Workin’ Weekend

It’s the weekend. Hooray!

I hope your Saturday is going well.

My Saturday began with an early morning run with my favorite furry running buddy.

Running with Dog

I actually had to work for a few hours this morning and seriously considered postponing my workout until after I was done, but, in the end, Sadie’s enthusiasm got me out the door.

We covered five miles that felt very, very sluggish. I just couldn’t find my running groove. Sadie morphed into the potty princess about a mile in our run and made us stop every five minutes for a pee break which didn’t do anything to help my momentum. Sometimes Ryan and I think Sadie fake pees just to get some more time in the grass when she smells something extra enticing. We’re onto you, Sadie.


Once I was done with my run, I quickly showered and grabbed the breakfast I prepared last night before heading into work.


Scrambled eggs + Chicken sausage + Avocado + Feta cheese + Whole wheat English muffin


It fueled me through the morning with no trouble at all.

Once I was done working (more prep for the Livestrong program launch), I drove out to a local garage to get an oil change. I guess I wasn’t the only one who purchased the Groupon for a $15 oil change yesterday because I am currently third in line and anticipating a two hour wait. I’m glad I brought my computer so I can get some work done!  

Hope you guy have a great Saturday!

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Question of the Afternoon

  • What do you do when you set out to complete a workout and realize you’re just not in the zone?

If I can’t get myself in the zone, I usually scale back my workout. If I’m running, I’ll incorporate walking breaks. If I’m strength training, I’ll give myself longer rest breaks in between sets. If I know I’m just being a baby, I’ll try to change my workout playlist to find some upbeat music and hope that a few energizing songs will help me get back into the groove. 


  1. says

    If I’m not in the zone, I try to push through the workout and remind myself that maybe tomorrow will be better. Often times, I end up cutting it a little short. You can’t always force it! And that breakfast looks delicious!


  2. says

    I do the same- scale it back if I’m just not feeling it. I try to pay attention to my body’s signals and take them seriously- but still finish it. Sometimes I get a boost of energy half way through and finish feeling great. Other days, it’s just rough!


  3. says

    That’s awesome you still got your run in. Even more so that you got 5 miles in. It’s a struggle to get in ONE with my little pup. Mister pulls the same stunts as Sadie. This might be TMI but he gets the runs when we run lol. He’s so little I feel bad and take him back home.

    Oooo and I love the idea for breakfast I have all those ingredients in the fridge and mos def need to try that. Looks amazing!

    And to answer the question when I’m in a rut, I try to find some hype music, I’ll be honest ratchet music fuels my run (shhh don’t tell anyone). Also working out with someone else (besides Mister) motives me.


  4. Sarah Best says

    Initially I worry a little bit, because I look at how much distance there is ahead. Then I try to remember that sometimes when I feel I’m not in the zone it’s because something is bothering me, or on my mind and I’m lacking confidence in general. So I’ll start thinking things through, and then usually I forget that I wasn’t feeling it in the first place. Otherwise I just run at a slower pace.


  5. Rebekah says

    I always try to focus on how great I feel AFTER the workout. When that does/t work I scale back a little.

    BTW, today I ran my first half marathon. I want to thank you because your blog is one of a couple I read frequently and your experiences with half marathons and fitness inspired me to run my first half marathon! Thanks for always sharing your stories!


  6. says

    I try to say all of my motivating sayings to get me going, such as:
    – One foot in front of the other
    – This is me time
    – All my stress will melt away with just this. Ect.
    if this does not work, is it sad to say I just dump the workout and go home…


  7. Brooke says

    Hi Julie, off topic from your post today but will you being doing your monthly book club again any time soon? I enjoy following along and you always pick such great reads, thanks!!!!


  8. says

    When I am not in the zone I think about how miserable I was earlier this year after knee surgery. Thinking to how only 3 months ago I couldn’t do something and how miserable I was makes me snap out of it. If its a bad day though I’ll just go through the motions and give myself a semi pat on the back for not skipping.


  9. says

    It’s so funny but someone commented on your long 8 mile run post with a quote and that is now what I use for part of my motivation, it was “the mind gives up a thousand times before the body does” whenever I feel like I need a break I simply think does my body need a break or is my mind telling me I do and just listen to how my body feels.


  10. says

    I’m sure you’ve blogged about this before, but I’m wondering how did you teach Sadie to run with you? I’ve just started running and would love to bring my dog along with me, but he just doesn’t seem to get it. When we start to run, he thinks it’s time to SPRINT and it just makes it so much harder for me, trying to control him and not trip over him while I run. Any tips to maybe make it a little easier?


  11. says

    I’ve had a few crappy runs lately. When I realize my brain or body just isn’t working for me mid-workout, I just keep reminding myself of the race I’m training for or my other goals. Knowing there’s a bigger picture than what I feel right now convinces me to keep moving.


  12. says

    If I’m really exhausted I will usually skip my workout altogether and just try to do an active rest day. At the gym I usually do cardio then strength training, so if I’m really not feeling it I will tone down the cardio but still try to get some strength training done. When I’m really not feeling it at all, I try to make myself think more positively. Mind over matter!


  13. says

    If I can’t seem to get in the zone for my planned workout I will change things up. Sometimes it means scaling back pace or distance, and sometimes it means throwing in some intervals to keep me preoccupied and get the blood flowing a little faster.



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