COVID-19 and Face Hugs

Have I ever mentioned one of the very beautiful things about November Project is our connection with each other? We do not just have a bond built on working out together. We have a bond forged in the human connection. 

What is a hug? 

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An act of holding someone tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection. read more

Who are we? I’ll tell YOU who WE are…

There’s a community of people out there, it’s like nothing I’ve been touched by before, and it is a beautiful thing. 

As always, I wish I could better explain it for you. 

Many of you probably know several people in the November Project Columbus community. You likely are seeing a uptick in Facebook and Instagram posts from us lately, and that’s because we want you to come out and experience who and what we are.
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"Hell Week" Guest Blog by Sam Ridenour

“I’m so glad you’re here!”

Hearing Greg Bennett say those words to me mid-workout last July 11th meant the world, especially as my upper body was being beaten to smithereens. About six weeks prior to that first blitzkrieg to my body, I had done the Run Across Haiti alongside 24 other runners, including 4 gals from November Project Philadelphia. The way they had supported each other through the training and how NP Philly had in turn supported them all throughout the journey made a huge impression on me. Reading about the November Project in Runner’s World a few years back was one thing. Witnessing how this community could help propel some of its own do something as crazy as running 200 miles in 8 days was another. Hearing Greg’s genuine words of kindness meant I had moved from sight and hearsay to experience, all before the burnout burpees!
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“Hell Week” Guest blog by Morgan Green

Hotter Than Hell Week tags

As I sit here still riding the high from a monumental Hell Week at November Project Columbus, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and renewed excitement for what’s to come. I didn’t think it was possible to be even more excited about something I love so much, but here we are!

I say monumental to describe the last week for a few reasons. Showing up to three workouts in a single week is a feat. Planning and executing five workouts (two days with multiple times) along with a co-guest leader turned out to be another feat entirely. I was lucky enough, along with my buddy Sam, to be guest leader for the week and given that us two utrarunners have a penchant for extra fun, we thought three workouts in a single week as a modified “Hell Week” would be a great way to heat up this winter we’ve had here in Columbus, Ohio. read more

Badass Unicorn Intentions

Happy 2020 everyone! What a beautiful day for everyone to be badasses and unicorns. No basic unicorns were seen today!

It’s that time of year again where it’s time to make new year’s resolutions! Or I guess that time has passed and now it’s time to start implementing your new year’s resolution. 
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2019 At A Glance

As we’re approaching the last minutes of 2019, it’s worth looking back at all the amazing things that we experienced at NP during the past 365 days. To capture EVERY moment would be impossible as this post would never end, so if there’s a story or an experience you’d like to share, please add it in the comments. We’d like to thank all NP members for another year filled with positivity, support, and fitness. This community is stronger with you as a part of it so please keep inspiring with your actions and kindness. And to our leaders, thank you for your selflessness, energy, and dedication. You are the bloodline of November Project and we’re eternally grateful for your devotion to this movement.

SPONSORSHIPS

Brooks
During the media event in New York this spring, we proudly announced Brooks as exclusive footwear and apparel of November Project. Brooks has been an integral part of November Project Seattle for years and we were incredibly proud to grow this local relationship and introduce it to the global NP family. And what a ride has been so far: We helped Brooks community, run millions of miles for an incredible cause. We earned some sweet swag during the Sunrise6k. Our leaders visited Seattle and Brooks HQ during the Meeting of the Minds. And in Las Vegas, we collectively put together one of the most memorable NPSUMMIT gatherings. And if this year was a taste of the things to come, 2020 will be incredible.

Knockaround
We’ve been friends and fans of Knockaround folks for many years but 2019 marked a designation of this brand as official sunglasses of November Project. Through NP Homework and a custom NP sunglasses that launched at the Summit in Vegas, it’s safe to say that the future is bright.

52 CITIES

This year we added three new cities to November Project family. We kicked things off with the addition of the first city in France – Toulouse. A week after Toulouse, Rochester, NY, put New York State in the lead for the state with the most NP locations (5). The last city to join the NP family in 2019 was Columbus, OH, the sole representative of the Buckeye State!

NP KIDS

When November Project became a non-profit organization, one of our long-term goals was to bring free fitness to youth. This year we partnered up with an organization called Playworks that provides structured recess in schools. In conjunction with Playworks, we launched a pilot program where NP members are volunteering in select Boston area schools and engaging students in physical activity and play. The learnings from this pilot that’s currently only available in Boston, will help us devise a plan for scaling and expansion.

SCIENCE

Dr. Evan Johnson at the University of Wyoming Division of Kinesiology and Health and his team have launched a study to understand, investigate, and quantify how participation with November Project translates to physical activity habits outside of our early morning workouts. If you’ve attended at least one November Project workout within the past three months please help out with the research and fill out this survey.

MEETING OF THE MINDS

2019 gifted us the second annual Meeting Of The Minds (MOM), a gathering of nearly all 120+ co-leaders from 52 NP cities around the globe. For 4 days in August, these co-leaders descended upon Seattle to discuss the future of NP, brainstorm new ideas for their workouts, build personal relationships with one another, connect with our new partner, Brooks, and tirelessly discuss how we can improve, as both leaders in our community and a global organization. Here are a few highlights from that weekend:

A Peak Behind The Curtain
We had the pleasure of spending an entire day at the Brooks HQ, rotating from one area of the enormous building to the next, to learn about everything from product development to marketing research. The morning was kicked off with the warmest welcome from Brooks CEO, Jim Weber, and CMO, Melanie Allen, who matched the excitement level of a room full of NP co-leaders – an impressive feat in itself. Earlier that morning, before the sun had risen, we were given the incredible opportunity run alongside Des Linden, 2 time Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion. So you could say it was amazing the roof of Brooks HQ didn’t blow off with the cheers from the leaders after such an amazing way to start our day. To read more about the experience from the leader perspective, give this recap a read: https://november-project.com/npsf-mom-aka-leader-summit-recap/

Community Agreements
This year at MOM we were lucky enough to engage in a deeper discussion with D.A. Dirks and Soumya Palreddy, two experts in their respective fields in building more inclusive spaces through improved language and intentions. The co-leaders participated in activities which fully embraced our true identities, and revealed how we perceive ourselves and others. The exercises gave leaders a chance to dissect their daily patterns and language, finding new ways to invite people in without subconsciously excluding others. At the end of the day, we assembled into small groups to create the November Project Community Agreements; a list of understood agreements that all co-leaders and members are expected to follow if they would like to participate in November Project workouts. They are agreements that we have been quietly following for years, but have never had the chance to put down onto paper. That list has been brainstormed, edited, brainstormed, and edited multiple times and the final result is available here.

EDMONTON HITS 1000 WORKOUTS

Why is this a highlight when Boston and San Francisco hit 1000 workouts before them? Because while there have been leadership changes in both of those cities, the same two leaders, Jen Ference and Nadim Chin, have been at the helm of November Project Edmonton for all 1000 workouts. Yes, they have had co-leaders, including co-founder of NP Edmonton, Andrew Ference, and current co-leader, Rob McDougall, but Jen and Nadim have been at (nearly) every single workout for 1000 straight. Known as one of the more badass winter cities in the NP Universe, the willingness and ability to pull themselves out of their warm beds to go run around in -30 degree weather 3 mornings a week is mind-boggling.

NOVEMBER PROJECT SUMMIT, LAS VEGAS

The 8th Annual gathering known as #NPSUMMIT was hosted this year in Las Vegas, which was wacky for many reasons and gave us many firsts. The Rock N’ Roll race series filled both Saturday and Sunday night with races from 5K to 26.2M. Live music along the course, under the glowing lights of Vegas, it was perfect/odd, unlike the trail scene we’d become used to. But getting our summit celebration to a road race had more than a few upsides. First off,

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#justshowup Birthday Edition

For some, birthdays are the best part of their year. I dread them. They are just so stressful, so many expectations, so few of them ever met. 

But also I am SUCH a hypocrite (don’t @ me). Whenever I find out it’s someone’s birthday, I always lose my shit on them and force them to do something fun for their birthday. Because everyone deserves to be celebrated and reminded of how important they are in the world…right? 
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How did I get here???

The Boston Marathon bombings. That’s how I got here.
Awesome intro. Round of applause everyone!!!

In 2013, two fantastic humans from the U.K. watched in horror, with many across the world, what was unfolding in Boston and decided to put together a fundraising relay from LA across the country to the Boston Finish line to help the victims. Danny Bent And Kate Treleaven sewed together an absolutely remarkable event in One Run For Boston that pulled together even more remarkable people. Throughout the course of the event, I watched some exceptionally tragic events, some outside the bombings, turned into most inspiring and beautiful moments one could witness.
ORFB came through Columbus, and I don’t fully recall how I heard about it, I immediately signed up for the group stage here. Looking through those that had signed up, I couldn’t find a definitive stage leader so I, as no one would guess of me, volunteered to lead.
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NP Summit 2019 Recap (CMH)

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the annual November Project Summit – the group’s 7th edition, but my very first. To say that this experience was life-changing is an understatement. But then again, my time with November Project and its community has been profound in ways beyond what can be fully articulated in words alone. I think most already understand and share those sentiments deeply, and hopefully we can use that as fuel to continue growing this movement to unseen levels. read more