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Guelph Thanksgiving 5K

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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 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.

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.

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 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: 16.25 Month: 53.45 Year: 1731.15
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: 503.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 381.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 139.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 4.25
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 8.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 3.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 11.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.50
Total Distance

Easy run; 8:45 pace.

I'm leaving later today for Southern Ontario again ... running a 5k Turkey Trot in Guelph tomorrow morning.  Five races in 5 weeks - must be a record for me.  But then that will be it for a while - want to just run easy base mileage leading up to the start of my Boston training which begins in 2 months.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 5.00
Weight: 159.00
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Race: Guelph Thanksgiving 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:20:10, Place overall: 22, Place in age division: 2
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Long story short:  I nailed a new PR.  Actually blew my old one out of the water ... cutting off 26 seconds from my previous best.  I'm VERY happy!  20:10 official finish.  22nd overall and 2nd in my age division.

The long version:  After running 4 races in 4 weeks, I hadn't planned on this one.  But I was nudged to when I heard of 3 races on our Canadian Thanksgiving Day.  The first was a 5k trail race, and that was my 1st choice until I couldn't find a hotel nearby at a decent price.  My second choice was a point to point road 5k, but when I went to register, it was sold out.  So, I went for this one ... a series of road runs of various distances following a route around Exhibition Park in Guelph, Ontario.  I opted for the 5k.  I actually wanted to see how fast I could run this distance to help give me some idea of a goal time for Boston.

So, I left Sudbury on Sunday afternoon and arrived in Cambridge (of 25k Trail Race fame last weekend) just as the sun was setting.  I checked into my hotel, and then went to Boston's Pizza to eat, drink, and watch the Blue Jays take on Texas in game three of their series.  WHAT a game!  Lasagna, beer and baseball.  Works for me.  I remembered that 4 beers helped me a few weeks ago in my Toronto 5k, so 4 beers it was.  Of course, that previous game saw Toronto slaughtered.  This time, it was high fives all around with complete strangers.  I didn't get to bed until almost midnight, but the race didn't start until 11:30 the next morning, so all was good.

COLD morning!  Had to scrape my windows.  At 8am it was -3C/28F, but it warmed up to an ideal 7C/45F by race time.  It was clear and no wind.

The race was only a 20 minute drive from my hotel.  The route around Exhibition Park is 1800 meters, so my race was about 2 3/4 laps of the route.  I checked it out on google maps ahead of time, and I walked it the morning of.  The long stretches of the block are about a half mile long, and the shorter ones then are a little more than 100 meters.  That's where the hills were.  Both were uphill; one was 50 meters up sharp, while the other was 100 meters up.  Both downhills on the long stretches were gradual.  Not a difficult course.

I positioned myself pretty much on the line.  There was no timing mat at the start - just at the end, and I wanted an accurate official time.  Turned out it was a good position for me.  I came in 22nd out of 272 runners.  The first mile was my fastest - run in 6:25.  The second I ran in 6:33 and the third in 6:29.  The final 200 meters I sprinted at a 5:18 pace, peaking at 4:54.

When I saw the clock on the home stretch, I could see it approaching 20 minutes.  I knew, based on my mile splits, that I would not break 20, but I was still sad to see it turn.  However, I was pumped at my time.  A good race.  And in looking back, I could not think of where I might have picked up the 10 seconds.  If I attacked the hills harder, I would have gassed.  If I ran the straights harder, I would have faded more at the end.  As it was, in the final 200 meters, I passed a number of runners, but had one final runner in my sights.  I couldn't find an extra gear to catch him, and he ended up finishing a half second ahead of me (and a 27 year old, so I don't feel bad).  But the fact that I knew I could not run faster than I did tells me that I ran the best I could this day.  I'll take it.

And, having a 20:10 5K under my belt today, tells me that my Boston goal time of 3:25 or less is very achievable.  I've decided to go with the Hanson's program again.  Officially starts in 9 weeks.  Between now and then I'm going easy with base mileage.  Maybe a 10K Turkey Trot on American Thanksgiving .  Maybe.

Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 160.00
Total Distance

3 recovery miles; 8:55 pace.

Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 3.00
Weight: 161.50
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Easy run; 8:41 pace.  Actually warm enough to run in shorts and without gloves.  Dark, however.  I'm back to running with my head lamp.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 161.00
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Easy paced run in the cold morning mist; 8:46/mile.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 5.00
Weight: 161.00
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Easy run in the dark; 8:49 pace.

Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 161.00
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Easy run; 8:51 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 7.00
Weight: 160.00
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Brooks Ghost 6 Gold Miles: 8.00Saucony Kinvara 6 Miles: 3.00Zoom Vomero 10 Miles: 11.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 12.00
Weight: 160.50
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