Author Archives: kathleenlouis

Chick-fil-A Race Series: Ella’s Race 10K Recap

What a fun race to kick off race season! This was my third year participating (2016, 2017), second year for the 10K. The Chick-fil-A® 5K and 10K in North Raleigh is part of the Chick-fil-A® Connect Race Series. Officially called “Ella’s Race” in memory of Ella Newmiller, the race benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation […]

It’s Race Season – Updates and Plans

I didn’t stop running after the Richmond Marathon. Well maybe for a few weeks, I did. But despite my lack of blogging, I have been running, and Mike and I even ran a race in February. Kicking the running into high gear now as we have a stacked spring race schedule. Training Runs We started […]

The Richmond Marathon 2017: Reflections

I can’t believe the Richmond Marathon has come and gone. I’ve been delaying my recap intentionally and unintentionally – due to free time which I have far less of now than I did in 2013 and 2014, and due to the fact that reflecting on the experience seems both fun and exhausting. It’s all a […]

The Richmond Marathon 2017 Recap

It’s been about a month so I am trying my best to remember the details! It’s all a bit of a blur and even felt that way immediately after crossing the finish line. I delve into the race course details (terrain, etc.) in blog posts from 2013 and 2014. This race felt more of a mental […]

Countdown to the Richmond Marathon – Three Days Away!

It’s hard to believe that the Richmond Marathon is just three days away! We made it injury-free and as ready as we’ll be! I’m excited and anxious for Saturday! Some thoughts going into the weekend: Running: Our planned 22-miler shook my confidence so I’m just going to focus on our excellent 8.5 “long” run last […]

Dulles Day on the Runway 10K Race Recap

Continuing on the four year stretch of running the Dulles Day on the Runway race in Virginia! It’s a tradition now. We love combining the race with a weekend in DC – visiting my brother Matt, eating great food and visiting all the places where we have so many memories from our time living in […]

11 Weeks Down, 9 to Go

How did we already pass the halfway mark of training? We’re in the home stretch now but this is also when the training really kicks into high gear and training runs get REALLY long.  Distance: The farthest we’ve run so far in training is 14 miles but we have a 16 miler coming up in […]

Marathon Training in 2014 vs. 2017

Has it really been three years? In some ways, the long training runs, the ice baths, the early mornings, and the consumption of many gels/gus feels like just yesterday. In another way, I can’t believe I ever ran 26.2 miles and don’t know how I’ll get to that place again in a few months. I […]

Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler Race Recap

The first race in 2017 we haven’t been sick for! In its inaugural year, the Keep RLGH Independent Four Mile race in Dorothea Dix Park was put on by Runologie and Trophy Brewing. We knew it’d be both hot and hilly but figured that four miles is a doable distance even with those conditions. And […]

Running of the Bulls 8K Race Recap

Two years ago and a few months after we moved to Raleigh, Mike and I noticed a couple at a coffee shop we were at wearing very cool Nike race shirts. Since we often choose races to run based on swag, we were disappointed that we missed out on the Running of the Bulls 8K […]