6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Last night I was TIRED.. Hubby and I had planned to got for a 3 mile run after our food (Homemade Pizza) settled. Well that never happened. Instead I settled for in-home crosstraining which consisted of push-ups (on my knees), crunches (with two kiddos crawling on me), and 30 minutes on the stationary bike. The highlight was that "The Princess Bride" was on while I was riding....if you have not seen this movie RUN to find a way to watch it... DVR, Rental or purchase ASAP. I forgot how much I LOVE this movie.

Just after the ride I was stretching and noticed that my (GROSS) toe looked funny. So I pulled a little on the nail and (REALLY?) it pulled right off. YUCK!!! YUCKY!! Ewwwww! I have officially joined the ranks of Runners now that I have lost my first, strike that, 2 toe nails fell off last night. Oh how lovely my toes look for Summer.

Side note: After reading this post HERE on Half-Marathon Mania. I went to Running For Fitness to look up the "Predicted effect of weight change on time." First I checked my BMI and I am considered "Overweight" (REALLY?) Just by a few pounds, I am in the top of "Normal" or bottom of the Overweight catergory. WOW!! So my ultimate, pie in the sky, goal is to be 180lbs, which would place me as "Normal". From the chart below that would mean I would shave about 2 minutes off my 1/2 Marathon PR.

I am not at all stressed about my current weight but I REALLY have issues with a tool calling me "Overweight", I just ran a Marathon for crying in the night..

How do you feel about the BMI tools?

Do you think that weight loss is truly the path to a PR?

Signing off and planning to trade Pizza for Salad tonight..

Have a great day!!


Genesis said...

Princess Bride is a classic. My boyfriend has a majority of the lines memorized, especially the fight scene between the two guys in the castle ruins.

RunningLaur said...

NPR had a great story on how BMI is bogus (here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106268439) so don't feel badly about being "overweight" - you ran a great marathon for pete's sake! Pretty sure you're in fantastic shape.

Marlene said...

I don't put a whole lot of merit in BMI. I think there are just too many factors besides height that can influence your weight. You CLEARLY are not over weight. You look slim and trim and healthy and fabulous. You're full of muscle, which is making that number on the scale higher. But overweight? Pffft!

That said, I do believe weight loss can have a tremendous bearing on performance.

I'm working on losing 10 lbs before my marathon but as I'm sure you know, losing weight and training for a marathon don't exactly go hand in hand! *sigh*

Mel-2nd Chances said...

I also think the BMI measurement is bogus... doesn't factor in muscle at all, and overweight? To who's standards? bah. Agree with Marlene though, lbs might affect performance...

Jen said...

I hate the BMI tools...not very accurate I don't think. I wouldn't know about PRs since I haven't been doing this very long - every race (with exception of a humid race) has been a PR becuase I simply haven't done many. I think that training is the key to PRs...weight loss might come with it, but I don't think you need to strive for weight loss to get a PR.

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Nicole said...

I'm a Registered Dietitian and have never put much weight behind BMI. In fact, I used to never even calculate it for my patients, until medicare started reimbursing for patients with specific BMIs. Go figure... That said, there's just too many variables that make it unreliable. You look fantastic and like you said, you just completed a marathon for God's sake! Obviously you're fit and healthy!! I'm sure losing weight *could* help you achieve a PR, but that same PR could also come from training hard, yk? Train hard and forget about the BMI! :-)

robinbb said...

I fluctuate a few pounds and when I am having a bad week, I am overweight. I think that if I lose weight, I may be faster, but my training has been going great for the past year, I am much faster, and yet I weigh more than I did last year. I hate the BMI chart!

J said...

I dont like the BMI tools especially online because there are so many factors that need to be taken into affect!

Felice Devine said...

BMI = suckage!!! My BMI always reads high, even when my "test" jeans are feeling loose and my fitness is feeling high.

Thanks for the link.

Melanie Tait said...

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father! Prepare to die!

I love that movie!!

How COOL is that you lost a nail. Am so so proud of you. You're now not just a runner, but a hard core runner :)

Brandi said...

I was going to mention that story that NPR recently ran regarding the inadequacy of BMI-measurements, but RunningLaur beat me to the punch!

I'm on the tall side, too - and have ALWAYS been hovering near that imaginary normal/overweight line, too! While I might want to drop a few, I'm certainly not going to use my BMI as my main motivation!

Isn't it funny how those toenails love to create issues in the MIDDLE of Summer! Anyhoo - keep running those toenails off! (Just Kidding!!)

Velma said...

Thanks for the comment - I wrote a race report for ya :)

I don't know what to think about the BMI. I used to be in the overweight category of the BMI, and I was overweight. I feel 10x better now that I lost 25 pounds. That said, I don't think you look overweight at all. You look fantastic!!

I heard a presentation from a nutritionist last night. She said that marathons are very stressful on the body, and that running may actually cause you to gain 3-5 pounds of water. Blah - either way keep at it and know that you can't be defined by the number.

BTW, I love the t-shirts you featured on the blog. i think I may have to get one!