If We Were Having Coffee…Part 2

Today I decided I felt like writing, because I’m not one of those bloggers who plans, and came here to find a huge empty white box staring at me. So, I’m going to take the easy route and go with a “If We Were Having Coffee” post.

If we were sipping coffee together, lounging in big cozy armchairs that feel like fluffy clouds, I’d fill you in on the following:

Let’s start with running. Which is why you come here to Kara Runs-ville, I think.

-Cue Pomp and Circumstance, I’ve graduated.

If only you could see the 4-inch heels I’m stupidly wearing. To walk down a long hill and stand all day. Not my smartest decision as a graduate.

…from Physical Therapy. For the second time. (Do I have a master’s degree now?) I feel 100% better and no longer have that random pain that would pop up when running and whenever I bent my leg in that one specific way. Now I just need to keep up with my PT exercises so my lazy glutes and hips, well, stop being so lazy. And when I say “glutes and hips” I mean myself. I need to stop being a lazy runner and make taking care of my body a priority, i.e. foam rolling and warming up. As we all know, I’M NOT 20 YEARS OLD ANYMORE.

-Needless to say, I’ve been actually running!

forrest gump running gif

Slowly, but healthily. I still haven’t signed up for that 5K I promised I’d register for last month, oops. Still, I’m immensely grateful that I’m feeling back to normal. On Saturday I planned to do an easy 6-mile run, but spotted a great hill and made an instant decision to toss that in. I finished 6 miles which included 7 hill repeats (and I was definitely sore the next day). I’ve learned that building up that kind of strength is so important to being prepared enough to begin training for a race.

You have to prepare to prepare in my world.

los angeles beach views, playa del rey

#NoFilter. (JK. #HeavilyFiltered)

-MORE EXCITING THINGS: On my first post-PT graduation run, I saw NASA’s last existing external fuel tank. It was apparently a huge event, it being there in Marina del Rey. There were so many people and news trucks in my little neighborhood. This thing is massive! They drove it through LA to its new home at the California Science Center, which caused a huge cluster of traffic and street closures and angry Uber drivers.

nasa external fuel tank los angeles

When I was a child, I desperately wanted to be an astronaut, even though I was (am) terrified of roller coasters. Makes sense.

-I am trying very hard to become a writer. If you apply the logic of runners (“you’re a runner because you run”) then WOOHOO I’M ALREADY THERE. But I’d love to write for actual websites or magazines or blogs or newspapers. So, I’m pitching and writing and reading a lot for inspiration. Still haven’t hit my big break (or small break) yet, but I have high hopes. I am putting this out into the universe (wow I’ve been working at a yoga studio for too long) because I really believe you have to ask for what you want.

-I’m over the barrage of ClassPass discussions and complaints on their price increases. I always felt like it was strangely inexpensive for the value it provides. You can take unlimited classes in practically any city and they’re still highly discounted when you compare with single class prices. I really have no idea how anyone made any money when it was $99/month. Also, to answer your question, I have absolutely zero affiliation with them besides enjoying the service they provide.

-We’re looking for a new apartment and found an absolute dream of a place. It has a private patio with twinkling lights and a magical little fountain. It’s in an actual neighborhood, which is unheard of in LA. We can walk places. It has pretty light blue walls and a breakfast nook. WE WANT IT BADLY. Now we’re just waiting to hear if the person ahead of us gets it, although I’m secretly hoping the landlord only told us we’re 2nd in line so they’d have an excuse to ditch us in case our credit report turned out horribly or they found out we’re crazy ax murderers. Neither of which are the case, so I’m crossing my fingers.

apartments in marina del rey

Remember when we first moved to LA?! My oh my how time flies. I haven’t seen Brendan without a beard since then so I don’t even recognize this guy.

-Today I was thinking about Kate Middleton, as you do on random Tuesdays, and how she was a normal ol’ gal until she married a prince. I’m pretty sure if I met Prince William I’d be like, “Bill (can I call you that?), as cool as this all is, I’m not about that life. I enjoy sweatpants and prefer to avoid situations in which I have to be proper and polite. I’d rather go to a friend’s BBQ in said sweatpants (or yoga pants if I’m feeling classy), drink cheap red wine and eat gelato. Which is exactly what I do most Friday nights.

Enough about me, tell me about you! What’s on your mind these days?

I’m a writer currently living in New Jersey and blogging about running, fitness, wellness, and motivation. I want every reader to laugh and feel empowered, balanced, and motivated! Subscribe by email to get 1-2 newsletters a month with post updates, my favorite articles, running playlists and more!


  1. Katie Sheets
    May 24, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    I’M THAT FRIEND!!! XOXO! : )

    Loving these lately!! Also – who the heck is the guy in that picture! He looks so different without that beard!

    • June 17, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Yes you are! My favorite bbq-ing, yoga pants wearing, wine-drinking friend! :)

  2. May 24, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Yep, I’m all about yoga pants and wine (usually out of cups but I recently cashed in grocery store collector points for REAL wine glasses!! WINNING!)

    I love your running location… I’m seriously going to invite myself to your house one day and run with you hahahaha! Just keep doing those PT exercises, stretching and foam rolling and remind me too as well, okay? 😉 I do make myself walk for exactly 10 minutes before I start running now which is a start LOL

    Also, fingers crossed for the new apartment!!!!!

    • June 17, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      You are always welcome! I’d love a running buddy! And yes…I will keep reminding you and you, please, keep reminding me. We really should have daily check ins :)

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