We want to include a prelude to this blog with the statement that we have tried our best to amplify Indigenous voices and link as many articles and websites as possible so that you can hear and read from Indigenous people. This is in hopes that we can all learn more and describe why we have chosen to change our name. We will detail the origin of Columbus Day, the importance of transitioning to celebrating Indigenous People’s Day and end with the history of Native Americans in Ohio and why we will now be November Project Scioto Mile.
I’m sure that many of you are longing for the days where you’ll be able to embrace your friends with a tight hug, high-five, or a fist bump. Unfortunately, there are still many uncertainties that are surrounding COVID-19 so until further notice, please make sure to refrain from engaging in physical contact with your fellow members before, during, and after the workout. Consequently, all workouts will be designed to follow this directive (no partner exercises, close encounters, etc.)
This is another NP staple that will have to take a back seat for a foreseeable future as having people in a tight space chanting and engaging in call-and-response is something that we don’t deem safe under the circumstances. We know that for some of you, the bounce is a great way to get into the mindset of the workout and we’re encouraging Co-leaders to come up with different creative ways to engage in introductions that will get you fired up to get going.
For those choosing to wear masks or a face covering while working out, we encourage you to participate at the level that is comfortable for you but please be aware that the mask can increase the workload and cause unnecessary strain on your body. If you are feeling light-headed, dizzy, or short of breath, please find a safe place to take a seated rest, slow your breathing, and hydrate. As always, locate a Co-leader and call your local emergency number if you are in need of medical attention.
Before starting the workout, all members (new and old) will have to sign an online waiver that can be found by visiting this link or in the website top navigation as well as the footer, in the link named “Waiver”. Participation in November Project workout will not be allowed without a signed waiver.
We understand that some of these things may not feel like the days of “old” November Project, but the beauty of this community is its willingness to adapt to the circumstances and make the best out of the situation in service of the greater good. We appreciate your help in making the re-opening of NP as seamless as possible.
Happy mental health awareness month! Has anything ever been more ironic than celebrating mental health during a pandemic?
As mental health awareness and May come to an end, I wanted to talk about my experience around mental health and community. Specifically, this community.
This is what mental health awareness month means to me, take it with a grain of salt because everyone’s experience will be different. Also, this feels like a good place to put a trigger warning for severe depression/mental illnesses. If you’re not in a place where you feel strong enough to read about another person struggling, that’s totally chill. Move along, this will be here when you’re feeling better. <3
- 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.
We just finished our third Zoom workout… Yay! (ish)
(At least) 3 more to go before there’s even a remote possibility of seeing each other.
I know that we place a lot of emphasis around positivity. I mean shoot… we have a piece of wood we give out to people who are beams of positivity. These are strange times though… Positivity looks different in different times, and different on different people and I want to take some time to talk about what it looks like right now…
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?
An act of holding someone tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection.
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.
“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!
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.
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.