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Things I Like Thursday–FOE Hair Ties

As a runner, one thing that is very important, especially in the summer, is getting and keeping my hair out of my eyes and away from my face.  My hair is about medium length, but the only time I ever wear it pulled back is when I’m running or doing other physical activities.  The problem with traditional hair fasteners is they tend to break your hair, which is not good for me since I wear it down most of the time.  I recently have been introduced to fold over elastic hair ties, which solves the breakage problem.

Fold over elastic (FOE, for short) was created to be a trim or a binder for edges of fabrics.  It has a line down the middle for easy folding, so you fold it over the edge of your fabric, sew it on, and you’re done.  Then someone realized its softness made for great baby head bands.  Baby head bands led to adult head bands, which led to hair ties.  I’m really not completely sure of the exact chronology of events, but this seems logical in my mind.

If you buy FOE hair ties in a store, they can be kind of costly.  They cost almost nothing to make, though, and they are a snap!  First of all, get yourself some FOE in whatever color(s) you want. 

Fold Over Elastic--it comes in all different colors!

Fold Over Elastic–it comes in all different colors!

I find the internet, specifically Etsy, to be an excellent source for this.  Then you just need to cut it in 10 inch lengths. 

10 inches of FOE

10 inches of FOE

Yes, I know that sounds long but once you fold it in half and tie it off, you really need that much.  This leads to the next step, which is, you fold it in half and tie it off.  Just loop it around your finger and make a simple knot for this.  Easy peasy!  At this point, the only other thing you need to do is heat-seal the ends.  I know this sounds scary, but it’s really easy.  Just light a match or a lighter, hold the flame really close to the edge, as close as you can get it without catching it on fire. 

You need a match or a lighter to heat-seal the ends.

You need a match or a lighter to heat-seal the ends.

You will see the edges start to melt a bit, and that’s it!  That’s all there is to heat-sealing.  If you do happen to catch it on fire, no biggie.  Just blow out the flame, trim the ends, and go again.

FOE burnt ends, oops!

FOE burnt ends, oops!

You could also heat-seal the ends before tying them off, if you wanted to.  I’ve done it both ways, and really, it makes no difference.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I sealed the ends before tying when I took the pics you see here.

The finished product, made in less than 30 minutes, probably more like 15.

The finished product, made in less than 30 minutes, probably more like 15.

So, if you are like me and love the FOE hair ties, do yourself a favor.  Get yourself some FOE, take about 20 minutes to make a bunch, and save yourself some money!  They also make great gifts.  I’ve actually made more to give away than I’ve made for myself. 

What’s your favorite quick craft?

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Things I Like Thursday–The runDisney Food Box

At the end of pretty much any race or other running event, most runners look forward to a snack of some sort. For me this has been anything from a tiny shot glass serving of soup (I’m not kidding) to a full on barbecue meal. I’ve had some great food after races, and I’ve had some major disappointments. At runDisney events, food boxes are always given out along with a banana, bottled water, and bottled Powerade. I always look forward to getting my food box. Sometimes I don’t want a thing to eat for hours after a run and sometimes I’m completely ravenous. I never know which it’s going to be until I’m finished, and runDisney food boxes always hit the spot. I can save it for later or I can crack it open and nosh on something immediately.

My first and second runDisney food box experiences were after the 2012 Happy Haunted 5k and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler held later that same day. The boxes were identical and nothing went to waste. Here is what they looked like.

runDisney Food Box

runDisney Food Box

This is exactly what the food box looked like when it was opened.

This is exactly what the food box looked like when it was opened.

They contained the following:

  • Snap energy candies
  • Almond Rocca (my favorite!)
  • Clif Builders protein bar
  • Sweet Perry Trek Trio snack mix
  • Multi-grain gluten-free crackers
  • Hickory Farms white cheese spread
  • Moist Towelette (Don’t you just love saying “moist towelette”?)
Contents of the food box from the 2012 Happy Haunts 5k and Tower of Terror 10 Miler

Contents of the food box from the 2012 Happy Haunts 5k and Tower of Terror 10 Miler

I enjoyed all of it, though I didn’t eat it all in one sitting. This is exactly the type of food I snack on so it was right up my alley!

After the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon, I got another box. It looked identical to the others so this time I’ll show you the back of it, which had upcoming race information printed on it.

This is the back of the food box.

This is the back of the food box.

This is the 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box when opened.

This is the 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box when opened.

The contents were similar to my previous boxes and contained the following:

  • Organic dark chocolate
  • Luna protein bar, chocolate
  • Multi-grain gluten-free crackers
  • Wild Garden humus spread
  • Sweet Perry Power Play seed mix
  • Sweet Perry Baja Blend snack mix
  • Moist Towelette
Contents of 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box

Contents of 2012 Princess Half Marathon food box

I loved that the box seemed to be chocolate focused, totally princess-like! However, I didn’t eat any of it right after the race. It did make for several tasty snacks later on, though. I also think it would be a great snack for the airplane ride home after the race. Wish I’d thought of that earlier!

What do you think of the runDisney food boxes? What is your favorite after-race snack or meal?

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