A Running Milestone – and the PERFECT Running Headband!

I’ve been on the quest for the perfect running headband for quite some time. Those who follow me on social media know – I’m often asking for recommendations from my Twitter and Facebook connections. The answers are typically the same. Lululemon (tried one, it slipped off my head if I did anything more than the elliptical).Nike (didn’t stay). Even Target! (they most of the time stayed but ripped my hair at one point … whoops!) The closest I found to perfect were Bic Bands (stayed for a while but then stretched out and thus started slipping off my head), but even those didn’t meet the needs of my extremely smooth, thin, straight hair.

So I thought I was doomed to wearing a hat, using too many clips, or just continuing to wipe my hair out of my face as I ran. I was wrong. I discovered Owl Be Sweatin’ headbands on Etsy. The headbands seemed to be similar to Bic Bands, but with an adjustable strap – which would hopefully solve my issues. Plus, the shop is run by two local women from Cincinnati who describe themselves: “We are a sister-in-law team who have been athletes and runners our entire lives and really love our product: we also make everything by hand and it is such a quality product!”

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I tried it out on a short run as soon as it arrived – 3 miles – in mild weather. Windy but in the 40s, I wasn’t sweating much – and the headband held up! AND it was cute! I loved the thin pink chevron that I had chosen.

I then tried it on a longer run when it was warm this weekend – 7ish miles in 60 degree weather. The headband didn’t slip at all!

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So I’m excited to share, I found the PERFECT running headband. 

It's cute, too!!!

It’s cute, too!!!

And it was wearing that headband, that I hit a milestone marker with running this year:  I’ve run 500 of my 1000 mile goal! AND I ran the most miles last month out of any other month this year – 139 miles for the month of April (full update coming soon).

ALSO Owl Be Sweatin’ was nice enough to offer a discount to their headbands for you! Simply enter the code “Melissa” on Facebook or Etsy (in the “notes to seller for etsy) and you’ll get  15% off your order! This code expires June 15. 

Take a look at all the cute patterns they have on their Etsy page  and how affordable (plus the 15% discount!) they are. I’ve got my eye on the pink or black glitter ones next (Because really, we all need a little more bling while we run!).

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Disclosure: I was offered the Owl Be Sweatin’ headband to to try out for free. I don’t get reiumbursed or anything if you buy from their shop. All views are my own. I really do love these headbands and can’t wait to buy another!

Buy Local Cleveland!!

As a PR professional, I try not to blatantly post about or talk about my clients on my blog or my Twitter account. How ethical would that be? But every once in a while, a client of mine does something SO COOL that I HAVE to share it with you all.

contributeOne of my clients, Scentsy (they make scented, wickless candle) has created a program to give back to local businesses. It all started out when they were celebrating their fifth anniversary and wanted to give back to the local businesses in their community, Boise. They gave their employees and their families in sum a total of $100,000 to spend at local family-owned buisnesses and held a shopping day this summer to spend the money. The program was such a success (you can see a video of some of the day’s events here), that Scentsy wanted to take the program to a national level — thus inspiring Contribute 2009, big help for small business.

What is Contribute 2009? The goal of Contribute is to inspire 100,000 people to take $50 and spend it at a locally owned business on or around October 12.  Or, looked at it this way:  100,000 people x $50 spent at locally owned businesses = a $5,000,000 economic infusion.  That’s huge.

So why am I sharing this with you? I’ve signed up to take the Contribute 2009 pledge and plan on spending $50 at a local Cleveland business next month. Why don’t you sign up? There are so many ways you can spend your $50 — but here are some of the places I’m thinking:

I’m actually getting excited about all the local Cleveland businesses that I could spend my money on.

Anyone can take the Contribute 2009 pledge. Visit http://www.scentsycontribute.org/ for more information and to pledge to spend $50 to help small businesses on October 12. There’s also a cool tshirt you can buy if you like (you can wear it while you do your shopping – the cost of the shirt covers the shipping). So what do you think? Are you joining me and spending your $50 locally?