I am 16, and have been regularly running for about a year. I have recently found out that I am classed underweight for my height though (about 5lb) and in one running book I have read it said that if this is the case you should consult your doctor first before following any kind of training plan. is this necessary and are there any dietary changes I should make? I am not running to lose weight but I feel reluctant to put on a lot as I have grown accustomed to my current weight. Thanks,
Even though you are only slightly underweight, I would recommend that you have a chat to your GP regarding dietary requirements. Depending on how much running you’re doing your body weight may go down so it is important that you are eating enough to compensate for this.
Angela Benjamin MSc MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist