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<b>1. Why do you run?</b><br>
Initially, I began running at age 40 for my own health and to show my patients that regular exercise can be done despite a busy work schedule.<br>
I began to 'practice what I preach'. It is a highly efficient way to become conditioned and needs no fancy equipment with great physical and<br>
emotional benefits.<br>
Presently, I run for health, happiness, emotional sanity and the challenge of racing. It has become an integral part of my being.<br><br><b>2. What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br>
In life, my greatest accomplishment would be raising our two children with my wife.<br>
Professionally, I've been fortunate enough to extend quite a number of people's lives. I hope that they have lived longer and better. There have<br>
been numerous times when I can honestly say that I've eased some suffering and pain.<br>
More specifically, I've saved people who've had acute MI's (heart attacks), had CHF/heart block/CAD/congenital valve disease/endocarditis and lots of<br>
non-cardiac reasons. I could tell specific stories, but I won't...<br><br><b>3. What is your motto/theme song?</b><br>
My motto would be:<br>
Commit yourself to constant self-improvement.<br>
Live well, be strong.<br>
Judge your success by the degree you're enjoying peace, health and happiness.<br><br>
My theme songs:<br>
Twilight Zone-Golden Earring<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1sf2CzEq0w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1sf2CzEq0w</a><br>
Live Like You Were Dying-Tim McGraw<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mHaFMqde6A" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mHaFMqde6A</a><br>
My Way-Frank Sinatra<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tGdoA6mCc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1tGdoA6mCc</a><br>
Switchin' to Glide-The Kings<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Wr8J8faGA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Wr8J8faGA</a><br>
Lovesong-The Cure<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4SZhumbv0s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4SZhumbv0s</a><br>
Addicted-Simple Plan<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO6LCUwTkLI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO6LCUwTkLI</a><br><br><b>4. How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br>
My left brain understands the many variables that affect our runs-fitness/fatigue/stress/injury/illness/effort...but my right brain is always a<br>
bit disappointed if I fail to execute a hard effort well and have a 'bad run'. I always try to learn from mistakes but I ask is there really ever a<br>
bad run? I don't think so...<br><br><b>5. Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br>
My reward for a good run is the peace and contentment that I feel during the entire day. Just remembering how I nailed a workout earlier, I'll<br>
smile to myself. I don't treat myself to material things after a good run, I do that whenever I please. I spoil me and all those around me as often<br>
as I can.<br><br><b>6. Who do you admire most?</b><br>
I admire: My wife-for her basic goodness, kindness, empathy and common sense.<br>
My best friend Al-for his wit, intelligence and sage advice.<br>
My mentor DrL-for his professionalism, diagnostic skills and calm demeanor no matter what the situation.<br><br><b>7. What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br>
"Question everything to the point of understanding."<br>
"Strive for excellence, not perfection."<br>
Both pieces of advice given to me during my internship.<br><br><b>8. What do wish you had learned younger?</b><br>
I, like many others here, wish I had learned the great sport of running/racing. I never ran track or cross-country and ran my first track race<br>
at age 41yrs. I'm hopeful that my kids will try running but I'm trying not to push them into anything. Thankfully, DS2 has been invited to run<br>
junior olympics cross country in our town and has liked it and excelled at it. It is fun to watch our kids get to do the things we did not do.<br><br><b>9. What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br>
Play a musical instrument/sing well.<br>
Throw a 90+ mph fastball and/or a devastating curve ball.<br>
Repeat past mistakes. (But I do make them less often, I think...ha)<br>
Travel back and forward in time.<br><br><b>10. How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br>
Obsessive. Analytical. Dependable. Compassionate. Athletic. Intense. Patient.<br><br><b>11. What do you wear running? favorite outfit?</b><br>
Clothes.<br>
My favorite outfit would be summer attire-sleeveless red/white/blue NB shirt, black Asics shorts, white crew socks, custom blue/yellow Nike<br>
racing flats.<br><img alt="" src="http://i28.tinypic.com/2zqh3zb.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
This is close...<br><br><br><b>12. What has been your favorite race?</b><br>
My favorite race was the Greater Hartford Marathon 2003. I qualified for Boston, by 6 seconds and needed an all out effort at the end and solid<br>
execution of splits to achieve this pace. I've run faster since then, but that was sweet.<br><br><b>13. Do you have a goal race right now?</b><br>
Although the next race on the docket is Boston 08, my goal racing season will be 5K's and 10K's in the fall. That marathon in Beantown killed me<br>
in 2004 and I need to erase my PW in the marathon.<br><br><b>14. What makes you happy?</b><br>
I'm happy when my microcosm is all in order-unthreatened and content/happy.<br>
More specifically: Seeing my wife smile<br>
Hearing my kids laugh<br>
Knowing that a job was well done<br>
Being told 'thanks' by my patients<br>
Watching family members achieve success<br>
Getting an unsolicited hug from DS or DW<br>
Hitting the curveball/slider to right field<br>
Great sex<br>
Sitting in my hot tub with the fam on a sunday evening after a spectaculiar Sunday LR under a starry wintry night...<br><br><b>15. Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said (at least not often) on this forum in the past.</b><br>
Um...I'm not that interesting...I once got robbed back when I worked at a gas station (my father's) and stupidly chased after the robbers<br>
eventually breaking the window of the getaway car. I later ID'd them by looking through endless books of mug shots, but I did not want them<br>
to get away with it.<br><br><b>16. Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted (at least not often) on this forum in the past (make sure the other person will not object to posting the info!).</b><br>
hally, econo and tnally are all nicer than they appear when seen in person.<br><img alt="" src="http://i32.tinypic.com/2ywu6ua.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Caddisfli and theprofromdover too and that may or may not surprise some...<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> -especially that Pro...<br><img alt="" src="http://i29.tinypic.com/71ih5u.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Love the motto about commiting yourself to constant self improvement...something we all need to remember to do! I ran Boston in 04 as well and the heat nearly killed me...was in the ER the next day getting some fluids pumped into me. Good luck this year!
 

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Hey Dr. Dale, it's great to learn more about you. I can especially identify with your answers to #7 and #14.<br><br>
We are fortunate to have you here, sir. <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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Nice post. We've probably run a lot of the same races...<br><br>
Are the boomers meeting up again at Hartford this year? If so, I should probably stop by and introduce myself.
 

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Stellar POTD from our first Masters forum contributor!! I have one attribute to add to Dr Toce's personality.....he is LOUD!! Be warned if you stand near him at a race or probably other sporting event <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Twilight Zone is one of my favorite songs too. Wonder why every picture I am in the glass in front of me is empty? <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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If the stuff from #14 don't make someone happy, then nothing ever will<br><br>
Thanks for the POTD, dtoce - glad to get to know you a little better
 

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Thanks for this great POTD post. Excellent advice in #7.
 

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Did you know that Frank Sinatra didn't want to record, "My Way", but the record label forced him to anyway?<br><br>
Kind of ironic given the song.
 

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I would also describe you as hyper!! I suppose loud as well<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Now I just have to figure out who DrL is hmmmmmm<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
It was fun reading and learning more about you. You are an inspiration to many. I am so happy you practice what you preach. I know a lot of Drs that need to start doing that.
 

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Dtoce, great POTD! Thanks for letting us know more about you. Larry
 

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Great post! It was nice to get to know you a bit more dtoce!
 

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Hey dtoce! I really enjoyed reading your POTD. It's so neat learning more about other Masters runners.<br><br>
Susan
 

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...very nice dtoce//......especially #14........<br><br>
.......Good Running to Ya.......
 
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