I have been living in San Marcos, Texas for almost seven years now and it really wasn’t until I graduated from Texas State that I discovered the wonders Austin has to offer. I finally got the chance to get to know the city and the effect it had on me was beautiful.
I used to think of Austin, TX as just the home of the infamous 6th street and Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake), which wasn’t a bad combination at all. Every Sunday morning, our cross country team would go to Town Lake for a morning long run, and even back then I though to myself, “I really love this place, I could definitely see myself living here”.
After I graduated and was done with college track, I threw myself into every sport and activity possible that could take my mind off the fact that I wasn’t a collegiate athlete anymore. Also, now that I had all this extra time on my hands and any risk of injury wouldn’t seem like a death sentence anymore, I went on to explore the possibilities.
I learned how to ride a motorcycle, began rock climbing, bought a mountain bike and fell in love with the sport immediately, then cycling came along, and before I knew it I began training for a triathlon. What does any of this have to do with ATX you ask? Well, most of the things on the list I got addicted to because of the incredible trails Austin has to offer, or the fact that the city is to cycling-friendly, or the fact that after a long ride or run, there is Whole Foods to cure your hunger and exhaustion.
Austin’s amazing culture that fills every corner, every coffee shop, every park, every cafe or restaurant is so appealing, that I can’t help but be drawn into its welcoming arms. The live music scene and the local restaurants further drew me in and now I’m completely on the “Austin” dream. 🙂 In my head, I made a list of all the things I love about the city and why I NEED to move there as soon as possible. So here is my list along with some pictures to prove my point.
The “Why I love ATX” list:
1. Town Lake- 10+ miles of soft running surface, need I say more?
2. Barton Springs– a pool, fed by underground springs…aaammmazing!
3. The Green Belt & Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park – mnt. biking and trail running galore! Not to mention absolutely gorgeous!
Sunset at Mnt. Bonnell (original photo)
4. Mnt. Bonnell– breathtaking view of Austin (sunset pic above)
5. Whole Foods– YUM!
6. All of the outdoor activities you can do: Cycling, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing- to name a few
Cycling Race in ATX (original photo)
My friend Jess and I kayaking @ Town Lake
7. All the races that Austin puts on. Marathons & half-marathons, 10K’s, 5k’s, triathlons, fun runs, cycling and mnt. bike races, all are really well organized and executed!
Valentine's Day marathon & half marathon
LIVESTRONG Challenge w/ my buddy JP
Warrior Dash w/my friends. Best time EVER!
8. TWO WORDS: Music Scene!!!! Austin has some of the best concert venues: Stubbs, Momo’s and Emo‘s to name a few. Also all of the Festivals like SXSW and ACL. It get’s crazzzy! I got to see some incredible performances by some big names like Jay-Z, Colbie Caillat and Passion Pit as well as amazing music by local singer-songwriters artists like Alyse Black!!!
The incredible Alyse Black @ Momo's on West 6th (original photo)
9. Local restaurants– some of the freshest, most delectable food I’ve ever had! Here are several of my favorite spots:Kerbey Lane Cafe– love, love love this place; Uchi, Maiko and Kenichi– all 3 have pretty awesome Japanese food; Magnolia Cafe– it’s like a taste of heaven in your mouth; Wahoo’s Fish Taco– super laid back beachy feel and yummy food and drinks; Home Slice Pizza– I can take out one of their pizzas by myself…it’s THAT good; Brick Oven Pizza– fantastic pizza and a great wine selection; The Clay Pit– incredible Indian food! It’s a whole lot cheaper if you go for lunch.
Home Slice Pizza---can you say YUM?
Ok I can go on fooooorever about food and tell you about all the wonderful places you can go eat or DRINK, but that would require you to be glued to this page for at least another hour.
10. The Night Life– well that’s a given. Between all the concerts, bars and lunges, there is plenty to do in ATX when the sun sets.
11. The overall wholesome and athletic nature of the city. I’ve also had the chance to meet and to work, with some of the most highly qualified professionals in the health and fitness arena. Take Train4TheGame for example, it’s a premiere training facility located in north Austin and the knowledge and techniques that the trainers there employ are mind-blowing. If you’re broken, they’ll fix you; if you need to reach “the next level” they will kick your butt up there; if you’re terrified of trainers, you’ll be amazed at how hilarious and easy going these guys are. P.S all of this is coming from my personal experience. I just shared with you Austin’s best kept secret, you’re welcome. 🙂
2 of the trainers: Veronica and Jessica (original photo)
12. Last and certainly not least: The PEOPLE I’VE MET IN AUSTIN! This city does something to you. It changes you, shapes and molds you for the better. I feel at peace and so happy when I’m there and the wonderful individuals, which I’ve met thus so far add to my bliss. I’m thankful for them every single day and I’m convinced that happy, life-filled cities create wholesome and phenomenal people. 🙂
If you’re an Austinite reading this, wouldn’t you agree?
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky