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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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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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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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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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Skead Road; 8:52 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.50
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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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First long run of this training cycle; 8:21 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 160.00
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Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 6.00Brooks Launch 8 Miles: 17.00Triumph ISO 5 - Blue Miles: 7.00Brooks Glycerin 13 Miles: 6.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
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