Pancakes & Running

“So…what are you going to get tomorrow?”

“I don’t know. The usual. Maybe I might get something different.”

“Mmm…can’t wait! Is it tomorrow yet?!”

It was the night before a race and my Fave and I weren’t talking about PRs. We were discussing what pancakes we were going to get after my race. Yes, pancakes.

I don’t know how it started but after a race, I almost always have to get pancakes. There’s something about taking that first bite of a fat stack of buttermilk pancakes drizzled with warm maple syrup basking in your post-race glow. The sweet taste of victory, I suppose. Add a side of crisp bacon and well, I am in food heaven.


Why do I love pancakes after a run? Two reasons.

One, pancakes are the perfect post run meal. They’re delicious and full of energy-fueling carbohydrates! Since they are so filling, a plate of pancakes has me set for most of the day.

Two, they can be made as indulgent or healthy as you want it to be. After a long run, I have ZERO regrets devouring into these perfect flapjacks.



One of my favorite spots to get pancakes is at a small breakfast joint here in the San Francisco Bay Area. For fear of more people flooding this place or to spare you of having to see me wolf down a stack unabashedly, I will keep it anonymous. Sorry. Maybe if we go for a run together, I might take you. Anyway, though this place is old, they still serve one of the BEST pancakes in my opinion. The service is prompt and most importantly, the pancakes are tasty. Their specialty is the Dutch Baby Pancake but my favorite pancakes to get are their Georgia Pecan Pancakes. They come with whipped butter, warm tropical syrup and sprinkled with crunchy pecans and dusted with powdered sugar. I prefer mine with hot maple syrup. My Fave gets their Bacon Pancakes. Yes, BACON pancakes. These hearty pancakes are filled with real bits of bacon and are a perfect blend of salty and sweet.


Georgia Pecan Pancakes

When I’m feeling “healthy”, I sometimes go to that “internationally known pancake house” otherwise known as IHOP and get their Simple & Fit Blueberry or Banana Wheat Pancakes. Not as satisfying but still fulfills my pancake fix. Nothing beats the real deal though. My advice? Get the buttermilk pancakes. It makes a huge difference. Taste wise and well, calorie wise too. I should know because I recently had their Double Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes and they were much better.


Simple & Fit Whole Wheat Pancakes with Bananas


Double Blueberry Pancakes


Running and pancakes are a perfect combination. Here are some fun facts about this perfect pair:

  • Pancakes are known as a favorite treat among elite runners. Don’t believe me? Ask U.S Olympic runner, Ryan Hall who is a pancake fanatic. His first word was actually “Pancakes”! He even has said, “If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be pancakes.” Can’t argue with that, can you?! Check him out cooking his famous Molten chocolate Lava Pancakes:


  • Did you know there is an actual pancake race? The Original Pancake Race takes place in a town in England called Olney. The story began in 1445 when a townswoman was running late to the Shrive service at their parish church. It is customary to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, or the day before Lent, and as she was busily making her pancakes she heard the church bells toll. Fearing that she would be late, she quickly ran to church still holding her griddle pan and wearing her apron. Today, the women of Olney honor her and continue this tradition. Runners wear aprons and must flip a pancake at the start and quickly dash to the church. The town of Olney also competes with the city of Liberal, Kansas for bragging rights on International Pancake Day.
Olney Pancake Race

Image Source: Olney Pancake Race


  • Are you a pro at flipping pancakes? Can you do it while running? Marathon runner, Mike Cuzzacrea, AKA The Pancake Man holds the Guinness Book of World Record Title for that! On October 24, 1999, he ran the Casino Niagara Marathon while continuously flipping a pancake with a time of 3:02:27. Cuzzacrea has run many marathons while flipping pancakes and has raised over $62,000 in charity.


  • Pancakes are also a favorite for Runner’s World! Check out their Ultimate Pancake Guide for some mouth-watering recipes!

Pancakes, griddlecakes, flapjacks, hotcakes, whatever you want to call it, I love them all. As long as I can keep running races, I will be enjoying pancakes right after! With this blog, I hope to share some of my favorite pancake recipes and post-race/run favorites with you as well. Pancakes are definitely the perfect food to have after a run!


What are your favorite post-run meals? Do you have a favorite pancake house that you go to? Do you have a favorite pancake recipe?

See you at the finish line!




4 thoughts on “Pancakes & Running

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