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Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
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Chicago - 10/7/12
are you sure it's not raynaud's syndrome? More common in women. In the cold it is a vasospam which constricts the blood vessels the digits affected usually turn blue then white with dulled sensation. As the circulation improves (when your core warms ) the digits then turn a ruddy red and can tingle.
Yeah, I think I have borderline Raynaud's in my hands, which are often icy indoors if the temp is below 70F. Oddly, though, during running is one of the few times the circulation in my hands is fine.
Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.
Last weekend after my long run, I had one cold hand. I had worn my watch over my jacket sleeve. It was probably reducing circulation enough for the weather to make my hand cold. This was a first even tho I've run in much colder temps. Maybe your gloves or the wrist part are a little tight?
Tourniquets are not recommended for cold weather running. Nor for warm.
Yeah I know = warm heart. Well that isn't cutting it for me. I've noticed in the past three months that when I run long >14 my hands are frightfully cold for about an hour after the run. Anyone else battle this? Suggestions other than HTFU which is what I am doing now (or wearing gloves around the house until they warm).
I get Raynauds. If you get home without too much of a problem then just putting hands in a bowl of hot water normally works for me. The problem is when you're far from home and the blood goes from your fingers.
If you have problems during runs I have a few suggestions:
In my case it's a real problem to get the blood back in my fingers once it goes if I'm out of the house. So the trick is to ensure that it doesn't come to that... always erring on the side of having my hands slightly on the warm side. Whole body warmth certainly helps, but is not enough by itself - I can have the sweat pouring off me and a problem with my hands if I don't pay attention to keeping my hands and arms covered.
Training will often result in lowered heart rates and that can contribute as well. The body doesn't push the blood through fast enough.
LedLincoln: What is your resting heart rate? What you describe sounds like what I have experienced. I can tell when my resting heart rate starts dropping below 40 BPM as my hands get cold (it can go as far as 36). I've checked the HR quite a few times and it is a consistent effect. It never happens when I run or exert myself. It only developed after I lost weight and started running. Some research indicated that this happens sometimes, especially to people who have a low heart rate anyway.