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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: 20.00 Month: 87.45 Year: 1765.15
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: 509.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 397.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 145.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 10.25
Total Distance
233.50
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 44.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 77.50Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 234.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 32.00
Weight: 161.02
Total Distance
7.00

Skead Road; 8:46 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 162.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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12.00

Long Run; 12 miles at 8:23 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:02 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.00

Speedwork at the track.

2 up.

4 x 1200 @ 6:40 pace (5 minutes per 1200)

2 down.

Ran segments at 4:59, 4:59, 5:00 and 5:00.  Bang on.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 162.00
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10.00

Tempo run on Radar Road.

2 up; 7 @ 7:44; 1 down.

The heat and humidity finally broke.  It was a very nice 12C/54F.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:00 pace.  Cool and misty.  11C/53F.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:50 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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8.00

Skead Road; 8:54 pace.  

It's unfortunately normal to smell weed from passing cars.  Today however, around mile 3, one passed that was so heavy with weed I could almost see the cloud of smoke.  Just, wow.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:02 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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9.00

Speedwork at the track.  My least favourite version.  Step ups.

400/800/1200/1600/1200/800/400 with 400 recoveries.

Goal pace was 1:40/lap or 6:40/mile.  Nailed it for all laps.  Nice to get through this one.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 161.50
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10.00

7 miles at Tempo (7:42) pace on Radar Road.  A bit too fast, but I ran mile 4 at 7:38, so that increased my average pace overall.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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7.00

Skead Road in a torrential (at times) rain.  8:58 pace. 

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 161.00
Weight: 161.00
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8.50

Radar Road; 8:47 pace.  

An afternoon run for a change.  Hot.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.50
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
14.00

14 Mile Long Run on Radar Road; 8:22 pace.  

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 161.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:12 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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7.00

Speedwork at the track.

3 x 1 mile repeats with 400 recoveries.

100% humidity, so even the coolish 19C/66F didn't feel great. 

I was off my game to start, and ran the first 3 laps too slow (4 seconds/lap too slow).  But I nailed the next 9 laps.

Mile splits were 6:54, 6:39 and 6:41

I woke up with a stiff right knee for some reason.  Will have to keep on eye on it.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
10.00

7 miles at Tempo Pace; 7:44.  On Radar Road.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:10 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 9:01 pace.  Heavy legs today, so had to push through the last few miles.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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10.00

Exact same as yesterday ... Radar Road; 9:01 pace.  Just beat the incoming storm.

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

Skead Road; 8:58 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Speedwork at the track.  Perfect conditions, with no humidity and cooler temps (16C/61F).

6 x 800 with 400 recoveries.

Goal pace was 6:40/mile (3:20/800)

Splits were:  3:19, 3:16, 3:16, 3:12 and 3:13

So, technically a failure --- too fast.  It didn't feel that hard, so I'm guessing it was the perfect conditions that pushed me.  Previous speedwork was in heat and humidity.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
11.00

8 miles at Tempo Pace (7:44) on Radar Road.

There has been construction - culvert replacement - going on for a couple of weeks now, and they were finally paving the sections they had torn up.  Every week, I just ran past the flag person while dozens of cars waited.  This week, she shouted something to me when I passed her, which I didn't quite get.  I heard "careful", but not the rest.  I figured it out when I ran past the steaming asphalt ... "careful, the asphalt is hot".  I think maybe she figured I was going to run on it.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.00
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7.00

Skead Road.  Steady rain.  8:58 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.00

Skead Road; 9:00 pace.

Between yesterday's run and today's, they graded the shoulders of the road.  An annual ritual I dislike, it makes the surface too soft and gives it a sharper angle.  It will take months before I pound it back into shape.

On a happier note, a beautiful deer ran across the road just in front of me.  It didn't look both ways, and the traffic was heavy, so it lucked out finding a spot when there was a break in traffic.  This is more of a moose area, so deer are more rare.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
15.00

Long Run on Radar Road; 8:22 pace.  Felt strong throughout.  Nice, cool morning for running, at just 15C/58F.  Now halfway through my marathon training schedule.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
233.50
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 44.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 77.50Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 234.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 32.00
Weight: 161.02
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