Running with Raynaud's

The Live, Learn and Love blog published by Miranda Boyd, Life Doctor, titled Running with Raynaud’s gives some good advice to Raynaud’s runners.

She supports outdoor exercise as good for the body and soul, but for Raynaud’s sufferers, it’s not that simple. After describing Raynaud’s and defining the difference between primary and secondary forms of the condition, she offers some useful tips for Frostie runners:

  • Warm up indoors to get the blood circulating before hitting the cold temperatures.
  • Wear lots of removable layers to peel off as you get warmer running, and make sure they will keep your body dry, especially gloves protecting the fingers which are most susceptible to the cold in Raynaud’s attacks (e.g., wool not cotton).
  • Ensure shoes are a proper fit and allow space for warm socks and feet to swell during attacks. Too tight and feet may go numb, making it more difficult to run and to recognize a severe attack that can potentially cause tissue damage.