I’ve been coming to NP Indy for just about two years since I moved to Indianapolis, and to me (and my husband who joined shortly thereafter) NP is home. Casey and Shaw learned my name and welcomed me into the fold and the hugs kept me hooked. So when I got pregnant, I was worried about how it would go. I also wanted to stay in shape to be healthy for labor.
July 25, 2018
The new race day is back with a vengeance! This puppy is no joke (even for puppies like Hamiltonand Penny). We’re talking 26 minutes on the clock, running laps around the block. During those laps you’re stopping on the platforms (after slapping gold doors) to knock out 20 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, 20 mountain climbers, and 10 burpees.
We’re bringing back the tracker.
The tracker, found here, was popularized years ago and is used by you to track your monthly race day time (formerly) to see your improvement. It fell by the wayside for about a year, but it’s been resurrected. With the new race day being a set time rather than a set number of reps and laps to complete, the tracker will now be used to track race day distance covered/reps completed rather than time.
Log your new race day numbers in the tracker as follows: Whole number (integer if you ran the block in reverse) for each full lap completed, decimal for each rep completed on an incomplete lap. Examples:
Everyone in Indy celebrates Race Day in the month of May out at the track. We celebrate each and every month at the War Memorial. Next month (in fact next week) we’re combining the two. Short and to the point, here’s the breakdown of what the month of June holds for NP Indy:
End of the month means Race Day here in Indy, and what a Race Day it was! Pastor James brought a flock of newbies (thanks, James!), Tom and Macko killed it as our paint crew, JB played the role of picture master, and the weather was perfect. We even had a newbie commit to Race Day (and breakfast club afterwards) after learning of NP just LAST NIGHT! Spring fever really draws a crowd. Great work all around, and congrats to all who set new PRs.
Friday we’re teaming up with Cooper’s Fun Run for a 5k along the canal. Come out for a fun-filled, energetic 5k with friends, coffee, and sweet cafe treats. Any donation you make goes towards Wheeler Mission. Meet at Quill’s Coffee inside the 9onCanal apartment complex at 5:45a for a 6a run. More on the event here.
Please let us know if you’re willing and able to volunteer for the Special Olympics Indiana Unified Fitness Day exercise event our friend Nastya Helmich is hosting near Greenwood. She’s looking for 8-16 NP volunteers, so we’d love to #justshowup to support her cause. Check out (download) her flyer and get back to us by this Friday: Unified-Fitness-Day
Now a shift towards a valuable perspective on yet another benefit of NP. We know NP brings people together to kickstart their days, gets people fit, and builds community within communities. Stewart Whitcomb has yet another take on the reach of these aspects and the overall impact of this movement. Stew, an NP Indy tribe member essentially since our inception, has seen our ups and downs and has thankfully been a constant throughout. He’s a good friend, a smart architect (some say too smart), a loving father, and a guy who originally got on board with NP Indy as a way to get himself in shape. That last part may seem trite compared to the rest in that list, but Stew makes the point that getting and staying active and in shape is perhaps as important as the rest; Without an active mind and able body, the friendship, work, and dad roles all risk getting watered down, becoming less-than-fulfilling (for all involved), and/or shortened. Better than my synopsis, here’s Stew in his own words:
In honor of some new additions to the November Project family, I finally got some thoughts “on paper” about parenting, fitness, kids and the November Project movement. (Sorry guys, it’s a two-pager Blog!)
Over the years, I’ve heard some talk of parent’s time committed to fitness as taking time for yourself over your family and children, or called a privilege or indulgence. So, some of you maybe worried that some of our active members have a chronic or new case of “PAR*ENT*ING” which will keep them from some workouts and the tribe.
Hopefully we can all appreciate a fit parent would have improved their confidence, reflexes, strength, and stress relief through exercise. This helps physically keep up with the mini-humans for less spills, scrapes and bumps. However, a community like November Project is really what is good for a family.
For those without “PAR*ENT*ING”, let me add some perspective on the condition, and why the associate mini-humans are a bid deal. “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” – Elizabeth Stone. Except, children don’t ever go around for an easy walk. The literal embodiment of your future hopes and plans, all your current worries and obligations, and a reflection of your own past; yeah … pretty much your everything goes bounding around in a tiny undeveloped body through this big scary world, oblivious to consequences or danger and the parent’s projected emotional (but helmets are only for special occasions like bikes and football).
The little scamps just go and roll off anything without rails, crawl headfirst under tables, and try to eat mulch and dirt. Then grow-up (a bit) to walk, climb, run, jump, play and dance. All of this activity is for very good reason; they have a world to explore and body to learn. Not only new and interesting places for playing, sleeping, eating, and pooping (those last two in separate places), but also to learn how the world works. They have to work out basic things we can’t even un-comprehend to relate, like object-permanence and gravity (Not the Newtonian math part, but actual application of balance and how a liquid works). In most families they start with plushies and food; yes projectile food happens. Their physical bodies are developing and growing requiring constant adjustments to balance and coordination too.
It is marvelous to watch and guide each and every step they start to learn by watching actions, body language (with no miming or vocabulary), and then start to try those actions and responses themselves. Their attention to emotion and queues from adults is how being a part of the NP tribe makes a big difference. Learning to find your positive vibe in the early dark hours of the morning helps with those temper tantrums, stubborn eaters, celebrating achievements and good choices. Finding your way to a dark and early workout help with midnight dirty diapers, sick-up-nights and nightmares. Communicating outside of your comfort zone dials in your listening skills and distances your preconceptions so you can understand the baby talk (turns out, alot like most social media posts, probably an interruption without context, request, or an update on food).
Yoga breath, silent workouts, and air-squats can help with bedtime too, but I can’t explain all the techniques in short. I was surprise at how socially intensive those earlier years were, before talking even started. As a new parent I’ had come to appreciate the workouts, socials and committing to the culture of the tribe, because it continues to challenge my patience, comfort zone and empathy, which boils down to communication skills that carries over to raising children.
A few short years later, those uncoordinated toddlers quickly grow into full-blown recess-time track-stars and team sport competitors. School and teams adds playmates and pretend play, which brings up fair-play, social skills, and emotional intelligence children need for social interaction. Generally those take more years to learn (and come with their own kind of danger, bumps and bruises). But in those same years, children rely on physical play and interaction as their primary way to learn about other humans. This is often the same point when a parent will be getting along in their middle years. Suddenly, “the floor is lava!” is as a good day while throwing things at each other is the start of a bad one (even if all throws miss, shortly after “a talking-to” they’ll have the idea of throwing things straight-up to dodge!? And, why are helmets not for all the time?) Again, stress management, speed and readiness to react and protect are obviously important. Factor in the lack of sleep plus macaroni-and-cheese and french fries contaminating the house nutrition…, now keeping up in fitness and energy is a challenge that requires community support.
The tribe continues to help me stay fit and positive so I can better parent and connect with my children. The unpredictability of NP workouts helps me play along with the ‘creative rules’ of my young children, hop over the floor-lava, while being the ‘responsible one’ and find more opportunities share examples of fair play. In summary (Yea it was that long, and you read all that. Good job) if you are planning to have children, have children but haven’t made a workout in a while, or are a regular November Project Parent, I recommend you #Justshowup commit to made it work, reach out to other parents (and kids) in your tribe, and lean on your tribe to help with that PAR*ENT*ING.
To the rest of the membership, don’t worry friends, that new case of “PAR*ENT*ING” may keep them from some workouts, but they’re just recruiting the complicated way.
Guest blog by Stew W.
P.s. I have great appreciation for Brogan, Bojan, Laura, Jason, Casey, and all the tribes co-leaders that keep this crazy movement going week to week, and arc our culture back to an active, healthy community of humans.
Enjoy this spring weather!
This VD vibe, the morning heat, it all came as a result of us partnering up and getting down to business, if you know what I mean. The weather played a part too, with the warming that is, if you know what I mean. The Valentine’s Day workout paired with the warming trend was a the perfect match. This match brought in traverballers from afar (well, Milwaukee) and newbies from anear! It also brought sore buns, thighs, calves, arms, and shoulders (thanks, Bey).
Partner up! While one partner is getting down to this sick beat they call burpees, the other waits. Translation: one partner does 1 burpee, the other rests, then they switch. One partner does 2 burpees while the other rests, then they switch. Repeat that pattern until both get to the 5 burpee mark for a total of 15 burpees done by each. Next, knock out 14 partner sit-ups. Finally-ish, 14 hoistees for the couple. After those three sets, one partner dashes off to do a heart-shaped up-n-around while the other sticks around and creates a heart-felt valentine for a kid at Riley Children’s Hospital. Running partner returns, they embrace, then they repeat the cycle switching roles on that last part.
Of course we wait until it’s nice and decently warm to have a morning where we keep you around for few announcements.
All we’ve got to tell you this week is that Friday’s workout will get us back into the #npdoesparks swing with a 6am sharp workout at Highland Park (<–that’s two separate links re Highland). Park in the neighboring lot or streetside. We’ll be hilltop admiring the cityscape from the NW corner of the park.
Buffs are in. #justshowup
Thanks for the picture magic, Tom and Jaden! You guys are absolutely stellar!
Happy Valentine’s Day, National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day, National Ferris Wheel Day, and (my favorite–check yes) National Organ Donor Day! Happy Wednesday too.
Iced-out. An odd mix of ice-covered everything, a fog-snow front, and ice-crystal pellets couldn’t stop this #weatherproof bunch. Sure we took the speed down a couple notches, but a couple bruised backsides was well worth the fun… says a guy who isn’t currently icing his tailbone.
Slightly amended workout went like this: 4 burpees on the N platform, WALK the stairs to the sidewalk, travel in some fitness-related way to the W landing and knock out 4 leg-lifts, to the SOUTHSIIIIDE for 4 tricep dips, to the E landing for 4 push-ups, back to the N and step the reps up to 8 for each spot then 12 then 16, etc. Sally squats to cap it off and burn it out!
PR Day (aka Race Day), a real mother. PR Day during the holidays, a totally wretched thing. PR Day during the holidays in zero degree weather, ugh.
Screw it; Let’s do it!!! Props to those that just showed in these temps–lack thereof–this morning. You guys absolutely rock, even if the only record broken this morning was Indy’s lowest Race Day temp. And props to those that showed up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this morning for their first workout! What a way to kick it all off.
Maybe you’d rather be on the island of Dominica than here in Indy with these temps, but I’d like to make the argument that we’ve got it pretty good here in our Midwestern home. This year’s been a good, make that GREAT, year for Indy.
***RECAP OF OUR 2017 HIGHLIGHTS***
Our first major Michigan Street freeze out didn’t slow our roll, it got us eager to go! People were absolutely flying through this Dilly workout, and for good reason; slackers and spiced honey mead wine almsgivers (there were few) were thrown into the Pit of Misery. Here in Indy, the Pit of Misery is less like the Moon Door and more like a triple Race Day.
Grab some Dilly-mates and split your team up with half running up the east stairs, half up the west. Run to the N gold door, cross paths with your Dilly-mates, and shout DILLY DILLY in their face(s). If headed towards the upper SE corner, drop some walking push-ups. If headed towards the SW one, conquer some flutter kicks. Lunge across the upper S platform and do whichever of those exercises you didn’t do. Bring it around town back down the opposite staircase you went up on, hit the street, drop some box jumps, then head back up the stairs you came down to do the workout in reverse. Repeat, repeat, repeat, DILLYing each and every time you catch sight of a partner.
| When it comes to race days, sometimes the love of NP is a little tougher to come by–I mean, that’s a lot of burpees and stairs–so we highlight love wherever we can find it. In all seriousness, that love of showing support for each other was highly apparent this morning with all the hugs, smiles, high-fives, course guides, PR pride, and positive attitudes. You guys make NP what it is by following our lead in trying to bring your best every morning. Today, it definitely showed! Howard and Tom rekindled their bromance while the rest of us rekindled our love for the smack-down we lay on race days when the mood is bright and the weather is right!
MAJOR props to all those who left with a new PR this morning and all who helped them along the way!
The workout went like this:
Aaaaaccccttttuuuaaalllllllyyyy, more like THIS:
Great work showing what being #weatherproof is all about. For those of you that had no intention of being weatherproof this morning and were caught off-guard by Indiana’s three seasons in three hours BS, here’s a handy guide to layering brought to us by our friends up in NP Edmonton; that will hopefully encourage you that, when properly outfitted, suffering through a little nasty weather is well worth the full, energetic day (and badass mentality) that follows…once you’ve warmed back up anyway.
It went a little something like this: pumpkin push-ups, medicine ball style; lunges with pumpkin shoulder presses; pumpkin tricep dips; pass-the-pumpkin-between-partners sit-ups. Get rinsed by the ever-changing precipitation and repeat. Those that dressed up and brought pumpkins, great job! Those that dressed down and didn’t bring pumpkins or smashed them while doing the pu[nt]pkin pass […and kick contest], not as great a job; still, you #justshowup’ed and proved a little (lot of) wind, rain, sleet, snow, and freezing weather won’t stop you!
- Our very own Andrew Peterson is making HUGE waves in this marathon. Andrew is attempting (and undoubtedly succeeding) in not only qualifying for the Boston Marathon, but qualifying as only the second ever Special Olympian EVER to do so. Let, me type that again. Second EVER. Wow. Hence the news camera this morning and the baller story that’s hitting the newsstands this week. Let’s go Andrew!!! And MAJOR THANKS to Andrew’s volunteer pacer, Justin Dyszelski of NP Madison!!!!!
- Others coming in from other tribes like Chicago, please join us for the pre-race and post race festivities listed here.
- Sun King Brewery is hosting us @3p for a post-race chill out, …post-race (11/04); Please join + invite all!
- Finally, Marathon morning logistics:
- ALL: Race starts with an opening ceremony at 7:30am at the corner of Washington and Capitol streets. All runners take off in waves starting at 8am. Good luck! We’ll get you hyped up with a BOUNCE @7:20 sharp on the south steps of the Statehouse (same place we bounced for the Mini): In this map link, btwn “George Washington Statue” and “Indiana House of Representatives.”
- CHEERERS: We’ll go from the bounce up to our spot at the Broadway United Methodist Church, which is (fortunately for us) right where the full and half split). I’ll bring coffee, Anne and the lulu cru-lu are bringing donuts.
- Race routes: half and full.