NYC, It’s Been Real

What’s that saying?

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard?

NYC Skyline

Yes, that’s the one.

Mary Schmich said that in “Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life,” and after 4 insanely fun but sometimes ridiculously crazy years, I’m heeding her advice and heading to the country.

OK, not the “country” per se. We’re not moving to like, Oklahoma. We’re heading to a smaller suburb outside of Philly and I truly, honestly couldn’t be more excited! 

The thing about NYC is it tests you. It tests you on a daily basis. It throws scuzzy subway rats, obsurd traffic jams, blaring sirens and rude residents always in a rush in your face constantly. 

Liz Lemon New York Jay-Z Gif

When you’re still infatuated with the city’s powerful, magical energy all of those things are minor inconveniences that you’re more than willing to put up with for the simple fact that you get to live in New York City. In a good way, nothing can compare.

But unless you have a love for this place that’s truly engrained somewhere deep in your heart, chances are you will eventually feel fed up. Those minor inconveniences become whale-sized aggravations and like Mary Schmich said, you start to develop a hard shell, and maybe even a permanently angry face.

And yes, part of life is about perspective and seeing the good in things and “finding your zen” even when everything around you is crazy AF. If you love New York City enough and you can do that here, more power to you. But Mark and I decided that the life we want to create together isn’t set in New York. It’s not our style.

And another part of life is doing what makes you happy. And we’re pretty sure we’ll like living in the Philly area more than we like living in NYC, so we took the steps we needed to to make that happen and now here we are: we’re packing up and saying peace to the Big Apple.

That's So Raven Peace Out

When I first moved to NYC and started writing about my running adventures here I didn’t know when this day would come, but I knew that it eventually would. I never pictured myself living in the city long-term. Now that it’s here, it’s definitely bittersweet: I have TONS of incredible memories from my time here and I’m so, so thankful for them.

Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet
4 years ago today (literally to the day) I was at the Fitness Magazine NYC Meet and Tweet.
NYRR Races
I’ve been so lucky to be able to run so many NYC races with the coolest running buddies (and fellow bloggers) that also call this place home.
NYC Marathon
I got to run the NYC Marathon, not once, but TWICE!
NYC Pizza
I got to spend quality time with so many best friends AND eat all the best pizza, sometimes at the same time!
Running in winter on the Brooklyn Bridge
I got to have THIS as one of my regular running routes.
Antigravity Yoga
And I got to try all the latest and greatest fitness classes.
Mark and Me
Oh, and Mark and I got to start our life together here. Kinda a big deal, I guess?

Of course, I will always be a New Yorker. I was born here and its where my roots are. But I’m also thankful for the opportunity to start a new adventure and take on a slower-paced lifestyle.

So, with that said. I have two questions…

Should I sign up for the Philly 10K before it sells out? And where are all my fellow Philly bloggers at? I can’t wait to get to know y’all more!

  1. Yay! Philly is great and has an awesome running community. I moved here from Michigan 3 years ago and really enjoy the city. Also, just signed up for the Philly 10k! It’s probably be a great way to get to know parts of the city…just sayingggg 😉

    1. Yay! Maybe I will see you there 😉

  2. Katie!
    You’ll love Philly! I live in a suburb on NJ, right outside Philly and it’s such a great city. It smaller and a little cleaner than NYC but still has the that great city feel! Let me know if you need a running buddy!
    Good luck <3

    1. Yes, that’s what I’ve always loved about Philly. Plus, it’s easier to get to more nature-y areas! I’ll definitely be looking for some new running buddies, hopefully we can meet up 🙂

  3. Cool, good luck!

    1. Thank you, Keri!

  4. Good luck with your move!

    1. Thanks Emily! 🙂

  5. NYC is my dream destination, Katie! Good luck with your move!

    1. I hope you get to visit one day! It’s SO much fun.

      Thanks! 🙂

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