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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
245.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 37.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 18.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 105.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 46.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 28.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.60
Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill drive in a soft rain; 9:05 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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7.00

Speedwork at the track.  My last speedwork in this training cycle.

3 x 1 mile repeats with 600 recoveries.  Goal pace was 6:40/mile. 

Splits were:  6:37  6:33  and  6:38.

Weather was perfect:  9C/49F, clear skies and no wind.

From now on, Mondays will be for Strength Workouts:  Intervals at 10 seconds/mile faster than Tempo Pace.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
11.00

8 miles at Tempo Pace; 7:43.  Radar Road.  Heavy fog.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 163.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:00 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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10.00

Easy 10 on Radar Road; 9:03 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 9:06 easy pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 161.00
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8.00

Easy 9:09 run on Skead Road.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength Workout on Radar Road.

6 x 1 mile repeats at 10 seconds/mile faster than 7:45 Marathon Pace with 400 recoveries.

Goal was 7:35 splits.

Actual splits were:  7:32  7:32  7:33  7:33  7:32  and  7:34

21C/70F, but 100% humidity.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 162.00
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11.00

8 miles at Marathon Pace; 7:42.  Radar Road.

Heavy Fog and Humid.  Just 20C/68F, but the dew point and the temperature are the same.  100% humidity.

 

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 162.00
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7.00

Easy Run on Skead Road; 9:07 pace.  Another day of 100% humidity.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 162.00
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8.00

9:08 paced easy run on Skead Road.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Long Run on Radar Road.  Average pace was 8:18.  Am supposed to run it at 8:25, so a tad fast.

I caught the edge of the pavement and fell down (kinda hard) at mile 4.7, just past the intersection of Radar and Skead Road.  As always, the worst part of it was a car driving by witnessed the whole thing.  I like to keep my hilarious goofs to myself.

Pretty good road rash on my right palm and my right elbow.  A chunk of left thumb ripped off.  A fair bit of blood all over me.  Legs were fine ... didn't notice I had a scrape on my right shin until I got home.

Awesome running temperature at 13C/56F with just a gentle breeze.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Recovery Run on Goodwill Drive; 9:01 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength Workout on Radar Road.

4 x 1.5 mile repeats at 7:32 pace with 800 recoveries.

 

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
12.00

Tempo Run on Radar Road.  An even 7:42 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill drive; 9:05 pace.

Passing Headquarters Lake, I thought I saw a deer or moose swimming at the far end.  Then the person waved to me.  I waved back.  That lake used to be disgusting with polution from the local mine.  It's amazing now to see people fishing in it and, now, swimming in it.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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10.00

Radar Road; 9:05 pace.  Going to be a hot one today!

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.50
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10.00

Easy run on Radar Road; 9:10 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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8.00

Skead Road; 8:59 pace.

Going to be another hot one, with humidity now at 100% and a heavy fog on the ground.  Stunning sunrise.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength Workout on Radar Road.

3 x 2 mile repeats with 800 recoveries.  Pace is set at 10 seconds/mile faster than marathon pace.  

2 mile splits averaged a pace of:  7:32  7:31  and 7:32

Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
12.00

9 miles at Tempo Pace on Radar Road; 7:41 average pace.

Ran pretty even splits, from a 7:39 to a 7:42.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Skead Road; 9:17 pace.  Heavy legs today.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
7.00

I was in North Bay overnight for an ordination of a brother priest (yesterday) and then the Chrism Mass (today - postponed from before Easter).  So, I ran various roads this morning.  9:07 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Long Run on Radar Road; 8:17 pace.

Rain for the first mile or so, and then just overcast the rest of the way.  It has cooled right down - just 14C/58F.  Nice for running.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:18 recovery pace.

Not hot, at just 19C/67F, but 100% humidity.  Dew point and temperature are the same.  Wet.

Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength Workout on Skead Road.  

2 x 3 mile repeats with 1 mile recoveries.  Goal pace is 10 seconds faster than Marathon Pace.

Ran both 3 mile splits at 7:31/mile pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
245.00
Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 37.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 18.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 105.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 46.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 28.00Brooks Cascadia 11 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 160.60
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