Fast Waffles

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Whenever I make pancakes during the week, I take the extra batter and make waffles, which I then freeze for a lazy morning.


Instead of maple syrup, I mixed 1/2 a container of plain Greek yogurt with some honey and cinnamon.  And then I topped with 1/2 a banana.


Spectator Fun


Guess what I’m doing tomorrow?

2009 Ironman 70.3 Florida logo

No, no, no! I’m not doing a Half Ironman!  :)  I’m watching Ashley do her first Half Ironman tomorrow.  I’m really excited to be a spectator because I LOVE CHEERING for racers!  I know how much I appreciate spectators when I’m running and love to be on the other ride of the tape.


Tomorrow’s Half Ironman consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.  Isn’t that crazy? My Olympic Triathlon was a 0.9 mile (1.5 km) swim, 24.8 mile (40 km) bike, 5.6 mile (9 km) run.   I can’t imagine doing those distances + a LOT more! And all at once!  But I know Ashley is going to do great.


Have you ever been a spectator at a race? Do your friends and family come to your races?  I’ve done races with friends, with friends and family as spectators, and all by myself.  It’s such a different experience depending on who’s there!



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 15, 2010, 10:37 am

    Woah, good luck to Ashley – that sounds HARD!! I admire her 🙂
    I haven’t done much spectating, cos I’m the only one in my family who does races!! 🙂
    Have a good day!

  • Jessica Lee May 15, 2010, 10:43 am

    omg, that is so intense. good luck ashley!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 15, 2010, 10:47 am

    Wow, what a race! Should be fun to cheer!

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks May 15, 2010, 10:48 am

    Great lookin’ waffle!

  • Sarah May 15, 2010, 10:49 am

    When my husband did the Georgia ING a few months ago, I was hanging out with a friend whose husband was also running. She was 20 weeks pregnant at the time and had a craving for Krispy Kremes. So we drove around to the different cheering sections, went for Krispy Kremes and then met them at the end. I felt kind of bad that my husband was running a half marathon in the rain and I was inside eating donuts.

    But they were soooooooo good.

    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 1:34 pm

      Hahah I love this story.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 15, 2010, 10:51 am

    I love yoghurt on waffles!

  • Matt May 15, 2010, 10:54 am

    Gotta love waffles on a Saturday 🙂

  • lisa May 15, 2010, 10:54 am

    That would be a good reason to buy a waffle maker. Love mixing yogurt with honey or maple syrup to top stuff!

    The only time I’ve watched people race was in Barcelona, Spain last month. We were walking around the city, and found one of the mains roads closed for a 10k. We watched for about twenty minutes; I was amazed at how quickly some people were running! (I run on the slow side.) It’d be fun to cheer on someone I know.

  • Marina May 15, 2010, 10:56 am

    Need waffles a.s.a.p.
    Need a good waffle recipe too 😀
    good luck to Ashley!

  • Sara May 15, 2010, 11:05 am

    my brothers doing a half ironman this morning in Sarasota
    I wanted to go cheer him on..he just started getting into triathalons very recently so im amazed by his progress already! Ive run cross country and it definitely helps when
    people are there to cheer you on!…lol i even cheer people on when they’re running the sidewalk and im driving in my car..

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 15, 2010, 11:07 am

    I love yogurt on waffles instead of syrup.

    I’ve never been a spectator because I don’t have friends who run nearby.

  • Jolene ( May 15, 2010, 11:24 am

    I am always a spectator at my hubby’s races!!!

  • Camille May 15, 2010, 11:26 am

    Good luck Ashley!
    I have been a volunteer at the end of a race before and it is such a cool thing to watch everything cross the finish line and see how happy they are!

  • Tina May 15, 2010, 11:26 am

    I was about to say “what happened to not having much more long training before your century race…because that is a long, hard workout!”. How fun you will be going as a spectator. I bet Ashley will appreciate it greatly. I think I would NEED spectators if doing something like that. Heck, I would make my husband, sister, or someone go to any event I did.

    Have a great day!

  • ubigb May 15, 2010, 11:28 am

    caitlin, don’t go all orthorexic on me; all that talk about feeling bad for drinking a few beers and eating a few cookies over the week is crap.

    you eat healthy 80% of the time, and healthy eating habits ALSO include treats; chocolate, ice cream, cookies, beer, etc… i don’t think eating 4 cookies was overindulging at ALL, it was a perfect size dessert (about 300 calories) that you CAN and SHOULD include into your diet one or twice a week.

    don’t get caught on stupid things. enjoy your life

    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

      I don’t feel emotionally bad for anything, its more about how I feel physically. Having insomnia and headaches isn’t “stupid” and I would be totally fake if I didn’t address issues like that on my blog.

    • RandomCommenter May 15, 2010, 1:57 pm


      I LOVE it when people project there eating habits on others.

      I’m pretty sure that Caitlin knows what is better for her body than anyone else.


  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 15, 2010, 11:30 am

    you florida girls are hardcore 🙂 sounds like such a fun day! i’ve never been to a race to watch friends but i will for the first time on Memorial Day! can’t wait 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 15, 2010, 11:39 am

    I have actually never been to one before. My brother-in-law is participating in one in the fall. Unfortunately, he is a long way away. I think people that compete in those are unbelievable! Enjoy your weekend and good luck to Ashley!

  • Gavi May 15, 2010, 11:50 am

    I just had almost the exact same breakfast but with HEAB’s gluten-free pancakes instead of waffles! There’s something so delicious about the Greek yogurt with pancakes or waffles! I hope you have a great time today cheering Ashley on–she’s a warrior!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 15, 2010, 11:53 am

    Wow, good luck to your friend! That’s a huge feat! I don’t think I know a woman who’s done one of those. My brother in law did that actual full ironman…….so inspiring.

    I love waffles. They hold so many goodies on them so easily. hehe

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 15, 2010, 11:56 am

    Races are always so early, so I haven’t been in one or cheered at one. It sounds like fun, but I like sleep!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs May 15, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Whoa!! (Said like Joey on Blossom). Good for her! I’m actually doing a 5K tomorrow and I think my mom and my sister are going to come out and support me, at least I hope! Usually they would run with me but not this time. 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 15, 2010, 12:35 pm

    I would die if I tried an iron man, but that’s awesome you are going to support your friend.

  • ari May 15, 2010, 12:45 pm

    holy crap that’s hardcore. i would cry. ashley’s insane, but i’m sure she’s gonna rock it!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 15, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I have never been a spectator! I won’t be anytime soon, until I’m in America and someone I know is in one, but I hope that my mommy comes and spectates for ME during my races when I get back.

  • Niki May 15, 2010, 1:08 pm

    that’s going to be fun watching Ashley!! i just filled out my volunteer paperwork to help out at the iron-man 70.3 in my town in august, i cant wait to help and see all the athletes!

  • Leah @ L4L May 15, 2010, 1:14 pm

    I’ve only been a spectator once – for my fiance’s half marathon. Waiting for him to come in was so nerve-racking! Haha… And I’ve only ever done one race. And my fiance ran it with me so that’s all for my races!

  • Amanda (Amanda "Runs") May 15, 2010, 1:27 pm

    GOOO ASHLEY!! (waves pom poms) I’ve been a spectator maybe a few times… My dad’s college buddy Todd runs marathons barefoot. ( We sometimes bring my dog along to say hi and the other racers (who mostly have shoes) love it! Have fun Caitlin! (do you have pom poms to wave? Bring them!)

    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 1:35 pm

      I need to get a poster or something!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I’ve never been a spectator before because I don’t really know anyone in my real life who races. But I can imagine how exciting it must be!!
    Yogurt on waffles is the BEST!

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated May 15, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I LOVE being a spectator and I LOVE having my family and friends cheering me on – especially when I’m trying for a PR or running a hard race. Spectators make all the difference in the world sometimes – they can add a spring to my step or give me just a little lift if I need it. And it’s SO MUCH FUN to be on the other side, encouraging, cheering, and watching people tackle something that takes heart. Have fun cheering!!!! 🙂

  • Tammy May 15, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I would LOVE to do a Tri, PERIOD! I would love to go watch one too!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) May 15, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I enjoy watching races. But that’s just because it’s kind of my thing. I understand why friends/family don’t get as much joy out of standing around waiting for me to pass by and enjoy watching me for a whole 20 or 30 seconds… But I always prefer having someone there… 🙂

  • Laura May 15, 2010, 6:20 pm

    I admit it- I used to hate being a spectator- only because when I was little I would cheer my Dad on at races, and my sister used to run competitively when we were teenagers- most of the races, whether they were cross country (muddy, muddy, snowy, frosty) or on tracks were cold and rainy and I’d much rather have been shopping! Oh dear! Now it is totally different, I think I can, like you, appreciate the lift spectators can give. Thank you for being so honest with everything Caitlin, and not fearing the negative labels+judgements people try to put on others, including yourself- thats true courage to put yourself out there when you know, especially at the moment, that there are lots of people out there who seem to be quick to criticise. That is what being a true role model is! (I hope you know what I’m talking about?!!) Btw- I have been known to make 10 extra waffles one weekend to freeze for a busy month ahead!

    • Caitlin May 15, 2010, 6:50 pm

      Thank you, I really appreciate that. 🙂

  • Alycia @ FitnFresh May 15, 2010, 6:40 pm

    awesome call on making waffles with the extra batter, i’m going to have to start doing that for sure! have fun at the race (:

  • Carolyn @ May 15, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Wow!! Good for Ashley!! I’m doing a sprint in July and it’s only 400m swim (in a pool), 11.2 bike, and 2.6 running.

  • John May 16, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I’ve never spectated. I had my mom and grandparents and brother meet me at the finish line of my first half marathon. It was to be a surprise Mother’s Day present for my mom. They almost missed it as it took my brother to ask them what was in the envelope which told them where to go.
    It worked well as they were all surprised and proud.
    Treating my mom again this year but this time she knows about it 🙂

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