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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  (23 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (11 run):  Chicago       October 11, 2015   (49 yrs.)  3:24:07

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.

Sulphur Springs 50 Miles - May 2022 - Thinking of going back to Ultras next year.  Still undecided.

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.

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: 47.00 Month: 204.00 Year: 1646.70
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 369.20
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 299.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 486.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 363.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 120.00
Total Distance
56.00
Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 34.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.83
Total Distance
6.00

Goodwill Drive; 9:03 pace.

A week or so ago, someone dumped a load of apples beside the road.  Today, in the dark, my headlamp picked up a dark shape there.  Figured it was a black bear, and I was right.  A good sized one.

I wasn't sure it saw me, so I made some noise and crossed to the other side of the road.  It was hard to make out its reaction in the dark, and I considered back tracking the other way.  But then, a truck appeared coming towards me, so I figured that would spook the bear, which it did.  It ran off into the woods.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
11.00

Strength Workout on Radar Road.

4 x 1.5 mile repeats @ 7:31 pace with 800 recoveries.  Pace was even for all 4 splits.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
13.00

Tempo Run on Radar Road; steady 7:40 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 159.00
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6.00

Goodwill Drive; 8:54 pace.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 159.00
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10.00

Radar Road; 9:00/mile pace.

I went to a new massage therapist yesterday, as my previous one retired.  When I entered the clinic, there was a very strong smell of cannabis.  I wondered if this was a means to relaxation, until I realized I had gone through the wrong door and was in Sudbury's newest cannabis store.  My clinic was one door over.  

Anyway, she worked hard on my hips and legs and managed to get my hamstring loosened up.  Still not 100%, but it's getting there.

Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Radar Road; 9:06 pace.

Heavy legs today, especially through mile 3.  After that, it wasn't so bad.

Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 159.00
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Total Distance
56.00
Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 12.00Triumph ISO 5 Miles: 34.00Brooks Ghost 13 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 158.83
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