I wouldn't worry too much about BMI. I believe the idea of BMI was dreamed up by an astronmer or someone equally as unqualified so I for one am not convinced that it's valid. Many sports people, (including most rugby players) are obese using the BMI scale.
Can I run at all with early osteoarthrits? A couple of months ago I was told I have early osteoarthritis in the medial area of my right knee. I have been running for many years and have ran a few marathons and other races, all pretty slowly!
I'd like to run still, just for fun and to keep fit. The consultant said it would be OK to run a little to keep fit but I shouldn't run any more marathons. I have since started to run/walk and find this ok.
Some people I have spoke to say running at all is a very bad idea (even just a little). Your thoughts would be appreciated.
It sounds like you are doing well to me. Some gym work to strengthen the legs (such as squats or leg press) would not be a bad idea. It helps to use weights for the upper body too. I don't think it's a good idea to use too heavy weights though.
Five miles five times a week ( with the addition of a long run), is as much as some people run in training anyway, never mind preparation.
I'v run four marathons and have found that when I've run four or more longer runs of 18 miles plus I did better on the day.
I found it best to run five days and cross train on another day. I have run 6 days and found that also worked but the older the more difficult it gets. I love running but five days a week is enough for me.
I am an experienced though mediocre runner. I have had exercise related asthma type symptoms for a couple of years now and my GP has advised me not to take anti inflamatory drugs. Two months ago I was diagnosed as having hypertension. As luck would have it I also have achilles tendonitis.
Can anyone give me general advice about either of these? Perhaps suggest a complementary treatment for hypertension or treatment for the tendonitis. I recently lost my job so cannot really afford a physio at the moment.