Author Archives: kathleenlouis

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 […]

Rock ‘n Roll Raleigh Half Marathon Recap

Sunday’s half marathon reminded me how much I love racing. I love digging deep and pushing myself hard. I love the energy, the running community, the excitement and the feeling of accomplishment. I’m excited with how the race went especially given the fact that I didn’t train that well. Honestly, I think I love running […]

One Week Until the Raleigh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon

Only one more week. Hard to believe. I’m feeling semi-confident. I know I’ll be able to finish but it’s going to be a challenge. During training, the farthest I have run is 10 miles (in flat Florida), and 13.1 miles on Raleigh’s hilly roads seems daunting right now. I had a good run this weekend! I’m […]

Three Weeks Until Raleigh RNR Half Marathon

I’m not working off much of a training plan anymore. I’m still trying to get in the long weekend run while doing what I can during the week. With limited time (and energy!) sometimes I struggle with whether it’s best to get mileage in during the week, focus on strength training, do yoga or simply rest […]

Listening to Your Body: Five Weeks Until RNR Half Marathon

I might have overdone it. I need to take my own advice and remember the lessons I learned during other race trainings. Last Saturday, I ran my longest run in over a year – 8 miles! And at a pretty fast pace too. I finally felt mentally ready for the half marathon. Despite my tight calves, I ran […]

Six Weeks Until Raleigh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon!

One of the things I love most about running is the challenge – both mental and physical. There are countless ways to continually challenge yourself whether it’s by increasing your speed or distance, changing up your route or adjusting to changes in your external environment — a new baby, for example! I’ve run several half marathons over […]

Dulles Day on the Runway 5K Race Recap

I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite race. We’ve run it the past three years (2014 recap, 2015 recap), even driving up to DC from NC this year and last! It’s worth it. This year, William joined us! What’s so great about it? Besides being very well-run and organized from start to […]