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Cold feet and a cheerleader

Posted Mar 07 2013 8:41am
Forgive me for the amount of complaining to come but winter has gotten me to this point and I am over it! I'm sure many others are with me on this sentiment especially after our lack of snow and cold last winter. I know my daughter is done with it too as she asks daily if we can go back to Costa Rica!

First I want to thank the city for my great run yesterday and was tempted to write this...

Next my hands and feet are ready to fall off! I've had issues for as long as I can remember but this year is extreme. I have improved a little with compression socks and compression arm sleeves but always end a run (or even quick walk into a store) with numb painful fingers...
45 minutes after my run yesterday when it was 20+. Pretty nasty! Love the line of blue then white fingers (really the picture looks much better then reality).

I am still running in my massive mittens and hate it! Combine this with hand warmers and it still hurts. I think I only had to pull these things out a few times last winter and here I am in March and still using them!

Yep, I run in these massive babies nearly half the year. 
My self-diagnosis is Raynaud's but who knows. I would love any suggestions on things that have worked for others. I'm not ready to give up winter running but am ready to give up the painful hands and feet. Anyone else with this problem found a good solution? Worst part for me is even when I do seem okay during a run, it is still awful afterwards for up to 1 hour.

One final complain about winter and I will be done. We are sick again. It started with O and now I woke up today with a sore throat, stuffy head, etc. I made the smart choice and slept in, skipping spin class but not much more to do now. And can it be worse timing? I have my first race of the year on Saturday where I was hoping to run strong. Time to rest, drink lots and see what happens.

And now a little smile to balance the negative, someone must be starting to feel better...
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