This weekend was opening day for my running group. Our first meeting of the season and our first run together in my favorite place – Central Park. I have such a long history of going to Central Park and whenever I return after an absence, it feels as if I’ve come home. I wandered those rocks, tunnels and paths as a child and teenager. I spent countless days discussing life on those rocks, as we sunned ourselves and laughed the day away. When I was 13, my friends Stacey, Michele and I used to ride the train from school to the park and hang out. We spent so many days just wandering around and I remember how grown up I felt to be there. We spent a lot of time at the zoo and just enjoying being in the city. There’s really not a better park in New York City that I know of and none that holds so many of my memories. Forty years later, as I run past those rocks, I find myself glancing up hoping to catch a glimpse of my younger self as we were back then. Oh, if only for a day…
This weekend, my running group met at the YMCA on 63rd Street and proceeded to walk over to the park together. We did our loop of the park and then returned to the YMCA for a breakfast meeting with Olympian, Jeff Galloway. This run was my first run since that fateful injury in late October, just two short weeks before the NYC marathon. I must admit I was slightly nervous, but knew I had worked hard on my functional strength over the long winter. I’m not at my running weight yet, but my legs are strong and ready to begin again. Thankfully, the first run is just one quick loop around the park. Anyone who actually enjoys running knows what I mean when I say how good it felt to be able to run again. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and I had my friend Helen by my side. My husband and dog were hanging out in the park, waiting for me at the finish. Life doesn’t get any better than that.
This is the group entering the park at Columbus Circle. You can’t see me, but I see Helen’s blue shirt. We are in the middle front, behind the woman in the pink jacket.
Today, I am happy to say my glutes felt like they were used on the run. I woke with slight muscle soreness and was so excited that it wasn’t in my quads, or feet, where it normally lands. The training is working and I will continue to strengthen my core and glutes. This morning, I went for a 90 minute yoga class which ended up being a beautiful mix of flow and stretch, ending in a wonderful restorative resting pose. It was exactly what my body and mind needed. When I got home, my husband showed me a beautiful Turkey London Broil he had purchased. I’ll admit I wasn’t as excited as he was, but quickly set out to prepare for our Sunday meal.
As I stared at the beautiful turkey meat, I dreamed of making a rolled and stuffed turkey meal. Oh how great would mushroom bread stuffing be on this cloudy day. I also thought about making a lovely mushroom pan gravy to eat over the meat. Then, I remembered that I’ve got a goal ahead of me and my husband really wanted it grilled. I mixed up a quick marinade and put the turkey in to sit for about 3-4 hours, turning once midway through. I then spent the day relaxing, what a difference from the endless meal prepping I used to do on Sunday’s. I love cooking, but not cooking all my meals for the week opens up the day to do anything I wish. Plant based meals are generally super easy to prepare and can be cooked in 30 minutes. This allows me time to make a quick, fresh and delicious meal when I get home from work.
Ironically, my husband has lost a ton of weight eating what I’m eating. He didn’t even need to lose any weight, as he was already at a very healthy weight. Isn’t it the way? Of course he would lose more weight than me and fast too. He’s so excited about it too and keeps telling me how good he feels. Me, I’ve lost 10 pounds so far and have more to go to get back to a comfortable running weight. The next phase of my online course will reintroduce foods that were eliminated to see how my body responds to them. This will be done slowly, over the course of the next 3 weeks. I’m truly not craving anything and eating intuitively has allowed me to eat what I need. I haven’t been stress eating and mostly eat my meals and no snacks. It’s been a great learning experience and I’ve decided to continue with the plant based meals, as I feel they are fueling me better and I just plain feel better. I’m going to cycle through the online course again as it was a lot to process the first time through.
Turkey London Broil & Chopped Salad
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp ginger
- 1 Tbsp organic raw honey
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Whisk together to combine.
- Place Turkey London Broil into the marinade and turn over to coat both sides.
- Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours, turning once.
Turkey Cooking Directions:
- Take turkey out of marinade and discard the marinade.
- Salt turkey on both sides lightly
- Place on hot grill and cook about 8 minutes on each side. (I use a T-fal grill so no need to turn. This grill has a sensor and tells you when the food is ready. It comes completely apart when cooled and goes right in the dishwasher. I’ve had it for years now and it was the best investment ever!)
- Let turkey rest for about 5 minutes before carving.
- Slice to desired thickness.
Leftovers can be used in salads or sandwiches all week. It was a delicious, light meal which we plated with a hearty chopped kale, broccoli slaw salad.
This is the grill I use. Click on the picture to see further information.