Happy Friday! Each week, Friday Thrive rounds up my favorite things from the week, from podcasts and reads to food. Here’s this week’s favorites!
Lindsey Hein’s I’ll Have Another is one of my favorite podcasts. Lindsey is a personable, engaging interviewer and her guests are fascinating – especially her recent guest, Molly Huddle. Lindsey interviewed Molly right after Molly broke the American record in the half marathon. This episode is inspiring and provides an interesting peek into the life of one of America’s best long-distance runners. You can find the episode here or on iTunes.
To achieve my goal of eating more protein, especially after workouts, I bought some of my favorite protein powder (Bob’s Red Mill chocolate pea protein). Milk does not always agree with my stomach and frankly, I don’t like the taste or texture. I don’t like the lackluster nutrition of almond milk or the environmental cost, and I avoid soy milk, so I decided to try Ripple plant protein milk. Ripple is made from peas and contains 8 grams of protein, 45% of daily calcium, and 15% of daily iron – and peas are a sustainable crop.
This milk is really, really good! I tried the unsweetened original flavor and like it a lot – the texture is somewhere between almond milk and cow’s milk and the flavor is mild. It blends especially well with the protein powder.
The Olympics, of course! (Part of me feels like I was just watching the 2016 Summer Olympics. Where did time go?) I am most excited to watch cross-country skiing and downhill skiing. When we went shopping for ski boots a few weeks ago, the shops had TVs playing winter sports and the speed of the cross-country skiers mesmerized me.
Adapted from Hutchinson’s newly-released book, this essay explores how mental tricks can improve athletic performance, particularly in endurance sports. Hutchinson posits that “The mind can deliver incremental gains, not quantum leaps.” For many of us, a mindset will not transform us into Olympians; but the right frame of mind can make the difference between missing your goal and surpassing your expectations on race day.
The February StrideBox contained several exciting samples, including a new flavor of Hammer gel and a bag of the new Picky Oats from Picky Bars. I’m super excited to try the Picky Oats – these look perfect for backpacking trips or travel. I tried the energy gummies, which were a tasty and easy-to-eat snack before a run.
Which Olympic sports are you excited to watch?
Do you drink protein shakes? What products do you use?