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<b>Why do you run?</b><br><br>
Because....it's fun! Didn't we all feel that way about running as kids? Running is a way we can still feel childlike. I know that I do, particularly in the summer when I run through a sprinkler or two.<br><br>
I suppose that if I were ever psychoanalized, one reason I run might be because my Dad could not. He had polio from the time he was a small child.<br><br>
I remember as a teenager reading about the Kenyans (quack, quack) and how they ran everywhere and trained running up steep hills. So I would run a mile-1.5 mile loop from my house that included one incredibly steep hill. Sometimes I made it up to the top running, sometimes not , but it was a fun challenge for me.<br><br>
I continued to run as I got older but never for more than 5 miles at a time. I didn't get "serious" about it until I heard about a new local marathon called The Flying Pig and thought it was something I'd like to try.<br><br>
I somehow completed the first Flying Pig at age 42 in 1999... and I became the running addict that I remain today.<br><br><b>What is your greatest accomplishment?</b><br><br>
My first thought is to say something about my daughter, but my wife Maureen and Melissa herself have at least as much to do with that as I do.<br><br>
When you were a kid, did you ever think about how you would turn out as an adult? I know that I used to worry a lot about the adult DanQ. I just couldn't see myself being a successful adult.<br><br>
So, I suppose the fact that I have turned out to be a mostly well adjusted adult with a modest but comfortable income and a great family would have put litttle DanQ's mind at ease.<br><br><b>What is your motto/theme song?</b><br><br>
My motto: <i>Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest....Mark Twain</i> It's at least something I strive for.<br><br>
Theme song? I don't really have one, just songs that seem to stay in my mental ipod as I run. <i>Sail On Sailor</i> by the Beach Boys is the one most prominent lately. It has a good beat for a training run and the lyrics are about perseverance in the face of obstacles, so it'll do.<br><br><i>I sailed an ocean, unsettled ocean<br>
Through restful waters and deep commotion<br>
Often frightened, unenlightened<br>
Sail on sail on, sailor<br>
I wrest the waters, fight Neptune's waters<br>
Sail through the sorrows of life's marauders<br>
Unrepenting, often empty<br>
Sail on sail on sailor<br><br>
Caught like a sewer rat alone but I sail<br>
Bought like a crust of bread, but oh do I wail<br><br>
Seldom stumble, never crumble<br>
Try to tumble, life's a rumble<br>
Feel the stinging I've been given<br>
Never ending, unrelenting<br>
Heartbreak searing, always fearing<br>
Never caring, persevering<br>
Sail on sail on, sailor<br><br>
I work the seaways, the gale-swept seaways<br>
Past shipwrecked daughters of wicked waters<br>
Uninspired, drenched and tired<br>
Wail on wail on sailor<br><br>
Always needing, even bleeding<br>
Never feeling all my feelings<br>
Damn the thunder, must I blunder<br>
There's no wonder all I'm under<br>
Stop the crying and the lying<br>
And the sighing and my dying<br><br>
Sail on sail on sailor</i><br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZIqi9UnQH0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZIqi9UnQH0</a><br><br><br><b>How do you deal with bad runs?</b><br><br>
I don't dwell on them, but I do take a little time trying to figure out what went wrong, particularly if it was a race.<br><br><b>Do you reward yourself for good runs? How?</b><br><br>
Although a good run is it's own reward, lately it seems I've taken to attention whoring in here whenever I have a good run. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br><b>Who do you admire most?</b><br><br>
My parents for raising my sister and me to be normal functioning adults.They never complained about what ever setbacks life dealt them, but just did the best they could at whatever task was in front of them.<br><br>
My Dad died almost ten years ago to the day, but my Mom is doing well and will be 85 next January.<br><br>
I also like to read biographies and admire those who conquered their flaws enough to have lived great lives.<br><br><b>What is the greatest advice you have ever received?</b><br><br>
I don't know about the greatest, but some of the first advice I ever got I still use to this day. That being the stuff about please and thank you being the magic words.<br><br>
People appreciate being thanked, and it often surprises me what I can get people to do by adding "please" to my request.<br><br><b>What do you wish you had learned younger?</b><br><br>
Self confidence. It is hard for people to believe in you if you don't yourself. Through constant effort, I believe I have worked my way up from an inferiority complex to humbleness.<br><br><b>What do you wish you could do but can't?</b><br><br>
That could be a long list. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I will just say that I wish I had access to Harry Potter's Floo network so I could be able to meet each one of you.<br><br><b>How would your friends describe your personality?</b><br><br>
Introverted but friendly, with a dry, sarcastic sense of humor.<br><br><b>What do you wear running? Favorite outfit?</b><br><br>
I wear....running clothes. We have four seasons weather here in Cincinnati and I dress accordingly.<br><br>
I don't have a favorite outfit, but I do have an orange shirt I wear a lot. I still need to find a pair of orange shorts, however.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i2.tinypic.com/82mnb83.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>What has been your favorite race?</b><br><br>
If I didn't say the Pig you'd all be surprised. It's the Pig. That's me running in the '07 Pig in the picture above.<br><br><b>Do you have a goal race?</b><br><br>
Not right now although I'll run a 5 mile race on New Year's Day. Then the racing scene get quiet here until March.<br><br><b>What makes you happy?</b><br><br>
Making people laugh. It makes them feel good, and their reaction lets me know I'm alive<br><br><b>Tell us one interesting thing about you that you haven't said on this forum in the past</b><br><br>
If you connect the moles on my back....oh wait. You said interesting.<br><br>
I have not been drunk in close to 20 years. Not that I'm morally superior or totally against drunkenness. I will still have a few beers when I go out.<br><br>
It has more to do with my wife growing up in an alcoholic home. Although I never have had a drinking problem, I just don't want her to ever see me drunk because it might bring back some unpleasant memories for her.<br><br><b>Tell us one interesting thing about another user of this forum that has not been posted in the past</b><br><br>
Don't worry folks...your secrets are safe with me!....For those of you that have never met Techgoddess, you're missing part of the picture. Articulate as she is in here, she also has the most expressive face of anyone I've met. She can make you laugh with a single look.
 

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This is the official POTD, I seem to have posted a partial duplicate POTD. Sorry.<br><br>
I am here to answer your questions, if any.
 

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oh...ok....I read the other one and wondered what the mistake was....<br><br>
I like the humble DanQ.....too many arrogant people in this world...that's what happens with too much self-confidence...you seem like the perfect combination of "Midwestern" characteristics...humble, hard-working and honest....if only more people were like that...and you're hard to make angry too!
 

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Thanks OBH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
And....I didn't even mention chili once, did you notice?
 

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yeah...I was wondering where you might fit it in...maybe your biggest inspiration?...there should be a question about favorite food.....
 

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I could use some chili now. Suprisingly, I found it tiring writing about nothing but myself for such an extended period.<br><br>
I also forgot to tie in that running up that steep hill as a teenager to my 20 mile training run for a marathon where I still run up that same hill.<br><br>
It makes me feel good that I can run up the same hill at age 50 as I did at age 16. And as part of a 20 mile run as opposed to a 1.5 mile run.<br><br>
Maybe that's a bit confusing.....
 

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Great POTD!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> And I loved your answer below -- you are a true treasure!<br><br>
 

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Thank you Bootsie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I'd like to meet you someday, if I ever make it out to the Kansas City area.
 

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And I would like to meet you too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> The Pig is on my list of must-do races, so hopefully I will make it out there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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Oh yeah, that would be great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
The 10th Anniversary Pig is coming up.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i4.tinypic.com/8e0esra.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I've been using <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"> as much as possible too WTPJ!
 

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<snort><br>
My old agedness made me forget to add this to my dancing nanner;<br><br>
OLD FARTS ROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
~we will meet someday, dan...and the young'uns of the PRT will be <i>WHEY</i> envious of our kewlness~
 

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DQ RULZ! For real. We all know it. I just wish he were my mailman.
 

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<b>WTPJ</b>- You are correct. We 50 types are way cool. Even if we forget things once in a while.<br><br><b>Tithers</b>- Thanks! <img alt="" src="http://i3.tinypic.com/6joj60m.gif" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Thanks dcoroner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
It's hard to believe that there was anything new left for me to tell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
But there's always something.
 

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Dan..I love your post...and no need to worry about attention whoring over great runs...I will always out-whore you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
You are a great dude and I am glad that you shared a part of yourself with us...thank you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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That sounds like a challenge <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I've never written this before, but I really admire you for getting out there and running early each morning especially in the Montreal fall/winter.<br><br>
And that you are posting in your second language while I have trouble posting in my one and only.
 

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OK are you trying to send me to the crying thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Thank you Dan...that means alot coming from an accomplished runner like you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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