Giving birth has always been one of my biggest fears. I know. There are plenty of more significant things to be scared of than a happy occasion like bringing your child into the world…like when you think a thought – but don’t even say it out loud – and suddenly an Instagram ad pops up that’s directly correlated to your thought. THAT, my friends, is frightening. But childbirth was the big, scary thing looming in my life. I was terrified of everything about it, causing lots of tears and sleepless nights and general unhappiness. Other than breaking my arm as a child (two days before we went… View Post

Meet Cecilia! Our strong 5 pound, 7 ounce baby girl Cecilia arrived on Wednesday! It has been the most incredible, happy, love-filled experience. Everything I thought would be so scary has instead been wonderful and fulfilling. Brendan and I are so overjoyed! 😍Thank you, friends and fam, for all your never-ending support and love! A post shared by Kara (@kararuns729) on Oct 7, 2017 at 9:35am PDT Sitting here playing our wedding song for our daughter as we roll around doing “tummy time”, sensing everything important in my life coming full circle, I still don’t believe she’s here. I believe I’m in… View Post

Pregnancy is a funny thing to experience. This photo was from about 33 weeks. I’m now mucccch larger all of a sudden. I’ve never experienced a physical process that involves so many varying opinions (opinions in general) and conflicting “facts”. When I’ve succumbed to the sweet whisperings of Google, I’ve learned: If you can’t sleep, have cramps, feel nauseous, vomit, your wrists and fingers feel like fire and/or your pelvis (or any body part) hurts, congrats, you’re pregnant. You’ll give birth at some point. Stop googling your symptoms and “labor sign?”. If you’re 38+ weeks pregnant, you’ll probably go into labor… View Post

I’m 35 weeks pregnant. (For those of you who don’t know, like I never did, you’re generally pregnant for 40 weeks. AKA I’m about 8 months along.) I know, WHAT?! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN. I’m already excited about returning to an exercise routine someday and having the ability to train for something. Before you tell me how difficult and different everything is going to be, please save yourself from the wrath of my hormones and just let it go. I understand. I can imagine. I’m working on staying positive over here. ANYWHOODLES, I’ve been researching tips on postpartum recovery and returning to… View Post

When we were living in Los Angeles I couldn’t snap out of my “I <3 NY” phase. Blah blah blah, I love New York, California just isn’t as great because (insert random observation here). I was all holier-than-thou about how great the east coast is. (Which it is, of course.) But I didn’t appreciate how great California was until I left. The curse of being me, wahhh. I’m a very nostalgic person, much to my detriment. Here we are back in New Jersey which is completely different from Southern California and although I lived here for years prior to moving, I’m having… View Post

Looking back on my past few posts, things have been pretty serious around the ol’ blog lately! Pregnancy has been tough for me mentally, especially with the move and being unemployed…so I want to get back into the fun, fitness-y stuff here! I’m bringing back an old favorite: If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… –My workouts in pregnancy have been low-key. Theres not much to them, but I’m thankful to be able to move. Running even a minute or two just doesn’t feel right so I’ve been avoiding running and all high impact activity. What I AM loving is… View Post

This past weekend, my brother-in-law married my new sister-in-law. (Hooray for more sisters!) I’ve known them both for about nine years and it was just a perfect, beautiful, fun-filled weekend full of love and I couldn’t stop smiling (except when we woke up on Sunday morning and I learned I had missed the continental breakfast at the hotel). I love them, I love my family, and I love LOVE. (I’m cheesy and I cannot help it.) Whenever I’m lucky enough to get extended time with family, I come home and feel the immediate need to detox and minimalize (whether this… View Post

The truth is, I haven’t had a ton to say in my little corner of the internet lately. I want to write about what people come here for but I haven’t been able to partake in many fitness-y activities since February. But now…now I have words and emotions tumbling out of me at rapid speeds, questioning who I am and the impression I give off to those around me. If you’re reading this, it means I fought the urge to tuck this post away for fear of embarrassment, ridicule and just plain feeling like it-shouldn’t-be-a-big-deal-so-why-does-it-feel-that-way, afraid everyone will say I’m not dealing with criticism… View Post