We found a web site called Another Mother Runner that collected a list of tips and preventative measures from fellow runners with Raynaud’s.
The tips are organized by the stage of the run: Pre-run, During, and Post-workout. You may find some of the suggestion to be obvious, but we wanted to pass them all along:
Avoid caffeine – it constricts the blood vessels.
Start with a blast of heat to warm the extremities – run them under warm water, place them near a heater (we don’t recommend using the stove as the article suggests!)
Apply a lubricating barrier – the author recommends a heavy cream with beeswax. We suggest using a product called Warm Skin – it’s proven to provide a protective barrier from the cold.
During the Run
Use gloves and mittens – whichever you need based on the temperatures. Carry both for different phases of the run.
Use hand warmers (chemical heat packs) – our members receive discounts on Grabber and HotHands warmers. Note: You’re not supposed to place the warmers directly next to your skin, so add a liner layer if using these toasty packs.
Wear arm warmers and/or compression socks – compression socks help promote circulation; arm warmers add an extra layer. Check out the arm warmers from Limbkeepers available in several styles and colors with our 25% discount!
Keep the rest of the body warm – add a layer to the core and a hat. They’ll help keep the whole body warmer.
Stay relaxed – stress can trigger attacks, so keep it loose. Some runners find it helps to shake out their hands to relieve stress and get the juices going.
Shed the wet workout wear – Even if you don’t have time or access to a warm shower, peel off the sweaty clothes and don a warm fleece top or whatever works to keep you warm.
Have a warm drink – It not only helps to warm you on the inside, your hands will enjoy the warmth from the heated cup of decaf, tea or hot chocolate!
If needed, do the windmill exercise – make some big arm circles to get the blood flowing back into the fingers if they start changing color or go numb.
Treat yourself – nothing like a nice massage to get the circulation going again!
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