Sunday Catch up: Run in the Sun

The sun was still shining early this morning on my 5 mile run:


It was great to get out there at the crack of dawn, not only to avoid the burning rays but it was actually really peaceful as there was no traffic on the roads. I am loving my running at the moment even though I am.

I refueled with this awesome smoothie made from fresh pineapple, strawberries, a banana, romaine lettuce, ice, mango and peach coconut water.  It was topped with salted almonds (current addiction!), coconut and raisins!  Oh, this was good and super sweet!


I am still a little bit smoothie mad this weekend too as I have been all week!


Since I was working late on Friday and didn’t get home til 8.30pm I was still feeling a little bit peckish so I made a simple Chocolate and Almond Smoothie.  It included a banana, vegan chocolate protein powder, almond extract, ice, water, xanthan gum.  This was really thick and creamy and really hit the spot.  I topped it with some Sharpham Park Spelt Bran Flakes that I have been sent to review and some fresh blueberries…yum!

*Of course adding more toppings half way through was obligatory*


For breakfast on Saturday morning I was craving oats so I woke up especially early to get some overnight oats in the fridge made from oats and chia seeds soaked in water and hazelnut milk until they swell. Then I added some honey, blueberries and raspberries and had some iced green tea with lemon too.


Lunch yesterday I made a big ass salad with a yummy tahini dressing.  The salad included mixed salad leaves, cucumber, red peppers, tomatoes, my roasted strawberry balsamic vinegar chick peas.  I adore tahini in a dressing and this one didn’t disappoint with a mix of light tahini, apple cider vinegar, garlic and mixed herbs and a pinch of chilli.

I find it hard sometimes to watch other people outside through the office window enjoying the sunshine when I am stuck at work.  So yesterday I decided to bring the sunshine indoors with a snack of pineapple and blueberries.


Pineapple always makes me feel super summery! Smile

When I got home I had some of the leftovers from the speedy vegetarian chilli that I made the other day with a huge socca wrap, which was bigger than my head and some roasted asparagus.


Whilst the asparagus was roasting in the oven I also threw in a butternut squash to roast too.  I used a huge chunk of the squash once it had cooled down to make some Sweet and Salty Butternut Squash Soft Serve.  This was so delicious that I had to share the recipe:

  • 1/2 a cup of roasted butternut squash

  • 2 tbsps of honey

  • a pinch of salt

  • ice

  • 1.5 tsps of xanthan gum


This was the perfect desert on such a warm evening!

This  week my workouts have been pretty much the same as normal:

Monday:  Strength workout A with 20 minutes of HIITS on the bike and the cross trainer

Tuesday: 45 minutes of interval training on the treadmill, bike and cross trainer (20 minutes treadmill 10 minutes each on bike and cross trainer) plus an ab and core workout

Wednesday: REST

Thursday:  20 minutes on the cross trainer and bike plus 1 hour of Body Pump

Friday: Strength workout B with 20 minutes of HIITS on the bike and the cross trainer

Saturday: REST

Sunday:  5.1 mile run

It was so great to get back to my Body Pump class after 2 weeks away just due to the fact that I have had other things going on when the class is on and couldn’t make it.  I kept to my previous weight level and boy did I feel it!  It was such as sweat fest of a class too because of the heat.  I have always wanted to try Bikram yoga or Hot yoga but I think Hot Body Pump classes may catch on this summer, what do you think? Winking smile

A few of you have been asking what app I use to load my pictures onto my Twitter page.  I am addicted to Instagram at the moment and have been using that to upload my pics. If you are on the Instagram bandwagon you can follow my feed under celerycupcakes.

What have you been up to this weekend?

What has been you’re your favourite eats from the weekend?

How have you been enjoying the sun?


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16 responses to “Sunday Catch up: Run in the Sun

  1. Anna

    Gosh, isn’t your shopping bill expensive with all the fresh fruit and ‘exotic’ ingredients you use? Sounds delicious though x

  2. runningcupcake

    This weather has just been fantastic πŸ™‚ My fave thing this weekend was some iced mint tea- so refreshing and cooling.

  3. That dawn picture’s stunning; you can tell just how hot the day’s going to be!
    Those smoothies look so refreshing too and I love the obligatory adding of more toppings πŸ™‚
    The pineapple in that picture looks so sweet and tempting; I want some!

  4. Those overnight oats look so good! I need to get back into the habit of making them.
    Runs in the sun are so nice although definitely need to be done early – I did the Bupa 10,000 today and by 10am the sun was so hot, really good fun though!
    Let’s hope the weather is here to stay!

  5. I find that running first thing in the morning is the most peaceful too since there are no cars and the humidity is close to 0 πŸ™‚

  6. i love making pancakes and then cut it into four(quarter shape)like yours~!!!

  7. Your butternut softserve sounds delicious!

  8. Sounds like you’ve had a brilliant week of workouts, when I’m back home this summer I will have to start recording my workouts for the blog again! Your food all looks absolutely delicious, especially the smoothies πŸ™‚ This weekend I had an exam on Saturday (boo!) but I got to come home on Sunday so I’m happy πŸ™‚ Best thing I’ve eaten lately was definitely vanilla ice cream with strawberries!

All of your comments make me smile :-)

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