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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 middle 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  (25 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (12 run):  Ste-Jerome, QC  October 3, 2021   (55 yrs.)  3:22:10

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:

P'Tit Train du Nord (Little Train of the North) - October 3, 2021 - Training has gone very well; I'm thinking of pushing for a PR here.  A new PR by nearly 2 minutes, a BQ by almost 13 minutes, and a New York City Marathon Qualifier by 50 seconds.

For 2022, in the Fall I'll look to shaving 130 seconds off my Marathon PR in order to break the 3:20 mark.  The Half Marathon I'll run hard as part of my training, but not for a PR - maybe in the 1:35 range.

Mississauga Half Marathon - May 1, 2022    (1:35:27)

Marathon P'Tit Train du Nord - October 2, 2022 (sub 3:20 attempt)

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 28 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 11 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.

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Miles:This week: 36.00 Month: 6.00 Year: 1025.60
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 404.40
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 299.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 587.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 567.50
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 123.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 340.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 374.25
Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 253.00
Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Asics Metaspeed Sky Lifetime Miles: 19.10
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Goodwill Drive; 8:54 pace.

A blackbear walked in front of me.  A yearling.  I thought it was a big dog at first, wandering down a driveway.  It didn't see me until it stepped on the road, just 15 feet in front of me.  Then it turned back and ran up the driveway.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Skead Road; 9:06 pace.  

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.00
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6 mile Tempo Run on Radar Road.  Goal pace is 7:35/mile.  Pace ran was 7:30/mile.

On the plus side, compared to the two previous tempo runs, this one felt much better.  I didn't feel like coughing up a lung, or worse; my pulse rate was 139 rather than 159; I didn't cramp up or feel nauseous.  Not having incredibly strong winds or extreme humidity made a huge difference.  On the negative side, I'm supposed to run 7:35 for a reason, and I ran it too fast.  I  need to rein that in.

Next week I bump it up to 7 miles.


Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 159.50
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Monday speedwork at the track.

5 x 1000 with 400 recoveries.

My plan calls for a speedwork pace somewhere between my 5k and 10k race pace.  So, I aim for a 6:40/mile.  Today that would be a 4:10/km

Splits were:  4:08  4:08  4:12  4:10  and  4:17.  Not sure why I was struggling today.  I hit all my splits except for the last one, but none of them were easy and my breathing was labored.  It caught up with me on the final split.  Looking forward to a day off tomorrow.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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Radar Road; 8:52 pace. 

After hitting 31C/88F yesterday, it was a welcome relief to run in a much more comfortable 21C/70F today.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 16.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 7.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.70
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