Some of the great things about visiting fam in my hometown of suburban Buffalo:
- Food – because sister and I only visit a few times per year, we are often provided with a plethora of baked goods and home cooked meals
- Quiet – I slept for 8.5 hours last night and wasn’t woken up by a). sirens b). car horns c). intoxicated bar crawlers d). garbage trucks or e). Second effing avenue subway construction
- Hanging out with old friends and fam – obviously!
- Time – the lack of things to do allows for reading, relaxing, and blogging!
I arrived in Buffalo yesterday afternoon after having my usual semi-nervous breakdown on the measly 1 hour flight from NYC. I am the worst flyer. Ever.
Fueling up after my 15.5 mile long run in the morning was essential as I waited to board the flight – enter an AB & J sandwich on sprouted whole grain bread.
I also had an unpictured Fage 0% and some organic red grapes.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to worry much about refueling upon arrival in the B-lo – my dad had a delicious dinner planned of steak and fried potatoes (his specialty).
Dad tends to grill steak to a somewhat charred state.
His “secret” ingredient:
(ehm, ignore the statement on the coozie…)
My sister and I made a quick salad in order to force convince dad to eat some veggies.
My plate – steak, potatoes with a little ketchup, and some steamed veg – delicious!
I usually eat red meat only a few times per year – it’s definitely one of the less healthy animal proteins, but this went down well and I think the extra protein and iron were necessary.
Female athletes often don’t get enough iron, which can greatly affect performance. Other foods that are rich in iron include:
- Dark leafy greens
- Turkey or chicken
- Beans, lentils and chick peas
- Egg yolks
- Dried raisins or prunes
- Iron-enriched cereals
Did you know?
Vitamin C helps your body absorb more iron, so try to consume both at the same time! Try a red bell pepper with steak or spinach, or orange juice with eggs or iron-enriched cereal.
This meal was definitely great fuel for an easy 5 miler along the Niagara River the next morning – it was a cool 60 degrees at 7:00 a.m. Amazing! My IT band was feelin’ a little cranky, and some icing and stretching is definitely in order.
Trying to relive my gymnastics days the night before probably didn’t help muscle soreness much…
But I still got it! Well, some of it. 🙂
I’m hoping to take advantage of a nearby track for some (gasp) speedwork before I head back to NYC on Monday.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Question: How often do you eat red meat? Do think you get enough iron?