Utica Road Runners and Almond and Oat Pancakes

by Joanne on March 28, 2011

Saturday night was the Utica Road Runners awards banquet.  What a great group of folks. So friendly and welcoming.  Although I have been a member for at least 3 or 4 years now, I’ve never attended the awards banquet.  You know how you’re never quite sure WHEN to define yourself as a “runner”?   This year I felt I could justifiably call myself a runner since I ran my first marathon.  In doing so, I also ramped up enough miles to get an official Road Runner 1000 miler jacket!


Along with the jacket, there were some other super prizes:

The Sports Authority discount coupons (they were at every place setting), a 1000 mile chevron, a Marathon Runner patch (as I understand it, you get a star for every marathon you do?…not sure about that), and I took third place in the Grand Prix races (the Grand Prix races are 10 races held locally.  You get points for every race you participate in and place).


What a fun evening!

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I was able to talk to a gentleman who will be running the Boston Marathon for his 4th or 5th time.  What a WEALTH of information!  He also scared the be Jesus out of me! But then again… what HASN’T scared me about Boston since I got in?!!!  Disappointed smile  I’d share some of the highlights but maybe on a later date.  I’m obsessing BADLY! 

When Ted and I got home, we watched the DVD “The Next Three Days"


It was ok. A bit too intense for me.  3/4 way through I had to shut my eyes and block my ears. I admit it! I’m a WOOS!

When we went to bed, my mind was going wild thinking of our big weekend in April.  I tossed and turned, finally getting to sleep sometime after 12: 30.

Up and Coming:

Next weekend might be my last race until the big event on April 18th.  That would be the Fort2Fort, 10K.  I’d like to run it really well but I also want to do one last 20 miler. Not sure when I can fit that in and still feel fresh for Fort2Fort on Saturday.

I do have a half marathon left on my calendar, Skunk Cabbage.  Ted will be at The Masters that weekend which means I have to drive out there alone and I wouldn’t race it anyway.  Too close to Boston.  It would be a training run for me so at this point, it’s up in the air.

As for this week, the schedule looks like this…

Monday a tempo run for 4. Finished with a total of 12 miles. The rest of the week, easy miles and a long run of 19 – 20.

Sat:  Fort2Fort 10K (will run at least 8 miles since I enjoy my 2 mile warm up with Shane before leaving for local races). Hope to beat last years time of 50:57.

Total Weekly Mileage Goal:  45 – 50


No wheat flour used.  Almond flour and quick cooking oats work together to make a very delicate but delicious pancake. No syrup needed if you spread a little PB right on top or fresh fruit.


The idea for these breakfast cakes came from Preventionrd’s Protein Pancake.

Makes 6 small disks.


  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour (or fine ground almonds using your food processor)
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup 0% Fat Greek Style Plain Yogurt *Lots of protein here!
  • 1/2 cup Eggbeaters (or you may prefer egg whites)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat.  When the skillet is hot, pour a small amount of batter in, about 2 TBS per cake, and let cook until you see some bubble in the batter. *Keep these pancakes small. They are so delicate, if you made them larger, they would break apart when you try flipping them. 

When you see the bubbles, flip the pancake and continue cooking until done.  About 2 – 3 minutes per side.


Most of the time, I like to eat my pancakes with nothing on them. Just grab them like a piece of toast and nibble away.

Then there are times my sweet tooth craves the taste of maple syrup.  Either way, these little cakes hit the spot.



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  • At 2011.03.28 07:06, claudia lamascolo said:

    This looks great Joanne… I give you so much credit being able to stay in shape your motivation is priceless. I started the stepper and treadmill today, out of breath in two minutes geesh! long way to go…. your an inspiration for sure.. love these cakes!

    • At 2011.03.28 07:21, Heather said:

      What a fun club! Once my leg heals, I plan on finding something similar to this!
      And pancakes make me happy………. 🙂

      • At 2011.03.28 07:58, lindsay said:

        that is a nice jacket! i love the patches. mmm pancakes. it’s a rainy, chilly morning — wish i was at home to whip those up instead of at work!

        • At 2011.03.28 14:52, Lori said:

          Congrats on the jacket! Don’t freak out about Boston. You are going there for a reason – because you deserve to be there. I hope you get all the enjoyment you can out of it!

          • At 2011.03.29 22:03, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

            That’s such a cool snazzy jacket. Woohoo for 1000 mile club! And um, in case you didn’t notice, you’re a runner. A real runner. An ohmygosh Boston marathoner runner. And you’re going to do great. Heck, you’ll be awesome in my book just for crossing the start line.

            • At 2011.04.02 00:14, The Green Girl said:

              I love the jacket!

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