Kayla Does Life

I'm Kayla, a college student that's trying to do life better than I have been. Follow along, it should be an interesting ride!

First outside 5k in who knows how long - success.

I somehow didn’t have a huge problem completing the loop this morning. It was cold outside (random, I know), which made things a lot easier. I’m still definitely in the beginning stages of getting back into the shape that I was in, but at least it’s a start.

One major thing I noticed this morning is how tempted I was to skip my morning run, and how grateful I was that I didn’t. Never in my time of running have I regretted a run or workout, no matter how hard it was to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning.

I couldn’t help but think that many at the Boston Marathon don’t feel the same. I’ve been glued to my TV, iPhone, and laptop for any bit of information regarding the horrific attacks. I, like I’m sure many of you guys, was disgusted with the terrorist attack. I was disgusted with the act, the stereotypical immediate reaction of blaming all Muslims, and the mania that was this entire week in the world.

I have no idea what’s next for our country and our world. But whatever it is, no matter what happens, good always prevails. It ALWAYS prevails. So, keep running, keeping working, and keep fighting a good fight. Our world deserves it.

Any more concrete information on the explosion?? Are all of the tumblr runners ok?

So this happen yesterday.

2nd race of the year (I ran a 10k in February that I shall never speak of), and the first 5k. It was Nikki’s first race, so what better way to start racing than with the coolest race in town?!

The Color Run is super fun, and really good for someone who hasn’t been training. I actually woke up sore today, a blatant sign that the days of making exercise secondary have come to an abrupt end. I’ve gained about 3 lbs. from the progress I made last semester. Not a huge consequence, but it’s still important. 

I also need the health benefits of running. When I run consistently, I think better, I eat better, and I’m a better person overall. I have the philosophy that we are all works in progress, but there are key things that can help to keep that progression on a steady pace upwards.

Anyways, as the end of the semester comes and summer draws nearer, I’m going to plot out some goals and plans. Until then, y’all should read this article. I read it this morning, and it epitomizes everything I love about running and why it’s so important.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/17-things-running-teaches-you-about-life/

Happy Monday, folks!

This is the face of someone who:

1) Just finished the most obnoxious country case report ever (What is sleep again?)

2) Aced their pop quiz today

3) Just accepted their first paid internship

I’m going to go do a victory dance. Or sleep. Yeah, sleep. 

I know I know. It’s been quite a while since I’ve said good morning from the treadmill!

First real workout in ages. Which is ironic, because I definitely signed up for a 5k color run this Sunday. (Brilliant, I know) After running for 20 minutes today, though, I don’t feel as nervous about it.

One of the greatest things about running is the time it gives you to yourself. This semester, I’ve been surrounded by study groups, friends, organizations, my roommate, my sister, etc…All fantastic people, but it’s made alone time pretty hard to come by.

But when you’re running, with just you and your headphones, it’s this simple peace that you simply don’t get from being around people.

Alone time. Cherish it folks.

I’m alive.

Hi guys!!!! Boy this is weird. I never thought I’d take a 3 month break from tumblr, and more importantly (just a little bit) running. But I did. Too keep a very long story short, I moved out into my own apartment this semester with my friend and classmate, I’ve been doing the best I ever have in my classes, I’ve gotten several job/internship opportunities thrown at me out of nowhere, and I joined organizations that have taken over my life.  

Still, I’ve felt like something’s been missing this entire time. The intense changes of life have led me to become really reckless with eating habits and finances, and I need to get those aspects of my life back in check. I also miss checking in with you guys, along with a little thing that originally changed my life in the first place called RUNNING.

So, on that note, I am back. Please fill me in on every single accomplishment I’ve missed from you guys (I know you’ve been kicking major butt). And please bear with me as I slowly begin truly working out again.

Man, it’s good to be back. :)

Registered for my first race of 2013.

I woke up today thankful. Simply thankful. Last New Year’s morning, I woke up next to a stain of throw up from the previous night in a really dangerous and stupid setting. I drove home hungover and exhausted. I got there, passed out, and didn’t get back up until about 1:00 that afternoon.

I was dazed, confused, and unsure about what I wanted in life and what I wanted from myself. I thought my life was over, and that everything I’d worked for was a waste due to stupid mistakes.

This morning, I woke up on my sister and brother-in-law’s couch next to a have filled glass of champagne and a really fun new board game. I was conscious, I wasn’t hungover, and I was confident in myself and the direction I’m going.

2012 was incredible. Not in the good way, but not in the bad way either. The things and experiences were simply incredible, and I’m grateful for them all. I’m grateful for my dumb, youthful mistakes, and I’m thankful for the times when I rose to the occasion. When I decided to do whatever I had to do to get myself on the path I knew was right. I’m thankful of the transformation I had as a person. I honestly think it was one of the biggest transformations of my life thus far.  

The cool thing about running, is, no matter what, it’s always there to greet you. I haven’t run a race since September, and I never want to take that long of a break again. Still, though, running was a huge part of getting me through the semester. I want running to become a priority again. I want training to be a component that forms my life.

So my sister and I each spent $25 on a really cool 10k in February. Ironically, I’ve run multiple 5ks, 1 half marathon, but never a 10k. I’m pretty excited about rededicating my schedule to training, and getting closer to reaching numerous goals.

I’m excited for this year. I really am.

21st birthday run. 
70 degrees on Christmas. 30 degrees the day after. 
Great going Houston.
My chest was in so much pain! But good, solid run. It’ll make me feel better about the slice of cake I’m anticipating tonight.
And the drinks. The legal ones.
Beyond thankful for another year of life. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

21st birthday run. 

70 degrees on Christmas. 30 degrees the day after. 

Great going Houston.

My chest was in so much pain! But good, solid run. It’ll make me feel better about the slice of cake I’m anticipating tonight.

And the drinks. The legal ones.

Beyond thankful for another year of life. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

3rd annual sister Christmas run? Happened this morning.
First time posting to tumblr in over a month? Happening right now.
2 years after my first run with my sister. When I could barely finish a mile. And despite everything that’s gone on since 2010, I’ve gotten better. At a lot.
If I explained to you everything that’s gone on since I last posted consistently (about October), I’d have to create a separate blog.
I can say that it has been a tumultuous time, and I am nothing but grateful for it.
I have started running again. Inconsistently, but I’ll get there.
I finished school this semester with the best semester I’ve had. Still not straight A’s, but I’m getting there.
I’m pretty much been forced to make several positive changes in my life for the New Year, and I’m incredibly excited to experience them.
Somehow, someway, through this stressful period, I was 190 lbs. when I last weighed myself. My lowest in over a year. Who knows, I may hit my weight goal for my birthday. 
I am tired. I’m exhausted. And I’m so grateful for every experience, struggle, and battle I’ve had this year. I’ve learned, I’ve grown, and I’m growing. And I’m beyond thankful for that.
I’m ready to post again. To share my stories with you guys, and learn from yours. This community helped to start me on my journey, and I want to be a part of it again.
Merry Christmas to you all. It feels great to be back in a community that’s helped me so much over the past two years. 

3rd annual sister Christmas run? Happened this morning.

First time posting to tumblr in over a month? Happening right now.

2 years after my first run with my sister. When I could barely finish a mile. And despite everything that’s gone on since 2010, I’ve gotten better. At a lot.

If I explained to you everything that’s gone on since I last posted consistently (about October), I’d have to create a separate blog.

I can say that it has been a tumultuous time, and I am nothing but grateful for it.

I have started running again. Inconsistently, but I’ll get there.

I finished school this semester with the best semester I’ve had. Still not straight A’s, but I’m getting there.

I’m pretty much been forced to make several positive changes in my life for the New Year, and I’m incredibly excited to experience them.

Somehow, someway, through this stressful period, I was 190 lbs. when I last weighed myself. My lowest in over a year. Who knows, I may hit my weight goal for my birthday. 

I am tired. I’m exhausted. And I’m so grateful for every experience, struggle, and battle I’ve had this year. I’ve learned, I’ve grown, and I’m growing. And I’m beyond thankful for that.

I’m ready to post again. To share my stories with you guys, and learn from yours. This community helped to start me on my journey, and I want to be a part of it again.

Merry Christmas to you all. It feels great to be back in a community that’s helped me so much over the past two years. 

This happened yesterday.

I could make excuses. Likeeeeee, they were cheap jeans. Or I washed them too much. Or I’m too rough with my clothes.

Or I could admit what was the biggest factor: They were probably too tight.

Why were they too tight? Well, let’s look at the facts:

  • I haven’t posted to tumblr in nearly a month.
  • I’ve run run/walked/leisurely jogged about once or twice a week since I last posted. 
  • I’ve been eating whatever I can when I have time, not tracking meals.

I’ve been incredibly stressed out this semester, and not handling the stress the way I should.

I’ve fallen off hard.

Well, folks, thanks to a series of incidents over the past few weeks, it’s time to get it together. It’s been a year, but I refuse to finish it like I finished 2011 and start 2013 the way I started 2012.

Time to get it together. College kids can’t afford new jeans.

Cold morning runs. Best runs to begin getting back in the groove.
3.1 miles. A bit hard. Shows how much I need to get back on the ball and stay on it.
Side note, I hope everyone either near the wrath of Sandy or anyone that has family in it is ok! Wishing you guys the best. Stay safe!

Cold morning runs. Best runs to begin getting back in the groove.

3.1 miles. A bit hard. Shows how much I need to get back on the ball and stay on it.

Side note, I hope everyone either near the wrath of Sandy or anyone that has family in it is ok! Wishing you guys the best. Stay safe!

Some say a picture is worth 1,000 words. 

For me, these two are each worth 3.

Get it together. 

I went to Austin this weekend to visit friends and take a break. It’s been an extremely intense month, and Austin always provides some relief when I get stressed or overwhelmed. It was fun, but it was constantly mentally marred by my un-satisfaction in some many areas of my life. 

These pictures- pictures that my friend took of me while walking around downtown- exemplify my un-satisfaction. They exemplify the fact that I can probably count on two hands how many times I’ve worked out this entire month. And they point out that I’m letting issues an acceptance for less-than-stellar win against my will to be the best I can be. 

2 months. On October 26, I had 2 months until my 21st birthday. Typically, I don’t get too excited about my birthday since its during the holidays. But it’s end-of-the year placement makes it a good marking point for what I was able to do an accomplish in one year. 

For those of you who have been following me, you know it’s been a year. A learning experience, but a difficult one. I’ve had numerous setbacks, numerous falls off the wagon, but numerous strong points as well. 

I’d like nothing better than to spend the rest of my 20th year becoming better. I don’t want to turn 21 looking the same as I did in the above photos and thinking the same negative thoughts I was thinking. I want to finish the year strong. Because deep down, I know I’m capable. I know it possible. And I know I’m stronger than I sometimes think I am. 

2 months, folks. Plenty of time for a change.

Back at it, folks. 2.5 miles. Hello, new week. (Taken with Instagram)

Mid-week restart.

After I learned that I wouldn’t be going to Chicago next week, I fell off the wagon. Hard.

I essentially just stopped training for like 10 days. I felt like I’d trained harder than I ever have, only to be jipped in the end. What was the point of continuing? I reluctantly did lackluster runs when the weather was nice. And I haven’t seen the rec center since the week before last.

It carried over into other areas of my life. Everytime something didn’t go my way, I just stopped caring. “Whatever, it won’t workout anyways.”

That’s not a way to live. For anyone. I, unfortunately, can be pretty reactionary, moreso lately than ever before. I get irritated quickly and I want to have a concise plan and stick to it.

There’s some quote that goes something like, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react.” And it’s so true. And judging by how my life can up and randomly spiral, I’m not the best at reacting.

I know mid-week is kind of a random time to have these epiphanies, but I think that’s the good part-life doesn’t follow this perfect schedule.

So, what am I doing today? I’m getting back on track. I:

  • started the day off with a pumpkin protein smoothie I’ve been wanting to try for weeks. It is awesome, just as I imagined. Thank you, Pinterest.
  • am restructuring a new running plan. Is there such thing as post-training-depression?  Because if so, I have it. My life shapes around running. When I’m training, I’m at least managing life well and have a decent control over my own struggle with depression. When I’m not, depression takes control, and my life goes on a rapid downward hill. No bueno when you’re already trying to get back on your feet
  • using my planner for the first time in weeks. There are tasks I should’ve taken care of weeks ago. Complacency is a quality I’m not fond of.
  • am catching up on the work I let slip to the side over the past few days and finishing study guides for upcoming exams.
  • am looking for a race to do next weekend, since I won’t be doing the half. I am possibly going to Austin to visit my best friend and to get out of Houston for a few days after midterms. It’d be really nice to have a 5k or 10k to look forward to.
  • am running this evening after class on the 3.1-mile loop. Gotta start from somewhere again.
  • learning how to be awesome again.

I came way too far over this summer and even the beginning of the semester to let a few setbacks and frustrations keep me from reaching my goals. Reaction is key, and it’s time for me to react like the reasonable, ambitious person I know I am.

Greetings from the first real day of fall in Houston! Weather in the 50s and a pumpkin spice latte. I’ll take a good mood, please. :)

Here’s to wishing all of you in Chicago good luck on the race this weekend! I am totally kinda-sorta jealous, haha. I’m super excited to see all of you beat goals and have a great time this weekend! =)

Run hard!!!!!