Crazy 8’s + Eileen Urtz Is A Baller (NYC)

Today was our first workout where we had 3 co-leaders and Oh Did Shit Get WEIRD! We had singing contests, dance offs, tunnels of love, kicked out a tribe member, and some serious waking up of the fucking sun. OK, so not much has changed.

If you missed last week, this happened. Jeannie happened. Read her blog post here. On a personal note, I’ve known Jeannie for over 20 years. Wow, we’re old. Jeannie and I met at The Running School before #Paulleak was even born. And yes, I said, “The Running School.” That story is a blog in itself. We’ll leave you waiting in desperate anticipation for that riveting read.  Stay Tuned.

Jeannie, Paul and I are very excited to have you on board to keep us in check. Let’s Do This!


OK, back to today. We sweated our asses off. We sweated to the oldies and some hardcore gansta rap. We don’t care. We sweat to anything.  The workout consisted of, but was not limited to, burpees, mountain-climbers, jumping jacks, and aggressive dancing while alternating between two different figure-eight courses. What? Two? Mind Blown.

What? Show me what you got!
Get The Fuck Out Of Our Way!

Today we also said, “See You Later” to a dear triber. Eileen Urtz is shipping off to the left coast.  We gave her a proper NYC send off by kicking her out of the Grotto.  Eileen is Baller. Eileen #JustShowedUp on March 15th, 2015. Eileen has been just showing up ever since. Eileen just posted this message on her facebook page:DSC00677


“It has been 7 years since we arrived in NYC. I came a bit reluctantly with 3 young kids in tow (10, 8 and 6) not sure I could handle big city living with a family but willing to give it a shot for a premier job for Chris. I won’t say it’s been easy but it certainly has been a thrilling roller coaster ride. I’ve gone from having my heart crushed by the unexpected death of my beloved parents 14 months apart to having my heart burst open with pride sitting in the audience at Carnegie Hall listening to my youngest sing beautifully, from not being able to run for 9 months due to injury to winning my age group in a 50K trail race, from struggling without a professional existence to managing a run specialty store in one of the most intense retail environments in the world. I came reluctantly and now I leave reluctantly (with 3 TEENAGERS in tow! Yikes!). It took a while but NYC and I made our peace and became good friends. One of my best days ever took place this past November running the NYC Marathon, not for time but simply for fun. The spirit of the city was at its best and as I listened to Frank Sinatra’s voice booming off the Verrazano Bridge that morning I realized his words are true: “If I can make it there I can make it anywhere!” I made it, my family made it and now we move onward and upward to conquer the West Coast. Farewell NYC and thank you!”

I asked Eileen if I could share her post in today’s blog. Here is the exchange:

Eileen:  Hi John. Just drove out of Manhattan!

John: Damn it! Are you in the car? Can I share some or all of your last facebook post for the blogpost?

Eileen: Of course. NP shared so much with me and gave me a whole new perspective on running after being on the roads for 35 years. You can share whatever you’d like.
John: Thank you
Eileen: Nope-thank YOU!
Like I said, Eileen is a Baller! Eileen showed up almost every week at 5:28am. Eileen showed up with a smile on her face. You would never know that she was going through any struggles. Eileen was always just present.  Eileen was there to just fucking workout. Eileen didn’t even mention she was leaving until today. Eileen will always be part of our family–one of us. We don’t care how many times you go to NP_SF. Eileen, you will be missed.

Eileen, Nope! Thank You! Thank you for being here, Eileen Urtz!


Riverside Park Traveling Rings, 6:28 a.m. for the workout. **SPECIAL** We will be tagging shirts with PRIDE themed paint on Friday starting at 6:15 a.m. This is the only time we are offering this, so plan now!







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