Pancake Party

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Good morning!  This morning I hosted a super fun PANCAKE PARTY with Meghann and Megan.


Meghann was at my place at 5:45 AM.  I wolfed down a piece of toast and PB with coffee as we gossiped and caught up on each other’s lives.


Then, we drove to meet Megan for a fun group run!


These speedy ladies really PUSHED me this morning.    As you know, I haven’t run more than a 5K since my 15-mile trail race in April, but I’m determined to get my mileage back.   Meghann and Megan motivated me to run 4.0 miles, a little more than my training plan called for — but it was great!


They were so sweet.  They kept asking me if I wanted to slow down or walk.  But I said, "No! I’m never going to get fast again if I take it too easy!"  So I buckled down and tried to keep up.  I did ask to walk once, but other than that it was straight running.  The last mile was really challenging!  I survived. 🙂


  • Duration:  39 minutes
  • Distance: 4.0 miles
  • Calories Burned: 320 (estimate)


We came home and I began to prepare our breakfast.  I was one sweaty cook! :)  Sexy:


I made a huge batch of whole wheat pancakes and put a bunch of fruit + yogurt on the table, too.


Here’s my brekkie:


Yay for friends! 



I’m off to work!  I have to work a half day at my full-time job, some hours at my part-time job, and then I have a physical therapy appointment.  Good times. 🙂


Operation Beautiful


The Friday notes for Operation Beautiful are available!  Check them out here.


Lara at Runs and Rests is posting Operation Beautiful notes all over JAPAN!  Can you believe it?


By the way, Operation Beautiful has been profiled by some cool magazines/online newspapers recently.  Check out these articles:



And GUESS WHAT?  Operation Beautiful is going to be in the Orlando Sentential newspaper this weekend!  The mission is spreading and I am so excited!



  • Sam June 26, 2009, 5:23 am

    I wish I could convince my friends to get up at 5.45 to come running with me! The pancakes look fab. Thanks for responding to my previous comment by the way, I can't wait to check out the supersized American supermarkets!

  • Meganerd June 26, 2009, 5:29 am

    baaaah that pic of me is sups awful lol!!

    It was totally YOUR idea to run 4.0 miles 😀 Awesome run this morning!

  • recipesforcreativity June 26, 2009, 5:34 am

    Yay, early morning run and pancakes with friends!

  • Anna June 26, 2009, 5:55 am

    Caitlin, the media attention you're getting is amazing! I think you're really onto something here. I'll be posting my own OB notes sometime soon, I'm just trying to think of a creative place.

  • runrunjessicarun June 26, 2009, 5:56 am

    aww you girls are too cute!

    I don't think any of my friends wake up that early…

  • brandi June 26, 2009, 6:02 am

    what a fun morning! and great job on the run 🙂

    that is awesome about Operation Beautiful!

  • sweetandfit June 26, 2009, 6:02 am

    congrats on all the success with operation beautiful!

  • Peanut Butter Swirl June 26, 2009, 6:06 am

    wow great early morning workout!!
    delicious pancakes!

  • leslie June 26, 2009, 6:10 am

    great job on the run, and congrats on all the operation beautiful success! you must be so proud. 🙂

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn June 26, 2009, 6:10 am

    Congratulations on the success of Operation Beautiful! I hope you feel like a million bucks 🙂

    So fun that you girls all got together this morning.

    I have a question about the pancakes: do they keep you satisfied for a good period of time? Just curious

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 26, 2009, 6:13 am

    mel – thank you! hmm i would say they keep me as satisified as any other breakfast — i usually eat at 6:30/7 and have to eat a snack by 10 regardless of what i eat for breakfast.

  • AWK June 26, 2009, 6:23 am

    Can I ask what kind of water bottle you run with. I'm training for my first HalfM and I'm to 3 miles..and realize I need to start carrying water with me but don't know the best bottle out there. What do you suggest? THANKs

  • Mrs. LC June 26, 2009, 6:23 am

    You are doing such wonderful things with operation beautiful! haha is it weird that I almost feel proud of you?? Have a great Friday!

  • meg June 26, 2009, 6:25 am

    I'm from Croatia, and few days ago I left a note for my mome on her mirror saying that she's beautiful and the best mom in the world. She told me today that everytime she looks in the mirror now, she feels beautiful!
    P.s. Can you tell me recipe for that pancakes? 😀

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 26, 2009, 6:26 am

    AWK – for shorter runs, i just run with a bike water bottle (you can get them at target or a bike shop for like $4). for longer runs, i wear a ladies fit camelbak. they are very comfy and once you get used to it, you dont notice it at all!

    meg – yay!! re: the pancakes, its a mix called hodgson's mills. im not talented enough to make it from scratch LOL

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 26, 2009, 6:26 am

    meg – you should take a picture of the note and send it to me!!!

  • Bec June 26, 2009, 6:32 am

    how fun!

  • heyitstay June 26, 2009, 6:40 am

    You're so lucky to live near good friends and bloggers to run with!! Looks like an awesome morning 🙂

  • Jenny June 26, 2009, 6:55 am

    oh my god I can't believe it's going to be in the paper! thats amazing, Caitlin! you should be so proud of yourself!!

  • Rose June 26, 2009, 6:58 am

    Sounds like a fun morning!

  • Meggilizz June 26, 2009, 7:05 am

    Sounds like a great run! 🙂 Such a great way to start the day.

  • Christina June 26, 2009, 7:15 am

    Congrats on your 4 mile run and with Operation Beautiful! That's so awesome how far it's spreading!

  • Danielle C. June 26, 2009, 7:17 am

    Yum! I'm always so bummed that the one food my husband refuses to eat is pancakes (too many gross pancakes his mom made as a child). Totally my fave breakfast food.

    I'll have to try that mix one of these days.

  • Island Girl Eats June 26, 2009, 7:17 am

    You are such a good friend making them a nice breakfast. What a nice way to finish off your run.

  • insideiamdancing June 26, 2009, 7:35 am

    so exciting about Operation Beautiful! A few facebook groups have popped up too!

    Congrats on the 4 miler- your pancake party looks great 🙂 Enjoy your Friday!

  • Ryan June 26, 2009, 7:46 am

    Aww your morning run and breakfast sounds so fun! Now that I'm here and settled we need to meet up! Let me know if you have anything in mind 🙂 Ashley moves here this weekend too! Oh and I'll look out for your article in the paper too!

  • Carolina John June 26, 2009, 7:46 am

    sounds like a blast!

  • Char June 26, 2009, 7:51 am

    A pancake party? that sounds like so much fun! what a great idea!!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) June 26, 2009, 8:01 am

    Awww you girls are SO CUTE! I love the run and breakfast all together! Darling. And Caitlin—HUGE congratulations to your amazing Operation Beautiful spreading! It's just incredible!

  • seesaraheat June 26, 2009, 8:36 am

    Love the group run + breakfast, that's something I need in my life 😉 Have a great day!

  • roseyrebecca June 26, 2009, 8:41 am

    That's so amazing that Operation Beautiful is getting so much publicity! I think it's a great idea!

    I am running an Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt Giveaway on my blog: Check it out if you have time!

  • K from ksgoodeats June 26, 2009, 8:42 am

    Congrats on getting the OB word out!! That's awesome!

    What a fun breakfast with the girls 🙂

  • JennyMarie June 26, 2009, 8:58 am

    Gread job on Operation Beautiful and on your running adventure this morning! How great to have friends to run with and motivate you! I have added your blog to my blogs to read. (hope this is okay with you – come check me out if you have time I just started Couch to 5K 3 weeks ago and reading your story about starting your running has helped me stay motivated. THANKS

  • Matt June 26, 2009, 9:09 am

    Congrats on your 4 miler. It's always motivating to run with friends!

  • Julie June 26, 2009, 9:34 am

    wow! you're making waves!! Did you hear that? I think it's Oprah calling….

  • Angharad June 26, 2009, 10:32 am

    I love following your blog! I'm so impressed that your friends showed up at 5.45am to run with you! When did they wake up?! It boggles my mind…so not a morning person!

    Reading your blog and others in the food blogger community has inspired me to start my own. Please stop by, check it out and leave a comment if you get the chance 🙂


  • *One Step at a Time* June 26, 2009, 10:47 am

    Caitlin, I could TOTALLY see you eventually going on the Today Show with this, if word spreads!! 🙂

  • Anonymous June 26, 2009, 10:57 am

    Congratulations on Operation Beautiful's success! I'm in awe that it began as one idea that quickly became famous. It's a great idea and I plan on participating once I actually… go somewhere with a public bathroom(oh, summer vacation, how lazy you make me). I agree with what someone else said about seeing you on the Today Show!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 26, 2009, 11:03 am

    That looks so FUN! Love fun meals with great friends!

  • Diana June 26, 2009, 11:13 am

    Congrats on the success of Operation Beautiful. 🙂 You are truly the pancake master!

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements) June 26, 2009, 11:38 am

    YAY for pancakes! I would run any amount of miles if that big stack was awaiting me at the end! 🙂

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 26, 2009, 12:21 pm

    That's so awesome it will be in the paper!! That's incredible! 🙂

    A group run is great! It looks like you had a great time. Congrats on pushing yourself!

    Have a wonderful day!

  • NYgirl@heart June 26, 2009, 3:12 pm

    Holy crap Caitlin that is awesome about Operation Beautiful! Wow. I actually have some pics to email you and I keep forgetting…I'll do that this weekend.
    Have a great Friday night!

  • Mia {runs and rests} June 26, 2009, 5:51 pm

    Pancakes look yummy. Thanks for including my OB post. The media attention OB is getting is awesome! 😀

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