Not clowning around — Positivity Award winner Carrie Clowney strives to make a difference, connect during quarantine (DC)

Yesterday, we surprised Carrie Clowney outside of her building — as she returned from a morning bike ride — with the Positivity Award in a socially distanced presentation. Big thanks to Austin MacDougall for doing the behind-the-scenes work to help us plan it and film it. Carrie has been a consistent force of good during quarantine in the NPDC world. She brings positive vibes to the daily Zoom plank + coffee calls, she’s delivered baked goods to friends, she’s connected with NP folks from other cities and more. This award is long overdue! Enough from us, though. Hear from/get to know Carrie below.

How does it feel to be the first NPDC quarantine recipient of the Positivity Award?
 I feel honored! I think we’ve done a great job of finding ways to stay connected with NP through quarantine – virtual workouts, virtual coffee, virtual happy hours – so it seems fitting that we bring back one of the last parts of NP that hasn’t gone virtual, the Positivity Award! I think Mary (Finkebone) stated it nicely on Facebook, we need the Positivity Award more than ever now that we are physically separated from each other.   read more

Let me be Frank…..

PR day is definitely one of my favourites. I love seeing people at the start line. Nervous about lining up, giddy to have the flag go down, coming out hard and trying their best to hold on.
It’s a bit animalistic and I LOVE IT!!!

There are some people who don’t love it though. Whether they will ever be the fastest, or the most efficient burpee, or last the longest. read more

We Stan for Spigelman (DC)

Alex stands in front of a metal Joan of Arc statue holding the PA, a wooden rowing oar handle.
Alex and Joan of Arc: Two pillars of NPDC

ALEX SPIGELMAN. We could probably write a novel about this dude and why he’s deserving of the Positivity Award. Whether it’s pushing others around him by beast-moding every.damn.workout, giving words of encouragement, offering to help us behind the scenes, providing insightful sports commentary, or simply asking how someone’s day is (and actually caring about your answer) — this guy is all-around incredible. He embodies everything that November Project is about, and we’re proud to have him as a part of the NPDC community. Did I nearly cry when we gave him the Positivity Award? MAYBE, but that’s besides the point. Alex answered some questions so you could get to know him a little better, because honestly, everyone in the world should have the pleasure of knowing him. read more

He couldn't sleep one morning, then found NP — Mike's story of Positivity

Last week to kick off the new year, we gave out the Positivity Award to Mike Deloge, a stalwart source of good vibes in the NP community. Without further ado, get to know Mike (and find him at your next workout).

Mike stands with the Positivity Award in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

How, when and where were you introduced to November Project? 
In May of 2018 I went to bed one night thinking, “I should join a running group to stay motivated and keep active.” Whenever I’d thought about running groups in the DC area, though, I thought of some of my friends who are strong, fast runners — words that I would not use to describe myself in any way — and had been intimidated by even considering joining a running group for fear of not keeping up. The next day I woke up at 3:30 in the morning and, unable to fall back asleep, decided to run down to the Lincoln Memorial to watch the sun rise. Waiting to cross Constitution Avenue around 5:15 a.m., two young ladies — who later introduced themselves to me as Noli and Kate — asked me if I was going to NP and when I didn’t know what it was, they told me to join them and thought, “Well, why not?” read more

A slam Duncan of Positivity: Meet Jim (DCA)

Jim Duncan, Positivity Award winner

Last week, we couldn’t be more proud to present Jim Duncan with the Positivity Award. What stands out to us about Jim is his constant presence, his willingness to always put in the work and go as hard as he can every workout, his reliability (he’s NEVER been late), and his listening (you won’t find Jim asking for workout details after an explanation!), among other things. Meet Jim below, and of course come find him (and the award) at a workout MWF! read more

NP book club [MTL]

Raise your hand if you like reading! I’ll have to trust you’ve done this on account of this being a blog and I can’t see you as you read this. I love NP because it allows me to connect with people through my value for physical activity… but what do I connect with people about over post-workout lattes? My preferred topic is what I’m currently reading. read more

Meet Sally, a professional baker and a positively great human (DCA)

Today we present the newest recipient of the Positivity Award, Sally Roach! What amazes us about Sally is her thoughtfulness around helping the NPDC community. When we announced that we would be celebrating our fifth birthday last fall, Sally — an incredible baker at The Hamilton — immediately reached out, unsolicited, and offered to bake us a cake for the birthday. There were A LOT of people at that event; we didn’t finish the cake until the end. That was one BIG CAKE. And then when we had Show & Tell at REI last month, Sally baked hundreds of cookies to help keep folks warm and content during the outdoor event. Those gestures, totally unnecessary but greatly appreciated, plus Sally’s constant good energy and exuberance at workouts are why she received the PA. OK, I’ve written long already. Get to know Sally below and find her at a workout! read more

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Let's not forget our roots. Come to work. Come to get fitter. Come to push yourself harder than you would by yourself or at any other workout. We tell you to "be happy" and "be bright." But don't forget that sandwiched right in the middle of it all is the call to "be strong."

Positively Phil — meet our newest Positivity Award recipient

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! read more