Happy longest day of the year, folks! This morning we had our friend Silas Dunham, coming from SumoSkinny.com to do a video feature on our @nov_project tribe. SumoSkinny.com is an online magazine for young people that want to stay current with the newest trends and local events. We’re jazzed about the visit and can’t believe that he banged out the amazing video in only few hours. Silas you’re the man, and that fixie is pretty sweet.
That’s the sentence that came out of Sara’s mouth as she finished her last set of the day. And we agree. There is nothing like the sense of self-acomplishment that you get after completing really challenging workout early in the morning while most of Boston is still in bed. And what a workout it was… 5 times .4 miles up and down the hill, for the total of 4 miles of running.
From Brighton to East Arlington, Cambridge to Beacon Hill, #novemberproject had members bounding out of bed to drive, walk, Hubway, run, and race their way to our Wednesday regular in Allston – The Harvard Stadium “Tour.” Our turnout was as strong as we’ve ever had and hope that your positivity will build for Friday and again next week.
Good morning friends and happy Friday! We started our day with some good ol’ hill sprinting up the Summit Ave. A lot of folks still don’t know what that means so we’ll do our best to explain.
Summit avenue is a street that goes up Corey hill in Brookline, MA. Bottom to top distance is little under 1/2 mile (.4 miles to be exact) of steepness and pain. Gradient varies from hard (~7%-8%) to my lungs are burning (~15%-16%) and it takes us anywhere from 3-4 minutes on average to get up there. Below is the gradient chart borrowed from MapMyRun website that illustrates the elevation. All that purple means that this hill is pretty serious.
For our post today, we thought we could take a moment to explain who the f&%$ some of these super heros actually are. Meaning, most of us don’t run stairs professionally and actually DO other things with our time. Based on the fact that we don’t always have time, or the extra lung capacity, to hang out and socialize after the workout, we thought we’d point out the other cool things that we’re off to during our “work day.” As you know, Twitter is our main vein of communication, so if you’re not on there GET ON THERE. @Nov_Project may miss a few of you and hope you’re so offended that you show up next Wednesday to give us some shit. No but really if you didn’t make the post it’s not because we don’t like you – we probably just don’t know you all that well. But we hope to become your dear friends so we can tell tales of your awesomeness to other @Nov_Project dudes and gals. Sooo without further ado let’s start with…
One day we took DSLR camera to the stadium, took ton of pictures, recorded some videos, made few friends and combined all the material in this Guy Ritchie style video. Hope you enjoy it!
We had a number of new faces show up for Wednesday’s “Stadium Tour” along with many repeat customers. There is no question that the energy is strong and our momentum is building. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post please check it out and post your time – we love tracking improvement. The folks that posted PR’s yesterday will get their “PR Pizza” trophy next Wednesday. Please plan to come next week with friends who may want to get some fitness injected into their life before the work day begins. We’ll be doing that workout every Wednesday with a 6AM start for those of you with early work commitments, while our main group will have a 6:30AM start. On the last Wednesday of the month we’ll do the full 37 sections and anyone who posts their fastest time (PR) will be awarded the “PR Pizza” the following week.
Dear November Project folks, please accept our sincere apologies for not doing our weekly after-the-stadium-feature last Wednesday. Official November Project pet gold fish – Stairs – died and we had to attend the funeral. Everyone knows that cemeteries usually have weak WiFi connection so banging out the blog post wasn’t an option. Also doing it on Thursday wasn’t gonna happen because everyone knows that Thursday is not Wednesday and that’s the way it should be. Now we are getting a sturdier pet, like pet rock or stick fish, so attending pet funerals hopefully wont be in our foreseeable future.
This morning the troops came in ready to work. We were extremely excited to see Rube Weeks come back and go for it. This is the dude that aside from having naturally large biceps doesn’t workout all that much. Seeing him tackle stairs is inspiration to the whole November Project movement.
Larry O’Tool, the president and CEO of Gentle Giant Moving Company made his return to Wednesday sessions after missing couple of weeks. If I told you that Larry is a 6’6″, 240 lbs guy that went 35:38 for 37 sections, you would think much about it. What if I told you that Larry is also 61 years young? Did your mind explode all over the screen? Larry also talks a lot of smack and we love him for it.
Rain, snow, clouds, sun… who cares, we’re doing stadiums regardless of the weather conditions. This morning we had some big name visitors like Rube Weeks representing Olympia moving and always awesome Laura Mac. After few jokes and laughs we had a special trophy presentation for excellence, commitment and support to November Project as well as breaking 30 minutes for a round of 37 sections on the first try. Sara K. Wild dominated her first ever round of 37 in the time of 28:50 and this morning she improved her time by over a minute in very good 27:28 (times are not official). This inspirational performance was rewarded by inaugural “PR Pizza” trophy that Sara will proudly keep on display at her desk at New Balance headquarters – or she’ll just polish that pie for lunch.