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I'm 19 and have been running seriously for a year. I ran my first half-marathon two weeks ago in 1:42:03 and was thrilled as I had trained really hard, been strict in terms of eating healthily, only drinking a couple of beers a week, and training hard: running five-six times a week, often 43 miles. This regime saw me at the start line weighing 9-9.5 stone. I'm pretty much 6 ft, and according to BMI (17.95) I'm underweight. My parents are concerned as I've just finished my first term at university and I was just wondering if there's anyone out there who knows if there are any dangers of running while underweight? It definitely doesn't seem to have stopped any of the other runners I train with on the track- they look anorexic practically!
I have struggled with an unhealthy obsession with food and exercise (faddy celebrity diets etc), along with quite low self-esteem despite being naturally skinny and an ectomorph. Since my half-marathon, I've not been able to run consistently and have found it difficult to appreciate Christmas and being with my family and celebrating! I know I need to gain weight and learn to enjoy myself but I'm scared of losing fitness, getting fat etc. I'm facing a weeks layoff with ITBS, and am concerned about losing fitness- during training I ran 15 miles numerous times so I guess I'm in a pretty good place.
Sorry to keep going on, but if there's anyone who has experienced something like this I'd greatly appreciate a helping hand! Thanks, Ben