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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
187.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 30.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 99.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 46.00
Weight: 159.96
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Rain yesterday and flash freeze overnight, so back on the treadmill today; 9:30 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Treadmill; 9:30 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Treadmill; 9:30 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Treadmill; 9:30 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Treadmill again; 9:30 pace.  I think I'll take it outside tomorrow.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Radar Road; 8:26 average pace.

Cold, at -13C/9F, but it wouldn't have been bad if not for the stiff North wind.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:11 pace.  Last three miles at Marathon Pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:10 pace.

Gorgeous running weather.  Sunny, little wind, and a pleasant 1C/35F.

Was only going to do 6 miles, but it was just too nice to keep it that short.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Back to the treadmill this morning; 9:30 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.

A blazing 7C/44F, so I ran in shorts for the first time this year.  Could have ditched the jacket and gloves as well.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Skead Road; 8:41 pace.  Stiff wind from the Southwest.  1C/34F, but pleasant enough for running.  The last few days of rain and warmer temperatures have melted most of the snow.  That's likely it for the snowmobilers.

AND, we are back into lockdown mode in my district.  We have more Covid cases now than at any other point during this pandemic - by far.  Many are variants of concern.  So, no Masses.  Like last year, it's very possible the Easter celebrations will not happen.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:24 pace.  Colder and windier today, but the run felt great.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:12 pace.  Sunny, but the fierce North wind was chilly.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.50

Skead Road; 8:17 pace.  

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 8.50
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:35 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.50

Skead Road; 8:23 pace.  Stiff North wind.  Tough fighting it going out, but sure sailed along with it at my back on the way home.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 8.50
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:45 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:54 pace.

Glorious start to Spring.  Full sun and 1C/34F.  Going up to a blazing13C/55F later today.

I've been debating about running the Boston Marathon in October.  I decided to pass on it.  There is a pretty good chance that with just 20,000 runners this year, beating my BQ time by 4:39 at the A1A last year may well be not good enough anyway.  But that's not the reason.  I just don't think I want to take a chance with international travel this year.  There are too many unknows.

So, instead, I'm looking at the Marathon P'tit Train du Nord on the first Sunday of October.  That's French for The Little Train of the North Marathon.  It's a linear route on an old rail bed, through the Laurentian forest and during the Fall colours. I have had my eye on it since it began in 2017.  It's just a day's drive away, North of Montreal.  They seem to think they can run it this year; if they do, that will be my one race for 2021.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:51 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:45 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive in a light mist; 8:48 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:46 pace.  Stiff wind.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 158.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:34 pace.

This morning I registered for a Fall marathon in Quebec:  The Marathon du P'tit Train du Nord.  First weekend in October.  I have the weekend booked off and a place to stay reserved near the finish line.  Training officially starts in June.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Treadmill; 8:57 pace.

We got clobbered with a Spring storm yesterday.  Rain, turned to freezing rain, turned to snow.  Today, it's just an icy mess out there.  Safer on the treadmill.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:34 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:46 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
187.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 30.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 99.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 46.00
Weight: 159.96
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