We say this often, but it really is true — when we give out the Positivity Award, it’s usually overdue. Such is the case for the newest PA recipient, Phil, who commutes from Annapolis for every workout. Phil is a family man, an embodiment of the community that he runs and smiles with, and an all-out great person. He personifies how NP truly brings together people from different backgrounds, different stages of life, and different physical places! OK, I’ll let Phil speak now. If you haven’t yet gotten to know him, I hope this helps — and introduce yourself at the next workout, too!
How, when and where were you introduced to November Project?
I just found NP online and decided to show up to a workout in July 2017.
What do you remember about your first workout?
I was a little uncertain of what to expect but everyone was so friendly and welcoming I had to come back.
What motivates you to keep you coming back?
Knowing that I’ll always be glad that I came. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they regretted showing up. I know I never have.
Describe your morning routine on NPDC days?
I’ve kind of always woken up early so I typically wake up by 5:00 am anyway, but I set my alarm for 4:45 (4:00 on Wednesdays to make it to 5:25).
What does winning the Positivity Award mean and represent to you?
It was completely unexpected but just shows that it’s not about being the strongest or fastest but about being positive and trying to encourage others. It’s a great honor to receive the PA because it represents the best of what NP is about, coming together to build each other up and as we become stronger individually then as a community we become even stronger.
Describe for us your favorite November Project moment to date?
So many to pick from … of course #NP500 for the 5th birthday ranks pretty high, but my favorite was the NP Doubleheader last summer. I was able to bring my daughter and show her what #weatherproof is all about as we paddled dragonboats in a continuous downpour in the beautiful Anacostia River.
What does your family think about your November Project habit!?
They think it’s a bit crazy to wake up so early.
What was it like running your first marathon in October? How’d it live up to expectations?
It was more fun than I ever expected. Fortunately the weather was perfect and the cheering crowds were out in full force. I highly encourage anyone to just go for it and sign up for one whether it’s the MCM or another race. My expectations going in were to just get through it, finish and check it off the bucket list. My 20-miler long training run was not a very good one. But I showed up on race day and was lucky enough to find a great group of tribe members to run almost the entire race with which made it much better. I can’t wait to run my next marathon in Chicago this October.
OK, you’re from Annapolis. For anyone visiting the Maryland state capitol, what’s the best place to eat?
I have to name a couple of places.
Steak – Lewnes
Barbecue- Mission BBQ
Who’s your favorite athlete and why?
I grew up in Atlanta and lived through mostly miserable sports seasons for all of the local teams until 1995 when the Braves finally won the World Series. My favorite player was Tom Glavine.
What’s your dream vacation and why?
I’d love to go to New Zealand one day just to see the amazing natural views and go on some great hikes with the family.