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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  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (11 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

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:

The Disney Dopey Challenge in January, 2019.   That was fun

Sulphur Springs Trail Ultra (50 miles) in May, 2019.   That was muddy

The Haliburton Trail (100 Miles) in September 2019First place Master

A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon in January 2020 (qualify for Boston) Qualified: 4:39 under my BQ time

Sulphur Springs Trail (50 Miles) in May 2020 (warm up for S7)  Covidized

The Sinister 7 Trail (100 Miles) in August 2020 (decided to go for it)Covidized

125th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2021.  Moved to the Fall 

Sulphur Springs Trail (50 Miles) in May 2021 (moved from 2020) Covidized again

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: 24.00 Month: 24.00 Year: 1221.70
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 341.20
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 288.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Brooks Glycerin 13 Lifetime Miles: 883.70
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 347.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 278.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 71.00
Total Distance
195.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 52.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 54.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 24.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 64.50
Weight: 160.44
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Back to Goodwill Drive; 8:16 pace.  It blew hard all day yesterday, but was much more calm today.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Radar Road; 8:20 pace.  First half at 8:40 pace, and a zippier second half at an 8:00 pace.  Legs felt fast today.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:00 pace.  Last mile at 7:20 pace.  

Cold, steady rain throughout.  Maybe that's why I ran faster than usual.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:36 pace.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Beautiful morning.  Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.  I got my first Covid-19 vaccination yesterday, so my arm is a bit sore.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:21 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Radar Road; 8:34 pace.  Had the sun on my face and the wind at my back the last 5 miles.  Nice.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 8:30 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:30 pace.

Snow.  Light and wet when I started.  Heavy by the time I finished.  Visibility was reduced quite a bit.  The good news is, starting tomorrow we are going back to more seasonable weather.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Skead Road; 8:47 pace.

Quite a change from yesterday's snow/rain/sleet/hail storm.  Today it's blue sky and warm.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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Skead Road; 8:47 pace.  Another glorious, sunshine and warmth filled day ahead.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:58 pace.  Warmest day yet this year.  Loving it.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Skead Road; 9:07 pace.  A gorgeous Saturday morning, and it seems everyone is out to enjoy it.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:54 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.  

Saw 2 bear cubs along the side of the road yesterday.  No momma in sight, but no doubt she was close by.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.50

Skead Road; 9:01 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 161.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:41 pace.  

The blackflies are healthy and hungry, and provide just the right amount of incentive to keep moving.

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:39 pace.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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10.50

Radar Road; 8:53 pace.

Beautiful day; going to plant my garden today.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.50
Weight: 159.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:54 pace.

I got my garden all prepared and planted yesterday.  It hit 28C/68F - a beautiful day.  It's quite a contrast today, now at 5C/41F with a North wind gusting to 30mph.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.

Passed a man who proudly said I had inspired him last year to start running, and that he had lost 30 pounds.  Nice.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.  

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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14.00

Radar Road; 8:48 pace.

Today was supposed to have been my 50 mile Ultra at Sulpher Springs, which was cancelled last year, moved to this year, and then cancelled again.

Tomorrow was supposed to be the Sudbury Rocks Half, which was cancelled last year, then moved and run virtually to the Fall, with free entry to this year's, which was cancelled again and so run virtually any time this month.

I had no intention of racing it, but since I got a nice shirt and a medal, I figured I should at least run the distance.  So, I did.  With an extra bit on top.

 

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 158.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.

The last couple of mornings, the temperature has dropped to the freezing mark, and we've had frost.  As soon as the sun comes up, however, it warms quickly and is great for running.  No more freezing morning lows, however, as we go back to above seasonal temperatures this week.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:43 pace.

My marathon training schedule begins next week, and Mondays will be for speedwork.  So, I ran a couple of striders today, just to see.  LOTS of rust in my fast twitch muscles, I see.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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195.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 52.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 54.50Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 24.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 64.50
Weight: 160.44
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