“Are you runner #35?,” he asked, straining to see my hip numbers through both the blinding lights and distinct darkness of the Manhattan Bridge.
“Yep,” I nodded quickly. I had already been through the wringer of emotions to a point where the self-pity had lifted, and I knew there was no time for mumbling. At this moment, I had been out on “the course” for over 45 minutes, distinctly aware that I would be finishing this race in last place, with a much slower time than the rest of the field. Waves of regret, disappointment, and bright, red embarrassment flooded my brain miles before, where my first wrong turn in Manhattan sent me on a wild goose chase for the characteristic, Take The Bridge checkpoint. That goose chase continued with a few additional wrong turns, including a too-close-for-comfort encounter with the Williamsburg Bridge, an actual third bridge completed (the footbridge near Delancey Street), and the eventual reroute back on the track I’d been so desperately searching for what was likely ~15 minutes, but felt like hours.read more
This entry written the night before her last workout and into the morning of (not as planned) and that was completely par for the course—via Sierra Asplundh.
Tomorrow morning, I get the privilege to say the words, “Let’s get a little bounce going,” alongside my two co-leaders who will be bouncing and leading for many Wednesdays to come. I had this whole idea in my mind that I would only step down if I was moving or if I got a new job, or some other ‘life changing event’ that is suitable for health insurance updates. read more
This blog was inspired by your absence at today’s workout, not just one letter but all the letters that make up your name, and the title sung just like Frank Sinatra does here: https://youtu.be/kvLTsJdX0V4
Tomorrow is my birthday, and Maggie & I thought it would be FUN to give everyone shinny new PR’s (personal record for a route or course attempted / completed) to celebrate a day early.read more
Thoughts by the writer in both first and third person, from one of the co-leaders of November Project Brooklyn—Sierra.
“Hello, Blog Post, my old friend…” Sierra here, with a little bit of STORYTIME to get you through your most recently updated, ‘slightly delayed,’ travel commute. This blog brought to you by the month of January and the saying, just show up.read more
My time at November Project has been like no other. All the way back to July 19th 2017 was my first workout at November Project Brooklyn. It was PR Day. I remember not talking to anyone but 1 person. I remember my first bounce… I vividly remember being totally mortified by these crazy people who are surprisingly social at 6:28. I went through the whole workout without saying more than 10 words to each person who attempted speaking to me. But yet when I left that day, I knew I wanted to go back.read more
What many people don’t know is that the November Project is a registered racing team through the New York Road Runners (NYRR). This means that no matter where you are from or what tribe you workout with, if you select November Project as your team affiliation when registering for a NYRR race, you are considered a member of the November Project Racing Team. By being a member you have the ability to score points for the team which are tallied up at the end of the year and awards are handed out to the top teams in the city at a massive party called Club Night.
Yes, these points are based off of speed, however, there is one other award which is my personal favorite. The Team Spirit Award. This award is presented to the team that #justshowsup. And what other team just shows up more than those who also #wakeupthesun? That award has our name on it. This award goes to the team that has the biggest and loudest cheer squad with the highest participation during the race. We’ve won this award two of the last three years of this team existing (mic drop). Additionally, the Women’s Team has consistently placed in the top 3 in the Open B Division while the Men’s Team were recently moved to the Open A Division. This means that the Men’s Team now competes in the most competitive local club series =&0=&
By the end of 2017 we had 758 registered members of the November Project Racing Team making us one of the largest teams in New York City. None of this would have been possible without Captain Myles Fennon who started this racing team three years ago, not realizing then how big, fast, loud, and amazing it would become. I am humbled to have been chosen as the next Captain when he retired last December and happy to announce that the Women’s Team is now in first place after placing second at the Team Championships last weekend.
What does being your Captain mean? It means that I represent you at Club Council meetings and give you a voice. These meetings give every team a chance to have a say in what happens in the NYRR running community. It means that I can answer any questions you have about racing with NYRR whether it’s a Club Points Race or non-Club Points Race (what is a club points race?). It means that I make sure things are running smoothly behind the scenes so that your race day is flawless and hopefully without you noticing. It means that I am your go-to rep if you’re coming in town to run the NYC Marathon or even better, to cheer for the NYC Marathon. I manage the racing Facebook page that gives you all of the race day essentials like pre-race photo op, the bounce, course strategy, cheer squad location, etc. There are also tips and tricks on how to get faster or how to run hills or as Captain Emeritus Myles used to say how to “run the tangents!” It means that I am so proud of what this team has accomplished and can’t wait to see where it’s going. After 5 years of working out with the November Project, I have seen this incredible movement morph and evolve into the beautiful creature that it is today. But being Captain of this team has been, by far, the most humbling experience of it all.
All too often I get emails and messages asking if someone should sign up for a race if they are “slow” and feel like they will bring the team average down. No such thing as being too fast or too slow. My response is always and will always be that I don’t care about your speed, I care if you are there and doing your best. The best thing about being a NYRR racing team is that it gives us a chance to spread the love and positivity to the local running community. So if you’re already in NYC or you are traveling to NYC, you already know that our motto is #justshowup and whether that means showing up to score the team points, to run your own personal best (whatever that means for you that day), or to cheer your face off in the most neon outfit you can find, just. show. up.
Here with a quick recap from today here in Ft. Greene Park:
Monument Stations – Harry Potter Edition. We’ll own it, todays moves and times (THREE MINUTES? MINUTE AND A HALF? NO, THREE MINUTES!) weren’t the best. Next time will be better – and most likely, on the grass.
The sorting hat assigned everyone to their respective “house” – Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Muggle (yup), and Gryfindor.
5 Stations x 2 rounds – for 3 minutes each.
Burnout: a couple rounds of Sharks & Minnows disguised as Quidditch practice
Welcome to November Project Brooklyn’s 2018 Winter Olympics, the Dry Land Edition!
The tribe was split into three countries led by their three captains: Tara representing Columbia, Dan representing USA, and Tammy representing Jamaica.
The teams were counted off by, “1. 2. 3.” Then, the morning’s competition began! There were THREE EPIC EVENTS where team work, strategy, and a thing we like to call – MATH – came into play.
=&0=&: The Slalom Obstacle Course – “Where the warm-up also counts for points!” Each team lined the course in either a low sumo squat position, the Olympic torch position, or the (high or low) bridge position. Each person became the Slalom-er and took the course! Modifications for hopping the sumo? CURLING MOTION AROUND THEM! Modifications for the torch postion? CALF RAISES INSTEAD OF TORCH JUMPS! Modifications for bridges? STEP OVER INSTEAD OF CRAWL UNDER! For first half of the race, all teams were in steady compeition. At the turn around point, USA pulled out a demanding lead and Colombia edged out Jamaica just in the knick of time!
=&1=&: USA (3 points), Colombia (2 points), and Jamaica (1 point).
=&2=& The Great TRIPLE Skate – “Where it’s all about burpees!” Each team was split up on the top platform and then divded into 5 mini groups to take on this event. (For example: we had 30 people this morning. Each team had ten athletes and were split into 5 mini groups of 2 for this event.) The first group at the top began their burpees while the second group at the top ran down to the second platform to tap out the group doing Speed Skate-r’s, then the SS’s ran down to the next platform to tap out the 180 Degree Spinners, and the 180’s then ran down to release the Ski Jumpers—who then ran to the back to the top to releave the people doing burpees. Rinse, burpee, math. The points from this round were the total tally of each team’s burpees after 12 mins of play.
=&1=&: Colombia (225), USA (177), and Jamaica (162).
=&4=&: The Bob-Luge – “Where things really heated up!” Each team took their positions around the momument and again, split up into sub groups, this time into 3 mini teams. The three teams were either Bobsledding, Skeleton Luging, or…running around the monument. The sledders were doing their ‘_____’ twists, the lugers were holding whichever variation of plank they could muster, and the runners were sprinting their asses off to releave the sledders. The time began and the teams hustled: runners tapped out sledders who tapped out the lugers who then ran. What were the points based off of for this round, you ask? Each complete lap around the monumnet. (It was a doozy if I do say so myself)
=&1=&: Jamaica (67), Colombia (61), and USA (51).
This morning was filled wirh surprises, and ultimately, all the controlled chaos.
=&6=&: First Place – Colombia (288), Second Place – USA (231), and Jamaica (230).
Thanks for playing, Brooklyn. You all are winners in my sappy, burpee-loving heart. And Jeanie, you can go ahead and come back from Aruba now (Don’t forget the flamingos!)
We’ll start by saying, ‘Thank you,’ to all the runners who showed up, donated, volunteered and supported this event that was created on a bar napkin at the ugly duckling after way too many beers.
We’re sure everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. It’s a terrible disease, and we wanted to find a way to bring some cheer on the 2018 weekend of World Cancer Day. For some people, it’s a challenge running in 19 degree weather with tail winds whipping in your face. We had 42 people run, while wearing wigs, outside in that crazy weather.
In September of 2015, Jeanie was out to lunch with her mom when she noticed a large lump in her throat. After months of sore throats and loosing her voice, she had a sleep over at Emily’s house in New Jersey, and oncr again—woke up with zero voice. Jeanie finally decided to get it checked out. After an ultra sound, and guided needle biopsy, it was confirmed.
Jeanie had stage 2 Thyroid Papillary Cancer.
After completing a full thyroidectomy and experienced radiation, Jean will be celebrating 3 years of being cancer free this upcoming August.
Jeanie has always had a huge cheer squad at November Project that supported her. It still feels like yesterday that my mailbox was flooded with posters, humorous cards, board games, books and a wide range of coloring books when I was on the mend. I am forever grateful of the support from the tribe and my sister who became my own personal nurse through my journey.
In early Autumn 2009, Sierra was back at college beginning her sophomore field hockey preseason. Summer training had been filled with early mornings, lab studies, and an increasing amount of naps with a side of lethargy that had been attributed to the heat (Richmond, VA is a rather humid place come August, take note!) During a routine fitness test, the team’s trainer (let’s call her, Trainer Meghan) pulled her aside after barely crossing the end line after the second sprint.
That afternoon, blood tests were scheduled to begin, ruling out what wasn’t causing the steady weight loss and increased coughing that became the daily normal. The blood tests orginally lead to a diagnosis of iron deficiency, and after a month of taking iron supplements—plus losing a few (Read: 20 lbs) extra pounds, the serious struggle to digest whole foods, and fatigue kicking it up a notch—the move was made from a physician’s office to a blood & cancer outpatient facility. After three surgeries, a couple of CAT scans, and the start of night sweats, an answer was found late September—cancer. Officially diagnosed with stage 2-4b Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I began 6 rounds of ABVD chemotherapy while going to part time status, and redshirted for the remainder of the season.
Those months were a blur of extreme moments, total numbness, and held together by the steadfast family (yeah, that includes friends) who got me through it. I received my last treatment on St. Paddy’s weekend in 2010 and went straight to the tattoo parlor to commemorate my victory (luckily, my parents didn’t disown me). I’ll be hitting year eight of remission this March.
When we started the tribe together last January, we have always talked about the importance of spreading the good word of early detection and how important it is to listen to your body—if something doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. We are very lucky to have supportive families that looked out for us during our cancer journey. We wanted to give back to an organization that embodies those same values. That’s why we chose Soul Ryeders—a local 501(c)3 public non-profit organization that’s volunteer-driven based in Westchester County, NY—committed to empowering those in our community who are affected by all types of cancer. From diagnosis through treatment, recovery and survivorship, they offer practical resources and nurturing support services that provide dignity, confidence, hope, and compassion.
These are their core values:
Assess unmet cancer-related needs in our community and develop programs to address them.
Award grants to support initiatives at other local cancer-related organizations.
Promote cancer awareness and prevention.
Provide individualized resources and emotional support for those in our community diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.read more