Feet! Don’t Fail Me Now!

Right before lunch, I stepped away from the computer and drove to the nearby hiking trails with Sadie for an afternoon run.

happy vizsla

When I start training for a half marathon, Sadie does, too! She’s my favorite running buddy and watching her prance along like a happy little elf makes me enjoy training a little bit more. She’s a joy! (If you’re a dog owner interested in running with your dog, you might be interested in this past post: Running with Your Dog. It also includes a list of great running breeds!)

Aside from watching Sadie have a blast, trail running is fun in other ways, too! Because the trails are peppered with roots and rocks, I find myself mentally engaged the whole time since I’m always looking out for a possible trail hazard so I don’t trip and fall.

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I managed to avoid any face plants on today’s five mile run and had a good time running with Sadie and listening to some new songs that I downloaded over the weekend.

My favorite workout song of the moment?

Melanie Amaro

Don’t Fail Me Now” by Melanie Amaro.

It totally rejuvenated me when it came on in the middle of my run today. I just love her voice! And I love yelling, “Feet! Don’t fail me now!” along with her as I run. The lyrics seem too perfect for running even though I know I’m taking them literally and a bit out of context. Whatever works!


When I arrived home from my run, I quickly showered before heading into the kitchen to make lunch.

All I wanted for lunch today was peanut butter, so I made myself a peanut butter and honey bagel sandwich on a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel.

Peanut Butter and Honey Bagel

Spreading the peanut butter on the warm bagel made it melt which melted my heart. Melted peanut butter reminds me of some kind of fabulous ice cream topping. Yum!

Bagel peanut butter sandwich

I need to get some vegetables in me today, so I’m thinking a green protein smoothie or vegetables and hummus will have to happen as my afternoon snack.

Back to work! I’m really looking forward to a volunteer event that I have on my schedule for tonight with the Junior League of Ocala and hope to sneak in an hour of studying before then as well.

See ya later!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is your favorite workout song right now?

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Of Possible Interest


  1. says

    LOVING all that peanut butter! 🙂 You’re right, melted peanut butter truly is the best! I had a peanut butter and banana open faced sandwich on toast for lunch, so I’m in need of some green today too. I like your green smoothie idea for an afternoon snack!


  2. says

    I bet you really did have “peanut butter fingers” after eating that sandwich! 😉

    I have a little shih tzu puppy (Louie) who loves to go for walks, but neither he or I would do well on a five mile run. We do better on the sofa!


  3. says

    Melty peanut butter is the BEST. Grilled PB&J sandwiches are probably my all-time favorite because of the inherent peanut butter meltiness that comes along with them. That whole sandwich actually sounds incredible. Cinnamon raisin bagel, honey, peanut butter…you’ve got pretty much all of my favorite sandwich elements right there. Perfect.


  4. says

    Oooo thanks for the music reccomendation! I just added it on my Spotify list … this cubicle is JAMMIN!

    I’m really into Karmin right now. Their song “I Told You So” is really sassy and fun to run to. Gotta admit, I usually pull out a few fist-pumps on the treadmill. 😉


  5. says

    I now have the song “Journey to the Past” from the animated Anastasia in my head. “Heart, don’t fail me now/courage, don’t desert me…” I’m a bit of a dork right now, but I feel like this is a safe place to do that 🙂


  6. says

    I’m so obsessed with downloading new music for the gym so here’s what’s currently on my playlist. Enjoy!

    Let There Be Love–Christina Aguilera
    Famous–Katy Tiz
    Scream & Shout–Britney Spears and Will.i.am
    Killin It–Krewella
    Right Now–Rihanna
    Cry–Flo rida
    Rum and Raybans–Sean Kingston
    Break’n a Sweat–Skrillex


  7. Carly says

    I wish I could run with my dog more. He is so stinking difficult because he won’t focus, but he is an amazing runner! (He’s a Puggle). I usually let my brother run him and I run beside them 🙂 Also, every picture of Sadie makes me smile. That is my dream dog.

    My favorite running tunes are anything from the 90’s! Haha…I love reliving that-keeps me going, that’s for sure!


  8. says

    Mmm…that drippy peanut butter looks fantastic! I always wish I had a dog just so I could have an excuse to attempt to run. I’ve always wanted to be a runner but fail at it. Plus it’s less freaky to wander out around when you have a dog.


  9. says

    Where do I even begin?
    –I love “Mercy” by Kanye West. The last verse where the beat speeds up really gets me running fast!
    –I also have been enjoying “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly (like me, he’s from Cleveland).
    –Havana Brown’s “We Run the Night” is great too.
    –Lastly, Owl City’s “Good Time” is a fun one to listen to when I need a bit of extra motivation!


  10. Allison says

    I was wondering if you ever get nervous running alone in the park/on trails? I live in a fairly safe community but feel uneasy running alone.


  11. says

    I love and hate trail running/walking for all the reasons you listed. I am hoping to get more comfortable with trail running soon and also strengthen my knees; I am so afraid of them giving out on me.

    And running with my dog… I would like to do that but they are even crazier than Sadie!


  12. Stacey says

    Probably going to sound like a bit of of a psycho with this one but I’ve been listening to “Blood” by In This Moment a lot at the gym lately. It’s really good for when I up all my weights and think I’m going do die; less good for cardio unless it’s running uphill. Something about “Blood blood blood pumping through my veins” that just does it for me.


  13. says

    My favorite workout song right now is Everybody Talks by Neon Trees, but I haven’t heard that song I’ll have to check it out! I’ve tried running with my brother’s golden retriever, but she’s so distracted by everything she runs back and forth in front of me and tries to stop and smell things!


  14. Anne Marie Woodgate says

    I love Ravers In the UK – Manian, Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia, Sexy and I know it -LMFAO, and Little talks – Of Monsters and Men is awesome too!


  15. Lexi says

    Your list of running dogs is missing the doberman!!! We have a dobie and a vizsla, and they’re the two best running buddies ever. Our vizsla isn’t as good off-leash (she’s far more independent, while the dobie is extremely codependent), so my husband takes the dobie on his mountain biking excursions and the dobie runs alongside next to him, at a fast biking pace, for 10-15 miles!


  16. says

    Good luck at the Christmas decorating volunteer event, Julie! I was really hoping to too, but I’m putting together a retirement video for a “teacher friend” who is celebrating her last day tomorrow and I can’t squeeze in both! I was really looking forward to this volunteer event and I hope it’s goes well!


  17. says

    Blue by Gemini is the BEST song workout song right now. Also In it for the Kill by la roux (any version really) and Promises by Nero (or basically anything else dubstep gives you energy for a workout


  18. says

    Sadie looks like the perfect running buddy. We just rescued a five year old lab, and I’m slowly forcing her to be my running buddy! So much more motivating with a furry friend!


  19. says

    mmm pb!!! so i tried something for the first time! i put pb on a homemade banana nut muffin for bfast! 🙂 it was delicious!
    so i dnt have a fav workout out song! 🙁 i dnt realy get to work out! being a stay at home mommy of twins not much free time!
    any sugestions of good workouts i can do on in a small amount of times?? or ????


  20. Jennifer says

    Peanut butter and honey on toast is one of my favorites, I’m going to have to try it on a bagel. Yay! I can’t believe I won! Thank you so much!! 🙂


  21. says

    I love Hit the Floor by Twista & Pitbull, How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox 20, Outta Your Mind by Lil Jon & LMFAO, Shots by LMFAO & Lil Jon, Stronger by Kanye West, Runaway Baby by Doo-Wops & Hooligans


  22. says

    As much as I’d love to half marathon train with my toy poodles I don’t think they’d appreciate it! Haha but Sadie looks like she does.

    Thanks for talking about favourite work out songs – this whole thread has become my playlist inspiration!


  23. says

    Like Youth of a Nation P.O.D, Love Generation Bob Sinclar and You Got the Love feat Candi Station are some of my favs. Nice with inspiration for new ones to download! 😉


  24. Annie says

    love when you do workout song posts because i get so many great ideas from all the comments to vamp up my playlist! i’d never heard of melanie amaro so thanks for the suggestion- this song is going on my playlist ASAP!

    i really like rockstar 101 by rihanna when i’m lifting. when i’m running, my fave is lux aeterna by clint mansell (theme song to Requiem for a Dream, also used in Lord of the Rings). it’s all instrumental, but it’s got such a great build up and the height of the song is great to sprint to!


  25. says

    Maybe I am really weird, but the music I am LOVING is Christmas music…for all occasions, even working out! But in the non-Christmas related genre, I love the song “What Doesn’t Kill you Makes You Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson…I totally take it literally and out of context to help me push through workouts too 🙂


  26. says

    My mouth seriously started watering when I laid eyes on that melty peanut butter. My favorite workout song right now is Ciara ft. Chamillionaire “Get Up”. I think you’d like it!


  27. Alison says

    Right now for running I’m loving “I can only imagine” by David Guetta and Chris Brown, “I remember” by Deadmau5, and “Touch me” by Katharine McPhee (Smash version). Your post comes at the perfect time, as I was just thinking I needed some new running tunes!


  28. Yajaira says

    YUMMM now I am craving a bagel with peanut butter. I absolutely love when the PB melts on the bagel. I now know what my lunch will be. 🙂


  29. Sallie says

    Young the giant- my body
    “my body tells me no but I can’t quit cuz I want more” it is great you should add it to your playlist!!


  30. says

    That’s so awesome that you have a trusty running buddy to train with for your marathon! 😀 I really like the idea of having a dog to go on runs with, but alas my heart melts for the teeny tiny little dogs. The ones where “going for a walk” means me carrying the little guy in my arms or my purse. Probably not the best running buddy but he’ll sure make a great snuggle buddy. 😉


  31. says

    Hi Julie!
    I didn’t know if i should comment here or on the running with dogs post, but there are two things that i think are important to know about running with your dog that weren’t in your post. I just recently trained for a half marathon with my husky pup as my training buddy, and i had to work closely with the vet to make sure she was getting enough nutrition. Because she was burning so many calories running (and overall leading a very active doggie lifestyle :p) i had to switch her to high energy food to keep her weight from dropping. Also, on long runs, dogs need fuel too. my vet recommended gatorade or the chews that are made for people.
    the other thing: watch out for hot cement! on really hot days the cement can burn their paws


  32. Sarah King says

    How do you get Sadie to run next to you instead of pulling you along!? My dog is so speedy and even with a harness on her she yanks me along! Any ideas?


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