Guest Blog by Krysta (Worcester)

My alarm is going off and it’s 4:30am on Sunday morning. Am I dreaming? Or maybe having a nightmare would be a more accurate statement?! After a few hits of the snooze button, I’m quickly reminded I actually chose this wakeup call when I decided to sign up for the Portland 10-miler a few months back, which is conveniently located just over two hours away from home. As I’m dragging myself out of bed and putting on the clothes I’ve already laid out (thanking myself for thinking ahead the night before), I get a text asking if I’d like hot or iced coffee. I’ve got the best friends.

It’s a little after 5:30am and four of us pile into the car, coffees in hand ready to make our trek up to Maine. It takes a few big gulps of our freshly brewed caffeine to hit our system before we begin to emerge from our groggy state. Pretty soon, we’re all chatting, singing along to forgotten songs on the radio, watching YouTube videos and cracking ourselves up. I look at the clock and it’s not even 7am yet. After a bit more of a drive and one more stop to make sure we’re fully
caffeinated, we arrive at the race and join a whole bunch of fellow NPers who are also running.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot we still have a race to run!

Fast forward and we’re crossing the finish line after ten beautiful miles along Portland’s coast only to be congratulated by all of our friends who finished before us and now we’re cheering on all those coming in after us. Turns out those ten miles were some of the most fun I’ve ever run, just like that two and a half hour early morning drive leading up to the big race. Never did I think
run and fun and early mornings would all go hand in hand. At least not until a little over three years ago when I went to my first November Project Worcester workout. This was the first time I realized you can have fun before seven o’clock in the morning. Since then, I’ve been hooked. Sure, I haven’t always been the most faithful to those Wednesday morning workouts but anytime I’ve strayed for too long, I’m always welcomed back with open arms. I’ve had so much
fun over these past few years, met so many great friends, and found that I’m capable of so much more than I thought, thanks to the encouragement of every single person in November Project.

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