Hi Friends, Happy Monday! I hate to say it but this one is going to be a long one for me, the longest of the month. Last week was a four day week for Labor Day, then next week I’m taking Friday off for my SIL’s wedding, and the last weekend we have the Friday off. So hooray for 4 day work weeks, looking forward to that should get me through it a bit better! Today I’m popping into to share with you a couple of my recent treadmill workouts and a delicious Pumpkin Coffee Smoothie for after you’re done trying them out!
*Note I am not a personal trainer, nor do I have any related credentials or qualifications. All workouts are based on my own experience, please listen to your body and receive the advice of a physician before advancing your workout routines.
20 Minute HIIT Treadmill Workout
I did this one on Friday after I did two rounds of this workout from my Pinterest Board. I was in and out in 40 minutes, which was great because this was a before work sweat session for me.
5 Mile Treadmill Workout
This week I scaled back on my mileage and have decided to keep most of my workouts to the treadmill. I switched my inserts to a middle of the road arch support instead of high, but I still had outer hip pain around mile 3.5 on the treadmill. It wasn’t as bad as it was on my long run last week, I was able to make it to 5 miles but it still sucks. This is the EXACT same thing that happened to me last year at this time as I started to increase my mileage. I switched to Brooks Adrenalines and all was right in the world. I’m going to keep trying these shoes (Asics Doumax) for the rest of the week BUT, I might just have to make my third consecutive trip to the run store to switch shoes again. Thank you to my slight pronation which makes finding my dream running shoes EXTREMELY difficult. Still icing after every run, no matter how long or short and sticking with Hot Yoga at least one day a week.
It was a good one, I was so sweaty my headphone earbuds wouldn’t stay in. I think that might have been since I sought out a treadmill in the hottest corner of the gym too! This workout was immediately followed by a delicious smoothie!
Pumpkin Coffee Smoothie
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin or 3 frozen pumpkin ice cubes
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 scoop Vanilla Formulx Recovery Protein Powder (<—–affiliate link)
- 6 coffee ice cubes (alternatively you could use 1 tsp instant coffee and regular ice cubes)
- 1 Date
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
*Add ice if you didn’t use coffee ice cubes or frozen pumpkin ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*Note this post has been amended to include ice and dates because it makes it taste delicious!
This smoothie was overflowing until I couldn’t wait anymore to drink some of it before finishing pictures, it was THAT good! For Sugar Free September I’m trying really hard to reduce my intake of added sugar and sugar substitutes, so I didn’t add any (other than what is already in the protein powder) and I surprisingly LOVED it. However, if it isn’t sweet enough for you throw in a date, some honey, coconut sugar, stevia etc. whatever you’d like to fit your desired level of sweetness.
Now I’m dreaming of this smoothie again and I want another one! That’s it for today, have a good Monday!