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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
179.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 19.00Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 14.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 36.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 51.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 32.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 18.00
Weight: 161.12
Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:42 pace.

 

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

Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:42 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:52 pace.  A nice, gentle rain.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:56 pace.

Day one of my 17 week marathon training program.  25C/77F with humidity.  

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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9.00

Speedwork at the track. 

Program calls for 12 x 400 @ 1:42/lap (6:48 pace) with 400 recoveries.

I never did hit a 1:42 lap.  First was 1:44 as I wasn't sure how that pace should feel.  After that, everything was in the 1:38 range, with a speedy 1:35 unintentionally thrown in.  Close to pace, but a bit too fast.

It was getting steamy out there too, with the temperature at 21C/69 and climbing, and a humidex of 25C/77F.

 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 163.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:48 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:03 pace.  

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:01 pace.  Really heavy legs today for some reason.  

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:52 pace.  Got my legs back today.  I still don't know what yesterday was about.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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8.00

Speedwork at the track across the street.

8 x 600 repeats with 400 recoveries.

Was aiming for a 6:40 pace, so around 2:30/600.  Most came in bang on, with only a second or two faster on a few laps.

A light rain and a cool, gentle breeze were welcomed friends.

Ontario is beginning to open up, after 7 weeks of total shutdown.  We are allowed to have Mass now, albeit with restricted numbers.  So, was back in Church this past weekend, finally.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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9.00

Tempo Run.  Radar Road.

I'm not entirely sure on my marathon goal, but am thinking sub 3:30.  So, I'm aiming for a pace between 7:45 and 7:50.  Today, I ran 6 miles tempo at a 7:47 average, with only one or two seconds variation per mile, so I'm pretty happy about that.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 162.00
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7.00

Skead Road; 8:52 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:57 pace.

A bear cub (this year's) was at the side of the road, just a few yards ahead of me.  Took off fast into the woods.  Never good to get that close to a bear cub.  The mother is never impressed.  I didn't see her, but I know she was close.  Cute little guy though.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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10.00

First long run of this training cycle; 8:21 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:57 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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Total Distance
8.00

Speedwork at the track.

2 up

6 x 800 w 400 recoveries.  

1.5 down.

800 splits were:  3:15  3:19  3:19  3:19  3:20  and  3:18

Goal was 3:20, so other than the first one, I was close to bang on.

Gentle breeze and light rain, which turned into a torrential downpour near the end.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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9.00

Tempo workout on Skead Road.  Six miles at an average pace of 7:45.  Variations were only one or two seconds either way.

Perfect running conditions at 8C/46F, sunny skies and only light wind.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:53 pace.  Heavy legs today, I'm guessing because of yesterday's Tempo run.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:04 pace.  Light rain and mist.  Humid too, at 98% humidity.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.50
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:01 pace.  100% humidity, so I was dripping the whole time.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
7.00

Skead Road; misty and at 100% humidity.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
7.00

Speedwork at the track.  

2 up

5 x 1000 (1km) with 400 recoveries.

1 down.

Aimed for a 4:10/km pace.  Splits were 4:06, 4:04, 4:06, 4:07 and 4:08.  So, still a little faster than I should be moving.

 

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 162.50
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Total Distance
9.00

6 mile Tempo pace on Radar Road.  Average pace was 7:46.  Perfectly even splits, with the first four at 7:46 and the final two at 7:45.  Still 100% humidity.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
179.00
Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 19.00Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 14.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 36.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 51.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 32.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 18.00
Weight: 161.12
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