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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 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.  

Personal:

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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40.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Easy mileage; 8:48 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.00
Weight: 160.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Ran 3 of the 8 at Tempo pace.  6:57, 6:56 and 7:15.  The third was a bit slower only because I was only going to run two, but then changed my mind after running a quarter mile at a slower pace.  Anyway, I'm counting it as three.

Mid day run in the heat (24C/76F) only because I drove someone to the airport first thing this morning, and then got to working in my garden before I realized how late it was.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
7.00

Easy run; 8:48 pace.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 7.00
Weight: 159.50
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Total Distance
6.00

Easy run; 8:50 pace.  Finished it off with 4 striders.  A little rusty on the speed, I can see.  Will be trying to incorporate more this summer.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Race: Lively Firecracker Run (3.107 Miles) 00:20:36, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance
4.00

A new PR for me in this distance - not that I've run it that often.  Still - I'll take it.

Same race as 2 years ago, but I ran it over a minute faster this time.  Mind you, it was a lot cooler than last time - just 16C/60F and with little wind.  And I was better prepared.

Today is Canada Day - the 149th "birthday" of our Country.  So, a national holiday.  I napped for two hours this afternoon, and ate a meal at 3pm - 4 hours before the race.  I messed up on that 2 years ago.

I arrived right at the registration deadline of 6pm and then went for a 1 mile warm up, and then ran 8 striders.

I went out fairly easy, and covered the 1st mile in 6:45.  Then the hills section.  Some of them are pretty steep, but I still managed to average a 6:45 for the second mile.  For the third mile, I picked it up.  I was afraid I started that too soon, but I managed to hold on.  Whereas the little bit of wind was in my face for the middle mile, it was at my back for the final mile.  I ran it in 6:17 and held on for a PR at this distance.

So, I'm pleased with my fitness level at this point.  I'm 13 weeks out from the October 1st race:  either a Half in Collingwood, or a 25k trail in Paris.  Haven't decided yet.  Either way, it's looking good for an injury free summer.

 

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 158.50
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Total Distance
10.00

Super easy pace; 9:08 mile.  Took about 5 miles until I got all the kinks worked out from yesterday's race.  I was pretty tight.  Actually ran most the distance around a 9:15 pace, but then ran harder at 8:10 for the final mile, just because I wanted to come in under 92 minutes - for no good reason.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.50
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Total Distance
40.00
Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 11.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 12.00Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 7.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.17
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