Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Did you notice the difference in that title? That’s right! I’ve decided that my half marathon for the Catholic Women Run challenge will be Run the Bluegrass in March, right here in Lexington, KY. I also already know that I’ll be doing the Horse Capital Marathon in May. But we’ll ignore that for now. 😉

This post is also quite a few days late. I want to post my week every Sunday. But this weekend was crazy. Just like this week has been. And last week. Somehow, the holiday season is always like that, even if I don’t even go all out.

But anyway, here was my week. At least as much as I can remember.

Monday: This time I went to Pilates at the Y, rather than yoga. Part of that was because it’s earlier, and I actually needed to get to work at a certain time. The other reason because I just wanted to try the new class out.

But…I honestly don’t remember how it was now. Except for the fact that I realized how much I slouch throughout the day after we had to stand in pilates pose for a while. I really need to work on my posture!

Tuesday: Group run! I’m starting a local group of the Catholic Women Run challenge for women at my parish. Last week no one came but myself. This week, two people came! Double the amount!

Distance – 3.15 miles; Duration – 39:36; Average Pace – 12:35; Splits – 14:37, 12:54, 13:29, 11:26; Weather – cold (but I forgot to write down the exact temperature). CD: 4. How I felt – Besides cold, great! Prayer takeaway: God knows what I need more than I do. I was super stressed and anxious about work, and really hoped no one would show up for this run so I could just run by myself. But running with people really helped me to get my mind off everything. Probably more so than if I had run by myself and still been thinking about what was stressing me out.


I forgot that group runs tend to be slower. Plus it was dark. And it was very cold. I didn’t really start warming up until the first mile and a half. And that was WITH about three layers, gloves, and a hat. Since I’m doing this every Tuesday, I’ll just need to remember that Tuesday will be my easy run day. Then I’ll push myself harder on Thursdays.

Wednesday: I did some sort of strength routine. Don’t remember off the top of my head what it was, though. Oops.

Thursday: Another run! This one on the treadmill so I could push myself. Although the stats suggest that I didn’t really push myself. Hmmm….

Distance – 3 miles; Duration – 31:07; Average Pace – 10:20; Splits – unfortunately can’t figure this out for the treadmill; Weather – N/A. CD: 6. Prayer takeaway: I don’t remember, since I didn’t jot anything down. JEEZ, I need to work on keeping track of things!


This isn’t a picture of my run. But it is a picture of my post-run stretch!

I used this 3 mile treadmill speed workout that I found on Pinterest. I had my warm-up pace be 5.5, and my recovery pace be 5, though. I also only started at 6, then worked my way up to 6.6. I think next time I should just follow the blogger’s exact times. That probably would challenge me, without being too difficult.

Friday: A glorious rest day! Which actually was sort of rough, since I found this new Runner’s World My Run Plan that might be able to help me with my running. And all I wanted to do after I downloaded it was go run.

Saturday: Finally got to input something into my new Run Plan app. But, alas, not a run. I found my workout on Pinterest again. This time it was a 20 minute stairmaster workout.

I was going to add a 10 minute core workout to it, but I felt really dizzy and nauseous after this routine. I didn’t sleep well because of some pain in what I think was my ovaries…it was on the lower right side of my abdomen, below my belly button. So it was either my ovaries or my appendix. And if it had been appendicitis, I would have known. So I think it was either a cyst that burst…or this is something I can expect moving forward around cycle day 8. Good thing I’m starting to track it so I can keep an eye on it.

Sunday: A run that I could input into my Runner’s World plan! It was pretty rough since it was cold and rainy outside. I was pretty disappointed with my time.

Distance – 5 miles; Duration – 54:02; Average Pace – 10:48; Splits – 10:47, 10:25, 10:51, 11:03, 11:06; Weather – rainy, but no exact temperature for you. CD: 9. Prayer takeaway: The theme this run seemed to be living in the present moment. Both of the podcasts I listened to (Another Mother Runner and The Crunch) used that phrase. Plus the Gospel passage at Mass today that caught my attention was making the way straight to the Lord. I can do all the planning in the world, but the most virtuous thing I can do is actually have faith in God to form my path. Jesus, I trust in you.


The first 3 or so miles were fine. Either because I’m used to that mileage, or because it wasn’t raining as hard, I’m not sure. But by the last mile or two, I felt soaked. And I was ready to be done with the run. My split times clearly indicate this fatigue.

And, of course, in the last quarter of a mile, I stepped into a big enough puddle that my left shoe and sock was soaked through. I guess I should be happy it was at the end of the run and not the beginning.

Off topic but…about three people have reached out to me about being a Beachbody coach. This is probably silly, but I actually am torn about whether or not to do it. On the one hand, I totally want to help people achieve their health and fitness goals, as well as deepen their faith. And it would be great to earn some extra money while doing that.

On the other hand, I don’t want to have to be pushing a product, even if it is something I love. Not that I even know if I love Beachbody products or not. I haven’t tried them yet. I’m willing to try them, but I don’t want to if I would just be pressured to become a coach. And actually, I really don’t want to pay for products if I’m doing just fine without them.

I’m thinking about just being a coach myself. Running. Or strength. Or both. But I do like the idea of having a team to work with if I do it through Beachbody. I need accountability and support to reach my goals. I know this about myself. Is there anything like that out there for people who are just coaches?

Any thoughts appreciated! Either on my workouts or on the coach idea. 🙂


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