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!

April 2017 Goal Call

Confession: I missed my March goal call, but I have no excuse for skipping it other than the fact that I just did not feel like blogging. And that’s OK, because I needed a break for the month and nothing exploded because I didn’t post any updates here.

Funny how that works, huh?!

Anyway, so now it’s April (that happened fast!) and I totally feel like blogging again (hence this post) and I’m going to jump back in with my April goal call. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my “goal call” posts, it’s simply a way for me to share my monthly goals with y’all and also a simple tool to help hold myself accountable — which is something we all need when it comes to setting and achieving goals.

Running in Brooklyn Bridge Park

First, I’ll start off with a recap of how I did with my previous set of goals, and then I’ll discuss what I plan to work on this month!

February Recap

1. Complete IT Band Rehab and Standard Core routines at least once per week, each. 

Grade: A — I can honestly say that over February and March I was very diligent about completing both my ITB Rehab routine and doing my core workout at least once per week. I woke up to do my ITB Rehab workout before work every Tuesday and on top of doing the Standard Core workout with my strength training workout every Thursday, I threw in some mini core workouts here and there every now and then after a yoga stretch or short run.

Workout Schedule

2. Develop a better, more consistent focus on eating intuitively, especially on the weekends. 

Grade: B — I just thought about this for a minute and honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever realistically be able to give myself an “A” or “A+” grade on something like this because my eating habits will never be perfect. But that’s totally OK, because perfect eating habits are totally unrealistic.

Anyway, I’m giving myself a B because I definitely improved on getting back to intuitive eating habits during the workweek, which for me meant being more conscious about whether I’m really hungry whenever I go to reach for that 4 p.m. snack. Usually I’m grabbing for it just because I’m struggling to keep my focus through the end of the workday and most times it just ends up ruining my appetite for dinner. So lately I’ve only been including it when I’m truly hungry at this time of day, which is usually only on days when I had a longer and/or tougher run in the morning.

See also: My Favorite On-The-Go Healthy Snacks

As for the weekends, I think I did better the past two months, but I think I still have room for improvement. But getting more in tune with intuitive eating habits is kind of a long-term goal because it really does take a lot of effort and it’s not something you can be great at overnight, so it’ll be something that I continue to work on and incorporate.

3. Blog and participate in the blog community when I feel like it (a more intuitive approach), but set limits for when and how long I use social media (e.g., 20 minutes in the morning before work, 10 minutes for a break during the day, and 5 minutes after work during down time).

Grade: B minus — OK so, I definitely let go of any pressure I felt in terms of feeling like I had to constantly be updating my blog and following some rigorous schedule of posting on social media and whatnot. But I also definitely didn’t set parameters for when and how long I would use social media, which I still think is important because as much as I love seeing what my friends and other bloggers are doing, I don’t want to spend all my precious time glazed over on my phone.

For part of this month’s goals, I will set those parameters and work on sticking to them!

4. By the end of the month, if our wedding venue choice isn’t finalized already, narrow down our choices to the top 3 and make a decision by the first week in March.

Grade: A++ — Not gonna lie, as much as I love to roll my eyes at overly Pintersty wedding things and like, the ridiculous wedding industry in general,  it makes me so giddy that wedding planning is a part of my goals right now! Anyway, I’m giving myself an A++ on this one because we chose a venue and put down a deposit for it at the end of February, which means we’re one step further in the planning process and now it’s time to start focusing on planning the details!

Brooklyn Sunrise

April Goals

1.  Stick to my training plan for the Brooklyn Half Marathon (!!!) with a focus on giving 110% in speed workouts and keeping my easy runs truly easy!

2. Book the DJ and the ceremony music for our wedding.

3. Continue blogging (at a “no-pressure” pace) and keep social media use on my phone to limited use — 10 minutes in the morning before working out, 5 minutes after breakfast to post updates in the morning, 10 minutes during my lunch break, and 10 minutes in the evening after dinner.

4. Use my subway commute time to either: write or listen to interesting/educational podcasts. (I’ve been spending too much commute time mindlessly scrolling through social media lately!)

So these four items will be my. main focus for April. We actually have DJ and musician meetings set for today and tomorrow, so number two could potentially be tackled pretty soon!

And as for training and blogging, I’m really looking forward to getting back into both more intensely this coming month. I’m supper excited for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. Definitely give me a shout if you’re running it, too!

What are you goals for the month and how did you do during the last two months? Let me know in comments in below 🙂

February 2017 Goal Call

Hi! Hello! Are we six days into February ALREADY? That seems pretty impossible, since it was just January 1st, like, three days ago. But, whatever … I guess I can’t really argue with the calendar.

Anyways … as I mentioned in my first “Goal Call” post of the year, it’s one of my goals to check in here each month with updates on the mini, monthly goals I’m working on.

January certainly flew by and it involved a good amount of running for me (which means I achieved at least one of my fitness goals for the month), but there were some other areas that fell short and that I can definitely use February to work on.

Me under the Manhattan Bridge

Here’s a recap of how I did in January:

Fitness Goals

1. Run at least 3 days a week, following the 3-month plan I layed out for myself at the end of December. This includes a regular Saturday long run.

Grade: A +  —  As you can see from my schedule below where my completed workouts are colored in green, with the exception of two days when I was sick (the boxes marked red) I completed every run workout I had scheduled. Nailed that goal!

January Workouts

2. Complete the Strength Running IT Band Rehab routine at least once a week (the routine is part of the Strength Running Injury Prevention for Runners program).

Grade: C minus  —  Honesty hour: I know that I didn’t do a good job of marking this off my workout schedule on the days it was paired with other workouts (like yoga or an easy run) where I did yoga or running but not the ITB Rehab routine so I didn’t actually complete it once a week even though on my schedule it looks like I did. If I’m being honest I think I did it maybe 3 times all month, so that’s something to work on incorporating more!

3. Do at least 30 minutes of yoga 2 times per week.

Grade: A plus  —  I definitely did do yoga every time that it was marked on my calendar and I know that I also did extra little 10 and 15-minute sessions here and there. This was a goal I was really excited about so executing it came pretty easy. Now it’s just a matter of keeping it up!

Nutrition

Panera soup and sandwich

1. Get my focus back to intuitive eating.

Grade: B minus  —  I don’t think I honestly paid a ton of attention to my diet in January. Instead of eating intuitively, I feel like it was mostly routine during the week (healthy post-run breakfasts, salads and some not-so-nutritious snacks for lunch at work, and typical weeknight dinners with Mark) and a little bit of a free-for-all on weekends. So, overall not bad, but there are definitely still areas here I can improve upon to make intuitive eating more consistent, especially on the weekends.

2. Snack less at work (especially when it comes to the peanut butter-filled pretzels the office stocks, they are my downfall).

Grade: D —  I did not stop eating the office pretzels, which made me realize I’m not sure that I ever will. I genuinely enjoy them (I just LOVE pretzels, OK?), so I think the focus needs to be not on eliminating them, but incorporating them in moderation.

Personal

1. Establish a regular blogging routine for my new blog entires and social media posts + interacting more with other blogs.

Grade: D — I totally fell off of blogging and social media in January — but only because I sincerely wanted to. See my previous post to read more about this and why I decided I’m OK with it. This goal doesn’t fit with other priorities in my life right now, so I need to reevaluate it and pick something that better fits my priorities.

2. Finish looking at all of the wedding venues we’re interested in so that we can weigh all the pros and cons and pick a place and a date.

Grade: B — We didn’t finish looking at venues yet (we have two more to see tonight!), but we have definitely been productive on this front and I think we’re onto an overall idea that we’re both really excited about, so it feels like we’re getting close. Plus, even if it takes us one or even two more months to make a final decision, we’ll still have plenty of time for the rest of the planning!

February Goals

Reading over everything for January makes me feel like I did a pretty good job, but that I can focus in even smaller and choose a few less goals to work on in February and each month going forward. So, based on my grades for February and what I’m most excited about for this month, here are my monthly goals that I’ll work on in addition to keeping up with my running and yoga routine.

Hungry Runner running

1. Complete IT Band Rehab and Standard Core routines at least once per week, each. 

2. Develop a better, more consistent focus on eating intuitively, especially on the weekends. 

3. Blog and participate in the blog community when I feel like (a more intuitive approach), but set limits for when and how long I use social media (e.g., 20 minutes in the morning before work, 10 minutes for a break during the day, and 5 minutes after work during down time).

4. By the end of the month, if our wedding venue choice isn’t finalized already, narrow down our choices to the top 3 and make a decision by the first week in March.

And that’s that!

I like the idea that I just have four main things to work on rather than a bunch of things divided into three different categories.

I’m feeling confident in keeping up with my workout/training plan this month and am looking forward to working harder at the things that need more attention!

What are you goals for the month and how did you do during the first month of 2017? Let me know in comments in below 🙂 

Priorities, They Are A-Changin’

If you’ve seen some of my Instagram posts lately (which, you may have noticed have been far and few) then you know that I’ve been feeling uninspired to blog or post anything online lately.

Why?

Well, at first I wasn’t really sure. But then I went for a run with Ashley this morning and she said she had been feeling the same lately. At first she was feeling bad about it like I have (I keep thinking, “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I want to do something I used to love SO much? Everyone else is doing it so much better than I am.)

Then, Ashley said, she thought about it and realized that it really came down to the fact that she had so many other great and exciting things going on; an “evolution of priorities,” she calls it.

Running- Brooklyn Bridge Park

Once she said that, suddenly it all clicked for me. No wonder I’m not as interested in blogging as I was before. I am currently loving my job and actually enjoy going to work. I don’t enjoy coming home and spending more time online after spending most of my day on the computer at work. Same goes for mornings; I’m not interested in spending a ton of time online to start my day. I like being able to run/workout and then spend quality time with Mark both before and after work. Oh yeah, and I’m in the beginning stages of PLANNING A WEDDING. You know, it’s not like that takes a lot of time or anything.

After my chat with Ashley (and after reading the great blog post she wrote about this) I realized that I am totally fine with admitting that these are my priorities right now, and that it’s ok if blogging and social media have to take a backseat to them for a while. It doesn’t mean I have to totally give up on these things, just that they’ll probably be less prevalent in my life than they were before.

Running in Brooklyn

Obviously this isn’t really about running or food or fitness, but I wanted to share anyway in case any of y’all have been experiencing something similar as a reminder to not worry about what everyone else is doing and to focus on the things that are really important to you (which can change over time).

So, there you go! A does of inspiration for your Friday.

I’ll see y’all back here in between my running workouts and wedding planning soon!

xo Katie

January 2017 Goal Call

Hello hungry friends and happy 2017! I hope your year is off to an excellent start and that you’ve already begun to log lots of miles (if that’s what you want to do, that is)!

My 2017 has been good so far, but I’d be lying if said getting back into an early-morning workout routine after almost 2 weeks of vacation hasn’t been a struggle. So that’s definitely something to work on!

Running in Brooklyn Bridge Park

And speaking of working on things, that leads me to the gist of today’s post.

Earlier today I was reading my friend Nicole’s blog where she laid out her goals for January 2017; basically everything she wants to accomplish this month. They are small, simple steps that will lead to achieving bigger changes over the course of the year. When I finished reading her post, a light bulb went off in my head.

Aladdin light bulb

Lately I was feeling guilty for not setting a New Year’s resolution and sort of avoiding setting any sort of goals at all because thinking about the bigger picture of what I want to accomplish for the year felt overwhelming and daunting.

But Nicole’s post reminded me that setting smaller goals that can be attained in a shorter period of time is the smartest way to work towards the things that you want. 

So my main overall goal for 2017 is to start each month here with a list of my goals for the month and (also like Nicole did) a self-assessment of how I did with the previous month’s goals — I’m calling it my Goal Call. Like a roll call … for my goals 😛 (Just go with it, OK? Thanks.)

To start, here are my goals for January 2017!

Fitness Goals

1. Run at least 3 days a week, following the 3-month plan I layed out for myself at the end of December. This includes a regular Saturday long run.

2. Complete the Strength Running IT Band Rehab routine at least once a week (the routine is part of the Strength Running Injury Prevention for Runners program).

3. Do at least 30 minutes of yoga 2 times per week.

Nutrition

1. Get my focus back to intuitive eating.

2. Snack less at work (especially when it comes to the peanut butter-filled pretzels the office stocks, they are my downfall).

Personal

1. Establish a regular blogging routine for my new blog entires and social media posts + interacting more with other blogs.

2. Finish looking at all of the wedding venues we’re interested in so that we can weigh all the pros and cons and pick a place and a date.

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I’m going to leave it at that for now! There are more things that I wanted to add to all of these lists but as I thought about adding them and realistically being able to tackle them I realized that I’d be better off if I saved them for next month and focused on just these seven goals for this month.

So that’s what I’ll be working on and I’ll be back in the beginning of February to let ya’ll know how I did and what I’m planning to conquer next.

Now it’s your turn! What are your goals for the month? Let me know in the comments!