Thursday, August 18, 2016

Five Reasons I Love Living in San Diego

This past Wednesday, August 17th, marked the 5th anniversary of my arrival in San Diego. It seems like so long ago and just like yesterday all at the same time. There are times I feel like I've been living here forever and then times where I still feel like I'm only here on vacation. It's a strange sensation, for sure. And while I'll always be a New Yorker at heart, I have definitely embraced the San Diego lifestyle.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on five things I love about living here. Before I get to it, I'm linking up with the Friday Five link up hosted by Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run.

Here are five reasons why I love living in San Diego:

1. The people. I have met some amazing people and made some amazing friends. You may be surprised to know this, but my first friends here weren't runners at all but fellow moms of multiples. Before we moved here, I joined the North County Mothers of Multiples to connect with some local moms. It was the best decision I made. They welcomed me, my husband, my then 5-year old son and my then 4-month old twin girls with open arms and helped me acclimate to a whole new world: living here and dealing with twins + one! In addition to those wonderful mom friends, I've met some other amazing people, both runners and non-runners alike. With no family here, I would be lost without them. Friends that are like family make living here better. Thank you. There are too many people to name individually but you know who you are :)

2. The running community. When I first moved here, Running Skirts had a shop in Encinitas and had a group run during the week. I went one week and instantly felt part of the running community here. Everyone there was friendly and welcoming. I was so out of shape from having the girls that I couldn't keep up with everyone but one of the employees stayed with me. I'll never forget it! From there, I joined the San Diego group of Moms Run This Town and have made some amazing friends. Not to mention the Dirt Devils, San Diego Ultra Running Friends and Run North County. Personally, it's been amazing but professionally, as a running coach/sports nutritionist/personal trainer, the fitness community here is like no other. There is no better place to work. I have loved every minute of working with my San Diego clients!

3. The trails. I have to admit, I was a pretty novice trail runner when I first moved here. There are only a handful of trails near where I lived in the DC area and while they are beautiful, they aren't very technical. It was quite a shock to start running the trails right outside my door. But I have loved learning the trails here and love that I can take my pick from technical, steep climbs in the mountains to soft lagoon trails that lead to the ocean. While I don't love the critters we encounter from time to time, I absolutely love everything about running the trails here in San Diego! And I must give an honorable mention to the coast. I am able to run along the Pacific Ocean coastline any time I want and it's pretty fantastic. Between the coast and the trails, I am in a runner's paradise!

4. The weather. I mean, really. San Diego is known as much for its beaches as it is for its weather. You can run here year-round and get your fair share of Vitamin D on the regular. Granted, we have issues with drought and wild fires in especially hot and dry conditions (like this week) but overall, it's an amazing climate that you quickly get used to! I have lost every ounce of my ability to withstand cold weather. I'll never forget the first winter we went back to New York after moving here, I had become such a wuss. I couldn't understand how I ever survived an East Coast winter and it had only been a year since living through one!

5. The races. We are lucky here in SD that there's usually a race every weekend somewhere within a 30-minute (or less) drive. I've done quite a lot of the local races and have loved getting to know my new county through them. I've also loved being able to easily travel to places I've wanted to race such as Los Angeles, Arizona and Las Vegas. And as my kids get older, it will get easier to explore even further. I can't wait!

While I will always miss my East Coast roots, friends and family, I have loved getting to know San Diego. I know how lucky we are to live here and I feel so grateful to have made San Diego my residence for the last 5 years. Whether we stay here forever remains to be seen but for now, it's home.

What do you love about where you live?

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE the friends I have made here in San Diego who are more like family! Including a pretty awesome family of 5 you might know!

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    1. You're definitely one of the things I love about living here!

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  2. Those are some great reasons for loving SD! I like living in MD because: (a) the school systems are second to none and my kids had great educations; (b) the running community is pretty large and there are always opportunities for cool races (but maybe not as cool as SD); (c) it's easy to find a vacation destination within a relatively short drive; (d) Washington, DC (!); and (e) I've made some of my best friends here, even though many have moved (like, to San Diego). Overall, it is a great place to raise a family, so I feel blessed. Hard to believe you've been in SD for 5 years!

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    1. The DC area is definitely a great place to live. I feel lucky to have lived there for over 10 years! And being so far from all of you is definitely one thing I don't love about living here :(

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  3. San Diego sounds like such a beautiful city to live in. I visited it once and would love to go back again.

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    1. If you ever make it back, let me know! Would love to meet up!

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  4. Ugh I'd totally move to SD if it wasn't across the country from literally all my family. But maybe I can spend a few years there... I'd love to run more trails after being in Seattle and Vancouver this past week!

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    1. All of our family is on the East Coast. All of it. That is the one difficult thing about living here but we didn't really have a choice. We try to make the best of it with FaceTime and visits. And the friends we've made here have become our family.

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  5. Love this.
    I haven't been to SD in over 30 years but would love to go back one day. I too left the East Coast of the US to move to Europe (albeit 20+ years ago) and love the more temperate weather. New England winters ? I don't know how I ever survived !

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    1. I know, it's crazy! And anytime you want to come to SD, let me know! You're welcome here!

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    1. The ocean is great! I love being able to run along the coast whenever I can!

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  7. San Diego does sound like a nice place to live. I love to visit the beach and the mountains when I visit CA!

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    1. I know! And being able to visit both within a couple of hours is pretty awesome too!

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  8. LOVE! I've been to California a couple of times but not to San Diego. (though my bag was once sent there by accident instead of San Antonio, HA!) I'd love to visit some day. These sound like great reasons.

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    1. Come visit anytime! And let me know so we can meet :) And I think your luggage being sent here is a sign that you definitely need to visit San Diego :) LOL!

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