far as I can tell.

I also wanted to get some idea of my maximum heart rate - never actually tested myself for that.  I knew it was higher than normal, based on my easy runs heart rate, but didn't know how high.  Well, I hit 201 as a maximum, which is what I was guessing.  So I'm 30 bpm above 'average'.

Also discovered last night that the Hanson's wrote a training book for half marathons.  Great news for me - I followed their marathon training program my last 2 races and BQ'd both times.  I'm hoping to work on my speed a bit more over the next year, and will run the Ottawa Half in May, so plan on using their technique.  I'm curious to see how it plays out - I would love to run a faster Half PR this coming year.  So, the book is ordered.  Along with a Dr. Seuss book, just for fun!  :)

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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6.00

6 easy miles; 8:23 pace.  Foggy morning - zero wind - temperature of -3C/28F.

Gave a blood donation on Monday, so I'll feel that in my running for a bit.  Also got my flu shot yesterday, and my tetanus, so hopefully will be healthy through the winter.

Bought a new LED headlight for running yesterday; seems to work well - better visibility on these early morning runs is always a plus.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

6 wet miles; 8:22 pace.  Not a downpour, but steady and cold.  Almost sleet.  4C/39F.  But no wind, so not so bad.

My new head strobe light is working really well.  The cars approaching are slowing down - almost to a stop in some cases.  And pulling right over.  Before they almost made it a sport to see how close they could get to me.  All good.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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5.00

5 miles at an 8:04 pace.  Our first snowfall - a little psychedelic running in the dark with my strobe head light reflecting off the snow.  0C/32F, so a wet snow that is mostly melting when it hits the ground.  Didn't look at my GPS during the run, and was a little surprised at the speed - it felt great though - never felt like I was really pushing it.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 161.50
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10.00

10 miles at an average 8:03 pace.  -7C/19F with a 12 mph west wind.  I didn't think that was too bad, until I turned the corner for my 3 miles west facing section.  Wow - was it cold!  I really didn't dress for it, and my hands (and a few other body parts) were quite numb by the time I got home.  I was glad for a long, hot shower.

The good news is, for the next week at least, we won't hit these temperatures again.  The roads were icy this morning, and so I had to be careful not to slip.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
39.00
Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 33.00Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.42
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