Puffin Picks 7.27

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Based on weather reports, it sounds like everyone else is suffering from insane summer temps, but here in the Bay Area, it has been beautiful! Don’t worry, our roles will be reversed at the end of September and early October when the worst of our heat waves hit – our highest temps always arrive just as I’m in the midst of tapering for early October marathons.

Even with our great weather, I’ve been thinking a lot about hydration recently – 2 of my picks this week are all about the water!

Read prior Puffin Picks posts.

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Hidrate Spark

Hidrate Spark
My Hidrate. Ive named him HAL

In my last post, I included the Hidrate Spark in the ‘yet to be tested, but intrigued by’ category.

I can now categorically confirm that the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle is amazing. The Hidrate is a smart water bottle that automatically tracks your water intake and modifies your hydration goal based on your activity and location.

I have consumed more water in the last 2 weeks than I likely have in the last two months combined. I’ve reached my hydration goals every day since I started using it.

The bottle also lights up to remind you to drink, although I find the light show isn’t necessary. Just knowing I’m being tracked has resulted in my drinking more.

Get your own. Use code SARAK10 for 10% your purchase (code good through 7/31).

Read my full review of the Hidrate Spark:

The Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle Tracks your water intake and flashes as a reminder to drink


Ultimate Direction Groove Amp

While I’m thinking hydration…

I HATE being thirsty on a run.

On longer runs (for me, anything over 10ish miles), I use my Ultraspire Alpha hydration pack. I love this pack, but it’s a bit excessive to carry on shorter runs. I used to have a waist pack that held little bottles, but the elastic on it finally gave out. After years of loyal service, I had to retire it.

As a replacement, I got an Ulitmate Direction Groove Amp System Water Bottle.

It’s a handheld squishy bottle (they are all the rage lately), that comes with a hand strap/holder system.

The bottle holder means that I don’t have to actively hold on to the bottle for the entire run (my frequent complaint of handheld water bottles). While I wouldn’t want to carry a handheld bottle for an entire long run, this bottle has been great for middle distance runs.

The holder also has a few little pouches to hold GU or a trail map.

My middle distance hydration issues have been solved!

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Pure Beech Sheets

Sleep is key to being a good runner. And good sheets are key to good sleep.

I’ve given Pure Beech Sheets a shout out before, but they continue to amaze me so I’ll give them another shout out. They are the softest things ever (regular readers know I love anything that is soft and/or fuzzy).

When I use them in the winter, they feel super warm and cozy.

When I use them in summer, they feel cool

How? I have no idea, but I love it.

I have extra sets in many colors, I get a new set every time Bed, Bath and Beyond clearances out last season’s colors.

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The Night Manager

You didn’t think I’d get through a post without a TV pick, did you?

Like Hannibal, The Night Manager was a show that I watched when it was originally on, but that didn’t really connect with me the first time around (it was on AMC originally). I was reminded of it recently and tracked it down on Amazon Prime.

Giving it a second watch, I loved it.

Tom Hiddleston is an oh so British hotel night manager and Hugh Laurie is an everybody-knows-it-but-no-one-says-it arms dealer.

The Night Manager is based on a John Le Carre novel. If you know of Le Carre, you know the story from there will involve spies, sources, moles, crossing and double-crossing.

I can never 100% follow Le Carre plotlines (I still have no idea who did what to who in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), but that didn’t really impact my ability to enjoy this show. Even if you don’t follow every thread, it is a well-acted and beautifully shot (anyone want to join me for a trip to Mallorca?)

The Night Manager is streaming on Amazon Prime

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