Wow. As cheesy as it sounds, I truly felt connected with so many of you this morning. And while I knew we were all suffering together on our own 6k journey, it’s the part after that I really missed. There are some days at NP where it was so great, that you get home, and want to spend the rest of the day on social media to relive the morning through everyone else’s perspective. I’ve been trying to see what everyone did on the socials and on strava and it truly was awesome. And again, with everyone sharing like they did today, I felt connected with you all once again. Whether you live in a different city now, or hadn’t been able to make it to a workout in awhile, seeing so many people suffer the same 6k was awesome. So, thank you all for your energy, your creativity and your hard work this morning. It truly was inspiring. I feel like meaning behind #NP_Continues has a new life for me. So keep bringing the energy, keep being creative and keep working hard. People need that right now, and you may not even realize it.
Do you remember when we did the Sunrise 6K two weeks ago? There was something about sharing how we felt, and connecting together virtually that was pretty special. Today was the exact same distance, early morning 6k, same, same, but yet, we shared the sunrise with the entire world.
Some of our most memorable physical accomplishments may not have been personal records or the most successful attempts. Through these tense times, our goal is to celebrate the privilege of being able to move and create a connection with our fellow humans. In reflecting together, the connection continues with your story from this morning that you can share with the world.
As the writer of a blog, there are times when you wonder if anyone is really reading this. You wonder, “does it make a difference… or am I just sitting here typing for myself?”
I believe the answer is yes, to both of those questions. Yes this blog makes a difference, because some of the November Project world has come to know and count on the blog from Boston coming out every Mon/Wed/Fri–either spouting some report of the badass workout or some thoughtful reflections about what that workout in this community might mean. Sometimes is short and humorous, other times lengthy and deep. And after taking some time away from writing the blog 3x/week while we adjust to virtual NP and personal lives that are far from normal, I can confidently say that yes, this blog is for me too. As a now long-time co-leader of NP_BOS, this blog has become a reliable place to share my feelings about November Project and the vast community of people who attend and are connected. It’s become a place where I reflect on my own experience of the morning, and the experiences of others, and offer a perspective that might just give an extra bit of staying power to the in-person morning workouts. Another moment of meaning, or excitement, or ah-ha that can be inspired by the brief time together, and that continues with you in thought or feeling throughout the day.
After recent questions arose in the global November Project Facebook Group (NP World Social), we wanted to shed some light on why November Project has stopped identifying cities as tribes.
To backtrack: at the annual gathering of November Project co-leaders last summer in Seattle, we did an exercise with co-leaders from each city that eventually produced our Community Agreements. We were put into small groups and asked to share what we thought should be required of members and co-leaders who show up to November Project. While each group verbalized their thoughts in various ways, we all shared the same vision, and our collective ideas were crafted into these Community Agreements. We encourage all of you to go read, or reread them…right now. We share this to give context and to bring you into the conversations that allow November Project to grow and adapt as we learn.
-Sunrise 6K April 29
-Excellent week of zoom connections
-we’re crushing the #covid19minutesofstairschallenge
-NP YWG Book Drive for Wpg Harvest launching NOW
We had another excellent week of Zoom workouts! Join us at 6:14am or do the workout on your own time. We had a great Happy Half Hour on Friday, Willie told us about the weird burrito he had made that week and Kristjana told us that her dog Gracey is her secret weapon for engaging her students in her video content.
Hello and Shalom again, NP BAL!
It’s been awhile; TOO long for that matter. Rachel Gang, here. I REALLY miss YOU, NP Baltimore! I didn’t realize it that much, until I saw your sweaty faces and couldn’t high-five ya or give y’all a hug through the zoom screen 🙁
Wednesday and Friday mornings, even the hills, burpees, squats, hoistees, yet most of all the sweaty hugs. For now, I’m staying the course and still braving the dry and sweltering desert temps which linger well into the evenings. Last time I wrote for ya, I was I was dreaming and drafting up a plan to get that #freefitness and #NP thing going over here in Israel’s southern desert. WELP, that fell out the window (or off the horse or perhaps off the table, however the expression goes…) Remind me? The more and more I speak and live in a Hebrew-speaking world, the more and more my English declines and goes out the window. I slowly found out Israelis aren’t really morning people, and I became less of one too the longer I lived here in Israel. I’d like to say that a few sweaty faces on screen from the Baltimore folks have changed that for the better.
It’s so warm out!! I know you know this but I got so excited yesterday as I saw all of the mounds of ice floating down the river – ask Trent (my roommate) I mentioned it probably more times than necessary.
There is something about the transition from running on snow to running on pavement that gives me endless joy. Maybe it’s the jump in your step, the grip from your shoes, or just the warm air. It all just seems to give me a recharge mentally.
Our workouts may be virtual, and our physical presence socially distant, but you can always count on our November Project VB family to lift you up. In light of our regular Positivity and Hard Hat awards, we have created the virtual crowing of a King / Queen of the Quarantine. This morning was the official crowing of our favorite royal couple, Carla & Jim, two incredible humans that have no doubt won the heart of our NPVB community.
- We had an amazing group of badasses locally and across NP land accomplish some pretty legit running achievements this weekend
- Sometimes we decide to do hard things, and sometimes hard things decide to find us. In both cases we have to #justshowup
- We are going to have a lot of fun next Wednesday running 6k at Sunrise, taking gorgeous pics and sharing our personal stories – and free Brooks shoes are up for grabs
YETI 24 Hour Challenge
Over the weekend, several members of our NP Columbus family decided that they were not going to let the quarantine life take away one of their greatest joys – running. Morgan Green, Stephanie Baker, Anna Snyder, Miranda Kibler, Leather Kilburg, Michael Pawlus, Robin Dobler, Katie Montemayor, and John Kohlhepp set off on solo adventures where they were tasked to run 5 miles every four hours over the course of a 24 hour period, completing a total of 30 miles each. Some decided that the race challenge wasn’t enough, so they also opted to start their fun in torrential downpours, high winds and darkness. Some further decided that 30 miles wasn’t quite enough, and tacked on an extra mile to complete the 24 hour 50k. The level of fierceness can not be understated in this group!! I know more people have seen these efforts and are planning to run this coming weekend, too.