Puffin Picks February 2019

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My training for the American River 50 miler is really kicking into gear, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that half of my picks are post-run picks.

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Puffin Picks February 2019

Milk Cooling Water Stick

I’m one of those runners who tends to get all red-faced after I run. After really long runs, my face will feel overheated for the rest of the day (often while my body feels chilled – long runs always get my body temperature all out of whack).

Milk Cooling Water is, as they describe it, “A cooling, de-puffing gel stick packed with stimulating caffeine and soothing seawater for energized skin.”

It really does have a cooling effect, which feels both odd and amazing after a long run.

An added bonus is that it comes in a super-easy to apply stick. So easy to throw in my post-run bag and I can apply it without getting my hands all goopy.

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Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk is often called the perfect recovery drink – it has just the right combo of carbs and protein. Even knowing that, I don’t usually drink chocolate milk. There’s no real reason, it just isn’t something I usually have in the fridge.

I’m currently a coach and pacer for my running club’s marathon training group. One huge upside of this group – snacks at the finish of our group runs, including chocolate milk! (For me, it always comes back to the snacks).

Last week, there was an excess of chocolate milk, so I was able to take home an extra gallon. It’s the tightrope walk of being one of the last pace groups, both in training and on race day – either they’ve run out of stuff (and we get nothing) or there is excess (and we can take home the spoils).

As a result of the chocolate milk bounty, I’ve been drinking it all week.

So good! Extra yummy when I put the chocolate milk in my slushy maker. While a chocolate milk slushy (basically, a chocolate malt) isn’t usually a winter drink, after a longer run, it tastes darn good (even in February).

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Atomic Habits by James Clear

I do love me a good self-help book.

In many ways, this book is very similar to Darren Hardy’s Compound Effect– the idea being that to make huge changes in your life, you need to change very small things in very small ways – your goal should be to get 1% better every day.

Many of the ideas in this book are ideas I’ve written about – that it’s not about the final goal, it’s about the plan you make to get there, getting back on track after you’ve lost your way, paying attention to trends and patterns, the need to overcome lack of motivation or willpower.

Atomic Habits has lots of good and usable advice on how to make good habits stick, how to break bad habits, and how to optimize your environment to make sticking with good habits easier.

I kept writing down quotes, one of my favorites is a much more concise way of saying something I’ve said before to beginning runners: “Master the art of showing up. A habit must be established before it can be improved upon.”

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I have used Skillshare to learn the technical skills needed for this blog (Jordy’s class on Premiere Pro was key in my ability to start a YouTube channel). I’ve taken business and marketing classes and classes on SEO and other internet stuff.

But I’ve also been on a kick lately about improving my handwriting and doing more drawing, for no reason other than my own amusement and creative development.

Skillshare has a great variety of classes on a great variety of topics. You can get 2 months free.

There is so much you can learn in two months on Skillshare.


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