Hi. I ran my first 1/2 marathon three weeks ago and during this race I experienced swelling in my fingers for the first time ever. I was carrying a bottle of water in my right hand throughout the entire race, and this hand remained fine. But my left hand, which just kind of hung there while I ran, was badly affected. At a certain point (more than halfway but can't remember exactly when) I happened to look at my left hand and was completely shocked to see all my fingers extremely swollen and very white. I hadn't notice it happen - they were just like that. I tried flexing my fingers - they were really fat and stiff. As I say, I had never experienced that before and it really frightened me. It didn't go away until I finished the race. Once I'd stopped running it cleared up pretty quickly though. I suppose there could be several reasons for it. But I do think it's interesting that it only happened in the hand that didn't have "a job" to do during the race. Perhaps the act of gripping the water bottle prevented the fingers in my right hand from swelling up also?
In any case, I am relieved to discover that I'm not the only one who has had this happen to them! Because I mentioned it to a couple of friends of mine who run and they had never heard of it before.
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