Western States 100: Metabolomics Study

Western States offers runners the opportunity to participate in a couple of medical studies that vary by year. This year, one of the studies was on metabolomics (the study of the set of metabolites present within an organism, cell, or tissue).

I had some blood drawn the day before the race and then shortly after I finished the race. Over the weekend, I received my post-race results.

First, here are the normal values for the general population:

– Creatine phosphokinase (CPK): 25-200 U/L

– Glucose: 65-140 mg/dL

– Sodium: 135-145 mmol/L

– Creatinine: 0.8-1.3 mg/dL

– Hemoglobin: 13-17 g/dL (men), 12-15 g/dL (women)

– Hematocrit 40%-52% (men), 36%-47% (women)

– White blood cells (WBC) 4-10 x 10^9/L

And here are my post-race results:

– CPK: 17,096

– Glucose: 103

– Sodium: 138

– Creatinine: 1.31

– White blood cell count: 14.8

– Hemoglobin: 15.3

– Hematocrit: 42.6

There was some additional information included that suggests that my results are very typical – including the abnormal values.

I believe I will be provided with some additional interpretation in the next six months.

Have you ever had blood work done in relation to exercise? What did you find out?

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2 Responses to Western States 100: Metabolomics Study

  1. MARIA C. MINTZ says:

    Hopefully these tests mean you’re healthy. I don’t know how anyone who wasn’t healthy could have completed WESTERN STATES.

  2. kmo says:

    mild kidney injury. likely from the Mucle injury indicated by the elevated CPK

    i bet your pre-race creatinine was below 1.0. (so like 30-40%less efficient kidneys at the end)

    luckily that tends to recover quickly

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