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MOVING DAY + everything works out + deceptive marathon training

This weekend was centered around moving!! Slightly painful yes, but it all turned out pretty great.

Saturday: MOVING DAY

What made this move somewhat exhausting was that I packed AND unpacked everything in one day, since I decided to move the day before (see my last post on this!). Packing started around 10am on Saturday, and it surprisingly didn’t take too long. I make an effort to not accumulate that many things, and definitely was less organized this time as most things were just stuffed in trash bags.

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Finally, my movers came around 3pm. I hired the same movers as when I moved to Astoria – they are so fast, so cheap, and made my life oh so much easier. I didn’t have to lift a finger!

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It only took 2.5 hours to get everything from point A to point B, pretty fast! I spent the rest of the evening unpacking and organizing my new room. The roommates instantly welcomed me and made me feel at home. I felt so blessed. After a long day, I was in bed by 10:30pm.

I must say, the apartment search was quite the exhausting one. I searched for a good 2.5 weeks, running around the city after work almost every other day. The travel around the city itself made me exhausted, and needing to evaluate each apartment without a second opinion was somewhat difficult for someone as indecisive as myself (Christine did fortunately accompany me on a few luckily!). There was even one that I committed to but the other side backed out, leaving me hanging and emotionally drained. I constantly doubted whether all this work was worth it and if I was making the right decision to uproot my life again.

All I can say is, everything happens the way they’re suppose to. I really believe that, and having that as my mantra made the whole experience more bearable. This new apartment is everything I was looking for and more; this rollercoaster ride was so worth it to get here.

As I’m writing this, while eating ice cream in my new living room, I don’t have that gut-wrenching feeling of loneliness I usually had on Sunday nights back in my old apartment. I hated waking up and dreading each day as I knew most of it I would be spending alone. Now, waking up this morning in my new apartment, I felt so at home and without that lonely feeling knowing that there were roommates right there and close friends a few blocks away. I can’t describe how much that means to me ❤

Sunday

A very productive day! That’s what going to bed at 10:30pm the night before gets you :P. My day started off with a run along the East River…A++. I don’t even remember the last time I was able to run 5 miles without stopping because of traffic. It is SOOO nice to be able to have a running path along water again. I am SO excited for many more river runs to come!!

I suppose I’m in the base building phase of marathon training, which will officially begin in a few weeks. I had a discussion about this the other day with a friend…why is base building not an official part of marathon training?? Most training plans say you should have been running 15-20 miles for a few weeks, even months, before starting the official plan, so why not just add that into the plan? I think it’s because no one wants to embark on a plan that’s longer than 18 weeks, I know I don’t. It’s definitely a mental thing to not “officially” be marathon training, but still running in efforts to ramp up for it.

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Then I was off to Astoria one last time to clean the old place and turn in my keys. But first, BAGELS. Aren’t they the best treat after a run?

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It was so relieving to know that that was the last time I’d have to take the train from Queens -> Manhattan again. I will not miss those long rides. Saying goodbye to the old apartment wasn’t sad at all; I definitely will cherish my summer in Queens and everything I learned from living alone, but I am so ready for this next chapter!!

The rest of the afternoon was spent organizing my room and getting all my decorations up. Then, Sean and I grabbed some Indian food for dinner. He only lives a few blocks away from my new place – so nice to have a good friend close by!! There are so many great food spots in the area. Kips Bay is at the heart of everything  – just in the past 24 hours I’ve discovered 4 new food spots, including this one!

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Then, we went grocery shopping at Trader Joes. I am SO stoked to live minutes from a Traders…this is a game changer.

Thanks for reading my much-too-excited rants on this new place! Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

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