Welcome to Getting Fit at Fifty

My name is Art Davis and I started running in 2007 to lose weight. Check out my before and after photos at the bottom of the page. I ran my first 5K and 10K in 2007 I went on to run my first half Marathon and full Marathon in 2008.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Beginning

Every journey has a first step, mine started in 2006 when my weight ballooned to 240 pounds. I wore size 44 slacks and they getting tight ready to go into 46’s. My triglycerides were over 400 and my blood pressure was high, I was already on Lipitor and the doctor was threatening to start me on hyper-tension medicine. I remember climbing a flight of stairs completely winded me. I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Below is a picture of me at close to my peak weight.
I started walking, watching what I eat, and even hired a personal trainer. My weight loss was going well and eventually I was able to lose close to 40 pounds. I felt better. I was capable of walking 4.5 miles in an hour on the treadmill, I was doing sit ups, push-ups, planks and crunches. No longer did climbing a flight of stairs wind me, I was down to size 40’s in slacks.

This picture was taken in late 2006.

In 2007 I plateaued at 200 pounds and could not break through it. I researched online and learned one way to break through a plateau was to increase the intensity of my exercising. I started walking briskly then running short bursts and back to walking. My girlfriend/cheerleader challenged me to train for the Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Evansville.  I found a C25k (couch to 5k) plan on the Internet and trained for and successfully completed my first race. I remember the elation that I felt at being able to run 3.1 miles without having to stop and walk. Here is a picture of me taken at the Komen 5k in 2007.

Coming off the elation I felt at completing my first 5k another friend challenged me to run a slightly longer distance, the Cincinnati Flying Pig, a full marathon. On 9/16/2007, I had just run the longest distance of my life 3.1 miles and by 5/4/2008, I had to be ready to run 26.2 miles. Eventually I will tell you about my first 10k,  then my first ½ marathon, and finally the full marathon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 2015 Walt Disney Marathon

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon
On January 11, 2015, I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon in 4 hours and 38 minutes, which was a PR for me. The Disney Marathon is a very well organized race, if the runner chooses to stay on grounds Disney has buses dedicated to transport runners to the packet pick-up as well as to the race and back to the hotel.
The expo is first rate, the presenters are all very good, and offer excellent advice especially for the first time marathoner. Several major companies have booths at the expo and offer their products for sale.
I got the opportunity to purchase a book from Jeff Galloway, have it autographed, and get my picture taken with him.

Among the presenters were John Bingham, “The Penguin”, Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon and the actor Sean Astin.

The Pasta in the Park was held in Epcot on Saturday night. They had a DJ and a speaker who was comical and included the audience in her routines. A few Disney characters including Mickey and Goofy were on hand to have their pictures taken. Below is a picture that was taken as we walked back to the Pasta Dinner.

There are some Mickey Mouse themed desserts.

All you need is a rally good pair of running shoes and a great cheerleader!

The Disney Marathon starts at 5:30 am and the buses start running at 3:00 am with the last bus leaving at 4:30am. We were on a bus before 4am and that was plenty late given the traffic. The traffic is backed up bumper to bumper heading to the starting line.
The morning of race enjoying my coffee.

Below is a picture that was taken as my corral was inching closer to the starting line.

You can chose to run the Disney Marathon for fun or for time. My goal was to PR so I chose time, but that is hard to do. There are plenty of Disney Characters along the way that you can stop and have your picture taken with, also some rides are running and you can stop and jump on those. I noticed several people stopping and taking selfies in front of attractions.
There are plenty of water stations along the way and Cliff Shots are handed out at few of them. There are times when the path narrows and you are cramped together and it is hard to pass slower runners. I found myself stopping and walking through most water stations by necessity to keep from running into people.
This is a picture of me high fiving Mickey close to the finish line.

Here is a picture of me with my medal right after the race.

Running the Disney Marathon had been on my bucket list for the last several years. It finally worked out for me to accomplish this goal. I look forward to talking to you again soon. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Inspired by Alaska

The video is a collection of pictures from our 2011 trip to Alaska with inspirational quotes and set to music.

Pelican Picture

This picture was taken at South Padre Island Christmas 2013.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inspirational Pictures

This picture was taken at Destin, Florida over Christmas 2011.
Christmas is a good time to go there. It is not to crowded, at times you have the beach to yourself.

Inspirational Quotes Set to Music

A collection of pictures from our vacations with inspirational quotes. If you like it please feel free to share it.