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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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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 middle 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  (25 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.

For 2022, in the Fall I'll look to shaving 130 seconds off my Marathon PR in order to break the 3:20 mark.  The Half Marathon I'll run hard as part of my training, but not for a PR - maybe in the 1:35 range.

Mississauga Half Marathon - May 1, 2022    (1:35:27)

Marathon P'Tit Train du Nord - October 2, 2022 (sub 3:20 attempt)

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.  


I am a Roman Catholic priest of 28 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 11 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.

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Miles:This week: 37.00 Month: 150.00 Year: 981.60
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 404.40
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 299.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 581.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 560.50
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 116.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 332.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 358.25
Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 253.00
Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Asics Metaspeed Sky Lifetime Miles: 19.10
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 17.00Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.17
Total Distance

Early morning run on Goodwill Drive; 8:59 pace.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Speedwork at the track.  

8 x 600 with 400 recoveries.  Pace is 6:40/mile, or 2:30/600

Actual paces were between 2:25 and 2:31, so pretty much bang on.

Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 161.00
Total Distance

Tempo Run on Radar Road.   Scheduled for 6 miles at a 7:35 pace.

First, it was delayed because of a pretty intense thunderstorm that rolled in as I was getting ready to go.  I waited 90 minutes until the worst of it had passed.  By then, the thunder was just rolling in the distance, although the rain was steady throughout, and the wind just got stronger.

The first three miles were bang on at 7:33, 7:34 and 7:30.  Because of the wind at my back, I had to constantly slow myself down.  The ride home, not so great.  I fought through mile 4, and was actually running on pace for the first 3/4 mile.  Then, a huge gust of wind hit me, and it just didn't let up.  I finished at 7:44 for that mile.  By then, the wind was directly in my face and blowing a steady 24mph, with gusts of 32mph.  It just sapped me, and I blew off miles 5 and 6 at 8:56 and 8:40.  Every time a rig drove by, a HUGE wall of water hit me.  I was pretty much toast at the end.

So, not a great first Tempo Run of this training cycle.  Good thing there are 14 left to go.  The good news is, the first 3 miles felt effortless.  Hopefully, there will be no wind next week and I can get a better idea of how this Tempo pace will work for me in my October Marathon.

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 160.00
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Skead Road; 8:58 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 161.00
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Goodwill Drive; 8:42 pace.

Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.50
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Long Run on Radar Road.  Pace for these is supposed to be 8:15.  I ran this one at an 8:06, so too fast.

The 1st 5 miles was into a strong headwind, and of course I had the strong tailwind for the final half.  It made it hard to gauge speed.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 8.00Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Miles: 9.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 17.00Saucony Triumph 17 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.17
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