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Dave K
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Bowling Green, KY
Joined 4/19/2015
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Dave writes magazine and news paper quality, health and fitness related articles. His work published is in Walk About Magazine, Living Fit In Bowling Green, a publication of the Park City Daily News, Fun Runner and Disney Running. He was recently accepted as a Blog Writer for the Tennessean News Paper. He has contributed articles to The National Senior Games, USA Track and Field and numerous running clubs and stores. Most often these are motivational, informative and inspirational essays for adult endurance athletes, from beginner to world class.

Dave retired from the US Air Force in 1994 after 24 years. A career directly involved with the health and fitness of military personnel, in 1981 he even started the first Aerobics Class ever on an Air Force base. Writing history began with short articles for Squadron News Bulletins and later a regular contributor to the Base News Paper.

Personal athletic accomplishments include qualifying three times to compete in the National Senior Games, 2014 USATF National 5K Race Walk Champion for the 60 to 64 age category. Featured Humana Senior Athlete, April 2014. Also, finished countless races, including over 100 half and full marathons during my 45 years of running and race walking.

His message that regular exercise, sports, even competition, can continue well into the senior years, is very important. He is very passionate about sharing this message.
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Dave has over 40 years of experience in the health and fitness field. His writing promotes his belief that wellness requires regular motion.

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Fitness, sports and even competition don't have to end after the school years but can extend well into the senior years. That is a message that Dave is passionate about.

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Park College

Dave has a BA in Social Phycology with extensive work with the mental health and welfare of military personnel. In addition Dave has most of the graduate work completed for an MPA.

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Years of personal experience writing articles for adult endurance athletes from beginner to world class. National class race walker.

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20 years experience with the military designing and implementing fitness programs for base personnel. Personal experience as coach and athlete.

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Changed Forever

It has long been said that going the distance will change us forever. This is just as true now as is has been throughout the history of sport, whenever men and women have made the decision to see what they were capable of. How are people changed when they do distance events? When a person crosses the finish line of a 5K, half marathon, full marathon or an ultra event, they are not changed by what they just did over the last several hours. They are changed by what they did in the long months or years, since they first made the decision to pursue that goal.

Often a person makes their fateful decision while watching news coverage of an event, seeing runners and walkers out training in their neighborhoods or a friend asks them to do it with them. Sometimes it’s because they are worried about their weight or another health issue. This is the moment the change begins, not when they finally cross a finish line. Those first few months after their decision is made are usually pretty tough, but also magical as improvement comes quickly.

An adult athlete in training learns to endure discomfort. This can be a very new and frightening experience for a beginning athlete. Seasoned road warriors know that there are going to be times they are really sore, but know it goes away. There will be times they are exhausted to the point not even being able stand under their own power, but that also passes. Becoming stronger, they recover more quickly and that which was once difficult is now easy as new levels of fitness are achieved.

Men who once wouldn't think of going out without their hair combed perfectly or women who wouldn’t be seen in public without their make up just right, soon become comfortable being covered with sweat and hair a mess. Fashion becomes less important than function and comfort. We also come to realize that we aren't all that different from all the other athletes out there training. Like a horse galloping across the pasture, we tend not to care what the cattle we pass think of us, not from an inflated ego, though we are proud, but because we have become comfortable within our own body.

The long workouts teach us that we can do more and go further than we believed possible. We discover that we do indeed have that magic called will power. Spending a couple of hours alone on the road with only our thoughts for company and moving under our own power, teaches us lessons that can be learned no other way. The hard workouts are when we learn, we are not weak but powerful and in control. We become stronger but also tougher.

Somewhere along the way we come to realize that we are not just passing through life, but we are truly alive. We are as we should be, at peace.

It’s not just a step, it’s a start.

Dave

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