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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: 21.00 Month: 46.00 Year: 2002.15
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: 24.00
Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 43.00
Total Distance
138.20
Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 59.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 55.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 24.20
Weight: 163.56
Total Distance
2.00

2 VERY slow miles on the treadmill, with some walking thrown in before and after.  I would have liked to have gone further, but the sciatic pain was increasing and I didn't want to take any further chances.

Followed it up with 30 minutes on the spin bike.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 164.00
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3.00

Started off with 30 minutes on the spin bike, and then a very slow 3 miles on the treadmill.  

Doing a lot of various stretches, and tomorrow I have a massage booked.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 165.00
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3.00

Same as yesterday:  30 minutes spin bike and 3 miles treadmill.  Picked up the speed to close to "easy pace" at 10:00/mile.  There is some improvement.  Hopefully, today's massage will help even further.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 164.50
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4.00

Reduced the spin bike time to 20 minutes and increased the run to 40 minutes:  4 miles at 10:00/mile pace.

Massage helped.  She confirmed that it was sciatica, rather than piriformis.  The pain is slowly subsiding, and I'm hoping to slowly increase my running distance.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 164.00
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6.00

I woke up with no sciatic pain at all, so decided to run 6 miles on the treadmill.  Felt great.  

I kept it at an easy 10:00/mile pace, except for one 4 minute stretch when Spotify played Rihanna's Pon De Replay.  Couldn't help myself.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 164.00
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Total Distance
3.00

10:00/mile pace on the treadmill for a very easy three.  Was going to run six again, but the pain was increasing and I didn't want to push it after this week's gains.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 164.50
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6.00

Six easy treadmill miles.

After 8 months of not doing any strength/core exercises, I started again on Sunday.  120 plyometric jump squats.  Today, it was hard to distinguish between the sciatic pain and the pain from that workout.  But at least I know the latter is a 'good' pain :)

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 166.00
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Total Distance
3.00

30 minutes on the spin bike, followed by 3 miles easy on the treadmill.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 165.50
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Total Distance
6.00

6 easy treadmill miles.  Switched back and forth between a 9:30 and a 10:00/mile pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 165.00
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Total Distance
3.00

30 minutes on the spin bike, followed by 3 miles on the treadmill at an easy (but a bit faster) pace of 9:30/mile.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 164.00
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8.00

Steady 9:30 pace on the treadmill.  Nice to run a bit further.  Not quite 100% yet, but close.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 165.00
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6.00

No pain today.  I like this trend.  Back on the treadmill.  9:30 easy pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 164.00
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7.00

I decided to do some speedwork on the treadmill today.  7 x 400 @ 7:30 pace.  Just to start moving my feet a bit faster.  I had aimed for 12 repeats, but the sciatic pain is still lingering and I didn't want to push it.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 164.50
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6.00

Easy 9:30 pace on the treadmill.  I suppose I could start running outside again, but I think the uneven and slippery surfaces are not great for me right now.  So, I'll stay indoors until I'm sure the sciatic pain does not flare up once more.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 164.50
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Total Distance
7.00

Steady 9:30 pace on the treadmill.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 164.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Easy 9:30 pace on the treadmill.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
6.00

9:30 easy paced run on the treadmill.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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10.00

After 5 weeks, I finally took it back to the road.  Radar Road at an 8:58 pace.  I felt a bit rusty, and the sciatic is still not 100%, but it was great to be out there.

Gorgeous sunshine and minus 14C/57F, with a bit of a North wind that pestered my face.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Back on the treadmill; quite a bit of snow falling at the moment outside.  9:05 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 164.50
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6.00

Lots more snow falling.  Back on the treadmill; 9:05 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
6.00

More snow.  Lots of it.  Back on the treadmill; 9:30 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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6.00

Treadmill; 9:30 pace.

 

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
3.00

Easy 9:30 pace on the treadmill.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try to run the Virtual Hypothermic Half outside, so taking it easy today.

Oh, also noticed I've not had any sciatic pain for the last 3 runs.  Hurray!

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
14.20

So, every year the local running store sponsors this Hypothermic Half.  I can never run it, because it's always Saturday night or Sunday morning ... when I have Mass.  One advantage of a pandemic shift to virtual runs is the flexibility it allows in when to run them.  So, this morning I ran my Hypothermic Half.  The "bling" was a neat medal that doubles as a bottle opener, a pair of running gloves, and a fold up outdoor chair.

Since I had not trained at all for it, I was going to run it fairly easy ... thinking in the 2 hour range.  I ended up running an average 8:08 pace for a time of 1:46:43.  The extra mile at the end was just to get to where I had parked my truck.

Temperatures were not really in "hypothermic" range at -4C/25F, but I didn't mind.  There was a bit of wind, but nothing of significance, and it snowed pretty steadily for the whole distance, but never that hard.  The only real challenge was the icy road conditions.  I did this on Radar Road.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 14.20
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
138.20
Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 59.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 55.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 24.20
Weight: 163.56
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