Wednesday, July 27, 2011


First off, I was thinking about the running stats I posted yesterday, and couldn't help but think how fun it would have been if there had been a stat about "number of children" the average female U.S. runner has. I would have blown THAT one out of the water. :)

My run this morning was pretty tough! I did seven miles super slow and easy, and my stomach was just OFF the whole time. I had to make frequent pit stops, which was just frustrating. Good grief! I finally felt good at mile six, but didn't want to run extra since I am taking it easy(er) this week. I think my problem was a combo of waking up too late and not having ample warmup/potty/pre-run time, and eating a lot of fruit last night. Tomorrow will be better. In good news, my Achilles continues to feel better. Every day it is a little less swollen and stiff and still no pain. I just keep praying it heels completely.

This morning Josh and I had to go to a health evaluation that is required by our health insurance company. They had us come in for a blood draw and a bunch of screenings. We will get the blood test results in a week or so and we got a little booklet with results in it from this morning sent home with us.

The guy that was doing the screening was pretty funny. He took my blood pressure and pulse and then said, "Well, apparently you CRAWLED in here". My pulse was 51 and was blood pressure was 108 over 75. I was worried it would be higher than normal because of that whole "I am sitting in a chair about to get poked with a needle" stress, but I guess not. I told the guy that I hadn't crawled but that I had run 7 miles just before we came in and he looked at me like I was nuts.

Then when he went to draw my blood I asked if he cared which arm I gave him and he said, "It doesn't matter because I can see from here that you have garden hoses for veins in both arms." Garden hoses? Sheesh. He made me laugh though.

Next we did height and weight, BMI and body fat percentage. I knew my height, weight, and BMI (5'5", 133, 22.1) but had never had my body fat percentage done. They gave me a little chart that said that for BMI, "normal" for a woman 20-39 years old is actually 21-32.9 which was the first time I had seen BMI broken down by gender and age.

For body fat percentage I held a little two handled thingy and squeezed, and an electrical current apparently shot in and out of my body and counted all my fat cells in a matter of seconds. My body fat percentage came back at 19%, which I was super happy to see put me in the "athletic" category for women (you can find the chart here).

As I left the guy said, "well... uh...mam... just keep doing what you are doing." Alrighty then!

Two years ago this sort of "evaluation" would have had me all sorts of stressed out and depressed, so it was kind of cool to go and come out of it seeing how my hard work has paid off, and feeling so good about my overall health. I know they are just numbers, but together they showed that my body has transformed into an athlete along with my mind and heart. Got to love that!


Becky said...

That's amazing!! I can't wait until the day my body fat percentage is in the healthy zone. I would LOVE for it to be in the athletic zone! congrats!

Teamarcia said...

Awesome! It's funny how we as runners tend to make nothing of numbers like that (I mean we're pleased and all) but you can certainly tell by the reaction of those in the healthcare industry that numbers like yours are not the norm.
So glad the achilles is feeling good!

Jen @ Run for Anna said...

Haha...yes, you would have blown the "number of children" stat out of the water. :) Seriously, it would be kind of interesting to have that average number, though. Hope you feel better for tomorrow's run! I can definitely relate to the whole stomach trouble thing...thank goodness it's not every run.

Bruce said...

My last physical was the same experience for me of getting patted on the back instead of being counseled on what I needed to do to improve my health. What a difference!

Great job!

Emz said...

My dr finally noted my acct/folder on his computer & chart that says "runner/athlete"
Ya- of course that made my day.

I'm thinking you need to add the children stat - for sure.

Molly said...

I would have loved to see the look on that guys face when you told him about your run : )

My Doc once told me it's refreshing to have a patient that doesn't have any "issues."

JC said...

woo hoo! so awesome. super fit! Glad the foot is feeling better :)

Penny said...

That is awesome Erin. You are one fit girl. I know when I recently went to the doc and they took my pulse and blood pressure. The first thing she said was are you a runner. They were pretty low. Glad you tendon is getting better.

Christy said...

Wow, what a great feeling that must have been! The numbers just confirmed what your heart and mind already new. You are an athlete!

Cari Mugz said...

Yes definitely a children stat.

My insurance does those too..

I hated it the first time but totally improved this year.. Because of running.

Cracks me up "You crawled there"

Great job!!! WHOOOO HOOOO

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

Your hard work is paying off!!

Andrea H. said...

Good Grief. You are one healthy girl. I am glad you mentioned your body fat and weight, I was curious just how little you were after 2 years. Sorry about the run today. I know the tummy problem all too well:(

Christy said...

I loathe going for check ups especially knowing that I should have certain numbers but they aren't there.....

Great job!

LBTEPA said...

very satisfying!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Awesome stats! I am glad you can see your progress. That is always so rewarding.

And I wish someone would call me athletic =) Pretty sure that's about the last thing people think when they think of me.

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

so awesome! i want to get zapped by that thingy to see my body fat!