Hi Blondie1 - thanks so much for sharing your experiences. You sound like you've come a very long way. I hope you're proud of yourself for winning a battle that many people don't win (or do what I've done, and get so far and then get stuck!)
I spoke to my GP today and he said I am fine to continue to do the amount of running I'm doing, but no more. But to be honest, he is a bit clueless about eating disorders. He didn't even know the bmi cut off for anorexia. He just advised against strenuous/excessive exercise (I was going to do the Yorkshire three peaks later this month, so I'm going to postpone that). A few of my blood results are out at the moment so that's another reason to moderate the exercise.
Thanks for offering your support. How did you cope with the weight gain without running? Especially since it was such a big part of your life before? I am determined to get to a healthy weight by the end of the year and honestly, running (I say running, it is more of a jogging pace of an 11-12m mile) does help me to feel more comfortable with my body.
There is a coached running group near me, for female beginners. I might start running with them and explain my circumstances to the coaches. Then at least I'll be running in a supervised way. I would love to say I'm going to stop but as my GP doesn't seem to have an issue with it and it helps my mood, I don't feel like I need to. I know some of my friends would agree with you though.
XFR bear - according to the guidelines you posted I should only be doing moderate weight bearing activity. Like yoga. I don't see any point to stop now though as I'm only slightly under the BMI where I could be running and I don't run compulsively, never have. Really interesting guidelines though.
Runny Knows - Ah right, I see. Yes that's really good advice as I probably don't think about it enough! I also take a high dose symbicort inhaler which has a long term risk ofincreases my long term risk of osteoporosis and that's increased by my history of anorexia. But my last bone scan was normal although it was something like five years ago. I am being careful about the mileage and also pace (not that I have any choice because I struggle with my breathing and it holds me back) but I'm working towards being able to run 10k continuously by the end of the year. So I am pacing myself. Thank you.
Flob and Also Ran - I have a mapmyrun app for my phone and tend to just go by the calories on that when I run as I've put my height and current weight into it. I haven't lost any weight and my muscles feel stronger. I definitely agree that different people have different energy needs but I am pretty sure I don't burn that many calories when I run, as I haven't been losing weight. Maybe that will change as my metabolism improves (hopefully)! My BMR as worked out by my dietitian is 1371 and I need to add another 200 for general day to day activities to maintain my weight. And then an extra 3000 calories to gain 1lb a week (if that's my aim) and extra for running. I'm crap at maths and numbers don't really help me so I just tend to stick to my plan and add in an extra snack or bigger portion when I run.
Not the most scientific and maybe if I get to a place where I am running more I'll need to reconsider the science of it.
This is really interesting and thank you for the advice
Flob do I really need to eat an extra 200 cals per mile? Seems like quite a lot? I tend to eat an extra 200 per run when I run 3 miles.
Runny Knows - I am following advice from the doc. Like you they think it's on the high side for someone trying to gain weight but they haven't advised me against it just advised me to eat enough to sustain it. I have a bike so I could do some cycling too.
I will be careful about my ligaments etc. I do tend to push myself quite hard but I have run on and off for the last couple of years (never fast or far) but I do seem to take longer than others to build up my fitness. I'm asthmatic so I thought that might be why.
It definitely makes me feel good, so I plan to keep it up in a healthy way.
First of all apologies if this is inappropriate. I'm not sure if this is the right forum but I wanted some advice on running whilst gaining weight.
I am in recovery from anorexia and I run regularly but not very far. I wanted to ask whether anyone has any experience of using running to help them to gain weight in a healthy way? My BMI is around16.5 at the moment and I am aiming for 18.5 by the end of the year. My GP knows I run.
I find that I am happier with my body when I run and it is good to feel I'm building muscle and gaining strength.
Does anyone else have any experience of this, and also any advice on whether I should do more strength training rather than increase my distance? I only run around 6-8 miles a week as I don't want to overdo it (which I know isn't a lot but it's enough for me at the moment).
I'm an on-off runner (well, I jog more than properly run, do roughly a 12m mile on a good day) and have recently started running again after a break of around three months. Surprisingly I've found it easier to pick up my pace and distance than when I've had a break before. But I've been getting a pain above my knee and shooting up into my thigh when I stop running and when resting. It gets worse when I rest it and when I go up or downstairs. I wondered whether this is common and whether anyone might know what it is and whether I should rest or not. It doesn't really hurt when I actually run. I used to have a problem with the same knee where it pops out of joint very briefly and then goes back in which I think was to do with hypermobility, so wondered if it was anything to do with that.