“Here Comes The Sun …”

I’m going to be perfectly honest, this sucks. I miss all your faces.

As a leader, when I stood in front of all of you spouting positivity and encouraging words, I hope you know that I meant every word. I mean EVERY WORD. I want to be in your presence as you run around the park early in the morning, with every step becoming healthier, stronger, faster. I love hearing your jokes, banter and laughter. When each and every one of you showed up, rain or shine, it gave me new energy, hope and it lifted me up. I wanted to be better for you.

In the last 7 weeks, I have struggled. I have struggled mentally, physically and emotionally. (Without going into too many details, I have definitely had one or two downward spirals, but believe me when I say, things are getting better.) However, every Wednesday (minus one), I’m there to see your smiling faces on a screen because that’s all we have. And those moments are precious right now, and I don’t take them for granted. I hope you don’t either. The reason I’m telling you this is because you’re not alone in any feelings you are having during this time. Being a leader, I need to remind myself that I’m allowed to feel this way – I am, after all, human.

Recently, there’s been a glimmer of hope. “The Best of Sunrise 6k” was an excellent idea proposed by the leaders of NP Boston and something we could, as a global community, do TOGETHER. Run as one, worldwide, and share our stories as we entered into another day. Roughly 7000 people ran that morning and of those ~2500 submitted their story. Wednesday morning, I woke up after 4 hours of sleep (nothing has changed haha), chugged a glass of water and washed my face. I got dressed into, what will now be called “The Creamsicle” outfit, flossed and brushed my teeth, drank some Nuun, laced up, pick a playlist and headed out the door. It was HELLA early. I had my route picked and I knew it was going to be a slow pace and I was perfectly ok with that. The reason I’m ok with it is because nothing is normal right now.

With all of our plans in the next few months disappearing, it is now more than ever that we stick together and keep up the morale. Together we can do this and when we return to Queen Elizabeth Park, we will be stronger than ever. I keep picturing the first hug I get, the laughs to follow, the “GOOD MORNING!” yelled to gather you all together … THE FIRST BOUNCE … the “F*CK YEAH!” …

Verner and I love that you are all still so committed to showing up virtually – it means the world to us. With our combined energy and heart that we put into this community, we will prevail. Be prepared for some creatively weird ideas to come your way – not just for fitness, but for fun too!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reach out to each other. Keep in contact. Check in.

Mel G xo

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6 Replies to ““Here Comes The Sun …””

  1. Miss you all so much. Your not alone Mel. as Chris Hadfield said it’s important to look at it as not that you’re stuck in this but as an opportunity to do some things you always wanted to do and to live in the moment as hard as that may be sometimes.❤❤❤

  2. Thanks Mel! We appreciate you and Verner so much right now and see all the things you’re doing to keep us connected. Can’t wait to be back together soon 🦁

  3. Thank you! You guys are so incredibly inspiring. Your energy is contagious and addictive, it transcends pandemics! So be prepared to put up with us for a loooooong time! 😍

  4. I feel something strong mind as family ties in November Project. This encounter will make my life so fruitful!
    I pray that the chance to show up in the Wednesday morning will come soon.👊🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵

  5. Thank you! For your encouragement, your commitment, your passion… for being there for us. ❤ We are here for you, too. That first workout back will be full of all the feelings. In the meantime, thanks so much for being there in the virtual world – it is so good to see your faces every week!

  6. Dear Mel I am both touched and grateful for you sharing your experiences right now. Of course you are allowed to be human in all the ups and downs that make living so …interesting. These times are certainly tough and it is for people like you who have shown endless passion for community that all of us find energy to keep going as well. You are loved by so many of us who appreciate you or wonderful spirit. I’m very grateful for you and all of November project members who keep this wonderful movement and the bond that we have created alive. I cherish you all and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the passion and dedication of everyone involved. Thank you for all you do and for giving us a wonderful family to give us strength especially in times like these. Love you all

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