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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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6 treadmill miles; running time of 51:43.  

Sure glad for that treadmill; it is -41 here today, and that works out to the same number in both Celcius and Fahrenheit.  COLD!

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 43:40.

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Speedwork on the treadmill today - 1000 x 5 at a 6:49 pace.

Everything went well, except for my last mile cool down - right hamstring seized up very suddenly and very painfully.  Forced me to cut my cool down short.  I don't know what that was about - kind of came out of left field.  I did some strength work last night - including hamstring work - so maybe that was it. 

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 44:50.  Tried to keep it slow and steady, since my hamstrings are still sore from yesterday's incident.  Have been stretching and foam rolling them.  Ouch.

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 44:00.  Right hamstring is still tight and a little sore, but didn't seem to bother me while running.  I'm going to run 13 miles tomorrow, and then we'll see how it's holding up.

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13 treadmill miles, with a running time of 1:53:50.

Great news - no hamstring pain or tightness at all.  I woke up with it feeling great, and the run caused it no problems.  Hurray!

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 43:00.  

Back to sunshine, but bitterly cold at -36 with the windchill.  Sure glad for the treadmill!

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6 treadmill miles; running time of 53:10.

Massage helped a lot yesterday.  Massage Therapist said my hips were WAY out of whack, which was pulling up on my right hamstring.  She fixed that, but I'll have to focus more on stretching my hips to prevent that from happening again.

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Speedwork on the treadmill today.  1200 x 4 with 400 jogs.

No hamstring issues this week - wonderful!

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 43:50.

Hamstring tightened up right at mile 3, but slowing down let me finish the run.

COLD day here - minus 38, which is basically the same in both C and F.  Ouch!

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5 treadmill miles; running time of 43:45.  That right hamstring is still tight, but not so bad that I couldn't run on it.

It's minus 35 today.  Sure glad for the treadmill!

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13 treadmill miles; running time of 1:53:20.

Still tightness in that right hamstring, but obviously it did not prevent me from running.

Hoka - Rapa Tarmac Miles: 13.00
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6 treadmill miles; running time of 52:20.

Today is the Grimsby Half Marathon, which I ran last year.  It's a 5 hour drive, and I couldn't make it this year.  Last year, it was very cold, and it's the same today:  -26C or -14F.  That's not the reason I didn't go, but brrr!

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6 treadmill miles; running time of 52:20.

Right hamstring tightened up just in the last minute, so I still need to pay attention to that body part.

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Well, I couldn't run yesterday.  Within minutes of starting on the treadmill, my right hamstring was screaming.  So, after 2 weeks of nurturing it and running through the pain/tightness, I figured my best option was to rest it.  And I'm back on ibuprofin and daily icing.  Hopefully I won't have to take more than a few days off.

Today I spent 1 hour on my spin bike instead.  4 minutes of cycling/1 minute of hard stand up repeated 12 times.  I don't enjoy that nearly as much as running, but I'm glad I can do it with no pain.

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13 treadmill miles; running time of 1:56:30.

After taking 3 days off with no running, I figured I'd see how it went with that hamstring today.  It felt tight from the start, but not painful.  It got no worse as I went, and maybe even felt a little better in the latter miles.  So, I'm hopeful.  I'll keep icing it.  Next week was meant to be a bit slower anyway, so maybe that extra rest will do it (no speedwork).  The week after I want to start my half marathon program, as I'll only be 12 weeks out from Traverse City.

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Well, I decided to not run at all this week to see if that hamstring issue will clear up.  It is still nagging me, and I'm pretty sure going into a training cycle now will only lead to more anguish.

So, I'll be on the spin bike all week.  Oh joy.

Today:  One hour.  1 minute hard standing/4 minutes easy x 12.

 

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Same as yesterday; 1 hour on the spin bike.  1 fast/4 slow x 12.

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Same as yesterday; 1 hour on the spin bike.  1 fast/4 slow x 12.

 

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Same as yesterday; 1 hour on the spin bike.  1 fast/4 slow x 12.

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Same as yesterday; 1 hour on the spin bike.  1 fast/4 slow x 12.

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Same as yesterday; 1 hour on the spin bike.  1 fast/4 slow x 12.

That's 6 days on the bike.  The right hamstring has not been an issue, but when I stretch it, I can still feel some tightness in it.  Still, I'm going to start running again on Monday.  It's actually the 'official' start day of my half marathon training program, so I'm anxious to see if I'm past the worst part of the pain.  If nothing else, I'll slow things down and go easy on the speedwork until I know things are healed.

Weight: 159.50
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