Happy Wednesday and National Running Day!
I started National Running Day with a great 7 mile tempo run in Central Park. 🙂
To rewind though, going back to work yesterday after a great long weekend was rough. What made it rougher still was the obnoxious humidity and buckets of sweat I managed to produce during an easy 6 miler on Tuesday morning. I actually practiced what I preached and took it slow 🙂 A lot of coffee was certainly necessary to ring in the day.
Sometimes (ok, a lot of times) I wish Starbucks would create a size larger than a Venti (Trenta?) for drip coffee. A girl can dream.
Breakfast was my usual cereal combo, and lunch was a salad with arugula, bell peppers, cucumber, radishes, sweet potato, broccoli and a hardboiled egg.
Hardboiled eggs are a great addition to a salad like this, or even as a snack on their own. A lot of people I talk to shy away from eating eggs because they contain cholesterol (all foods that come from animals have some cholesterol!), and many choose to eat just the whites to avoid the fat found in the yolks. Well, I’m here to give you my not-yet-expert opinion that eggs, in their entirety, are an excellent food! One large egg packs about 6 grams of high quality protein and important nutrients like folate, iron, zinc and choline (to name a few) for only 70 calories. Most of these nutrients are found in the yolk, so think twice before ordering or making your next omelet! Yes, eggs have a decent amount of cholesterol (200 mg/egg) and some fat (5g, 1.5g saturated/egg), but eating them a few times per week can provide you with a lot of nutritional benefits. So I say go for it and enjoy an egg or two this week, prepared your favorite way!
The day ended (somewhat) early so my work colleagues and I could enjoy a dinner out to celebrate our awesomeness. We dined at Novita, a little Italian spot located in Gramercy. Here’s what went down.
I was in the mood for seafood, and special with snapper, calamari, scallops, shrimp and mussels sounded perfect.
The dish was served in a light tomato-y broth, which was perfect. I much prefer lighter sauces like these rather than cream-based ones, which can add a significant amount of calories and fat to a meal. I ate pretty much every bite – it was delicious!
Dessert was definitely on the agenda – we were celebrating, after all! After indecisively perusing the diverse dessert menu, my fabulous boss Aimee and I 🙂 decided to split the mille foglie. This was described as “20 crepes layered with a light, creamy custard.” We were intrigued.
The dessert did not disappoint – it had just the right amount of sweetness and wasn’t too rich. Even the strawberries were fresh and tasty.
A great time was definitely had by all (right, guys??). Thankfully, the PR Gods picked up the tab on this one 🙂
If you’re a runner and live in NYC, don’t forget to register for the NYC Half Marathon lottery today! The race isn’t until next March (not sure why it’s so early), but this is a GREAT race and definitely one of my favorites.
Good days to all and happy National Running Day!!
Question: Will you run today to celebrate National Running Day?
Question: How do you like your eggs?