How I fell in love with New York

December 19, 2019

It’s no secret that I have a huge crush on New York. There I said it. Some might even say in love with it. Kind of obsessed with it. But whatever we want to call this relationship I have with the city, that wasn’t always the case.

When I was little, my family and I took a few trips there and as a young child from Chicago, it was just another city. I mean, I was between 8-13, I wanted water parks and rides. Even that time I went with an ex-bf for a quick 6hr visit and got to see the Times Square lights at night for the first time when I was about 25, that spark wasn’t completely there.

But something changed after that.

Solo Day Trip

I went on my first solo on March 11, 2017 to New York. I went because aSweatLife was hosting a #Sweatworking event at Tone House. It was a no brainer for me and booked a 1 day trip where I left Chicago at 6am on a Saturday and got back at 11pm that same day. It was magical. And it was the beginning of my long distance relationship with New York.

#Sweatworking at Tone House – photo courtesy of aSweatLife

After that first trip, it kind of became my one go-to place for whenever I wanted to escape the city and go explore somewhere new, but still feel like I sort of knew it.

Meeting new friends

Through an Art Run group I ran with once in Chicago – Runstreet – I have met some amazing friends. I have explored areas in Manhattan as well as Brooklyn. I have also ran the New York Marathon which for sure added to my love and appreciation of the big city!

photo by @fillesgarconsny

I have had the opportunity to watch one of the longest and toughest races out there in long distance. The Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race. I watched the film (3100: Run and Become) this past summer I was there and when I learned the race was taking place in Queens while I was there, I met up with a friend (whom I met through Runstreet) and we made our way to watch. We even got to run alongside Asprihanal Aalto, who won this years event, it almost seemed surreal.

Spectating at the Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race

Free Shows

There are also so many chances to attend one of the morning shows or the late night ones, and guess what, they’re FREE!! Check out this site to see what shows are available and sign up for a future trip. These are for both New York and LA (and sometimes Chicago if the shows are traveling!).

Workouts Galore

I love Chicago and how many different types of workouts and classes there are. But if we think Chicago has a lot, New York has many times that. You can seriously find a gym anywhere. With about 6 trips to New York there this year alone, I tried quite a few and there are some that I will for sure keep going back to – I will be sharing about those as well soon! All so different and in such a huge city, you can’t ever explore all.

Switch Playground post-workout

All to say that we all have big hearts and we can love multiple cities and people and only with our new experiences and getting out of our comfort zones will we learn what we like, love and dislike. It took one visit after learning to truly be on my own after 7 years of a not so healthy relationship to get there. aSweatLife has seriously helped with that, and I can’t thank it enough for all that it has done for me (post coming about aSweatLife soon). I am appreciative of the experiences and everything this city has to show its residents and visitors.

This love story continues and hoping that early next year, I can take this long distance love and make it an MTA sub ride away instead!

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