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Location:

Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

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 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  (24 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.

OPTION A

Sulphur Springs 50 Miles - May 2022 - Thinking of going back to Ultras next year.  Still undecided.  This would be a training run for my Fall 100.

Some Marathon.  Somewhere.  Summer 2022.  More of a training run for the Haliburton.

Haliburton 100 Miles - September 2022 - Depending on a number of variables.  I won the Masters division here in 2019.  Was a very interesting experience.  A new course this year.  I'm keeping it open as a strong possibility.

New York Marathon - November 2022 - I qualified for it; will have to wait and see if that actually gets me there.

OPTION B

Thinking of going for speed in 2022.  Breaking 20 minutes in the 5k.  Beating my 10k PR, and breaking 3:20 in the Marathon.  For that, I would return to the Little Train in Quebec.

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 27 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 9 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.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 28.00 Month: 53.00 Year: 2009.15
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 395.40
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 299.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 539.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 433.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 181.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 78.25
Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 43.00
Total Distance
79.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 40.50Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 32.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.25
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Goodwill Drive; mild morning at -4C/25F.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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Skead Road.  Really achy back.  Moved a fish aquarium a few days ago.  Pulled something.  Still not 100%.  Was going to run 10, but at mile 4 decided it was enough, so turned back.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.50
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Radar Road.  Just below the freezing mark, and very little wind, so nice enough for running.

Around mile 6.5, a distracted driver in a big pick up truck drove off the road just 100 feet in front of me, driving towards me.  He overly compensated to get back on the highway quickly.  I very infrequently give the finger to someone.  I did to this idiot.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 165.00
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Goodwill Drive.  Still mild; hovering just below the freezing mark.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 165.50
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Goodwill Drive.  It started off with a light, freezing drizzle, so the road was pretty slick in places.  Then it switched to a light snow.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 164.00
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Goodwill Drive.  Back into some colder temps, with a steady North wind.  Had to bundle up with extra layers. 

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive.  Just as cold as yesterday.  Some hoarfrost on the trees made everything sparkle.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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6.50

Skead Road.  I skipped my Saturday run because my right hip/IT band have been tight and sore when running.  The extra day off helped.  Still not 100%; will have to hit the foam roller more regularly.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.50
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive.  A slow slog today.  Very slippery surface, plus a still tender hip.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive.  Hip/IT Band not quite as bad, but I've been on the foam roller a lot.  Still slippery on the hard surfaces.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive.  Still tight in the hip, but a lot less pain today.  Still a very slippery road to run on.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive.  Stiff wind.  Great on the return, as it was at my back.  Most of the icy sections on the road have finally dried up.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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It has been close to a week with no running.  I hurt my back moving something heavy a few weeks ago, and have had sciatica ever since.  I've just pushed through the pain.  On Saturday, I tried to run and just could not push through the pain any more.  So, I've been on my spin bike every day since Monday, one hour a day.  

I don't like the spin bike, my butt is aching, but I'm thankful to be able to exercise every day.  I'm hoping the time off from running will clear up the sciatic issue.

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Day six on my spin bike.  Same routine:  3 minutes sitting and one minute standing for 60 minutes.  I'll rest tomorrow and might try a slow run on Monday.

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Still on the spin bike for an hour.  I won't push the running this week.  

Same routine:  sit 3 minutes/stand 1 minute, repeat 15 times.

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Over 2 weeks with no running :(  Just finished my daily 1 hour on the spin bike.  At least I have that.  I'll rest tomorrow and hope to attempt a run on Monday.

So, with the BAA announcing a date for the Boston Marathon - October 11th (Canadian Thanksgiving Monday) - I have a focus.  I wasn't sure if this would be a year of maintenance running, one that focussed on a fast 10k, a year for an Ultra, or one for a marathon.  Now, I decided to train for a Fall Marathon and hope that it can happen.

I know that a LOT of things have to go right to make Boston possible - beginning with getting in!  But I'm thinking that even if it doesn't, there very well may be an Ontario marathon this fall that I can run.

First step - get past the sciatica so I can run again.

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Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 40.50Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 32.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.25
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