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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
42.00
Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 12.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 18.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.42
Total Distance
6.00

Easy 8:38 pace.  Nice to have the extra hour of sleep.  Now instead of running in total darkness, I get to enjoy the lightening sky and then the sunrise.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
10.00

A bit of a longer run at a bit of a faster pace:  8:14/mile.

I'm going to sit here, in the 40 mile/week range, for the next 6 weeks, leading up to the start of my Boston Marathon training.

One of my parishioners qualified for Boston this past weekend at the Hamilton Marathon.  Way to go Jacques!  Too bad it's for the 2018 race.  Then again, maybe I'll be there for that one too!

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Easy run; 8:47 pace.  

Gorgeous sunrise.  And a lot warmer than it has been.  All the way up to 8C/46F.  

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Easy run at a pace of 8:43.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Easy run; 8:36 pace.

Getting colder, and a strong North wind to boot.  With the windchill, it's -8C/19F.  Wind blowing at 56km/h (35mph).  I broke out my running vest for the run - so up to 2 layers now.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Easy run; 8:41 pace.  Graduated to running in a touque, as it continues to get colder - my ears appreciated it.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
42.00
Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 12.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 18.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.42
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