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!