I don’t know why the change of seasons seems like a good time to wrap up what products I’ve been digging lately, but it does. And so with the advent of September and school, here are a couple of things that have been high on my “like” list of late:
1. SpunkWear dresses–I first saw these dresses at the Iron Girl half marathon expo here in town last spring. I bought one and soon found that it was my go-to summer dress. These dresses fit really well, have a built-in shelf bra, and are made of a wicking spandex. Win-win for summer living–I love the ease of being able to throw one on and go just about anywhere (including the pool, wearing it as a cover up). When I did the Iron Girl triathlon in August, I was really happy to see them back at the expo so that I could snag a second dress. It doesn’t hurt that these are made right here in Maryland–I love to support a local business. Check out their full line of fun athletic-inspired wear.
2. Healthy Bites–These are the creation of blogger Lindsay Cotter,who is both wife and supporter extraordinaire to pro triathlete James Cotter. In an effort to help James with easy nutrition for his training, Lindsay began tinkering in the kitchen and came up with Health Bites. She designs various versions, some for pre-training fuel, some for recovery, and some, just for a treat. They are all made of real foods–think fruits, nuts, natural peanut butter, flax seed–and let me tell you, they are amazing! I ordered the apple/peach/cinnamon bites for pre-workout fuel, and two custom designed whey good protein bites. One was chocolate peanut butter flavor and one was lemon whey sprinkle. All of the bites range in calories from about 40 to 75. It has been very hard not to inhale them all in one sitting. And believe me, I have them hidden away from the kids!
3. The book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed–This memoir has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I finally got around to cracking it open a couple of weeks ago. What a great read! It’s about a woman in her 20s with no backpacking experience whatsoever, who sets off to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail (which runs from the Mexican border all the way to Canada). To read her transformation from a somewhat screwed up, hiking neophyte into a badass, confident woman at the end of her three-month journey is incredibly inspiring. I think any of us who have set athletic goals and then seen them through can easily appreciate Cheryl’s story. Read it!
4. Oiselle distance shorts–I’m admittedly an Oiselle ambassador, but get beyond that and know that I would love these shorts, even if they weren’t from Oiselle. They are my go-to each and every Saturday for my long run. I love the fit–not too short, not too long–and the weightless material. The clincher for me, though, has to be the myriad pockets for stashing all my long-run needs. When I run CIM in December, you can bet it will be in these.
So that’s my list for now–what’s on yours?