Friday, March 10, 2017

Calling BS on BMI



I run. I jog. I hop and skip along roads and trails, and sometimes—albeit reluctantly—the track. Sometimes I trip over real roots and hurdle over imaginary ones. I find complete joy in the act of moving my body through nature, and even against the weak, ineffective breeze from my treadmill fan. I sign up for big races, wonder where my sanity has momentarily gone, and then do the big races and discover profound things about myself. I chafe under my bra on long training runs. My hands swell in the middle of 50Ks and I finish those same events with salt caked around my face. I am a runner.
I am a big girl, a big runner. A fat runner. After all, the name of my blog is Fat Girl Running. In it I hope to spread the word that being a larger person and running aren’t two mutually exclusive things or ideas and I hope that you will indulge me for a minute in exploring the idea of being a larger person and being fit.

12 comments:

  1. Perfect article.
    This one is for me.
    "..I will probably always be heavier than the norm, but as long as I continue running and engaging in the amount of physical activity that makes a significant difference in my metabolic profile, and as long as I maintain a pretty healthful lifestyle, I will likely be alright. And I’m okay with that."

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    1. So glad that resonated for you!

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    2. Just started to run and signed up for my first Half M! Have been dealing with weight and slow metabolism and find that running is more of a mental challenge than a physical one.
      Your blog is an inspiration!

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  2. Love this. BS on BMI for REAL! Mine has never been "normal" - even at my thinnest in HS it was on the high end of "overweight." Now, while running 3-4 days a week plus two of cross training, it is in the "Obese" category. I am what I consider a HEALTHY size 14, XL. Total BS!!

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    1. since I was in 2nd grade, I've been considered large for my age. We were active, always outside and we at well when we could. Yeah, pass on the BS to gullible folks!

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  3. Can you please share your Long run Fueling experience ?
    It is very different for slow-runners. Usual articles talk about fueling after 30 min & every 15-20 minutes. This is an overkill for slow long runners.

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    1. I do every 4-5 miles for a flatter course, every 3-4 miles for a hillier course. So typically I base my fueling on mileage and not time. Works for me!

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  4. Saw you first in TV with Tough Mudder Show. You are fantastic! I just turned 50 and have been inspired to exercise and attempt my first Obstacle Course Run... You Rock!

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    1. GET IT GARY! Which obstacle course will you be doing? I hope it's a Tough Mudder! Would love to meet you one day!

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  5. A bit off topic, but I love your outfit in the pics for this article-could you tell me more about what you are wearing?

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    1. Sure! the capri skirt is from Skirt Sport (called the Jette Capri in Tantrum print), the top is the Soto Half Zip from Merrell, the shoes are Merrell Agility Flex, Socks are by Swiftwick.

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  6. I'm looking for info/inspiration. Training for my first full marathon, started in January, my 23 mile training run Sunday (5/28/17)was a disaster; Plantar Fasciatis in right foot flared at 7.5 mi, by 13 miles my left knee was tweaking, at 17.5 I was noticeably limping and quit. (damn I hate typing that word). I'm solidly 220# and 5'7" and 57 years old. the nagging doubt in my brain is "should I do this at my weight?". Appointment with my PT today, my marathon rehearsal is June 18 and the actual race July 9. any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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