This weekend, over 50,000 people will run through all five New York City boroughs in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Two other guys heading to the Staten Island starting line on Sunday are pro chefs Daniel Humm, chef at Eleven Madison Park in New York City, and Marcus Samuelsson, winner of season 2 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and frequent judge for Chopped on the Food Network.
“We’ve had a team from NoMad and Eleven Madison Park running weekly together in Central Park, and a handful of us are also running the marathon, so it’s been an amazing way to bond as a team,” says Humm. For Samuelsson, it’s more personal: “I always feel better after running. It is a great way to let my mind wander and to get back on track,” he says.
Of course, food factors heavily into the training (and post-training!) plans of both chefs. “One of my go-to meals is a simple toast of avocado with sunny-side up eggs. It’s easy to make and provides the type of recovery energy I usually need after a run,” says Humm. After the marathon this weekend, however, he’ll be stepping things up a notch—deservedly! “We’re planning to have a big dinner at NoMad after the marathon with pastas, breads, protein, and—it being truffle season—we will probably reward ourselves a bit too with a good amount of white truffles,” he says.
Samuelsson says his travel schedule has made it challenging, but he tries to get in fruits and veggies. Of course, “a beer with a good burger gives me protein that allows me to keep my energy up.” Post-race, he plans to relax and eat Ethiopian food, “or something really delicious.”
Whether you’re running the TCS New York City marathon or just working up a good sweat at the gym, steal these gourmet post-workout meals from Samuelsson and Humm.
Tune in to all the excitement on ESPN2 Sunday at 9:00 a.m. or catch it via WatchESPN.
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