Nope. I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth or given up running for the very tempting sport of couch cushion cuddling and mild cheddar cheese dip consumption (it’s both of them together that makes it a sport in case you were wondering and I’m pretty sure I could own it).
Just a last minute trip to Disney World pre pre-school is to explain for my virtual absence. I even ran while I was there. Are you so proud of me or what? Oh and remind me never ever ever to complain again about the heat and humidity in Michigan. It’s laughable, no, hysterical compared to what my Florida friends are running through (I totally feel for you guys. You are the true rock stars of the running world.)
But I’m back and after a day or so of resting from my vacation (which is completely a necessity after a Disney vacation I just learned), I’m ready to kick it off with another review and of course, what’s a review without a giveaway eh? So let’s get to it shall we?
Meg Perez, the Commander-in-Chica of Chica Bands, sent a few of the (recently featured in Runners World) Chica Bands for me, The Crew and my 4 year old, who for the purpose of this review will be considered an honorary member of the crew (she’s thrilled), to test out.
I snagged two, plain pink and blue camouflage to give a whirl and by whirl I mean a speed workout, a tempo run, and two long runs (20 miles on one & 13 on the other) because I’m not messin’ around when I test these goods out ladies and gentlemen.
Now what totally shocked me about these Chica Bands is that they actually wicked sweat. I wore one before I went to the website and read all about them and because they are only about an inch wide I just assumed these little head bands were more for looks and keeping stray hairs out of your face neither of which I’m opposed to btw. In fact, I rather like having hair out of my face when I run and since my bangs are still in that super annoying not quite grown out just yet phase and thus not long enough to make it to the most desirable location for them to be while running (my ponytail) I’d be all about Chica Bands even if their sole purpose was stray hair wrangling. But my assumption would prove incorrect. Surprisingly, these little bands did far more than you’d expect.
I was literally shocked when I finished my speed workout (about 6 miles total) and not only had the Chica Band not moved or squeezed my head mercilessly either for that matter, but it really kept the sweat out of my face too. Shocking not only because they’re small, but also because I sweat so much that sometimes when I finish a run I appear to have chosen a complete and utter downpour for the appropriate time to go for a run. Really. But my thoroughly disgusting sweating habits we’ve discussed at length already and I’ll spare you the re-hash (if you must know. You can find it here.)
And since the little head band worked so well on my speed workout, I figured I’d up the ante so to speak. I mean really, 6 miles on a treadmill is one thing, but 20 miles in the blazing hot sun and humidity could be quite another. (Wait…did I just complain about the MI heat again? Slapping myself in the face. So sorry. Old habits die hard. Ask me about my Disney diet relapse, for further proof.)
But I’m happy to report, blue camo chica rose to the occasion. I can not honestly say that it kept ALL the sweat from dripping down, but I will say it kept MOST of the sweat from dripping down my face and that was plenty good enough for me (and definitely attests to the superior wicking power of those head bands). It didn’t move at all during the 20, and thus successfully kept those heavy wet bangs from falling into my eyes (which I hate) AND I was thrilled to discover that it lifted that little bit of hair off the back of my neck that usually slips out of my ponytail at some point during a long run (which I hate even more than the bangs).
And of course, it almost goes without saying, I looked super cool wearing it and with over 200 styles (including some with reflective material for those of you who happen to find yourself running in less than optimal lighting conditions and would prefer not to go unnoticed by those sharing the road with you of the vehicular variety) there’s certainly something for everyone. In fact, I almost feel obligated to warn you. With all the different patterns and designs, Chica Bands are almost slightly addicting. In fact, I could quite possibly be in big big trouble here.
But enough about me and what I have to say, here’s what the other wear testers had to say (minus one, who’s review will be coming asap. Promise.)
Runnana Says: Love the Chica Band ! I did a three mile run on a hot day on the treadmill wearing it. It is really light and I kind of forgot it was even there. I was pleasantly surprised that such a little, light thing could keep all that sweat out of my eyes, but it did the trick! Mine was very cute too. I had the black and white sort of zebra print. It really looks like a hair band you might buy just as a hair accessory but really does the job well. Doesn't slip off either! Love it!
RunSis Says: Thumbs up- finally something that will stay on my misshapen head, seriously I can NEVER get a headband to stay on my head. Even while running, this bad boy stayed magically in place. It also seemed to absorb some sweat which was nice and it is small so I didn't feel like I was melting under lots of fabric. Lots of cute colors to choose from online too
RunGirlie (my 4 year old) Says (with prompting): What do you think about your sparkly pink head band? I think it’s pretty. How does it feel on your head? Good. Does it feel too tight? No. Does it fall off? NO! Is there anything else you want to tell me about it? No. Would you like to have more of them? Uh huh. Yeah. I’d like to have more. Do they make you run faster? Yeah! And on a mom note, no head bands EVER stay in this child’s hair. In fact, almost nothing stays in her hair. Even her pre-school teachers have complained. But the Chica Band stayed put all day even despite her rolling around upside down on the couch like a wild child which I let her do solely for experimental purposes and not at all because it looked like it was fun.
The Spazz Says: I got my hair cut last week and now I have bangs that I have to try and keep out of my eyes. Lucky for me, that same day Kelly gave me a ChicaBand to try out. I have tried headbands before, but never had much luck. No matter what I did they always slipped off. The Chica Band (to my surprise) didn’t fall off, or move at all! The underside is lined with velvet and apparently that is the key to a good grip. Also, after wearing it for a few runs I hand washed in the sink with mild detergent. The stitching and material held up well with no shrinking or twisting. The material on the outside comes in a variety of patterns and colors. I think I’ll have to get a few more of these to match my outfits. I am definitely a fan of Chica Bands!
So if you just can’t wait for this stinkin’ giveaway to end and you want to order one up for yourself to try out right now, Meg has generously offered us 15% off. Just enter the discount code TKS10 at checkout for 15% off your entire order. (Woohoo for discounts!) You’ll need to order before September 20th to take advantage of this discount PLUS there are some other offers going on right now at www.chicabands.com that you’re definitely going to want to check out if you’re thinking about giving them a whirl of your own.
For those of you who would rather test your luck out first, Meg is going to send one of my readers their very own Chica Band of choice. Here’s how you enter (only one comment is necessary):
Mandatory Entries (1 each):
1. Become a follower of this blog or let me know you are already.
2. Visit the Chica Bands website and let me know which design you’d choose if you win.
Additional Entries (1 each):
- Become a Chica Band fan on Facebook
- Become a Secrets of Running Mom Fan on Facebook
- Suggest Chica Bands to your Facebook Friends
- Suggest Secrets of a Running Mom to your Facebook Friends
- Update your FB status or Fan Page status about this contest
- Blog about this contest
- Add me to your blog roll
- Follow me on Twitter
- Follow Chica Bands on Twitter
- Tweet about this contest
- Email some runner pals about this contest
- Tell me your next race and/or running goal
All entries must be received by, September 17th, 2010 and then my 4 year old will excitedly choose the winner from a big bowl which I’ll announce on September 18th (that way you’ll still have two days to use the discount if you didn’t win). If you’ve already become a FB fan, Twitter follower, or added me to your blog roll that certainly counts too, just be sure to let me know.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Otherwise, good luck! And may the best chica win or at least one of them anyway :-)