Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review Crew: Running Head Bands + Giveaway

Because I know you all want one, just like I did.

It’d been awhile since I last had a hair cut (not anymore. I am now currently chopped and blond and rarely resemble my profile picture), my bangs were at that long enough to get into your eyes but not quite long enough to get into your ponytail stage which is in other words insanely frustrating, especially when they’re all sweaty and in your face on a run.

Now, I’d seen some of those running head bands on people before, but just never really pulled the trigger on purchasing one for myself because, well, (brace your self for a really lame reason here) I didn’t really want to pay to have a single head band shipped to me so I could try it out. So, I just opted to wear a hat (which I just recently broke btw. How exactly does one break a hat? I have no idea but I managed to accomplish that feat. So say sayonara to the white Nike hat you see in all my pictures. Sadly, it is no more.) or on shorter treadmill runs I just dealt with the bang annoyance, since it seemed kind of embarrassing to run indoors on a treadmill with a hat on (should anyone happen to break into my house and wander down into my basement to say hello and actually see me while I’m running that is).

Now enter Kat. Kat is a marathoning mom who’s turned her passion for running into a new business. Scarlett Craft is her shop on Etsy. She started sewing head bands for her own workouts using hi tech wicking fabric and making them a little wider than your average running head band so they could stand up to the extra sweating that comes with distance running. She asked me if I’d be willing to test one out and gladly, I obliged.

The one I tested you see in the photo above and I’ll be perfectly honest. It was a major fail for me the first two times I wore it. I wore it once on the bike and then I planned on wearing it at the Rollie Hopgood 5K, but both times it slipped right on off my head at the 5K, during my warmup. I was sorely disappointed because I really really wanted it to work. Now my mom and my dad both had a head band to test out and they were loving it (more on their reviews here in a second), so I figured I must be doing something wrong. And turns out yes, the same woman who broke a hat also apparently can not properly apply a head band. I had put it on just at my hair line and Kat’s head bands need to come on down a little onto the forehead.

Armed with this new knowledge, I gave it another shot on a 6 mile run and am happy to report no slippage and no sweat was able to break through and trickle down into my eyes and let me tell you folks I am a SERIOUS sweater. In fact, it has crossed my mind once or twice before that if I ever got in a serious pinch on a long run, say perhaps there was a hole in one of my fuel belt bottles or some crazy electrolyte deficient cyclist rode by and just snatched one out of my belt and I suddenly found myself without enough electrolyte replacement fluid to get through the run, I could probably just lick myself and be fine. I am completely coated with salt crystals when I finish a long run and shirts are no good to me anymore by mile 8. I get that sweaty.

So yep. It completely works and she has tons of pretty styles (and neutral if you happen to be a fella) that you can choose from. She’s also willing to custom make them if you happen to have a uniquely sized head or if you would like it to say something like 26.2, Runner Girl, or whatever.

Oh and totally aside, my (almost) 2 year old LOVES it. She hardly has any hair, so I like to try and identify her as a girl (so people don’t get embarrassed when they get it wrong) with headbands and bows, but she never leaves them on. On a whim, my mom put her head band on her. Not only did she leave it on, but she kept walking up to people, touching her head band and tilting her head to show it off.

Guess you can say thumbs up for me and my 2 year old!

dad Mobile Mile Marker Says:

    1. “I think I like it. No sweat & I didn't even know it was there.”

momRunnana Says:

“I wore my headband while working out on the treadmill. I wore it just about a half inch below my hairline. I found that it really did keep the sweat out of my eyes, was soft and comfortable, and felt very light on my head. I haven't worn it on a run outside yet... I really don't like to have "stuff" on me when I run. I also don't like sweat dripping down my face so I'll probably try it. The one I wore was striped and very cute!”

The Spazz Says:

"Red headband made of moisture wick material ~6” wide and sewn together at the base. I like wearing hats and headbands but this one seemed to slide all over the place. I would suggest adding an anti-slip piece of rubber stitching every inch or so. (Like the sport headbands they sell in the hair-care isle.) I did however like that the moisture wick material didn’t feel rough on my skin and seemed to do a good job of keeping the sweat out of my eyes."

Now if you think you might want to test one of these running head bands yourself, you can hop on over to Scarlett Craft and order one up OR you can enter my giveaway! Kat has graciously offered to give away one head band to one of my readers. Here’s what you have to do to enter:

Required Entry:

1. Become a follower of this blog or let me know you already are one and you want in the giveaway.

2. Head of to Scarlett Craft and let me know which head band you would choose if you won. (Be sure to check out some of Kat’s other sweet stuff while you’re there).

Additional Entries: (Do as many or as few as you like)

  • Follow Kat on Twitter
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest
  • Become a Run Fast Mommy fan on Facebook
  • Suggest Run Fast Mommy to your FB friends
  • Status update on FB about this contest
  • Come hang out with me on the Daily Mile
  • Add me to your blog roll
  • Blog about this contest
  • Go post the funniest thing your kid has ever said to you (or someone else) on my funny kid post here.

If you are already a twitter follower, fb fan, daily mile friend or I’m on your blog roll, sweet! That counts too. Just let me know what all exactly you’ve done via a comment. One if fine, don’t stress yourself out trying to leave me a bunch of separate comments (unless you really really want to then by all means).

All entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM on Saturday, July 31st. Contest winners will be announced on Sunday, August (**GASP** I can’t believe it’s almost August!) 1st.

Good luck!

'Til next time...


Angela said...

Alrighty I checked out the website and if I could have one, I definitely want the one that says 13.1. I'm training for my second half (October 16) and that would be perfect for the occasion. Second I already follow you on here and I requested to be your friend on Daily mile. I also linked you in my blog at

WannabeRunner said...

Already a follower :)

Michelle said...

I'm already a follower so please count me in!
I like the Florida Flowers Fitness band - a little pink in my running wardrobe would be nice:)

I also linked you to my blog.

Tracy said...

I'm a follower

Tracy said...

I like the purple and green one.
I also like that she does custom orders for 'mutant' heads. lol!

Tracy said...

I'm a fb fan of yours

Tracy said...

I'm a Daily Mile friend too

Tracy said...

I linked this on my blog

Tracy said...

you're on my blogroll

Tracy said...

And I just read through to the end where you so nicely say we only have to leave one comment. Sorry about that!

I did just post a funny kid comment. This is my last comment today. Promise!

shannonsfoodruns said...

Ooh, maybe my headband problems are due to placement, rather than my enormous head! haha

I follow your blog, and I would get the magenta moisture-wicking headband.

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Stephanie said...

I am a follower!

Stephanie said...

I like the 26.2 pink one!

Kelli said...

1. I am already a blog follower.

2. The Ocean Scroll headband if I have to choose. If I could choose what is said though I would want one that is turquoise that says PERSEVERANCE Hebrews 12:1.

3. Following Kat on Twitter

4. Following you on Twitter

5. Tweeted about the contest

6. Became a facebook fan

7. Suggested to friends on facebook

8. Updated facebook status with contest info

9.Joined Daily Mile and added you - I think I did it right...

10. Already on my blogroll

11.Blogged about the contest

12. Posted my funny kid story

I really want a headband....

Canadian runner said...

1. I follow your blog

2. I follow you on twitter

3. I would love the 13.1 headband. I have a hard time with my new short hair. To short for a pony tail, but still on long enough to get in my eyes

4. I tweeted about this contest

busyrunningmama said...

I'm a follower

busyrunningmama said...

I like the foxy polka dot headband!!

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I am one of your newest followers!

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I would love to win the Plum Paisley Fitness Headband!!

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I follow Kat on twitter

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I follow you on twitter

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

tweet tweet

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I'm a Run Fast Mommy fan on Facebook

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I suggested you to my FB friends

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

Updated my FB page!/CarrieSymes?v=wall&story_fbid=145617395455280

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I added you to my friends on the Daily Mile

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I added you to my blog roll

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I posted a comment on the funniest thing your kid has ever said post

Mama on the Run said...

I'm a follower too! I think I'd go for the running mom band...definitely fitting.

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

I blogged about the giveaeay

Tara Kieninger said...

I'm a follower via Google Reader

Tara Kieninger said...

I like the Foxy Polka Dot headband

Tara Kieninger said...

I'm a fan of yours on Facebook

Tara Kieninger said...

You are on my blogroll -

Tara Kieninger said...

I added your give-away to my blog -

Tara Kieninger said...

I posted a funny kid comment

Jennifer Jones said...

1.Already a blog follower
2. I like the Magenta headband
3. Following Kat on Twitter
4. Already follow you on Twitter
5. Tweeted (?) on the contest
6. Already a FB Fan
7. Signed up for Daily Mile and added you
8. Did a kid post!

Judy said...

1. Already a follower.
2. Already on my blog roll.
3. I like the "Moisture Wicking Headband Burgundy."

REALLY needed this today when sweat was pouring into my eyes. Mid 80's with heat indexes in the 90's is too darn hot.

track coach and adorable wife said...

1. I became a follower
2. I like either the Tri Chick or the pink one
3. Became a fan on fb
4. Added you to my blog roll

superwoman_4002 said...

I am a follower of your blog! :D

superwoman_4002 said...

I really like the grey 13.1 headband or the plain blue one! :D

Christine said...

I haven't been a runner for 22 years and I am just getting back in to it. I would love some cool running gear! I love the Ocean Scrolls one!
1- I am a follower
2- you are on my blogroll
3- I am a fan on FB

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm a follower.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'd get the In Training 26.2 - my first in almost 20 years!

Cynthia O'H said...

I follow you - on FB
I'm a Daily Mile friend
I follow you on Twitter
You're on my blogroll.
Sent you a funny nose-picking story.

And, that's it.

Christine Jensen said...

I follow and would pick the Runner Girl Moisture Wicking Non-Slip Headband Red