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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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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.  


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: 0.00 Month: 165.34 Year: 1792.10
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 156.00
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 167.50
Saucony ISO Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 128.11
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 173.23
Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 13.50Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 23.00
Weight: 160.60
Total Distance

8:36 pace on the Donnelly Circuit. 

Our snowfall Saturday night led me to make a few observations about my new assignment in Garson, over and beyond the fact that the drivers here really suck.

The guy who clears the snow from the Church parking lot just outside my window begins at 4am.  That's an hour before I normally get up.  He's loud.  I think he delights in letting his blade fall hard on the pavement.  And, of course, the beeping when he backs up.  There's no falling back asleep after that.  Observation:  there is NO insulation in the walls of this house.  I can hear people breathing outside.

Either the city doesn't clear the streets or sidewalks in Garson, or they figured there wasn't enough snow to make it worthwhile.  Either way, my route was a combination of slush, packed ice, and mashed potato kind of snow.  Soaked through feet after the first mile.

I'm not complaining, mind you - just observing.  The fact that I can still run prevents me from complaining.  Life is good.

Aiming to get my weekly mileage back north of 40 by the end of the month.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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8:45 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.  Really slick today; had to be extra careful with the footing.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 159.00
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8:34 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.

Rain.  Soaked through.  Warmer though - all the way up to 3C/38F!  So, the ice has all melted and the footing was good.  Plus I didn't get hit by a car - so a good run.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 7.50
Weight: 162.50
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8:30 pace on the Donnelly Circuit.

Three times, at three intersections, a car that COULD have safely pulled out, waited for me to pass.  I was impressed and wondered what changed.  Then I remembered - it's a PD day.  No school.  It's TEACHERS that are gunning for me!  Go figure.  It's always the stressed out ones who are distracted the most.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.50
Weight: 162.00
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8:49 pace on the Maley Extension.

A few inches of wet snow fell during the night, and running through it was tough.  It really grabbed at the feet.  And in the tire tracks on the side roads, it was pretty slick.

I do see the occasional runner here in Garson, but rarely meet one running.  Today, right at Maley, she and I were coming from different directions, but turning up the same street.  I thought for sure she had seen me at the intersection.  So, when I gently passed her, I said "good morning".  She nearly jumped out of her skin.  Scared me!  But we both had a good laugh about it.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
Total Distance
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 13.50Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 23.00
Weight: 160.60
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