What I’m loving right now

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:

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Love these dresses from SpunkWear

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!

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Healthy Bites--SO good!

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!

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Distance short perfection

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? 

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  1. That dress looks perfect for summer!! Plus they have some really cute patterns!! I have heard so much about Healthy Bites but didn’t know where to find them! Thanks for the info!
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  2. My new Polar RS800CX watch is at the top of my list. Loving it! I also have chocolate on there at the moment. I think that has to do with me being nervous about this Saturday’s 50km mountain challenge.
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  3. Great list! I love throw on and go dresses like that. I haven’t tried Oiselle shorts yet but I love their shirts, which I love.
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  4. i think i need to looks into that spunkwear! they look comfy. and thanks for such support with healthy bites. Hope they are fueling you well!
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  5. I guess eventually I will have to cave and buy Oiselle shorts! I hear nothing but good about them!
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  6. Hooray for Healthy Bites! What am I digging right now? Loving my Columbia Power Drain shoes. So versatile and comfy!
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  7. Those dresses are super cute, but I seriously cannot get over the terrible name of the company.
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  8. I love everything on your list!! The SpunkWear dresses look super cute and I’ve been longing for a pair of Oiselle running shorts. Wild has been sitting on my “to read” list FOREVER so I’m glad to hear that you liked it. Might just have to be my next read. And Healthy Bites? I pretty much inhale them and I too hide them from my kids :-)
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  9. the bites sound good! I’m always on the look out for healthy snacks!
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  10. I do love the Oiselle distance shorts! I want to get a different kind though– ones that don’t have the split cut. Not crazy fan of how short they go up on the sides :)
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  11. Love the dresses! so easy and that is my middle name.

    The shorts look like they would dry quickly and sweating has been my biggest problem this summer. I might need to give them a try.

    Favorite things? I can’t remember the last time I bought something new. I think I need to get out soon. ;-)
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  12. Lindsay’s bites are fantastic aren’t they? And I have heard that book is really good. I need to add it to my wish list.
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  13. Love the dress! I’ve been digging my lululemon crop pants. I finally gave into buying something lululemon and now I basically wear them everywhere
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  14. I will have to try those bites; they look great! I also have had Wild on my Kindle for a while but haven’t read it yet… I have been looking forward to it, since I actually grew up on the PCT and so hikers, hiking and the trail in general were a big part of my life. I can’t wait to read her story!

    I have been loving the weather, which around here means it’s been warming up, I am loving fresh veggies from my garden and I am loving that September is here, which means things will slow down a little!
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  15. I want to try LC’s Healthy Bites! I plan to order them post-competition!

    The Oiselle shorts look super comfy!

    I’m currently loving my Lululemond Run: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve :) Super comfy!
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  16. I really need to buy some stuff from Oiselle. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the brand! And those shorts look fantastic!!!
    Lindsay’s healthy bites are the best. Perfect little snacks for pre/post workouts!!!
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  17. I’ve got Wild sitting on the pile next to my bed too. I just can’t seem to stop reading and reading, Brain Training for Running, Adavanced Marathoning, Run Less Run Faster….you get the idea; then I pass out asleep with my glasses still on.
    Actually because of your blog I’ve checked out Osielle and the stuff is SUPER cute!!! From Seattle to if I’m not mistaken. Anyway, it’s a tad spendy and no free shipping or returns. If they had that option I’d have ordered by now.
    Things I’m loving Brooks Glycerine shorts, Lululemon sports bra, Cytomax Drink, and summer on its way out!
    Hello Fall!! Yeah
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  18. Oh god and my CEP compression sleeves!!! Can’t live without! ;)
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  19. Love those dresses! I tried to make some Healthy Bites and I think that I should have just ordered some!
    I’m loving skirts right now. And I’ve been having fun with a new iphone ap called Strava.
    I’m so excited for fall!
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  20. I keep saying I need to order Healthy Bites. I think I’m going to today! Love Lindsay and I can imagine her creations are delish. That dress looks so comfy! I’d wear more dresses if I found ones that fit that well.
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  21. Love those dresses! Those healthy bites look amazing, off to check them out now!
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  22. You look great in the dress! I love the Healthy Bites and Pam just sent me Wild to read. She loved it!!!
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  23. Right now I’m digging my Brooks Running Sherpa 2 in 1 shorts!
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  24. I read Wild just a few months ago and LOVED it. Weez knew how much I enjoyed it, that he stole it from me as soon as I finished and now he’s reading through it too. Such a great read.
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  25. Love the dress and I must try Lindsey’s bites. Right now I am loving the Brooks Pure line of shoes. I rotate between the Flow and the Connects. No injuries and feeling good as I (cautiously) up my mileage. Yay!
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  26. I love the distance shorts too. The liner is so soft in those ones!

    This week I’ve been loving my Salomon xr mission trail shoes. They have really held up in the rain and mud.
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  27. I have been loving my New Balance 730s. Love love love these shoes! I’ve been thinking of ordering some of Lindsey’s Healthy Bites… good to hear that you like them so much!
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  28. I liked that book, too. I have nothing new I’m using, just craving a shopping trip and spending my $$ on races instead.
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  29. My new Ninja blender/juicer/mixer/amazing thing is my favorite right now. It makes working in my kitchen a breeze!
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  30. I think my “love” list is pretty long right now. My current obsession is making new dinner recipes from Pinterest, pumpkin flavored coffee, sweatshirts, coconut almond milk, and fall scented candles.

  31. i love oiselle distance shorts!!!
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  32. I’ve heard good things about Wild. And of course Healthy Bites! ;) I still need to try them!
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  33. Never thought I would love a race belt but my son told me to get one for my tris and it worked great.

  34. Great list!! I have to try healthy bites as I have been hearing about them all over our groups! Oiselle shorts look awesome!! Right now I can’t live without my cheribundi cherry juice!!!
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  35. I love the cute Spunk Wear dress. There is nothing better than a great comfy dress with built in shelf bra for pre work-out post work-out on the go with kids summer living. It looks like they have some cool patterns too!

  36. I’m a dress kind of girl myself. I love not having to figure out what I should wear wíth it. A dress, you just thrown on, and you’re dressed.

    And if it comes with a built-in bra and wicking fabric, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
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  37. Super cute dresses! I love that they’re made local, too.
    I’m sad I can’t get Healthy Bites up in Canada. Her photos always make me drool, as did your descripters.
    On my list is long-sleeved running tops- they’re soft and perfect for the chill we have in the air!
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  38. I’m going yo take you up on that dress recommendation. I bought two this year that were epic fails: one A-line that was too tight around my rib cage and the other just blah. I need to try Lindsey’s bites!

  39. Those healthy bites sound really good – esp the chocolate peanut butter ones :) And I keep hearing great things about those shorts, can’t wait to try them!
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  40. I just made my first batch of healthy bites last weekend!

  41. I love those dresses! I wish I’d found them at the beginning of the summer instead of the end. Guess I’ll bookmark for next year. :-)
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  42. I loved WILD. I was really sad when it ended because I enjoyed reading it so much. I could relate to her in so many ways — her thoughts process, her history, etc. I have recommended it to many people. Are you on Good Reads by chance? I love looking at people’s book shelves and getting ideas on what to read next.
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  43. I should really start reading my comments before posting them. I hate typos!
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  44. Those bites do look good!

    Right now I’m loving the return of football season and my new coffee maker.
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  45. I am gonna have to get a pair of those shorts. I have been hearing so much about them.
    I tagged you over on my blog for an inspiring blog award cause….you are inspiring :-)
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  46. Julie Baker says:

    Amanda – I’m really interested in the running tights – are they low waisted in the fit? I am quite long waisted to begin with, so if the fit is lower already, I feel like the pants are falling off!

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