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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
186.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 92.50Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 63.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 30.00
Weight: 160.73
Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:14 pace.  Strong North wind!

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.  Gloriously bright, with just a wisp of a cold, North wind.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:40 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 167.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 8:45 pace.

First time this year:  Shorts, short sleeved shirt, no gloves, no hat.  Yes!  It was a blazing 6C/42F.

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

Skead Road; 8:46 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:39 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:07 pace.

Gorgeous morning - warmest yet this year at 12C/53F.  It's forecast to go to 21C/70F today.  Nice.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:41 pace.  Light rain.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:27 pace.  Sunshine, no wind and warm.  Awesome.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 8:39 pace.

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:52 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:22 pace.

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.  Second half, a cold rain started falling.   Brrr.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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7.50

Skead Road; 8:35 pace.

Had to switch back to long pants, long sleeves, jacket and gloves.  Snow, heavy at times.  That was after it transitioned from a stinging sleet.  Strong North wind.  Not so fun running North.  Lots of fun running South.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.50
Weight: 160.50
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10.50

Radar Road; 8:38 pace.  Same conditions as yesterday.  Except no sleet.  Or snow.  Okay, not at all like yesterday.

And the Province of Ontario is shutting down AGAIN.  This time for 6 weeks, and this time with the strictest measures yet.  The police are authorized to stop any car or pedestrian to ask why they are out.  Wow.  I can just imagine getting pulled over while running and being asked what I'm doing (running is still okay, according to the law - as long as you do it alone).

This is what happens when Canadians elect a national leader whose qualifications would enable him to be a terrific used car salesman, which is what he would be doing if he didn't have a certain 'name'.

 

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.50
Weight: 159.50
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10.00

Radar Road; 9:04 pace.  Planned on 8, but the slow and steady pace just felt nice and smooth.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:28 pace.  

Brisk morning, at just -4C/25F, with a stiff wind and some snow falling.  Back to covering my legs, arms, hands and head.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; a faster 8:11 pace.  No good reason for the speed ... it just happened.

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.  The warmer weather has returned.  It's going to be a glorious day.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Skead Road; 8:52 pace. 

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:51 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:46 pace.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:23 pace.  Steady (and cold) rain throughout.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:39 pace.  Sunshine and warmth.  Yes.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:35 pace.

Pretty intense run, with wind gusts at 33 mph.  Yesterday, it hit 18C/64F.  Today, it's sitting at 1C/34F and snowing.  Ouch.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
186.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 92.50Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 63.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 30.00
Weight: 160.73
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