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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 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.  

Personal:

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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Treadmill.  Pace from a start of 10:00/mile to a finish of 8:57/mile.

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Chilly run on Goodwill Drive; 8:48 pace.

-18C/0F with a wind chill of -25C/-13F.

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Goodwill Drive; 9:02 pace.   A lot warmer today, at -6C/22F.  This will be a yo-yo week, alternating between fairly mild and arctic cold, with a snow storm on the way to boot.

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Goodwill Drive; 8:48 pace.

The incoming storm had just started, so even thought it was blustery, there hadn't been much snow accumulation on the road yet.  

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Speedwork on the treadmill.

4 x 1200 @ 6:53 pace with 400 recoveries.

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Treadmill; 9:22 pace.

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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Registration for the P'Tit Train du Nord Marathon opens today.  I'm going to register.

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Treadmill; steady 9:31 pace.

On Saturday, I registered for the Marathon P'Tit Train du Nord - first Sunday in October.  Aiming for a sub 3:20.

 

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Treaadmill; 9:31 pace.  

Arctic cold outside:  -31C/-25F with a windchill factor of -43C/-45F.  You just know it's cold when the Farenheit temperature is less than the Celcius!

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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Back to plyometric jump squats and core work.  I haven't done any of that since my Fall marathon.  It sure hurts today - I know exactly what muscles I worked!

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Speedwork on the treadmill.

4 x 1200 @ 6:44 pace with 400 recoveries.

The breaker for the treadmill tripped soon after I hit top speed.  Runner, treadmill and wall are all fine.  Switched to a different plug.

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Treadmill; 9:22 pace.

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Treadmill; 9:05 pace.  

I registered last night for the Mississauga Half Marathon on May 1st.  It's just a 4 hour drive from here, and one I've looked at over the years.  I would have liked to have trained hard for it to see if I could beat my PR for that distance, but it's just 5 weeks before my 5K, and I don't want to blow myself up before my sub 20 minute attempt.  So, I'll just run it relatively hard as a training run - maybe aim for something in the 1:35 range.

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Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.  Nice to get outside, despite the icy road and chilly air.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Treadmill; 9:05 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

 

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Treadmill.  Variable pace between 9:30 - 10:00/mile.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Speedwork on the treadmill.

4 x 1200 repeats @ 6:40/mile pace with 400 recoveries.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 7.00
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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Tempo run on the treadmill; 3 miles @ 7:03 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Speedwork on the treadmill.  

4 x 1200 @ 6:35 pace with 400 recoveries.

I felt a little off after the 10th lap, so ran the final set as 3 x 400 with 400 recoveries, with the final lap at 6:31 pace.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 7.00
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Treadmill; 9:40 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
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Treadmill; 9:31 pace.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 7.00
Weight: 158.50
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Tempo run on the treadmill; 4 miles at 7:03 pace.

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