David Tosch has an accomplished career as a business leader in the dental laboratory industry and as an ultra-marathon and endurance runner. He is also the founder of a company that creates shorter and longer distance trail runs, including ultra endurance trail runs. In this episode we talk about breaking audacious goals into shorter, more achievable goals. 

David’s Biography:

David Tosch is an accomplished business leader, and ultramarathon runner. He credits his start in distance running to a time in junior high school, when he realized that to be a distance runner in track he didn’t have to run fast. He attended the University of Texas system, graduating from the Univesity of Texas at Dallas Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. He ran his first marathon around the 1979-1980 timeframe and in 1980 he founded Tosch Laboratory, Inc. (Dental Laboratory) in Dallas, Texas, and later moved the lab to Birmingham, AL. His list of marathons and ultra endurance runs is extensive, including multiple 100 mile endurance runs, such as The Pinhoti 100,The Leadville 10, the Wasatch 100, the Tahoe Rim Tiral 100, The Rocky Raccoon 100, the Grindstone 100 and the Hardrock 100. He has also participated in numerous Ironman events and even had the opportunity to run with Bill Rogers in 1980. David is the founder ofSoutheastern Trail Runs and the Run For Kids Challenge, which raises money for Camp Smile-A-Mile. 

Show Notes:

People may not realize what they can truly accomplish in life and by setting a series of goals along a path to an overall stretch goal they may be able to reach new levels of achievement. David shows people how to do this by creating a series of runs, starting out at 5k at the beginning of the trail running season and going all the way up to 50 or 100 miles at the end of the season.

From a business leadership standpoint this may be thought of as creating a series of SMART goals to achieve stretch goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. 

David discussed the need for runners to think about safety when planning their trail runs and consider some of the safety requirements that go into it. Lessons may be drawn from this and compared to High-Reliability Organizations (HRO). 

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Time-Stamped Show Notes:

·      0:45-Randy introduces David Tosch and describes who he is, including reading his “informal” biography.

·      3:15- Randy asks David, “Okay, we’ve heard your formal bio, but tell us what makes you tick, what motivates you, what inspires you, or generally why you do what you do?”

·      5:47-David describes how he got inspired to run marathons after watching Frank Shorter win the Gold Medal in the marathon at the1972 Olympic Games.

·      8:12-Randy asks David about his current projects and work and David describes the origins of Southeastern Trail Runs and describes his charitable work with Camp Smile-A-Mile in Alabama.

·      13:55-David describes how he created a method to teach people how to run competitive trail runs starting with a 3 mile run and working at progressively longer runs up to 50 miles over the course of a trail running season.

·      15:30-David describes Zig Ziglar’s methodology of breaking long term goals into shorter term goals and how this approach has influenced his trail running program.

·      17:13-Randy asks David to describe stories about people who started running shorter distances and worked up to ultra endurance runs.

·      24:24-Randy describes Crew Resource Management training and the benefits.

·      25:42-Randy describes breaking ultra visions into step-wise goals and the analogy of breaking down long runs into smaller goals and business leaders creating visions and breaking them into shorter-term goals. David describes techniques and how he “tricks himself” to help him achieve his long term goals when the runs get to their hardest points.

·      29:09-Randy takes David’s advice and makes the connection to achieveing safety or quality goals, such as an ISO certification.

·      29:40-Randy asks David, “If you could be granted one wish for  your outlook on charity, personal development, or limiting beliefs what would it be?” David describes his desire for people to be better stewards with national parks and trails. 


Book Recommendations: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, “Trail Runner” Magazine and “Ultra Runner” Magazine, Ken Follett books, including The Fall of Giants and The Eye of the NeedleFor Those I’ve Loved by Martin Gray.


Web: www.southeasterntrailruns.com 


Email: david@davidtosch.com 

Blog: www.davidtosch.com