In 2018 I started running regularly and worked my goals for increased distance. Later in the year I decided to sign up for my first marathon, the Bend marathon, which would be held in Bend, Oregon where I live. The Bend Marathon would be April 20 of the next year, 2019. So, I started training for that and worked on my training throughout the Winter.
On April 20 of 2019, I ran my first marathon. I did successfully complete the Bend Marathon and was glad to have accomplished that. I decided to continue running and ultimately set my next marathon goal as the Portland Marathon on Oct. 6, later the same year.
I did end up training for that run and successfully completed the Portland Marathon on Oct. 6 of 2019.
As I was training for the Portland marathon, I decided to incorporate several half marathons into my running goals. So, after I completed the Bend Marathon on April 20, 2019, and before the Portland Marathon, I was able to run two-half marathons. The first one was the half marathon at the Pacific Crest Sports festival in Sunriver, Oregon. The second was the Oregon Half Marathon in Banks, Oregon. Be sure to check out my blog posts about those runs.
Running is particularly encouraging to me. When I was younger, there were times that I did not live such a healthy lifestyle. I used to smoke cigarettes. For about 18 years, from the time I was 18 years old until I was 36, I smoked regularly. I also made numerous other not so healthy life choices over the years.
In 2006, when I was 36 years old, I did completely quit smoking. I also quit some other not so healthy lifestyle habits and focused on changing a number of things things in my life that were not so good. Quitting smoking cigarettes was certainly a life saver, quite literally, though it was several years after I quit smoking that I first began running.
I turned 50 this year, 2020, in July and my life has certainly still has its challenges, as does everybody’s, but I am much healthier these days. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but striving to make better choices including my physical health, over time has been positive for me physically and mentally. And in many ways I am healthier and in better shape now than I have been in many years.
Eating has also been a somewhat of a challenge at times. I enjoy food and at times haven’t been so conscientious about what I eat, or how much I eat. So over the last several years I have tried to focus on having a better diet. The running has helped me to begin to focus more on what I was eating. Various things factor into better performance while running; obviously the diet is important to the body; energy levels, certain foods, calories, and various nutrients that are important, all contribute to an overall healthier and more balanced diet. A diet that is not only beneficial to ones running performance, but important for better health overall. This has been and still is a learning process for me. So, watching my diet is always personal challenge I still am working on.
Choosing to make better decisions regarding my health has been important to me, and while running may not be everybody’s choice of exercise, it has been encouraging and inspiring to me. As well, over the course of 2 years I have lost about 50 lbs. That is certainly a good thing. I’m David Kirchner, I currently live in Bend Oregon, thanks for checking out my Blog.