I had osteopenia, but no longer! I began running 3 days a week. I was about 190 lbs so I went very, very slow but worked my way up to 5 miles in 1 hr 7 min. (only once a year race for the 5 miles) Usually only did 2 miles each day. My vitamin D level was way low so I began taking a supplement. After two years, I no longer has oseopenia in my hips.
I was a heavy weight lifter most of my life, but had concentrated mostly on my upper body since my legs were naturally muscular. I think that may be why I have good upper body bone density.
You can do it! Just go slow so you don't quit. My knees hurt when I started but I kept increasing very slowly and the knee pain has never come back.
Good luck!! People thought I was crazy to run that slow, kind of like what's the point, but it worked. Sign yourself up for a race and if you end up walking most of it so be it. It will give you motivation. I'm recovering from an injury right now, but hope to be back out there running soon.
Last edited by bfk; 09-11-2011 at 01:36 PM.