Thursday, April 19, 2012

Taper madness v2 & GlitzBandz Review/Giveaway!


Taper madness has set in quite nicely.  Just like no two colds are alike (I don’t remember THAT itching last time I had a headcold...) it seems that no two tapers are alike.  This time, I’ve been running my easy runs too fast and worrying about how much food I’m eating.  Basically, taper has turned me into a caffeinated middle school girl.  Well, even more than normal I suppose


Two cases in point wrapped into one: This morning, I had 5 easy miles on the schedule.  The night before I went out with work people, had a few beers (read: too many) and ate a lot of greasy food (deep fried okra? WTF is okra? Whatever, doesn’t matter...gimmie.)  The run started out ROUGH. Well, the trip to the toilet before the run was rough, and then the run was also rough.  I felt tired, old, and even in spite of the 10 minutes in the bathroom - bloated.  


So, while the first mile was tough, I sort of got used to that level of “hard”.  So, when I sweated out all of the booze by mile two, the level of hard (TWSS) stayed the same but my pace became faster and faster.  Before I knew it I had ran 5 miles in 36 minutes. 7:15 pace.  Oppsies.


I always tell the people I coach that slow, short runs have their place.  Use them for recovery, use them to keep your legs fresh, but DON’T blast through them because they’re shorter than you’re used to.  It seems that the cobbler’s son always does go without shoes.........Do as I say, not as I do!

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Recently, I was contacted by Emily from Glitz Bandz.  She wanted me to do a review and giveaway of her sparkly, no slip headbands.  WHY would I do a review on headbands when I have less hair than a Chiwawa at a barbershop convention?  I figured that since I haven’t been contacted to review any man-jocks or nut cups (yet) I might as well hop on the female-only running accessory bandwagon. Next stop, pictures of me in running sports bras.  Well that, and I’ve met Emily in real life and she is pretty cool.  Win/win.

Turns out, a lot of girls have a lot of hair on their heads.  (Ok, ok....so do college guys and older guys going through mid life crises.) When it gets hot, having hair up and out of your face is a good thing.  I’m nearly positive that I read a scientific study that said that having hair out of your face makes you 60% faster – at least**.

Don't I look faster? Maybe?


Glitz Bandz are custom fit and don’t slip off of your head no matter how sweaty you get or what activity you are performing.  Case in point: I was practicing some of my sweet ninja-king-of-the-world moves and it stayed put no matter how much I shook my head!  No word on the sound my brain made rattling around inside of my skull.....

Unfortunately though, my son was much less happy to play along during this test:


If you'd instead like to see a few reviews with a bit more estrogen in them, check out these three.  All had good things to say:

http://lifeisarun.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/all-about-the-ladies/
http://girlruns42k.blogspot.com/2012/01/glitzbandz-review-giveaway.html
http://www.runnermaybe.com/2012/03/glitzbandz-review-giveaway.html


In all seriousness, you have TWO super easy ways that you can enter for a chance at one of THREE GlitzBandz (Two from GlitzBandz, one from ME! I’m going to give up the one that I received as well – turns out I don’t have any hair):



Easy contest, quick turnaround. I’ll announce the winners on Sunday at noon Pacific!

FCC Stuff: I got the glitzband for free.  If you’d stop reading this disclaimer and enter you could too! I wasn’t asked for a positive review.  Seriously, are you still reading? You should be entering by leaving a comment!

**I might have made that up

67 comments:

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I liked her page! I think it's a good look for you. Please rock it at Eugene. It will make you easier to sport when I'm spectating.

Chelsea said...

Are those giant wine bottles on top of your fridge?

More importantly, are they full?

If so, can I come over.

Michelle said...

I signed up for her mailing list... Thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

I am now a Glitzband fan on FB! Thanks again to both of you!

pensive pumpkin said...

yes i read the whole disclaimer. shut up. it's what i do.

joined mailing list. but i do not book my face. ever. lol

ptg said...

True story: when you finally make it to Wisconsin to run a race with me, not only will we rock #TeamSteak shirts but we shall have matching glittery headbands.

Truth.

ptg said...

Oh, and duh - I did like her on FB, as well as sign up for the mailing list. :)

Courtenay said...

Totally joined her mailing list

AND

liked her facebook page and left a comment.

I think the glitter is a good look for you. You should keep it!

Karen said...

I just liked her fb page.

Christine Jensen said...

I joined the mailing list and left her a comment telling her which band I would like :) (oh yeah, and I liked her page)

Bean said...

I joined the mailing list

Bean said...

and I also liked her on facebook and left a comment.

Cinnamon @ eatpraytri said...

I liked her page AND joined the mailing list!
The glitter is totes YOU!

Scallywag said...

I fb liked and told her I wanted anything in glitter (magpie lady over here) but ideally royal blue, black or gold- dead decisive like!

Scallywag said...

Aaaaaaaaand I joined her mail list, ta for the giveaway Adam!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

snort. Only you would get a headband to review. lol

I signed up for her email list

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I liked her on facebook as well

bakerunlive.com said...

I joined her mailing list!

Jen said...

I like her on FB

and I about spit out my beverage when I saw you sporting that headband, Andy. Nicely played.

Yo Momma Runs said...

When my son saw the first picture, he said, "That girl's hair bow matches her eyes."

Don't hold that against me for the giveaway.

I joined the email list

AND

I follow her on FB!

Erika said...

I joined her email list!

Erika said...

I also liked her Facebook page and left her a comment that you sent me and which band I would want!

Jeff Irvin said...

Very proud of your soon for not "allowing" you to place that on his head! Well done young man!

And you, well, not so much (-:

Crystal said...

I'm dying laughing right now.

I liked her page and left a comment.

Kim (MsIndigo) said...

Darth Vader says your man card has been revoked. (again) ;)

I liked her FB page, and of course I think you look SMASHING!

@RunMommyRun3 said...

Joined the mailing list, but can't find the facebook page! :( Will keep looking. I love them all, my credit card will love this company! lol.

Laurel C said...

I love these headbands!!! and you look awful cute in them lol. I definitely signed up for the mailing list!

Laurel C said...

I liked the facebook page as well!!

Char said...

I think you could totally pull off the headband/crop top/ running skirt trifecta as long as you colour coordinated.

Amanda said...

LOL love those pictures! I signed up for her mailing list.

Amanda said...

And I liked the FB page and posted a comment. I'd love to win the silver glitter one!

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

The red glitter band with the red eye in the first photo was a nice touch. I'm in. I liked her Facebook page.

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

Joined her mailing list, too.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I could send you my Thermajock for a more manly review.

Renee said...

Joined the mailing list! Thanks, Renee

Meghan said...

How nice to see a review of a chick product without much estrogen! Loved this - joined her mailing list!

Meghan said...

I liked her on Facebook. Being a Cuse Alum - I LOVE the orange glitter ribbon :)

Renee said...

Liked her page...i love the green one! My fave color.

Amanda said...

I joined her mailing list!

Amanda said...

I like her on facebook. I love the run like a girl glitzband!

Madison M. said...

I joined her mailing list! :-)

Madison M. said...

I joined her mailing list! :-)

Madison M. said...

and I liked her on FB! :-)

Patty T said...

I joined her email list!

Patty T said...

I liked her facebook page and let her know which one I liked.

Taryn said...

Joined her mailing list!

Taryn said...

And liked her on facebook...and left a comment! :)

Anonymous said...

HI! I joined the mailing list and liked/posted a comment on her page on facebook. Thanks! Tammy **
buckners1(at)yahoo(dot)com

jenny.glade@yahoo.com said...

Loved that post. Too funny. I liked Emily's FB page. thanks for the giveaway.

Andrea said...

Liked her page and signed up for the mailing list - oh and don't EVAH scare me with pix like that again!! ;o)

Michelle Womack said...

I am on the mailing list! They look so cute! thanks

TriMOEngr said...

Liked her on FB!

Nikki said...

This is the best headband review ever! I joined Emily's list...

Nikki said...

I also followed GlitzBands on FB. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Gigi said...

Liked and joined....I hope I look as good as you do if I win :)

Queenie said...

I joined her mailing list.

Betsy said...

I liked her on facebook

Betsy said...

I joined the mailing list

Ryan & Carrie Vaughan said...

I joined her mailing list!

Ryan & Carrie Vaughan said...

I liked her facebook page and left a comment.

Kim said...

I liked Glitz Bandz on Facebook & left a comment. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kim said...

I signed up for the Glitz Bandz email list. Thanks again!

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

I love your review. Thanks for the lolz.

I liked their page on facebook.

Steel Springs said...

Great review! I joined the mailing list.

i Run said...

Awesome giveaway! I joined GlitzBandz mailing list :)

i Run said...

I liked GlitzBandz on FB and gave them my "wish band list." I could definitely benefit from some more glitz on my runs, as at current I'm glitz-less. *enter big frownie face here :( * Unlike you, I do have alot of hair, a crap load actually and haven't found a band that'll stay in it. They always slip off. Would love to try these ones.... sooooo Pick me! Pick me! Pick me please!!!

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