“I used to have an eating disorder.” If you’re a woman runner, chances are you’ve heard or even uttered this phrase more than once. In fact, I’ve said it. My story isn’t unique or all that remarkable. It’s a familiar story. Girl wants to lose a few pounds, likes the way she looks so tries to lose a few more, then a few more, then suddenly one day can count her ribs, can’t stay awake past 8:00 p.m., and doesn’t get a period for six years. Luckily, I came out relatively unscathed, save for a few less friends, some fertility treatments, and lots of emotional issues surrounding food.
A few weeks ago, some of the Saltines and I were talking about our backgrounds, and we realized that more than a few of us had a history of eating disorders. Today, I’d like to talk to those of us who have been through one and emerged on the other side, which, statistically speaking, is a lot of us. We address the gamut of running and ED recovery questions: Did running help or hurt our eating disorder recovery? Are there any special considerations we should take as we train? What are some tips and tricks to stay in recovery? Read more