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.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Healthy Writers Club: Eighteen Mile Run

"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason


In order to complete a marathon you have to run. The more you run the easier it becomes. In order to get the same result you have to run faster and farther. I started running in 2007. I still remember the sense of elation I felt when I ran a mile and a half without having to stop and walk. Running is a true addiction.  It takes more of the drug to get the same sense of elation. It then became a 5k to feel elation, next a 10k, then a half marathon, and finally a full marathon. Now I am training for the Southern Indiana Classic Marathon on April 6th. Today was an 18 mile run, I covered the distance in 3:11 a little slower than I would have liked. Today was cold, windy, and the temperature was around 25 when I started running.


I ran along the Warrick Wellness Trail. It was recently completed and there is not much traffic on it.

These pictures were taken approximately 5 -6 miles into my run.

                                   I was really starting to warm-up at this point not feeling nearly as cold.


            I made it the entire 18 miles without having to stop and walk. The last mile and half was really tough, I wanted to stop, part of me was saying I did not really have to go that far today. It is amazing how much of running is actually mental and not physical. Today near the end of my long run, I struggled to overcome self-doubt and a desire to give up. But at the end of mile eighteen the sense of accomplishment made all my internal struggles well worth it. Today I achieved my goal for which I am grateful.

             What do you do to keep going on your long runs?



  1. Awesome!!!! Excellent!!! Art i normally think just like you do man. I actually think about how good i will feel after the run and the idea of saying i finished!! You're right in that it is all sooo very mental! Good freekin job man!!

  2. Thanks AJ!
    Next week is 20 miles.