***Just a quick note! In 2015, I have every intention on participating in the JFK 50 Miler as a charity runner. Though the event is not until November, registration begins in April. I want to ensure that I secure a spot sooner rather than later. So in order to become a charity runner, I need to raise $500 to donate. The money will benefit several organizations in the area. Please see the GoFundMe site I have started! Any donation would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! Even a simple share would be awesome! Thanks ahead of time!!!***
Anyway! Back to my update!
I think it may be impossible to take a good selfie when you are out on a night run.
Flash be damned!
It's also impossible to come home from a run where my cat didn't find every awkward way of climbing all over me.
Then, there's also the regular Raynaud's flare up I get. It wouldn't be a cold night run without it. See how my ring finger is so much whiter than the rest of my fingers?
For those of you who are not familiar with Raynaud's, it is a disease that causes the extremities, like your fingers and toes, to have a reduced blood flow. Though some cases may be caused by medications, connective tissue disorders, eating disorders, and more, mine is caused by cold temperatures. They call it "being allergic to cold." Even when I slip into 2 pairs of gloves, I can still suffer. It sometimes happens in one finger, all fingers, the tips, or the entire length of each finger.
Raynaud's can cause numbness, reduced mobility, and worse, pain when the blood flow returns. Sometimes, I get extremely worried that I will do permanent damage to my hands on a long run when I lose the feeling in them from the start.
I've been looking into crazy warm gloves to wear, even if it is 40 degrees out. I'd rather my hands sweat than endure the pain I can get from it. I think it's going to take some trial and error to find what's best. For now, two pairs of gloves will just have to do!
For more information on Raynaud's, check out www.Raynauds.org!
Do you suffer from Raynaud's Disease? What do you do to prevent a flare up?