I have a very serious topic to discuss. This topic is crucial to race day performance and must be strongly evaluated along with training, fueling and recovery. Yes, you know what I’m talking about: running hair (Men: If you stop reading here, don’t worry – I get it).
Short hair, long hair or bangs – us lady runners need an efficient solution to ensure that our locks don’t become sweat magnets that slap against our face the entire race. I’ve never been one to wear make-up to a race or even having clean hair (hey – we’re about to get our sweat on after all), but I am very peculiar about how my hair is being held back.
In high school, it was a low bun, parted down the side, slicked back. I have no idea what I was thinking. These days, it’s a perfect combination of the following:
- Dirty hair
– Again, not going to waste time washing it
- Two Goody hair ties to hold back a HIGH ponytail
– I use the ones without the metal. I don’t have thick hair, but I have a lot of fine hair and using two is the only way to ensure that I’m not tightening the pony every half mile
– Yes, these have to be high! If not, they brush against my back the entire race and drive me crazy. I’d rather have the swing of the high pony be my personal back fan.
- Goody Stay Put Headbands
– This is the crucial element. I have a big head so these work really well for me and I only have to adjust about once or twice during a marathon. Note that they do stretch out, for those of you with smaller noggins, they may not be the best bet.
Chicken Face mocks me for my uber-high running pony; I reply with a simple, “You have no idea what you are talking about.” I think that keeps him quiet for long enough. The high pony, two ties and one headband combo is the perfect way to keep my head and back cool, the sweat out of my eyes, and holding the “baby fuzz” back. It’s simple, saves time and Lola approves.
So now I ask you, are you peculiar about your running hair? If so, what is your running hair?