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, April 27, 2013



"Running is a mental sport...and we're all insane!"
Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder. - Les Brown
I started out this morning to do a long run. About 2 miles into the run it started raining and I knew that I would soon have to head inside. I decided to make it 2.62 miles and call this my personal run for Boston. Not the best picture it was taken outside in the rain with my iPhone.
My girlfriend had total knee replacement surgery about a week and a half ago. She got home from the hospital a week ago today. I have been working, running , attempting to keep up on my blogging and being a caregiver. The “caregiver thing” consists of going into work early to leave early to shuttle her to physical therapy. I am also her coach for her exercises at home. She is quick to point out to me that I should be very happy that I have good knees and good health. I see the people in the therapy room struggling to walk and I am. Her medicine makes her a little self described “loopy” since she is forever loosing things or misplacing things that I have to find for her. Pam is a strong willed, independent woman. It absolutely drives her insane being dependent upon someone  else for  the least little thing.  For the time being I am in charge of meal preparation, dispensing medications, and fetching ice water and ice packs round the clock.  With the right knee replacement and left ankle screw removal, she will not be able to drive for up to 6 weeks. So  I am having learn my way around Walmart, grocery stores, Sam’s, and the pharmacy without having my "Garmin”, (Pam). Although everything was cleaned, organized, and well stocked before she went to the hospital,  I still have household chores and laundry to do... She has been home for a week now and is in not nearly as much pain. Still sleeping a lot but she is getting around better. She wanted me to add that I had even stayed  up with her until midnight watching a chic flick with her on TV.
The local PBS station is having its annual auction.I was the high bidder on an entry into the Evansville Komen 5k on September 28,2013. This is one of my favorite races, as it was the first race I ever ran in 2007.
Here is some humor I found on the Internet today:
Have you done any runs for Boston?


  1. I can sympathize with your girlfriend. I had surgery on both of my feet, a couple of years ago, and my husband and kids had to wait on me. I couldn't drive, couldn't prepare my own meals. Of course, I couldn't run. It was a horrible, horrible time. Now I'm back to running a 5K, five days a week, but I'm back because I made the decision to get back to it. I had the couch potato life as I was going through the surgeries. I got fat. My muscles disappeared. Now I'm back in shape. I could have gone the other way, and just stayed fat. ~~ Also, who says you can't run in the rain??? I do it!!

  2. Pam is now up and walking around, without her walker. Still in some pain, but determined to wean herself off of the pain pills so she can start driving next week.
    If it is not very cold or not raining very hard, I will push on through.