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Bondi Band Review and Giveaway

Thursday, August 14, 2014
So this post is better late than never. This is what happens when email communications are sucked up by gremlins or eaten by spam filters. Now let's talk headbands!

As a runner and a gym rat with long hair, head bands are a must. The moment that any hair falls in my face I'm annoyed. I am regularly trying new options for keeping my hair back, so the opportunity to give bondi bands a try was a perfect fit for me.

Bondi bands advertises their headband line as being "No Slip. No Drip. Athletic Headwear." Sounds like a perfect fit for me. My first impression of the head band is that it is very light weight and yet wider than I am accustomed to in a headband. Normally when I go for something that covers up a large amount of my head, I shoot for my bandanna. Despite the width, it fit well and was incredibly comfortable. One feature I like is that it is bunched at the back so it doesn't roll funny at the back of your neck. I don't know if that bothers you, but it drives me nuts.
Armed with a bondi band, I went out for a run at the park to give it a shot on a short four mile run. Through the run, the band did shift a little but not so much that it slipped off. That is a plus in my book. As far as "No Drip," well sweat still went in my eyes - I sweat A LOT - but it was reduced.  I did try pulling the band down a little further, which helped, but did not eliminate the issue.

Would I personally buy these bands? Yes. Maybe not the ones with the text on them but a solid color or a cute patter, definitely.

So how about a little info on the company, bondi band.

Bondi Bands are great for women, men, girls and boys! Bondi Bands are composed of a unique blend of nylon, lycra, and spandex. The result is a stretchy yet form fitting band that holds up under the toughest hair styles and types.

We are a simple company with a dedication and belief in our product. Our philosophy is to make a great product at a great price and to build relationships one at a time. And as much as we believe in making a tidy profit we also believe in giving back. Each year we donate 10% of our pretax profits to charity. For 2009 we have chosen the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute. It is a major affiliate of Harvard Medical School and is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
The origins of DFCI date back to 1947. DFCI employs about 3,000 people. Most importantly, there are more than 150,000 patient visits a year, and it is involved in some 200 clinical trials. It is internationally known for its research and clinical excellence.

We figured if we were going to give away some money, this should be where it goes to.

You can find bondi bands: 

On line at: www.bondiband.com
On twitter at: @bondiband
On facebook at www.facebook.com/bondiband

So how about a chance to give them a try yourself with a giveaway:

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[Disclosure: I was given a bondi band headband through my #SweatPink Ambassadorship/Fit Approach in exchange for a review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are completely my own].

HEYLETS Volume 6

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another two training weeks are behind us and I had the sick realization that we are ten weeks out from Marine Corps Marathon. OH - EM - GEE! I also can't say that the last two weeks were stellar but I have been assured that it will be ok. I probably will not believe that until I cross the finish line at MCM (and, of course, the Rosaryville 50k).

Week 7:

Cindy started her week early with CXWorx and Body Flow on Monday. She also took her daughter, Ashley, with her to the gym - a passing of the fitness torch, so to say. It is great to see her daughter start to take an interest in fitness and following a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully it continues.

My busy season is starting and that means longer hours. Needless to say, my plans for evening runs during the week were waylaid by work. Tuesday Cindy got her scheduled run in and some core work and Wednesday we both hit the weight room for cross training. Unfortunately, we discovered that our lapse in certain exercises made them more difficult and we also didn't get nearly as much done as usual. Guess that is what happens when life gets busy and you spend more time catching up than actually getting work done. Thursday we both kicked a** in RPM. Then Cindy high tailed it to Annapolis to run with friends while I ran off to work.

Saturday is the scheduled long run. Cindy had one goal - pace me to a successful 16 miles. Mission accomplished. It was not easy though. Cindy came to the realization that her shoes were shot and half way into the run, she did something that rarely happens. She got very - very - quiet. I was actually doing all the talking. I know - hard to believe, but true. We still got it done though and then Cindy had to head home for a large family barbecue that she and her husband were hosting.
Theresa, Cindy, and Nica at Dog Days! 
Sunday was a change of pace - no pun intended - with the Annapolis Striders' Dog Days 8k. A long run plus the barbecue plus little rest and poor nutrition made for a very challenging cross country run for Cindy. I was just dead tired after 16 miles and it was God awful humid. I made the decision early on to not kill myself at this race. Despite that, I still managed a six minute PR.

Week 8:

Cindy took a much needed family vacation to New York City leaving me to my own devices. Well, that is never good. I figured I'd try to take advantage of the time and power through as much of my office work load as possible to try and free up time during the coming weeks for more serious training. Not sure if that worked out for me or not.

On Tuesday, I banged out my maintenance run thanks to my running buddy, Mark, who joined me for the first few miles. It was a really nice morning and the humidity was low. Wednesday, I got into work early and knocked out some late day chores that included a trip to Wegman's where I picked up some snacks for work, including cashews.

Why am I pin pointing the cashews, you ask? Well, I discovered that I am officially allergic to cashews. Like in a rash, stomach upset, GI issues, joint swelling, breathing issues, may eventually go into anaphylaxis sort of way. This resulted in me not running on Thursday night due to breathing issues - I had not figured out the cause yet. It also caused me to have to bow out of my long run on Saturday due to more of the same issues and stomach/GI on top of it. Cindy, who was back from vacation - and probably walked eighty miles around New York over the week - reluctantly went out and ran her 16 miles without me. As she told me this morning, she had her a** handed to her in that run. Judging by the look on her face when she finished her run, I would have to agree.

Sunday, the Duo was back together for an awesome 9 mile run on the trail. It was a much needed opportunity for us both to redeem ourselves.

Love Theresa & Cindy

HEYLETS Volume 5

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We Love RUNtelligence!! 
Writing weekly training recaps seemed like a brilliant idea at the time but who was I kidding. I can’t keep up. So here is a summary of weeks #5 and #6 with #7 to follow and stay tuned for a product review and give away.

Week #5:

Cindy’s upcoming vacations and breaks lead her to sub some extra classes over week #5. This proved to be a big help as it forced her to do more core and yoga than normal. The flexibility in schedule that comes with summer, also allowed for a change in scenery on her weekday runs. For me, it would have been business as usual however work schedule and bad weather reduced my weekday runs to one.

Cross training went as scheduled but Saturday’s long run got moved to OMG WTF WERE WE THINKING EARLY. No seriously. We started at 3:30am to try to get 16 miles in before a one mile track race. WHO DOES THAT??? Oh wait – We do! It seemed perfectly logical in both of our heads – not much in reality though. Lack of sleep and poor nutritional choices the night before made it a physical and mental challenge for both of us. To add insult to injury, I decided that a long run was a perfect time to try new shoes that were missing my usual inserts causing my feet to give me grief around mile eight. This slowed me up and in order to keep Cindy on schedule, I encouraged her to go ahead and I would catch up eventually.

An unplanned four miles of speed work at the end of her 16 mile run and a 30 minute drive to a track race made for a lovely case of stiff legs upon arrival at the race. Not cooling down, guzzling a protein shake and devouring a hard boiled egg before even making it out of the parking lot meant a horrid case of nausea for me. In fact, I was so sick to to my stomach I opted to not run the track race for fear of a return visit of the protein shake and egg. Cindy, however, did and before making her way down to the track I gave her some words of encouragement to help stir her competitive nature - SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP!
Cindy answered with a polite, F*** You (that's French for I Love You if you didn't know) and went about her way. Funny, she went on to win her age group despite tired legs and after a early 16 mile run.

Week #6

Cindy and I felt good after last week so we added extra cross training. TRX suspension training, Body Pump, and regular cross training left us in a constant state of DOMS and fatigue for the week. As a result we overslept a bit one day costing us time for core work but giving us the energy to power through RPM. 
Quality Time for Sole Sisters
Naturally, we took some quality down time to celebrate my birthday and finished out the week with the Endless Summer 6 Hour Run, an ultra race with a relay option. We teamed up with fellow Blogger, Sandy, of So What? I Run! as team Squirrels Gone Wild. Alternating between runners over four mile loops in our minds would make for a tolerable 12 miler. We were wrong. More details on the race to follow in a future post. Unfortunately we felt the repercussions of the relay clear into Sunday, causing us to opt out of our scheduled trail run. A gentle recovery run through Annapolis and a stop at the farmers market made for the perfect end to the week.

Love ~ Theresa & Cindy