My name is Katie and (as in every other “about me” in every other blog you frequent) I am a twenty-something girl living and working in Manhattan (or, as my four-year-old niece calls it, The Big City).
- That’s me, the wine-lover who will soon attempt her first marathon!
I was born in upstate New York, but my family moved to Richmond, Va. when I was about three, and Richmond is where the heart is.
I graduated from JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design in May of 2007, and sometimes wish I hadn’t because I loved it so much that I miss it often and want to go back. However, I left with some amazing things…i.e., lots of new friends, lots of wonderful memories (and pictures to accompany both), a degree and the JD (not a J.D. degree myself, but an awesome boyfriend who three years later, happens to have one ).
I was super lucky to have landed a job just a few months after graduation, and in July of 2007, found myself moving up to Northern Va…and what [happily] felt like JMU, Phase II due to so many friends and acquaintances also starting work in the NOVA/DC area. Shortly after starting life in the real world, I realized that I needed to do something other than sit in a cube all day
. Enter: running. Once discovering the runner’s high, I was hooked
. And running became part of my routine.
I worked as the editiorial assistant for a trade publication for about a year and a half, and then jumped up to editor of the magazine. While the benefits were good, and the hours/flexibility of the job even better, my heart was not in it. I looooved being editor, but the content was certainly not something I was passionate about. But New York was. So as the JD (who was in law school at Rutgers Camden) started looking at bar exams to take as his final year of law school came to a close, I started looking at jobs in the Big Apple.
After lots of applications (on both our parts), we finally made it here in February 2011 and things have been heaven ever since. My running really picked up after joining the NYRR and finding new running friends, the job situation is improving
, I get to see lots of family and friends on a pretty regular basis, and there is ALWAYS something fun and new to do
in this dear, old, dirty town
And while I’m loving this life as a city girl, I do miss my hometown. Like…a LOT. And my family, about 840348304384034 times more. Annnnd wish they could visit here or I could visit there every single weekend and then some. Though not sure how that’s possible…
So when I didnt make the ING NYC Marathon lottery on the first try, I immediately knew what marathon
to go after. I find it fitting that I’ll run 26.2 miles for the first time in the city that is my first love, and with my family oh-so-close. And hey, it’s just one more excuse to buy a plane ticket down south!
More to come on this page once I’m settled (in the blogging world, that is…I got to the city 5 months ago)!
In the meantime, my first post captures a bit of the back story.