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.

1 comment:

  1. Art has been dedicated to developing a healthier lifestyle by making better choices. I am extremely proud of him. It is not always easy to come home, change clothes and put the running shoes on as he heads for the complex gym or runs the course he has developed around the lake and on the Wellness Trail. He has a great story to tell in the weeks ahead. Look for it on Facebook or on his blog.