Chicago Race Day Weather + I Dyed My Hair!
Hey there! To my fellow Americans, I hope you’re enjoying this 3-day weekend as much as I am! So far I’ve packed my weekend with ‘the usual.’ You know what that means…
There’s been some running! Just 10 miles yesterday since it was a cutback week for me. This was my last cutback week of the training cycle, can you believe it? Chicago is getting scary close! Am I really going to take on 26.2 miles again? Holy crap!
I’m already starting to obsess over race day weather. I took a peek at this race weather tracker and it seems like over the last five years the weather on Chicago Marathon day has been hit or miss.
2014: high of 64*F
2013: high of 65*F
2012: high of 51*F
2011: high of 80*F
2010: high of 84*F
The last three years the weather has been great, but the two previous years the weather was SO HOT. Trust me, I know that 80-84*F on marathon day is hot because last year in Portland the high was 82*F on the day of the marathon and my skin was burning up by the end. I’m really hoping for a break this year. A high of 65* sounds so lovely! It sounds like PR weather!
Aside from running there’s been some Mindy Project watching! (I’m currently re-watching all of Season 3 in preparation for Season 4!)
A couple of months ago I blogged about going ombré with my hair. Mindy’s been doing it on-and-off for a few months and I think it looks great on her. This weekend I finally took the plunge and got it done!
Let me tell you if you have dark hair, going ombré is quite an ordeal. I was in the salon for over 4 hours and parted with a giant chunk of change. I called around and received quotes from a few different salons. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area you can expect to pay between $200 and $600 if you are starting with really dark hair and want to go as light as possible. I spent over $300 (omg) and still need to go back for another treatment in 2 weeks to really get the light blonde color that I want (that will cost another $150).
I’m only telling you the cost because I had no idea it would be that expensive until I started calling around! I thought it would be in the $100-150 range. I also thought the whole thing would take about 2 hours, but it ended up taking over four hours. I must have had about 200 individual foils in my hair! So crazy! Honestly, after sitting in the salon chair for so long, and seeing how meticulous my stylist worked I really felt like it was worth the money.
In the end I am about 80% happy with where my hair is right now. It’s still a really carmel-y color at it’s lightest point which is not what I want. I want the ends to be totally WHITE! I had two color treatments on my hair yesterday though and my guy said if we added any more bleach my hair might break off, so I’m waiting a couple of weeks before I can go back in for more treatment.
^ The lighting in that picture makes the ends look lighter than they are in real life. That’s actually close to the color that I want the ends to be when I finally have the color that I want.
In an effort to restore some moisture into my bleached out hair I’m doing hair masks like crazy. It’s been SO long since I’ve dyed my hair that I had forgotten how dry it can feel when it’s stressed out!
Cecil likes the smell of the hair mask I’m using. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and he was on my pillow sniffing my hair like crazy! 🙂
So far this long weekend has felt like just the right balance of productive + relaxing. I hope your long weekend is going well too!
What is your ideal race day temperature?