ATL, let’s get HYPE! On Saturday February 29th, U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be held in Atlanta. November Project has been selected to host an Official Cheer Station! The next day (Sunday March 1), we’ll be cheering on the even bigger Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half, & 5K. If you’ve never cheered for a race before, this is the weekend to start!
Lots of exciting things happening in Atlanta this month! We’ve been overloading you with announcements so here it is via a blog.
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Why a 6k? Well, why a 5k? or a 10k? We’re mixing it up. Our Sunrise 6k is a chance to throw it down with a race, all on a Wednesday. We’re hyping this worldwide, and all 50 NP cities are doing a Sunrise 6k this week. Brooks is sponsoring the run, so we’ll have giveaways, some raffles for new shoes, and more!
Can you believe we are already at the end of April?! 2019 is flying by. How are you doing on the goals you’ve set for this year? Making progress or has it now become “one day” you’ll get around to it? That phrase has become a pet peeve of mine. We all have said it at one point or another. We all have friends we try to invite to the workouts or anything that challenges them to get out of their comfort zone.
This blog post is brought to you by November Project Atlanta tribe member Allison Lerer… she’s a hype lady. Always there to help out a tribe member in need, checking in with regular texts if she knows you’ve had a rough week, cheering you on at a race. Here she is!
So when I was asked to write a blog post for November Project Atlanta, it was pretty nerve-racking for me as I am not much for writing and blogging (this is my first blog). However, after my race yesterday I was inspired on a different level that I wanted to share with whoever
June was a crazy month. I mean, we had a stretch of 7 days of straight NP ATL action. So in July, we’re taking a step back and slowing it down.
…just kidding. It’s already the first week and we have events happening non-stop!
We kick off the first week of July with a handful of events around one of the world’s largest 10ks – the Peachtree Road Race. If you’re in town visiting ATL for the 4th, running the race, or cheering at the race, come work out with us!
Peachtree Road Race Expo | 12 -2 PM | Georgia World Congress Center
We’re teaming up with Back On My Feet Atlanta, who has graciously allowed us to work at their expo booth during their Treadmill Challenge. From 12-2pm, we’ve got a group of NOVEMBER PROJECT runners on the treadmill running to raise money for BOMF. If you don’t know much about them, they are a great, national organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. You’ll hear more about them soon, because we’re hosting a workout with them later in July!
If you can’t run but want to donate money to their cause, here’s the link to our page, listed under Tribe Leader Alexa’s name.
re-Peachtree Road Race Yoga for Runners | 7 PM | Piedmont Park Visitor Center
Stone Mountain #JustShowUp
Recap by Tribe Leader Alexa Lampasona
Saturday was a day of EPIC adventures for the NPATL tribe. Some would say we are overachievers. Some would say we are crazy. All who participated would say we are the most fun group in town.
Here’s the rundown of activities. Did anyone complete it all?
BIKE to Stone Mountain (16 miles)
After my shoulder injury, I was out for leading the bike. Thanks to the tribe members that stepped up to navigate the group on the Stone Mountain PATH – Joev Garvey, Niamh Dolan, Maddie Giegold, and Stu Lipkin. They made all the riders feel comfortable riding on the roads!
TRAIL RUN around Stone Mountain (5 miles)
We teamed up with Big Peach Running who brought out water, a tent for shade and nutrition, and our fearless tribe member Matt Taylor led the large group runners on a 5 mile run around Stone Mountain on the Cherokee Trail.
HIKE up and down Stone Mountain (2 miles RT)
We were worried that a 12:30 pm hike would be miserably hot. But we were blessed with a cooler front of summer storms the night before, and a cloudy sky hung around most of the day. As our group reached the top, we saw a wall of rain in the distance, slowly moving toward the mountain. We admired the view of Atlanta and the surrounding metro areas. The Debate began- do we yoga?
YOGA at the Top of the Mountain
Yes… we did yoga. Yoga Steve, the leader from NP’s Buffalo tribe, led us in a short and quick flow yoga on the mountaintop. A few raindrops hit us, and we feared the downpour was coming. But then, as we finished in Shivasana, we realized that the rain never came!
SUP on the Lake
Our friends at Mountain High Outfitters supplied us with SUP boards, and Tracey Pearson from Prissy Tomboy led groups out into the lake, teaching them the foundations of stand-up paddleboarding. Everyone who biked or drive the 3-mile journey to the far side of the mountain had a blast!
There was only one crisis during the event – tribe member Ben Nantasai got stung by a yellow jacket on his ankle less than 10 minutes into his trail run. Now, for some it would mean a painful ankle. For Ben, it was life-threatening. He is severely allergic to yellow jackets. He called me as he began running back to our tent. The few of us that stayed behind for the run went into overdrive, looking for his epi-pen. I sent tribe member Casey Nicodemus running out to meet Ben on the trail. I didn’t tell Casey which way they went…. So naturally, Casey ran in the wrong direction. And he didn’t have his phone. Ben called again, saying he was almost back to the tent. He hadn’t seen Casey. Another person was sent to bike around the road on the mountain looking for Casey; someone else ran the trail in the opposite direction. When Ben arrived, we gave him Benadryl and ice. Finally, 10 minutes later, Casey was tracked down and returned. He saved the day by administering the epi-pen. Then another tribe member, Winnie Lojk, stepped up and took Ben to the ER so that he could get treated when the epi-pen wore off. Tribe member Courtney Mueller drove to the hospital to stay with Ben while he was on watch at the hospital for a few hours. Ben survived the incident but had to cancel his plans to head to The North Face’s Basecamp event in Chattanooga, as he had doctor’s orders to stay inside and recover. What this showed to me was how connected and selfless our tribe members are. Everyone pitched in to help. You can’t beat the community in our ATL tribe!
One of the biggest things we got out of this day’s event is the number of new friends that we made. Throughout the day, we met several new faces who hadn’t yet attended our workouts, some due to location or work schedules. For us to be able to show more people what NP was all about was HUGE! We hope to do another event like this soon!
It was our largest turnout at the stadium workout so far, somewhere around 80 people. Still trying to break that elusive 100 people at a single workout. I am confident it will happen next week 🙂 Our group bounce was so hype, and everyone was in good spirits because in the background was the epic music of Queen playing We Will Rock You!
A quick warm up lap around the track and then were we off to crush the stairs. The newbies got their first taste of NP, and you could tell they were having a blast even though they were suffering from a case of jello legs. DJ Rob Sessions killed it on the 1’s and 2’s, and all around you could see high fives and words of encouragement.
In Atlanta Pride Month is a big deal, and we at November Project support our community and welcome all. This movement is built on the idea of inclusiveness and building others up positively.
When we use words to build another person up, we are showing them honor. Our words are powerful and can either be constructive or destructive. Today I saw so many people smiling, laughing, and saying things like “you got this”. All around me I saw people being honorable to one another.
Every now and then our words may get the best of us and slip out before we give them much thought. Still, it’s no excuse when our words are used to cut another person down or make them feel uncomfortable. Rather than being quick to speak and slow to listen, we should do the opposite. Think for a moment if you had the opportunity to have coffee with the one person you would give anything in the world to meet. How would you act? Would you arrive on time? Would you open the door for them? What kind of thoughtful questions would you ask and would you pay attention to their response? Would you give them the respect that they deserve? That is what it means to show someone honor. We all deserve honor no matter our sex, age, race, religion, or status.
As our tribe grows Alexa and I want NP to be a culture where everyone feels welcomed and never scared to speak up if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
We are honored to be your tribe leaders.
This week, I won the November Project Atlanta Positivity Award for being So Chill, So Popular™.
If you had told me a year ago that I would win something for being a positive influence on others around me (and have a catch phrase), I would never have believed you because I was in the midst of a particularly brutal, year long bout of depression. I’ve touched on it in a previous blog post,=&0=&but In light of recent events with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, I feel like I would be doing a disservice to this award if I didn’t share my own history with chronic depression.
I should first say that I am incredibly fortunate to have grown up with a loving family and friends. I had an amazing childhood and upbringing. If you ask people that know me, they’d say I’m kind of an oddball. I’ve always loved comedy and goofy humor. But at the same time, depression is something that I think I’ve always dealt with in some capacity. For me, I think it emanates from a deep fear of rejection and failure. As a pretty introspective person, those feelings of self-doubt could snowball into a constant barrage of negativity. As a result, I’d go through periods of depression that could last any amount of time. If I had to describe it, it’s like constantly hating yourself so much that your body hurts and you’d rather feel nothing. And so, to get by, you check out mentally and emotionally. While all of that is going on internally, to the outside world, you’re either a robot that’s going through the motions or an asshole that’s projecting negativity. It really fucking sucks.
Depression is really hard to talk about. The stigma of it all puts you in a shame cycle. Ideally, you could say, “Hey, my brain feels broken. Who can relate? WHOOOOO” (shout out to Logic). I’ve always been fortunate to have had people support me and help pull me back out of my depressive episodes. They may not have known it, but their simple act of kindness or just reaching out really went a long way.
I am so grateful for all of the meaningful connections I’ve made and positive experiences I’ve felt this past year. I feel like my genuine self again and am more present than I can remember. Depression is something that I don’t think will ever leave me, but it’s more manageable. A philosopher named Sean Francis Early once said “Fuck them, Be you.” For me, that’s a powerful message about being true to oneself and telling that negative self-doubt shit to fuck off. To win the Positivity Award means so much to me not only because of all I’ve been through but also because I’ve made it a goal to reciprocate those good vibes. When a person seems checked out/low/sad/tired/depressed, just be there for them. It matters.
Here’s Stein’s speech that he gave for the Positivity Award.
You can check out Stein’s hilarious Instagram stories by following him: @steincasso.
June is THE MONTH for hype at November Project ATL!
How big? So many events we needed a blog to talk about them.
Number one goal: Break 100! We did it for Global Running Day, let’s do it again!
In addition to our regular Wednesday and Friday workouts (always 6:27am) see below for special workouts and events!
Sunday June 10
Atlanta Streets Alive | 4-8 PM
We’re an activity partner so we’ll be out hosting fun pop-up workouts all evening long! Check out the Interactive Map (may be live Thursday 6/7) to find out where we are! Somewhere by Centennial Park.
Wednesday June 13 and Friday June 15
To celebrate Pride Month here in ATL we’re tagging with limited edition rainbow #grassrootsgear! Bring a WHITE shirt – two days only!
Saturday June 16
She Moves Mountains East Coast + The North Face Launch Party | 6-9 PM | The North Face Store Buckhead
Nearly one year ago She Moves Mountains held their first clinic at Smith Rock State Park. Over the last year, we have had over 300 women come to learn from us – empowering themselves by becoming self-sufficient rock climbers. Join us at The North Face store in Buckhead to meet the ladies and hear more about what they’re up to.
Wednesday June 20
Hillpine Hill Runs | 6:27 AM | Meet at Orpheus Brewing
DIFFERENT WORKOUT LOCATION! We’re running Hillpine, a steep hill in Morningside neighborhood of ATL. We’ll meet near Orpheus brewing at our regular time. Here’s the meeting spot.
Thursday June 21
Sock Puppet Making Party (For Yearbook Photos) | 7 PM | Coco and Stein’s Apartment
Yearbook photos are a November Project tradition – basically a headshot of all our kickass tribe members. Yearbook photos will be taken on PR Day, June 27th. Our theme is Sock Puppets. It can look like you, a pet, be a monster – whatever you want! Bring craft supplies & your favorite sock!
Friday June 22
Grady Stadiums with DJ Rob Sessions | 6:27 AM | Grady High School Stadium
Who else can say they ran stadiums and got in a hardcore workout WITH a DJ spinning beats… at 6:27 am? NP in ATL…that’s who!
Saturday June 23
Bike. Run. Hike. Paddle. at Stone Mountain | 8:30 AM | Stone Mountain Park
Bike 20 miles to Stone Mountain. Trail run 5 miles around the mountain. Hike 1 mile up and down the mountain. SUP on the lake. You pick – do it all or just do one activity! We’re partnering with Big Peach Running and Mountain High Outfitters for a fun day in the sun! If you’re biking, they will be leaving from Old Fourth Ward around 8:30 AM. Runners can meet at Stone Mountain starting at 10:30 AM. RSVP via the Facebook link AND Big Peach’s website here. Totally free, but please register for a SUP time slot on the event page.
Also Saturday June 23- Sunday June 24
Basecamp with The North Face | Chattanooga, TN
We’re the type of people that like to do a lot of activities on a weekend. Here’s an example. Directly from Stone Mountain, a group of us are carpooling up to Chattanooga to catch the tail end of Base Camp. Sunsets, music and outdoor vibes with NP Founder Brogan Graham.
Sunday June 24
Global #SportsBraSquad Day | 9 AM | Big Peach Running Store Midtown
Join us at 9am on Sunday, June 24th at Big Peach Midtown for a 3 mile fun run and/or walk to celebrate Global #SportsBraSquad day! The #SportsBraSquad started as a way for women to ditch their shirts along with their insecurities, and show the world what strength looks like. In 2015, the National Eating Disorders Association found that 70% of women don’t like their bodies. 70%! That’s a disappointing and frustrating statistic and the only way we can combat the self-loathing and hatred women feel towards their bodies is to change the way we see strength.
But ditching your shirt for the first time can be terrifying! That’s why on June 24th, Sports Bra Squads all over the world will be coming together to show the world that our bodies are strong as hell!Do you need to run in a sports bra? NO WAY! Only if you’d like to!
Tuesday June 26
Queen of Cream Ice Cream Run with Highland Runners
We broke so many records this morning.
First, let’s start with my fears. We were planning on having a DJ at the high school where we do our stadiums. Yes, we have permission. No, we didn’t tell them we had a DJ. But we put it out there. LIVE DJ – at the Stadium.
I had nightmares that only NP leaders would have. What if today is the day the stadium is locked? What if the generator doesn’t work and the DJ doesn’t have power? What if the cops show up?
Well… to spoil it if you read no further, everything went smooth!
Here’s the Wisconsin Notes*