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WIAW: Pancake Day!

 

One of the best days of my year, every year…PANCAKE DAY!! I learned from Ellen on Twitter yesterday that in America you call today “Fat Tuesday” instead, and that sounds pretty darn good to me too;)

I don’t do anything by halves, and Pancake Day is no exception. That means pancakes at every meal….oh yes!

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Raspberry-almond pancakes for breakfast with banana and maple syrup

 

I love raspberries. I love almonds. I love pancakes. Clearly I had a stroke of genius when I decided to put those three things together;)

Raspberry-Almond Pancakes

Ingredients (4/5 pancakes, serves 1)

  • 1/3 cup flour (I use WW spelt)
  • 2T oats
  • 3/4t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 packet stevia/1T sugar
  • 2T chopped flaked almonds (optional)
  • 1T non-dairy spread, melted (or oil)
  • 3/4 t almond extract
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

 

Instructions

1. Mix together flour, oats, baking powder, salt, sweetener, and almonds (if using).

2. Add the milk and extract and stir until combined.

3. Partially defrost the raspberries (I blasted in the microwave for ~30 secs), then fold gently into the pancake batter until just combined.

4. Make your pancakes over a medium-low heat, and enjoy!

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P.S. You should totally do what I did and warm some almond butter and mix it with maple syrup and then drizzle away. Best pancake topper ever!!

 

Lunch involved banana pancakes with a generous drizzle of maple syrup…

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And an pictured salad on the side to get in my veggies!

 

I had a proper dinner after training of brown rice, lentils and veggies…

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…but followed it with four crepe-style pancakes with lemon+sugar:) I am the worst at flipping, so I’ll just pretend that my pancakes turned out looking like these:

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They tasted AMAZING and it was a good thing that Pancake Day fell on a day when I have a session, because I am always super-hungry after speedwork! It meant I could fit more pancakes in my belly than usual haha!

 

After a week off, I finally got to run again yesterday! I thank God for every step He grants me, and being able to run today truly made me so grateful for that gift!

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Looks like this flu virus is hitting us runners hard though, because this was Liz Yelling (GB Olympic marathon runner)’s Facebook status yesterday:

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Yup, rest and sofa time is where it’s at Liz! She knows we’re twins ;)

 

Yesterday’s session was a short and easy one: 4 miles, with 4x300s (~51 secs each) and 500m recovery jog between each. Because yesterday’s workout was so short and felt great, I did my last workout before the race today:

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It took some mental strength to not give up in that HOT gym! It was like a sauna in there!! I miss the treadmills at the nice gym I went to last week that each had their own built in air-con to fan you whilst you ran. That was perfect! This running mag got me through because it had ‘mind over matter’ written on the cover, and when things got tough I just looked at that and it helped:)

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There’s nothing like thinking of your planned post-run coffee date to make you run faster! I met up with a few friends after my workout and we stayed there chatting away until we were chucked out at closing time.

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My major achievement of the week has been that I have done core work every day since Sunday! Don’t laugh, I know it’s only been three days, but I have joined the #plankaday thing on Twitter, so I’m being held accountable now! I am always told off by my physio for not doing enough core work, so I’m going to make her proud of me, and I know that it will help me stay injury-free, so it’s definitely worth it! And with that, I’m off to get my core on before bed!

 

Did you celebrate Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday? Clearly I did;) I am so happy that Lent has started…I love it!

 

Do you like treadmill running? Not really. I can stick it out now and again, and it did help with my injury comeback, but give me outdoors any day!

 

Do you do regular core work? What is your favourite core move? I do core work every day now, but it used to be about once a year;)  I love doing pikes on a stability ball!

 

Have a great day! <3

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25 Responses to WIAW: Pancake Day!

  1. Pancake day sounds fabulous! As does having pancakes for two meals out of the day! Heaven!!!
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  2. I didn’t even know it was Pancake Day yesterday but I had pancakes twice, lol. That’s kind of typical for me though :)
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  3. YAY CORE WORK AND PANCAKES!! I’m actually doing core work right now. I do 1 minute of an exercise, comment on a blog, and then repeat. It keeps me motivated, ahaha. I actually celebrated pancake day with a big cinnamon pancake for breakfast. I celebrated fat tuesday with the carrot cake that I tweeted about :)
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  4. I’m a runner who is ill at present too!

  5. Haha, I love that you had pancakes for every meal :D
    We celebrated as a family on Sunday since everyone was free then, and then on Tuesday I celebrated again by having them for dinner… I made choc walnut pancakes and they were deliicous!
    Air con on the individual treadmills sounds awesome… I wish!
    My gym has air con but doesn’t turn it on during the winter, so I know what you mean… of course also it is summer here right now, so I DEFINITELY what you mean….
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  6. Your pancakes look amazing! Especially the breakfast ones. What a great combo! I don’t do Core everyday because I like to let my muscles have a day off in between, but I keep a pretty steady every-other-day routine. But it’s all about what works for you and your body. Keep it up!
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  7. all of your pancakes look delicious!!!!

    i did a ladder workout the other day for my track team but instead of minutes we did it with distances (started at 600m). and i’m really bad at doing core work so that’s why i made it one of my goals for this season to do some every day. so yay to you for three days in a row!! :)

    i actually can’t stand the treadmill unless i’m doing HIIT workouts that are short. once i get past running more than 2-3 miles on the treadmill i’m done for – i just can’t deal with the boredom!
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  8. I. HATE. TREADMILL RUNNING. I think it’s because the first time I ever went to a gym EVER… I fell off of one! And now they seem to hold a grudge against me! I was actually going to go to the gym today for the sole purpose of conquering my fear of treadmills, but it was such a beautiful day that I just had to run outside instead! I’ll fight the battle of Saranna vs. the treadmill another day. :)

    And those raspberry-almond pancakes look amazing! I might just have to make those this Sunday!
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  9. Raspberry Almond Pancakes?! Yum! Making them for breakfast tomorrow.

    I agree on the treadmill thing. My excuse is that I literally cannot run outside without hitting major hills, and running those 5 days a week often makes me too sore and doesn’t mesh well with speed work, so about once a week I’ll go with my dad to the gym and do a track-style workout on the flat treadmill. But the outdoors really are the best.

    I’m trying to do core work too! There’s a plankaday thing on twitter? i had no idea, but I’ve been trying to do a 1 minute plank and 10 pushups every day if I don’t do any other sort of strengthening. It sounds lame but that used to be pretty hard for me! Now I’m increasing those numbers. I really don’t know many interesting, new core exercises so please let me know your favorites!

  10. You took the cake with Pancake Day…literally! The raspberry almond pancakes sound divine! I unintentionally celebrated Pancake Day! I forgot about it but had already packed a socca wrap for lunch with smoked salmon….wrap, pancake- same ol’!
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  11. Fat Tuesday comes from the French- Mardi Gras (Mardi = Tuesday, Gras = fat), so the same as us calling it Shrove Tuesday really. The idea is to use up all the rich foods (hence the “fat” part)- like eggs and milk, because they would not be eaten during Lent. Shrove apparently comes from the word Shrive which means to confess- because of it being the last day before lent.
    Nice work on the core work- that is something I am sure most runners neglect! :)
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  12. All the pancake love… raspberries and almonds go so well together. I’m doing more strength training now, with core work I guess. :)
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  13. hello pancake queen! wow, how r u able to make such huge and fluffy pancakes with comparatively so little flour? they look amazing!
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  14. Is Pancake day the same as Shrove Tuesday? I think that’s what we have in Australia.

    Arrgh I must start core work!! I know how good it is for you but I never do it.

    I hate the treadmill. I try… but I just get bored to easily.
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  15. Those raspberry-almond pancakes look TO DIE FOR. Oh my goodness I want to try them so badly. Thanks for the recipe! I think it’s so great that you had so many pancakes on Fat Tuesday :) And congrats on your workout! You can bring that one to line at nationals!
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  16. I love pancake day! I actually had pancakes on Sun, Mon and Tues, so it was really pancake week for me :P I really hate running on the treadmill, sometimes I’ll do speedwork on it, but I always get terrified that I’m going to trip or faceplant on it. I find it much easier, and much more comfortable to run outside! I do one specific core session a week, and I also tag on some core work to my two strength training sessions, I think prone jacknifes on the swiss ball are my favourite!
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  17. Peter Rabbit plates are where it’s at.

  18. I read this on my phone and your day is right where it’s at. I really need to learn how to make more crepe style pancakes. They are so good! Anyways-excellent celebrations, all look delish!
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  19. SOO much pancake fun!!! I love it! :-) I didn’t get pancakes on tuesday, but when I have time to cook I am definitley going to make up for it. I should try the raspberry almond ones – I love berry pancakes but I also like them to have crunchy things in them, so those would be perfect! And yay for core work! But I do have to say, you shouldn’t be doing it every single day. Just like any other muscle group, your abs need recovery in between! Also, too much core work can tighten and shorten your psoas muscle which, because it attatches to the hip, lower back, and inner thigh, can cause some wacko problems when tight – it actually turned out to be the culprit behind my most recent hip flexor issues, and it was due to doing a core workout every day! so, regular core workouts are good, but defs be careful with it!

  20. your eats look delicious! the banana pancakes really had my stomach rumbling… I hate treadmills and will never like them. The stupid screen telling me how for and how long I have gone just bothers me the whole time… I always run better when I have something to look forward to!
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  21. I saw your pic on instagram when you got to go running again! you were glowing!!! :) I’m glad!
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  22. YAY! Congratulations on being able to run again. I’m sure that felt amazing.

    I love that you went all out with your pancake celebration. Unfortunately, I was on set filming alllll day on Tuesday and there were no pancakes to be found. ): I’ll just have to make up for that this weekend! And I have a strong feeling that your raspberry, almond pancakes will be involved. They sound amazing!
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  23. I’m in the “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras” camp. In fact, I had no idea Pancake Day was even a thing. I learned something new! Thank you. :)
    Beth (i run like a girl) recently posted..Weekend interweb roundup

  24. I didn’t do Fat Tuesday, no part of me needs an excuse to eat more ;) I got pounds to shed not gain ha!

    I despise the treadmill unless there’s a huge fan blowing on me and I can watch whatever I want. So happy my new Kindle Fire is almost here so I can watch netflix on the brutal TM runs.

    I’m on an abstreak right now until summer (or longer) wanna look presentable this summer ;)
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  25. What a coincidence I just did 300s yesterday! We did 5, and I did mine in about 55 seconds (well I was sore.) Those lemon crepes look amazing. That stinks that the gym was hot! Isn’t the point of a gym to be nice and cool?
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