SAN FRANCISCO NOTES:
You guys ready for a love filled blog post? Because I’m about to drop words like “adore”, “appreciate”, and “fornicate”…wait what? Nevermind. Just ignore this entire blog post. Skip right over it. Nothing to see here, carry on, carry on! Laura got egged in the head yesterday in the middle of her work day. Then today she tagged shirts in the freezing cold and breathed in the fumes. Combine that with the closet full of cold medication she is taking and you have a winning blog post full of nonsense and love. Are you honestly still reading this? It’s like watching a car crash. Imagine what it feels like to be writing it. Holy shit, she is still writing. How could she possibly have anything else to *not* write about? The tribe came out in the biggest numbers yet. On one of the coldest days of the year. Gosh, darn it, I love you people.
Friday: 17th and Texas for some hill action with Mr. Chris Stivers! 6:25 AM!
SAN DIEGO NOTES:
The San Diego sky was on fire this morning (892°C, to be exact)…but so was our tribe! Out of the flames our brightly coloured tribe braved the chilly 6.6°C degrees to take on Push Up, Throw Down, Throw Up 100. It was a riot of colour as our tribespeople sprinted the 9, 18, and 27 meters between intervals of 20 partner push ups and throw downs (not the WWE style, we do ours for abs). We capped off the workout with a Midget Hump (only 804.6 meters) to prepare for the upcoming PR workout and I swear we made a double rainbow…what does it mean?!
Major props to our MVPs today, wear those golden capes well! The Recruitment Challenge has officially begun – if you need more recruiting papers, just give Lauren, Ash or myself a shout! As always, my dear tribe, you make getting up before the sun well worth it – be happy, be strong and BE BRIGHT! Eh?
Y’all good San Diego?
After some light snow, we climbed and climbed the stairs until there were no more stairs to climb. That’s not true, actually. There are many stairs left to climb, which is good because we are going to be climbing again next Wednesday.
THURSDAY: Meet us at the Pint Downtownat 7:00pm. This is your chance to meet the Leaders from every November Project Tribe! Wear your grassroots gear or your Oilers gear.
FIELD TRIP FRIDAY: We are going to Gallagher Park for our hill workout this Friday at 5:59am. If you show up at Emily Murphy Park, you will be running alone, and that is no fun. It’s even less fun when the rest of the tribe is a few minutes away from you having the most fun anyone has ever had… EVER! Don’t forget your sled!
Here’s the link for the location.
It was a brisk -7°C in the non-state of DC this morning and the 7-15cm of snow they called for last night was pretty much all the way gone. We here in DC like to consider ourselves just as #weatherproof as our more northern tribe members and braved the cold like it was no big deal. Actually, it felt quite balmy once we started moving and the sunrise was definitely something you didn’t want to miss. Our 5:30am group continues to grow and represent the most badass of racers. Today was another round of the McEnroe workout (for tennis lovers and haters alike): running the stairs and doing partner workouts in between logs (one up and down on the steps). This consists of push-ups, burpees, air squats, partner plank, sprint to Abe, and our new favorite hop to Abe. Recruiting papers were distributed and the homework for the week was to recruit someone with your new fancy recruiting papers. RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT. Tell everyone about how much fun you have, how awesome the people are, and how awesome they are. We’re just trying to gather all the awesome/crazy/fun people in DC. We then sent everyone on their merry way, glowing in the sun and the cold.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Show up next week prepared for #Mugshots. We’re taking photos of everyone and making an album. Get serious, go crazy, make a sign. GET WEIRD. And bring your friends.
by The G Boys
Our Tribe of 25ish souls (a few left early…Jeff Mack) would not let the slippery slopes of the windy hill stop them from having the best start to the day anyone could ask for. Our hard workout was a new take on a reoccurring one that allowed us to play in the snow a little bit and we even got to catch some snow flakes on our tongues for the finale. Hell of a morning and we can not wait to see you all on Friday for a workout run by the Pat Bauch. He is gorgeous and smart so be there or be square.
by Flannel Dan
NP1609m had an impressive turnout of newbies, ehh, despite the negative 10°C morning temp. No new snow to report, though we are quite jealous of our eastern tribe mates that got doused with freshies that we’ve been toquing for. Today, the boys faced off against the girls in a ‘who runs in flannel better’ battle. Both teams ran figure-8s across our amphitheater for 20-minutes, tallying up the number of completed 8s. The ladies team, captained by first-timer, Ivy, took a commanding lead thanks in part to having a squad twice the size of the dudes. Not to be outdone, the gentlemen, led by birthday boy, Cisco, fought from behind as the teams faced-off in a dual of Lumberjack Sebastians (seven glorious minutes of Burpees while wearing flannel). The third and final element of the competition obviously was the Flannel Flair count. Each team has been awarded a point for each piece of flannel attire worn – shirts, pants, scarfs, hats, onesies. Results will be posted later. The Denver tribe was warm and fuzzy this morning. Don’t be a hoser, join us next week!
Combination of snow and rain that pooped all over Boston in the past few days conveniently turned to ice in the sub 0°C temperatures over night. This magical wonder of nature left the concrete steps of our beloved stadium nice and slippery just waiting for someone to crack their skull open. Since safety is our 3rd priority (right after tuning to jams on and up as soon as we get into the car, and checking twitter feed as soon as we open our eyes), we decided to move the workout over to the track. It seemed like the tribe was not disappointed. Our relatively short track workout of 25 minutes switched between doing burpees and 400m laps between partners. Was it hard? Well, let’s put it this way, with the windchill of -12°C not a single person complained about cold.
On Friday you will be led into the battle of Brookline hills by very competent and charismatic Evan and Amanda. Please behave and make sure that you look both ways when crossing the street.
This guys works out in basketball shorts, running shoes, and no shirt in 30 degree weather. He offsets that with wearing a three-piece suit to work. He thinks that Facebook is oddly misspelled term coined of two words that usually wouldn’t be found next to each other in a sentence. He is tall, smart, gentle and soft-spoken. Ladies and gentleman, his name is Kreg Pearless and he tells us a few things about November Project and himself as a part of it.
When Brogan asked me to put some words down on paper about November Project I thought it would be easy. It could be about “anything” – he just wanted it to be my story. I had a few thoughts:
- Tell them about the time you accidentally started NP-Chicago by doing a Deck in O’Hare Airport
- Write about your first day at NP and being humbled by how easily Claire Wood and Goldie Kaufenberg kicked your ass (let’s be honest – they still kick my ass)
- Talk about how …
… At some point it occurred to me that, while these stories mattered, none of them could capture the immensity of November Project and what it has become. Sure, it would get the job done; one of them would be good enough to get on the blog, and they are certainly part of the NP story. But I wanted to unravel what November Project is at its core…
Okay Kreg: So how does one capture the ethos of NP?
(Damn – I should have stuck with Brogan’s original question)
If I may be so bold… here is my, albeit brief, attempt to untie this Gordian Knot.
I believe, as many of you reading this believe, that NP is special. It transcends each and every one of us. Yes, Bojan and Brogan are the unquestioned leaders and heart of it, but it’s also greater than them. They’ve turned too many people on to the power of positivity, community, and accidentally getting fit at the same time. Just ask Rich in Arkansas – you don’t have to be in Boston to be part of this.
Is it the hugs? Is it the people? Are B&B really just the baddest workout dudes in history? It’s most definitely not Kreg Pearless… As I searched for clarity, I stumbled upon this dude… (Watch his Tedx talk here). I would summarize his comments through the following quote:
The truth is that “it’s not necessarily reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if you can change the lens…” you not only alter your happiness; you can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.
(Follow that link – Watch the Tedx talk – read that paragraph again)
So here’s the deal…
Brogan and Bojan didn’t magically solve the code on how to get fit – the genius of B&B is they inadvertently? re-wrote the equation on happiness. Fitness, Hugs, Smiles, and the “I’m glad that you’re here” speeches, all play into this. Your brain is getting re-wired every M/W/F and you don’t even know it. It’s like this…
- So you think you’re tired at section 12 of the stadium? Just gut it out for another 11 sections and get to section 1; there you’ll find an army of fun, smiling, good looking, encouraging individuals waiting to emotionally lift you through the hardest & best part of your day.
- Stuck walking half-way up the mountain known as Summit Ave? No problem, it’s only a matter of time until Grady, Jake Otto, Morgan Brown, or Big Smooth comes up behind you to tell you how great you’re doing. These are some of the fittest people you will ever meet, and they are encouraging, not intimidating. And btw, don’t sweat walking up the hill, 95% of the (non-NP) folks we know couldn’t make it up that hill either…
Spend a couple mornings with November Project and that 2-O’clock bitch session from your boss doesn’t seem so bad… Suddenly you’re smiling at people on the street. If you’ve noticed yourself being more content these days – you have NP to thank.
This all may sound wonky but it’s been proven time and again to be true…
Okay, okay, okay… I get it – For many of us the November Project tag is a badge of honor. It’s a, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” kind of workout. It’s a club that anyone can join but a challenge that few rise (quite literally) to accept. Every week we tell our friends, co-workers, worst enemies how they need to just SHOW-UP to a destination deck or Harvard Stadium to see what they’re missing…
That’s all true – Actually, it’s the reason I started doing NP – but you and I can find a fitness club anywhere. Heck there are a dozen groups that workout AT HARVARD STADIUM alone – You don’t need to be part of November Project in order to run the stadium. But no other Harvard Group is the size or scale of NP. I think you have to ask yourself what makes NP different and more popular than the others? It certainly isn’t because NP starts at a better time of day…
I remember telling Brogan, early-on, that “yes, this is a cult”. (I think he took it the wrong way but that’s another story). The narrative of NP isn’t that BG & BM are vanguards of free fitness – they’re on a mission to make everyone around them, their city, and really the world a better place. We all showed up to challenge ourselves and our understanding of ‘working out’ but we walked away with much more…
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And finally – what you’ve all been waiting for: Kreg interviews himself… 10 questions about NP…
Kreg what’s the best part of November Project?
- The people… hands down THE PEOPLE. The workouts can be done (almost) anywhere but when you have a community of individuals who will challenge you, support you, and make sure you smile (at least some point) along the way… That’s worth it. Those of you who have tried to conquer Summit Ave by yourself, know what I mean.
Kreg, I’m not like you, you love working out.
- No, I effn’ hate it… Just ask anyone who’s ever run hills with me. And the fact is I’d rather be doing almost anything other than 200 pushups & 200 sit-ups. But my genetics aren’t that good and I like to eat more than you… Plus – the PEOPLE
Kreg, I don’t like waking up early.
- Don’t like waking up early? Go to bed now – RIGHT NOW – because you really don’t need to watch another episode of some crappy reality TV show. If you’re in bed by 7pm – getting up at 5:30am isn’t that hard.
Kreg, I can’t find you on Facebook. What’s up with that?
- What’s Facebook? Next Question…
Is NP for everyone?
- No it’s not for EVERYONE…
• Don’t show up if you think you’ll be faster/stronger than everyone there
• Don’t show up if you hate fun
• Don’t show up if you have aphephobia
So why did you do a deck at O’Hare Airport?
- Well Why Not? I had a 3 hour snow delay and there isn’t enough room to do a deck on the plane. And Yes, somewhere, Derrick Shallcross just said “3 HOURS! You should have done 5 decks” – This is why Derrick has better looking abs than me. (Can the kid eat a cheeseburger during his layover!?)
Be honest did you Google “fear of being touched” in order to find “aphephobia”?
- Yes, and then I checked dictionary.com to make sure the Google search query was right.
Kreg, how DID you get the Facebook link for Rich in Arkansas?
- Wouldn’t you like to know (ahhemm Kathleen)
If you could change one thing about November Project what would it be?
- Aside from the temperature… Probably, to bring back a way of recording workouts. That was an important part of NP. It wasn’t fair to expect Brogan or Bojan (or EMILIE!!!) to input all of our names and times forever. Still tracking progress helps to grow the community. I have a few other thoughts but that one seems to be the most realistic…
- Challenge: Someone at NP has to know how to build a app/program that can be easily be uploaded to the blog to record workouts… Talk with Bojan – build an App – donate a couple old iphone3s – get it done!
Favorite NP workout:
- Backpack Stadium Days… They make you appreciate the non-backpack days…
What do Madonna’s “Lucky Star,” House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” Huey Lewis & the New’s “Hip to be Square,” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” have in common??…other than their awesomeness of course! They all collaborated today to bring us another epic #DestinationStation with star jumps, box jumps, jumping jacks, tricep dips, push ups and shuffles & lunges around the square! And to wrap it all up a Girls vs Boys game of Capture the Flag.
Congrats to the GIRLS, who defended their last win by again defeating the boys.
See everyone Wednesday at the Royal Glenora Stairs.
See everyone Thursday at the Pint Downtown for the Oiler – Bruins battle. This is your only chance to meet all of the November Project Leaders and have a drink with them. Don’t miss out!
See EVERYONE Friday for the Ultimate Friday Special at Gallagher Park…recruit, recruit, recruit!!
ALL THE LEADERS FROM ALL 7 NOVEMBER PROJECT TRIBES will be represented for this monumental morning of tobogganing and sweaty hugs…Let’s show those US cities from the West all the way to the East how we do it up North!! Bring your sleds! #NPLEADERS
When Edmonton and Madison are part of your global tribe, talking about temperatures and snowfall is like challenging F1 car to a race in your road car – you know you’ll never gonna win but the experience is what matters. And our morning was all about the experience. Even thought the snow quickly turned into the rain, that didn’t stop tribe members from starting a snowball fight and ignoring directions of the workout. Even BG got sidetracked with snow projectiles flying over his head that he sent troops on their run home without taking the group photo. But it’s all good, there is something magical about the first snow.
We said it hundred times, and we’ll say it again; what happens at the destination location is only a third of the workout designed to break up your run. The other two thirds are happening on your run over and back from the location. If you join us just for hugs and few core exercises, you will NOT get the full benefit of your Monday with NP. If you live far enough that you need to drive over, park your car half way and run rest of the distance. If you live a block away from the meet-up spot, go for a long run before you join us in your back yard. During winter months we want to make sure that you’re putting in the mileage and Monday should be the way you do that. Remember, Monday = Run-Deck-Run.
On Wednesday we’re back at the stadium. We’ll use this opportunity to announce our guest leaders that will be taking care of your fitness on Friday.
One of the best people I’ve known in my life, Emilie Mandaric is today’s guest blogger. I’ve watched her over the last few years start as a skeptic, transform into an athlete, and grow from negative to neutral to full supporter of our movement. She and I went for a 1.5 mile run two years ago and we were forced to stop and take many rest breaks before we were done. Fast forward two years and Emilie has found her way to the finish of countless 10K’s, #FrogMan1′s, and even a few half marathons. Her progress as a runner is an entire story in itself and I couldn’t be more proud to have watched from the sidelines. I am also very happy to see that we’re actually getting this post up and live without her husband and my dude (Bojan) knowing about it. This is the annoying/awesome November Project seen through the eyes of a Emilie Madaric:
Brogan asked me to write a guest post for NP and keep it a secret from Bojan. As I rarely get the opportunity to surprise Bojan, I said yes. I sat down and typed out my thoughts, then erased them, then re-typed them, and then walked away and tried again. Finally, this logorrhoea (<-- the true "medical" term for "word vomit") dialogue was born...
At this point, I think we all know what November Project means to a lot of the tribes-people. It means hugs, friends, kick ass work outs, race PR's,and, let’s be honest; looking better naked... and maybe sharing that with someone. What November Project means to me, as the wife of one of the co-founders, is many things. This has evolved over the past two years from hatred and intimidation to love and pride.
So, keeping it real, let's talk about how regularly I've said "I HATE NOVEMBER PROJECT" in the beginning. It’s true. November Project was an unstoppable force, figuratively barreling through my household, and my life.
1) We used to take vacations. We now take November Project vacations. This means we travel to places that have current or prospective NP locations, and/or travel to places with killer stairs that we can crush, at 6:30am…on vacation…
2) We used to have a normal amount of clothing. We have earned so much free #grassrootsgear that it doesn’t fit in our dresser drawers anymore… seriously, we need a third dresser just to hold our (awesome)tagged gear.
3) I used to have socially-appropriate boundaries. I want to hug EVERYONE now. I was on a job interview last week, and when it was over I had to remind myself I shouldn’t hug my interviewer. It’s instinct now to stick my hand out and high five every runner I see running by. It’s like I shit rainbows now. This is what NP has done to me.
4) I used to have free time. We have met so many great people from all walks off life, and have endless opportunities to immerse ourselves in fun activities. Now our calendar is full; filled to the top.
5) I used to participate in “normal” social activities. I can run now… and do a full stadium… and do crow pose. Prior to NP I couldn’t complete sixsections, run a mile, or even do onesun A. I am now expected to participate in 5k’s, 10k’s, even half marathons without much notice because I am an athlete now. Who have my friends become?
6) We used to have dinner dates. My concept of romantic gestures is now all screwed up; it’s gone from asurprise candle-lit dinner, my LBD (men: that’s code for little black dress), and designer pumps to an early morning #weatherpoof half marathon in Hyannis in February and having my husband run the entire race next to me, cheering me on with soaking wet feet.
At this point in time, two years later, with seven cities and hundreds, perhaps thousands of people waking up to meet at 6:30am to sweat, love, and hug, November Project is still that unstoppable force barreling through my household and life, but it’s a welcome one. I have to tell you the phrase “I hate November Project” has been eliminated from my vocabulary. I’ve replaced it with “I am so proud of my husband and Brogan; and all of us might be a bit crazy, but I fucking love November Project.” If you invest one month, one day, one week, or even one hour with NP, getting to see what Bojan and Brogan have started, I think you too will drink the Kool Aid, hug it out, and proudly say “I Love November Project” (“f-word” optional, but highly encouraged).
SAN FRANCISCO NOTES
Word is spreading. Friday’s are growing. Our tribe is so excited about the below freezing temperatures that they are now coming out in bigger groups than ever before. I overheard conversations all week of “Oh, it’s supposed to be 40 degrees tomorrow? F that. I only get up in the morning to work out when it’s 30 or below.” I also have a sneaking suspicion that everyone wants to line up for Rebecca to take more photos of them. Divisadero Street is not a hill to mess with, but NPSF f’ed it up. Denver Dan approves this message.
Edmonton kicked some serious ass this am! How serious? Is negative 35 Fahrenheit serious enough for you? Details on Edmonton soldiers are here.
by The G Boys
Our post workout group photo was inspired by the lovable little creature known as the Penguin. These creatures huddle together for warmth, but we huddle together just because we like it. It was a frigid morning, or Summer as our Edmonton brethren call it, but we survived. A great warm up for our awesome Destination Run this Sunday. Cannot wait to see everyone’s bright shining faces in the daylight!
Unseasonably warm temperatures brought out gigantic numbers to our Summit ave workout this morning. Five frontal hills with a little cross-country detour, mixed in with 55 degree temperatures and 95% humidity equaled to 4.75 miles of up and down hill running, few hundred steamy bodies, and a shit ton of sweaty hugs. Our boy Oregon-Orange-Orka-Oskar-Oprah-Ottoman-Ozone-Oblique-Octopus-Odorless-Organic-Overflow-Octagon-Oyster-Orrin-O**** Whalen celebrated his birthday and construction dudes on the deck of the house nearby said hello.
On Monday, we’re meeting at Charlesgate Park for some core strengthening action. This is a run-to-and-back-from-the-location type workout, and my not so smart phone tells me that expected weather conditions will vary between freezing rain and snow so please plan accordingly.
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Every now and then, something happens and inspires you to do something you have never done before. I expected to see 4 people this morning.
I saw 37.
It’s not easy to describe how surprised I was this morning when I saw your beautiful eyes this morning. And how we had a newbie join us on today, of all days, blows my mind! You all showed up because you believe in the November Project movement. You believe in building a better community and a better city. You believe that the best way to start your weekend is with a free hug. You believe that NOTHING can stop the tribe. I am proud of each and every one of you, and am glad that I know you.
As I write this, it says that our temperature is -40C/F. This is the point where Celcius and Fahrenheit make sweet sweet love to each other and become one.
The tribe is strong.
Monday’s location is at the Giant Christmas Tree
FRIDAY DECEMBER 13th is FIELD TRIP FRIDAY!
Next Friday, we will be at Gallagher Park and we are going sledding. Bring every sled that you have, and come meet every single leader from every single November Project Tribe. Yes, our founders Brogan and Bojan will be there and they will hug each and every one of you. If you’re lucky, they just might lock eyes with you. THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST NOVEMBER PROJECT EVENT TO DATE! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
Thursday, we will be watching the Bruins vs the Oilers at the Pint Downtown.
Dear NP Leaders, please bring some warm weather with you next week. Pretty please!
This study was completed in order to determine if training with November Project, a grassroots #free community fitness group, can assist subjects to accomplish personal fitness goals.
The study enlisted three subjects with varying fitness backgrounds all residing in Boston who were strangers to one another prior to starting November Project. All subjects voluntarily participate in November Project. Lauren Goodman, a 33 year-old with a long history in competitive team sports, playing DI lacrosse in college. She was most definitely not an active (distance) runner so much so she had never run more than 6 miles prior to enlisting in November Project. Kelsey Taylor, a 24 year-old collector of vintage fanny packs, ran cross country and track competitively in college, but had failed to find a suitable (i.e. fast girls and shirtless men) group to continue running with upon moving to Boston. Renata Koziol, a 26 year-old former Russian gymnast, detested running as a high school track star, but flipped her way onto the November Project scene while working as a researcher in childhood obesity prevention. (Side note: Renata’s parents and child prodigy sister were saddened to learn that she had joined a cult after her gymnast career ended in a tragic story that cannot be told.)
Table 1. Subjects
|Subjects||Exposure||Personal Best Prior to
|Lauren Goodman||13 mo||36:12 (7:12) 5M|
|Kelsey Taylor||10 mo|| 1:42:11
|Renata Koziol||13 mo|| 23:04 (7:26/mile)
Training with the November Project Tribe supports one’s consistency in competitive and active fitness and ability to achieve personal fitness goals.
November Project MWF 6:30 AM Workouts-Destination Deck, Harvard Stadium & Summit Ave
Tuesday #FenSpeed track workouts 6:30 AM
Weekly Saturday training runs 7AM (12-22 miles)
Yoga Classes (for injury prevention)
Soon after joining November Project, Lauren Goodman realized she had finally found something amazing. She immediately called her parents exclaiming, “I finally found freaks like me!” She slowly made friends with Renata Koziol, who although shy at first, turned out to be an #UNSTOPPABLE force on the NP scene. Competitive in nature, Renata couldn’t resist giving Kelsey Taylor the stink eye when on her first day, Kelsey proved herself by keeping up with Renata (who had been going for months) on the brutal loops of Summit Ave. It only took a few November Project workouts for the Lauren, Renata & Kelsey to each realize that they had finally found in each other just the right mixture of friendly competition & support to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. #raceeverything
While Lauren had her sights on her first marathon at Boston that next month, Renata and Kelsey planned for their first marathon in the fall. Lauren missed qualifying on her first try by a mere 41 seconds! Determined to qualify for Boston, she joined her now good friends Kelsey and Renata through the long, sweltering summer of wicked early Saturday training runs. They trained through heat, rain, hangovers, and tons of injuries, skinned knees and way too many loops around Fresh Pond. On any given long run, one of the trio would undoubtedly be feeling slow, unmotivated or mentally burnt out, but having each other, they took turns supporting one another through the runs, ultimately getting up to 22 miles. Between 3 days of November Project, #FenSpeed Tuesday and Saturday long runs, they almost never had to train alone, which prior to November Project would NOT have been the case. Not long into their training, the trio realized that not only would they reach their goal of completing a marathon, but they could also achieve the strict qualifying times for Boston.
On September 15, wearing her #GrassRootsGear Lauren redeemed herself running a blazing 3:28:24 to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon. However, she didn’t see her work as complete; she was determined to see her good friends & training partners Renata and Kelsey through their first marathons a mere 3 weeks later. Renata and Kelsey got smutty with their 1st marathon at Smuttynose Rockfest, with no shortage of NP friends and family in attendance. Lauren ran 17 miles that day first pacing Danielle DeSiato-Hallman to her PR finish in the half marathon, and then supporting Renata through the last 7 miles to the marathon finish. With the strong and dedicated support of their NP tribe and each other, Kelsey finished with a BQ time of 3:34:48 with Renata shortly after at 3:37:34. The strength of their friendship, and the support they had for one another both within and outside of November Project led them to accomplish goals beyond their initial expectations. #FUCKYEAH
Table 2. Results
|Subjects||Exposure||Personal Best Prior to
|Lauren Goodman||13 mo||36:39 5M
|Kelsey Taylor||10 mo||1:36:42 13.1 (7:23/mile)||26.2|
|Renata Koziol||13 mo||21:09 5K
The purpose of this study was to examine if training with the November Project Tribe does in fact supports one’s consistency in competitive and active fitness and ability to achieve personal fitness goals. Undoubtedly, we found that November Project can help members accomplish their personal fitness goals, with the trio of participants: Lauren, Kelsey, and Renata serving as only one example. However, as we reflected on our data, we’ve realized that there is more to our results. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings, a phrase was coined that brought together the community of Boston: “Boston Strong”. What is Boston Strong? An adjective? A noun? Maybe a verb? To us, Boston Strong is not an adjective – it is a noun that existed long before the phrase was actually coined; its a community of people who together with you find the strength to grow and become the best version of yourself, whether you define that physically (in the form of fitness/health goals), emotionally, or otherwise. Lauren, Renata, and Kelsey each found their BostonStrong in November Project, where not only did they accomplish their marathon goals, but they have formed life changing friendships. The tribe has become their extended family, and 6:30 AM their new favorite time of the day. Not everyone will find their BostonStrong in November Project. Some may find it in their community gardens, book clubs, or biker gangs. One thing we know for certain, though, you’ll never find BostonStrong at the gym, alone on a treadmill with your headphones on. So let us answer the question we know you’re all asking: “Will I find Boston/Madison/Edmonton/DC/SD/SF/Denver Strong at November Project?”. You’ll never know until you try. See you at 6:30 AM for the start of your case study.
1. November Project DC
The tribe here in DC continues to be strong. Fresh faces were greeted with hugs and then all paired up for some speed dating. Everyone went on a triple date this morning, switching partners about every ten minutes of stairs with push-ups and burpees by the reflection pool. Finished up with a relay race in our groups of six. Big hype for our #RecruitingPapers event this Friday (for full details see NPDC’s Facebook event) and a reminder to everyone that our Wednesday 5:30AM group has started and is going strong. This message was brought to you by Danny (sexy bearded guy) & Steve (sexy stubble guy).
2. November Project Boston
This is the PG-13 version of my original post: Its BG and I’m happy to say that its December here in Boston. Because today is the first Wednesday of the month we did the climbing classic called #FrogMan1 (formerly known as “the hiking trip”) which is a total of 50 sections of the Harvard Stadium. The cold has actually made us colder and we’ve added a time cutoff so that we can jam pack everyone into a group photo, sitting the hot and recently active next to the finished and nearly frozen. This grand finale snapshot helped to get everyone on their way. Was this unfair to the less-speedy kids in the group? Maybe a little. Will they get more sections completed in the first week of January knowing that the group photo is coming? Absolutely. Please notice that our Boston photo style will remain black and white all month as we close out 2013. In 2014 we’ll bring in the bright New Year and you’ll see an explosion of color. With this in mind, get a lot of neon/bright gear for the holiday self-giving season in order to stand out in 2014. And one last thing… I refuse to fact check with Bojan on this and I’m going to just tell you what’s on my mind: The tribe is strong.
3. November Project Madison
My name is Ted Gurman. I lead the November Project tribe here in Madison no matter what. As for today’s workout: It was rainy, not very cold, and rather dark, but we took some time to lay in the puddles and have a blast. The tribe is wet and strong. Mostly strong. Again, my name is literally Ted Gurman, and I approve the message.
4. November Project Denver
Move over Victoria’s Secret models, Denver’s got their own Angels who graced a frigid runway this morning to further sculpt their heavily layered bodies. Despite the smack of single digit temps and the anticipation of snowfall, the tribe held nothing back as they attacked a circuit workout aptly named ‘Snowballs Chance in Hell’. Since we are all angels, there were no snowballs thrown and what should have felt like hell was actually heaven. Nonetheless, we jumped our way up the stadium seats, bear-crawled down, and then ran to the center of the Amphitheater as Dan pontificated about his vision of a future that does not yet exist and how every tribe member is a purple cow. That was weird, but then we kept running, jumping, and crawling.
Thanks to NP-YEG’s winter layering tips for keeping the tribe toasty warm this morning with our toques and ample supply of baklava. This message was built 1 or more miles above sea level.
5. November Project Edmonton Newbies in -28C (-20F)!
When it gets this cold we show up with a thousand layers. By the end of the workout, hundreds of those layers are lying on the ground. Fortunately, it’s just the layers, and not the tribe that’s on the ground. Why? Because the tribe is strong! Originally, the plan today was to have everyone do a giant hug, and then all go up the stairs together. Body heat saves lives! Since the stairs aren’t wide enough to actually do that, we tried to outrun the wind instead. I’m not saying we outran it, I’m just saying that we barely noticed it. THIS Friday is Emily Murphy Hills. 6AM. The final day of this Arctic week. Layer up. Cover up. This hand-crafted note was brought to you by Nadim.
6. November Project San Francisco
Alamo Square felt different this morning, my friends. The fog rolled slowly in off the bay. The sun rose cautiously over the hills. Men and women trudged knowingly, stoic, towards the park. That same gentle earth that once nurtured camaraderie and solidarity, today lay unforgiving and cold, festering with bitterness and division. There was a palpable shift in energy. A wicked brew, two parts estrogen, two parts testosterone, fermented violently on the battle field. It stung your nostrils, made your hair stand on end and your ass cheeks clench so tight you could turn a lump of coal into a diamond. Those that laid witness knew that today, December 4th, would live in infamy. For today we held … THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES!
Actually, today was slightly more akin to a reality dating show than a battle of the sexes. Sorry ya’ll, we may have over-hyped this one, that’s on us. Incidentally, if you left your nunchuks in the park, we have them. We separated the tribe into men and women, which immediately made it clear that we have WAY more ladies than gents. What’s with that dudes? Where are you? Why is it so hard to find a nice, athletic, single guy in this city?! Oh that’s right, their all already dating Laura.
Men and women faced off with a series of different exercises and then lapped the park in opposite directions, pairing up with the first member of the opposite sex to cross their path. Pairs then returned to the center of the park for a series of cringe-worthy partner assisted drills. They came expecting a battle, they instead did squat-jump high-fives and giggled at each other. So which is the superior sex? We may never know…
THIS FRIDAY! 6:27 AM. Hills baby. Divisadero and Lombard Street. Don’t miss it! This message was brought to you by the one and only Dan Clayton.
7. November Project San Diego Dirty 30: Get down, Get low, and have a good, dirty time! Here we go…
The 1st Monday of December marked a number of 1st’s for NPSD! The 1st performance of the NPSD Dirty 30 – an ass kicking, stomach turning, sprint for your life or you’ll just be doing more burpees, good time! The 1st time the MEN outnumbered the Women… although Kev was not happy, a big shout out to the entire UCSD Crew Team for coming out! You guys rock! The 1st time we’ve met people faster than McLovin, which leads us to our MVP’s for today: Zachary and Ish… wait for it… another 1st – congrats to Ish for being our first ever puker in the short history of NPSD – You’ve officially raised the bar! We also want to welcome the other new friends who got their asses out of bed and braved the potential monsoon that was predicted for Kate Sessions Park today (instead it was sunny and 65). Hope everyone’s feeling flexible after the stretch session and we can’t wait to see everyone next week! Ya Feelin Good San Diego? Fuck Yeah! This message was pushed out of the mouth by the brain and heart of Jessica Craik of NPSD.
When BG named this workout “Bojan” I have to admit I was confused. Why would he name a workout that combines yoga moves, agility and running named after me? I’m not good at any of that. If there were some oars and carbon fiber boats involved in the conversation I could see the parallel but this? Was he trying to make me appear like I’m referring to myself in a third person when doing the blog recaps? That would be a BG move, but I don’t think he was going for that either. I think that he did it because I was laughing so hard first time we attempted this workout. In the last few years we’ve done some silly things but this workout is still hands down my favorite! Regardless of the time of the year, weather conditions, or location where we do it, two things are always true: your outfit will be dirty like you’ve been rolling in the mud (because you are) and you’ll walk away with a giant grin on your face.
We want to give a special shout-out to our friend Adam who decided to celebrate his birthday by buying everyone a drink. Adam, happy 25th, you’re a quarter way through and it only gets better from here on out.
We’ll see you on Wednesday for some stair climbing.