Hi Everyone! I'm Kayla

Hello! My name is Kayla, and unlike most of the other blog writers, I actually do not work at Swanson; I’m a proofreader for an investment-management firm. But outside of work, I’m an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast. I’m passionate about fitness and wellness, and I enjoy many types of exercise besides running—biking, Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and hiking, to name a few. Still, running is my favorite. Though I’ve been a runner for over eight years and have done plenty of 5Ks and 10Ks, I just (finally!) completed my first half marathon on May 18 as part of the Fargo Marathon race weekend. I’m hoping to compete in my first triathlon at the end of the summer, as well as run a few more half marathons in late summer and early fall.

I graduated in May 2011 from Concordia College in Moorhead, where I double-majored in English literature and religion. Originally planning to pursue a career in book publishing, I attended the Denver Publishing Institute in the summer of 2011 and then lived in the Boulder, CO, area the following fall while interning with a small publishing company. Living in Colorado gave me a new appreciation for enjoying the outdoors, and I loved taking advantage of the many opportunities to be active in and around the mountains.

Even though I’m now living in Fargo, I still try to connect with other people who have a shared passion for exercise and enjoying the outdoors. I will be a guest writer for the Swanson blog, contributing fitness-related blog posts a couple of times a month. If you have any specific fitness topics you’d like me to cover, please let me know!

Exercise?! But I'm on Vacation!

Friday, July 19, 2013 by Kayla G.

July 2012 Tubing 1.JPGAhhh, summer. Season of beach days, roasting marshmallows, and generally being able to walk around without being so bundled up that you feel like a marshmallow. For many, summer is also a time for vacationing, whether as simple as taking a few days off to spend at the lake or going on a more extended trip somewhere.

 When planning trips, exercise is something that tends to fall by the wayside. Or, perhaps more accurately, is purposely left out of the plans. Except for amateur and professional...

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Top 10 Things that Keep Me Running (What Are Yours?)

Friday, June 28, 2013 by Kayla G.

Without a doubt, I made one of the best decisions of my life when I was 16 and decided to take up running. I was looking for a way to get in better shape following a particularly sedentary academic year my sophomore year of high school, so over the summer I began running and completed my first 5k race that July. In the fall, I worked up the nerve to join the cross country team. Even though I was the slowest girl on the team and often came in last or nearly last in meets, it was a great...

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