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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

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Apr 20, 2013



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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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This will be my last blog until December, or maybe January next year, unfortunately.  My right foot is broken.  More specifically, I have a metatarsal stress fracture.

I saw a podiatrist last week, had x-rays, and just came back from my follow up visit.  He had also suspected a leg length discrepancy, and so had me x-rayed for that too.  He was right:  my left leg is 1.4cm longer than the right.  He was amazed I had no back or knee problems.  Said I was lucky I was skinny, or I would have.

I took a closer look at all my shoes, and I can see that while I have a decent strike pattern on my left (land on left side of heal and toe off the big toe side), on the right I'm landing on the outside midfoot and toeing off normally.  That puts a lot of extra stress on those metatarsals.  He chalked the difference up to the leg length discrepancy.

As far as a solution goes, he suggested seeing this as a one off, given that it has not been a problem until now.  Basically, at my age, going for that 2-3% improvement in my marathon time may have just pushed me over the edge.  Neither of us wanted to look at an orthotic lift, as it would mean messing with my whole kinetic chain.  It took me years to get that part of my running down just right.

So, in the short term, no running for 11 more weeks.  That puts me into mid-December.  He said I can shorten that by a few weeks if I decided to wear a surgical boot, but that in any event I should be careful about weight bearing and certainly should not think of running.

In the long term, he sees no reason why I couldn't go back to training as I am now.  I'll give it more thought over the next few months or so, but what I'm toying with is going back up to the Ultra distances.  The training mileage is basically the same, but at a much slower pace, and on trails.  We'll see.  For now, I'm going to switch to bulking up a bit this Fall with weights.  I'll certainly miss running.  Oh, and the race I was supposed to do on Sunday?  PERFECT conditions!  Sunny, 40F at the start line and 55F at the finish.  I would have nailed it!



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