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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
171.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 54.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 30.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 36.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 30.00Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 15.00
Weight: 161.44
Total Distance
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Goodwill Drive; 8:33 pace.  

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:31 pace.  I've had pep in my step the last few runs.  Not pushing it, but the legs just want to go.

First time gloves were not enough to keep my hands from freezing.  Will have to change to mitts.

Right at mile 2, my foot caught the pavement and I fell.  Again!  I thought the long sleeved shirt and the jacket would prevent a wound, but the same spot I opened up on my elbow the last 2 times I fell in the summer was bleeding quite a bit when I got home.  Drat.  A small wound on the palm of my hand too.  Gotta stop zoning out so much.

 

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:56 pace.

Clear and cold.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:47 pace.  Gorgeous sunrise this morning!

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Early morning easy run on Goodwill Drive; 9:08 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:53 pace. 

Legs were a little depleted at the end, and I was famished, for some reason.  Stiff wind for the last 5 miles.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.50
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Goodwill Drive; 8:51 pace.  It was a balmy 8C/46F, so I ran comfortably in shorts and short sleeves.  Maybe the last time that will happen this year.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:09 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:05 pace.

Quite a heavy frost.  The sun breaking the horizon turned everything into a glistening diamond looking landscape.  Stunning.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:37 pace.

Considered doing some speedwork at the track today, but my left hammie is still a bit tender, and I didn't want to push it.  Instead, picked up the pace for the last 3 miles, with the last one at 8:05.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:51 pace.

It hailed for the first half mile, then cloudy for 3 miles, then sunshine for 1 mile, then rain for the final 1 1/2 miles, with the wind getting pretty intense for the final half mile.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:55 pace.

I'm pretty sure my hamstring issue is really my piriformis.  Changing my treatment strategy accordingly.  We'll see if that helps.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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A bit of a zippier run on Goodwill drive; 8:16 pace.  Last mile at Marathon pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:02 pace.

First real snow of the season, such as it is.  Less than an inch and kinda wet.  Enough to make the road slippery and the feet cold.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:04 pace.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:56 pace.

So, when I went to bed, the lunar eclipse was just beginning.  Could barely see it because of the cloud cover.  At its peak this morning at 4am, it wa totally obscured by clouds.  Ah well.  On my run, I caught a glimpse of the full moon through a break in the clouds, just as it was setting.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 8:56 pace.

Fought a stiff headwind the last 5 miles.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:44 pace.

VERY stiff wind.  Gusting to 30mph.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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6.00

Early run on Goodwill Drive; 8:57 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:00 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.50
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:35 pace.

My left hamstring is steadily improving.  The piriformis stretches seem to be working well.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Back to the treadmill; 8:57 pace.

We got clobbered with our first significant snowfall of the season.  I think this might stick around, as temperatures won't get above freezing again for some time.

Just too messy to run outside today, as nothing has been cleared.  It's gonna take a while to get used to running on a treadmill again.

Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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10.00

Back to the treadmill; didn't really feel like tackling the -19C/-2F temperatures today.

Kept the pace at a steady 8:57.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 10.00
Weight: 162.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:49 pace.  Light snow falling.  The road is a mish mash of soft snow, hard packed snow, hard to run in snow, etc.  Still, nice to be outside.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 163.00
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Treadmill; 8:57 pace.

Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 5.00
Weight: 162.00
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Total Distance
171.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 54.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 30.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 36.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 30.00Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Miles: 6.00Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Miles: 15.00
Weight: 161.44
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