Hill training and a healthy dinner recipe

Hills aren’t really my strong suite. There aren’t many of them in Houston, so you have to go out of your way to get a good hill workout in.

There’s a spot in town where the road loops four times, forming a clover leaf. It offers a decent gradual change in elevation. Each year, the run club I belong to hosts a clover leaf fun run. You can quit whenever you want, but the goal is to run a half marathon.

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Of course, there are little challenges throughout the race too. At one point you have to run to the center and frantically search through a kiddie pool filled with bouncy balls for the one that has your bib number on it. At the end you have to run to the center, grab a book, find the page that matches your bib number and tear it out. You know, like the Barkley Marathon. Because Houston’s clover leaf is pretty much the hills of Tennessee.

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On Saturday, I ran the route with a friend and the miles flew by. We felt no need to push it. 14 laps around the same route and hills no less is a tough enough workout. So we just ran and talked and before we knew it we were done. (My thighs told me it was a little more challenging than that afterward.)

The next day, called for a recovery workout. An hour on the stationary bike spent listening to this, followed by some yoga.

For dinner Sunday night, I made one of my favorite new fish dishes. It’s red snapper with a strawberry avocado salsa. The recipe says to grill the snapper, but we had some pretty rough thunderstorms on Sunday so I cooked it in the oven instead. (Heat the oven to 450. Cover a baking sheet in foil. Add a little bit of olive oil, then put down the fish fillets. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 15-20 min.) Then you just top it off with some of the salsa. Easy, healthy delicious dinner.

I devoured the fish before I could get a picture, but here’s the salsa:

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For dessert, we finished things off with raw peach cobbler. (The recipe calls for fresh peaches, but I used canned – two cans, actually – this time to make things easier.) No sugar, no flour. Just nuts, dates and fruit. Somehow it’s still just as delicious.

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One thought on “Hill training and a healthy dinner recipe

  1. I’ll have to try those recipes, they sound reallyreally good.

    Back in Houston, when Mark was training for hills, he’d run up and down a specific parking garage for miles. Hah!

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