Stay Back Hair, I’ve Got Some Running to Do.

From polka dotted to tie-dyed, and in every color of the rainbow (but really, who would want something other than purple?), Maddyloo hair ties (from $1 each) come in tons of different styles.
From polka dotted to tie-dyed, and in every color of the rainbow (but really, who would want something other than purple?), Maddyloo hair ties (from $1 each) come in tons of different styles.

I pull my hair back into a ponytail for every single run. I’m also a huge fan of purple—one peek into my closet and you’d think I wear that color exclusively. So when I opened an envelope and found a handful of purple hair ties from Maddyloo inside, I was delighted (ecstatic, thrilled, overjoyed—honestly, I danced around my living room). As happy as I was to have new hair accessories in my favorite hue, it took me a while to take one of these babies out for a test run.

Something about the soft elastic and the happy-go-lucky prints and patterns just didn’t scream “effective” to me. They were great for around-the-house activities. I wore one on my wrist for days, where it was always ready to get my hair out of the way so that I could write a quick email, boil water for tea, or scrub the sink. (Attn: Michael K. Farrell, it’s your turn to clean the tub.) And yet, I never tested one out with the ultimate “Keep the Hair Out of My Face Challenge”—running. Until today…

A little sweaty, and not as taut as when I first set out (typical), this ponytailer got the job done in style.
Post run: A little sweaty, and not as taut as when I first set out (typical), this ponytailer got the job done in style.

I ponied up with Maddyloo and went out for a six-mile run at an easy pace. I felt a typical hair sway as I turned onto the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and immediately wondered if I should have brought a back up hair elastic. Nearly being clipped by a cyclist also entering the trail, I quickly forgot about my ponytail and ran on. At the three-mile turn around, I briefly considered my hair again, reached back and gently yanked on two sections to check the tightness—everything was holding up nicely. Upon returning home, I gladly discovered that Maddyloo was still hanging on, and my ponytail was in decent shape.

Maddyloo, you adorable little ties you, I’m sorry I ever doubted your strength and endurance.

Do you pony up for all of your runs, too? Have you discovered any new hair accessories lately? 

 

Disclaimer: I received several MaddyLoo hair ties free of charge. I was not paid to review MaddyLoo, and I did not promise to include the brand in a post. All opinions are mine and unbiased.

Oh Hi There, Incredible Running Path Near My New California Home!

My first run on the Los Gatos Creek Trail in sunny California! It was too warm for this vest, but I need the extra pockets. in the vest, so I
My first run on the Los Gatos Creek Trail in sunny California! It was too warm for this vest, but I needed the extra pockets.

The best thing about moving to California so far has been the discovery of the most amazing running path half a mile from my apartment. I can drop into the Los Gatos Creek Trail near its 7 mile point (it’s 10 miles end to end) and then connect to a couple of others, creating a long out-and-back route that I can’t wait to tackle!

Yesterday I went for my very first run on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. It wasn’t exactly pretty (I’m talking about the way my body felt—darn butt acted up thirty minutes in; the appearance of the path itself was quite lovely), but there is so much potential here I practically cart wheeled back to my place. I’m really looking forward to getting stronger, building up the miles, and gaining speed on this trail!

California, you and I are going to be great friends!

Have you discovered any new paths lately? What’s your favorite running route?