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!

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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!)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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^ 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?



  1. September 7, 2015 / 6:17 am

    Your hair looks great! I love races that are in the high 40s at the start and mid 50s during the run. That’s why I like a late- fall marathon! But I think you are used to running in such hot temps so 60 degrees would feel amazing!

  2. September 7, 2015 / 7:55 am

    Love your ombre! My hair used to be ombre, but I’ve been working it back towards brunette. It’s more of a sombre now. I did mine in stages to reach the level of blonde that I wanted. I think it took 3 to get the really white blonde color I wanted. Also since it was ombre i could wait a few months between appointments without it looking weird. To help with the super dryness I used living proof’s restore shampoo, conditioner, and mask and it worked wonders!

  3. September 7, 2015 / 9:44 am

    The hair looks wonderful! I’m actually hoping it will be colder than last year. 40-50 would be spectacular, but then it may be very cold for my FL friend 🙂

  4. Molly
    September 7, 2015 / 10:17 am

    My spring marathon was low 40’s at the start and mid 60’s at the finish, and that was spectacular. I wore a sweatshirt for the first few miles until I warmed up, which worked well.

    I’m running the Twin Cities Marathon on October 4th, and the historical weather is very similar to that of the Chicago Marathon. I don’t know what to expect – we’re still having highs around 90 and the marathon is 4 weeks away, so I can’t imagine having a high in the low-mid 60’s! But anything can happen.

    PS – I love the hair! I don’t think I could pull off that look, but it’s fabulous on you!

  5. September 7, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Wow that is REALLY expensive! But when taking into consideration that amount of time it takes and of course all the materials used, I supposed it does make sense! Your hair looks great, and I know you wanted this for awhile so I’m glad you WENT FOR IT!

    I would love to have my hair dyed professionally and highlighted but I can’t bring myself to part with the money because I look at it as something I will have to keep up with- not a one time cost. Around here with tip and everything I feel like what I would *like* done to my hair would come it at just under $200. Eeeeek. So I will keep buying the L’oreal crap at Dollar General and do it myself hahaha. I

  6. September 7, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    I love the ombré look, and it looks great on you! I used to have really light highlights and when I wanted to go dark again it actually took years to get it as dark as I wanted. That kinda scarred me, so I love enjoying the ombré look on others since I would be scared of going light again.

  7. September 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    I love your hair!!! It looks so great! My ideal running temperature would be 60s….I’m really sensitive to cold so if it is cooler than that I always over dress. I’m constantly fighting the battle…..but I’d rather fight that than the heat!

  8. September 7, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Ooh your hair is super cute!!! And it looks like you got in some stupendous workouts <3

  9. September 7, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    I love it! I totally get what you mean with the dark hair + ombre. I had to help my friend bleach hers so the ombre colour would show and it took forever to do it “safely”

  10. September 8, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    As someone who has lived in the Midwest (Chicago area) her whole life, I can assure you that despite those freak days a few years ago, highs like that are VERY unusual for October around here. I mean, of course you can never really know, and weather is inherently unpredictable around here….but I would be shocked if it is that warm in the middle of October. I think you will be fine.

    And also keep in mind, high means high for the entire DAY. Temps tend to peak in the afternoon, so a high of 84 doesn’t mean it will be 84 in the morning while you are running the race.

  11. September 9, 2015 / 12:06 am

    I love the Ombre look, and your cut is super flattering!

    Chicago weather would scare the heck out of me…it really does seem to be all over the place. I know it’s going to be PERFECT this year though! The Chicago Marathon is going to be awesome (repeating that thought out into the universe!).

  12. September 12, 2015 / 9:30 am

    I absolutely LOVE your new hair style and color. It looks great on you! Your hair dresser is right, take the coloring process slow because you don’t want to damage those ends… my hairdresser is always reminding me that coloring requires patience. Looks like a fun change – but still very natural. 🙂