NP to Me

Hey guys! I’m Olivia. (“Hi Olivia!” *clap clap*)

So. November Project. It can mean so little. It definitely meant nothing to me when I was first told about it. But it can also mean SO MUCH. It means more than almost anything to me now.

My first NP was on February 7th this year. That’s crazy to me because it feels like it’s been forever since I started going. Anyway. When I asked my friend, Leah, the night before if she wanted to go to the gym that next Wednesday morning she said that she had something she was doing in Kelowna at that time and that actually I should definitely come with her. We live in Vernon so I remember first thinking “What on earth do you have to do at 5:30 in the morning on a Wednesday in KELOWNA.” Closely followed by “Sure, why not, I’ll come.” I had learned to trust Leah’s crazy plans. read more

Okay, that was so fetch! YWG


Winnipeg Notes:

  • Sunday October 7th : Sage Creek Run- you can still sign up (and if you’re running or cheering, send us a message to let us know)
  • Wednesday October 31st : Helloween (and no…that’s not a typo)
  • Thursday November 1st: 3rd Peg City Scramble (book that evening off now)
  • FRIDAY OCTOBER 5th : TRUST ME- DO NOT MISS THIS WORKOUT

Today we celebrated Mean Girls day by wearing pink AND because 1. it was Wednesday and 2. its October 3rd and 3. well, because myself and Megan are just mean girls that make you run around in the dark and lunge for a solid 6 minutes (BTW- if you haven’t seen the movie yet, take an 1hour and 37mins to watch it because none of the following references will make sense to you, but might still be funny). read more

Dark mornings & bright souls – YWG

Winnipeg Notes:

  • Next Wednesday is October 3rd
  • Sunday October 7th – Sage Creek Run (1, 3, 5 and 10km)
  • Halloween is WEDNESDAY October 31st
  • PEG CITY SCRAMBLE THE 3RD is NOVEMBER 1ST

“On October 3rd, Aaron Samuels asked me what day it was…I said, it’s October 3rd ”. Since THAT DAY falls on an actual Wednesday, you better wear pink biatch! Otherwise, you can’t sit with us. Kinda. Seriously though, if you are reading this, get out your pink attire ready for Wednesday. You won’t regret it. read more

Weatherproof (PVD)

The forecasts for this week called for rain, and rain was had.  In fact, “rain” doesn’t describe the amount of precipitation that took place.  Deluge seems a bit more accurate, because things got floody.

The sky leaked a little a lot

It was the type of day where you wake up, see the weather, and think “I’ll stay home.” Which was a terrible choice, frankly.  Because the rain made it SO.  MUCH.  FUN.   read more

The Best #NPDoubleheader There Ever Was [DC]

Last week, 105 co-leaders from November Project cities all over the world gathered in the pristine woodlands of Santa Cruz, California to discuss World Takeover, plan for the future of this movement, and connect. One of the many workshops that weekend focused on the metrics to qualify when a Tribe is “crushing it.” Do they have a strong connection to the city they live in? Are their workouts FOMO-inducing? Are Tribe members hype as hell about NP? All good considerations, but if I learned anything from the #NPDoubleheader yesterday, it’s that “crushing it” is kinda like porn, you know it when you see it.

Enter Saturday July 21st, we had planned a dragon boat racing event, courtesy of the kind souls at DC Dragons, followed by a dope DIY picnic, then finishing the day at the Pacers Crystal City Twilighter 5K– more importantly known as the Run Club Throwdown, where the strongest, fastest, best team in the DMV walks away with ultimate bragging rights. Seems ambitious, right? Ok now throw in Mother Nature pissing rain all over us for 100 percent of the day.

The concept of #weatherproof was VERY MUCH in play. We rolled up to dragon boating with the most hardcore, bad-ass crew you could imagine– most of whom had never even seen a dragon boat before. With the help of diligent coaches, a relentless team spirit, and that warm, steamy Anacostia River, we were off the docks and into the water in no time. Dragon boating distinctly reminded me of NP in that yes, so much of the motion and the exercise is about the individual, but you will only be successful when you start connecting with and working for the other people in your boat. After working our shoulders and cores tirelessly, which, I later found out was “doing it wrong” we settled back on the not-so-dry land for an indoor picnic.

Dragon boating success
PC: Gerald Prado

Ok, here’s the deal, the spread at this picnic was nicer than most wedding buffets. THANK YOU to every single person who contributed. Whether you carried two cases of La Croix through the pouring rain or brought your Mom’s homemade gluten-free pasta salad recipe, we appreciate you. Thanks to those who oversaw the grilling process, and to those who stuck around and helped us leave the boathouse spic-and-span.

Keep in mind, it is raining even harder now. Everyone is soaked to the bone, regardless of the fact that they just put on dry underwear three minutes ago.

We head out to Crystal City, and I’ve never felt more confident that November Project folks would show out for a race. This is what we do. Low visibility? check. Impromptu wet t-shirt contest? check. Hella puddles? big-ass check. Is any of that a deterrent? You bet your ass it’s a MOTIVATING FACTOR. So, we paddle dance our way through the Parade of Nations, by far the most fun pre-race warm-up I’ve ever had, and then we get down to business.

Remember what I said at the beginning about crushing it? I saw it in the middle of the dance circle that formed during warm-ups, I saw it on the race course from the grit and determination emanating from folks on the course, and you KNOW I saw it from the cheer station coming through the line. And hey, who woulda thought, WE WON THE RUN CLUB THROWDOWN, bringing some hardware home as the back-to-back Community Run Club champions.

Your 2018 Run Club Throwdown Champions
PC: Matt Anzur

What we had planned to be a fun, outside of working out social activity morphed into so much more over the course of a Saturday. Y’all make us so gosh-darn proud in myriad ways; showing up to row a boat in a rainstorm, providing charcoal and grilling tools from your home so we can host a successful shindig, racing your heart out and pouring so much enthusiasm into a community 5K. It was a doubleheader to remember.

THANK YOU to DC Dragons, y’all were amazing teachers, and we so appreciate you being #weatherproof like us. THANK YOU to Pacers for another incredible #rcthrowdown, it was an unparalleled night of racing, community and fun. And finally, THANK YOU to every single person who came out, dragon boating, chilling and grilling, racing, cheering, celebrating–you are all crushing it.

Much, much love, DC.

You’ve got more in the tank

 

WOW. BEYOND WOW. Holy GUACOMOLE Ottawa. That was unreal.  Can you believe that we get to head back into that stadium next week? Can you believe that you will run that PR Day again and try to complete one more section or finish two full tours in 29 minutes and 23 seconds?  Lots of firsts this morning, for some it was your first bounce, your first introduction to the culture and community of November Project but for every single person that showed up this morning it was yours and our first stadium PR day.  Sharing this morning with you, the stranger beside you and the person you cheered on in the section beside you was undeniably the best part of our day and probably week, that is until next Wednesday. But before we head back into the stadium did you leave it all out there this morning? Was there anything left in your tank?  read more

WE MISSED YOU PHIL MINA: A Special #NP_NYC Birthday Edition by Lew Leone

This week, #NP_NYC celebrated our fourth birthday in style. We had balloons, confetti cannons, treats and even Mother Nature kicked in a little something called #WinterStormQuinn. With friends old and new, we worked out hard, laughed a lot and got to wondering about all those that we wished were there. That’s when our man Lew Leone said ” hey! Phil verballed and he’s not here!”  There can be only one response…

We missed you Phillip Mina, by Lew Leone

It was great to hear from you Phillip and the verbal was unsolicited. NP NYC was celebrating its 4th birthday after all and other than Vader (newly minted Bronx High School of Science selectee) you would have been the next closest in age.

What did the swordfish say to the marlin on prom night?… Looking sharp! You knew there had to be a Dad Joke in this post.

Well we were off at 5:28 quicker than a cheap prom dress and assumed you meant your verbal was for the 6:28 Celebration.

TBH in all of the commotion and conversation during the workouts. (Including regaling Caitlin Dilena with all of the Spencer Pratt exploits) I forgot that you had sent me the text.

 

Young Phillip the time honored lesson of “ We Missed You” sometimes just has to be learned the hard way.

And just like your beloved Giants couldn’t get out of their PJ’s all year you left us hanging.

We do however know there was one event you would never miss.

Here’s hoping that you bring your positive attitude, energy, intensity and sense of humor to the next workout!

ICE ICE BABY

        It happened! For the first time in November Project Ottawa history we made history. Actually this is a lie we have made a lot of history over the past 54 workouts, endless coffee gatherings, social events, cheer stations and connections.  We skated, lunged, pirouetted and completed star jumps on skates.    read more

All Four One (IND)

We’re four. That’s awesome!!! We never hesitate to let people know that midwestern, landlocked Indianapolis came on as one of the first ten NP tribes. (Woohoo!) We came onboard before NY, before NY Part Deux, before Chicago (hey neighbor!), before LA…. We’re proud, but channeling our midwestern roots, we’re humble and caring, so when something disruptive, something impactful happens to our NP family, we care. Like any older sibling, that’s especially true when it affects a younger (albeit only a couple months younger) sibling. Our friends in the City of Angels lost a strong part of their tribe recently when a wonderful tribesmate named Sean died. Sean fought brain cancer and its pervasive strains for 17 long months. This morning, we honored Sean by celebrating his life and the principles he stood for; equality, community, empowerment, support. NP worldwide stands for these same principles, so from Indy to LA we send our best; all for one cause, all for one movement, and at times like these, all for one person and the lives he’s touched.

________________________”f*** them, be you” -Sean_________________________

Workout

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!

 

Notes

  • First and foremost, thank you to all those who volunteer their time to help make this NP_IND community what it is! We’ve got lots of plugged in people who take the time to make us a priority, so we’re VERY thankful. Especially influential is Jaden Brown, our photographer-in-chief. In addition to taking weekly pictures while his fingers freeze off, Jaden (JB) helps us out with posting, with social media, with hype, and with event planning. He’s our behind the scenes leader helping Shaw and I constantly. On race days you might find JB and Sarah Myer doing their own 5am race day workout (even on the ridiculously cold mornings) so they can donate their normal workout time to lending us a helping hand. Thanks.
  • Tomorrow night we’re repping NP at Indianapolis Monthly’s Best of Indy awards event. We’re the Best Outdoor Workout in Indy (but you already knew that), and we’re proud as hell!
  • Friday we’re at the White River State Park (WRSP) amphitheater (“The Lawn”) where their summer concerts happen. Meet us up on stage; live performance starts at 6am sharp! It’s guaranteed to be a strong workout and a great time! I mentioned this morning that you should avoid parking in the WRSP lot as we didn’t get the most welcome reception from the parking attendant there last time. I spoke with one of their media management staffers who said parking there is fine as he’ll be there to let the attendant know and try to get some solid promo footage for the Park. Finding a spot along Washington Street by the Statehouse is another option; it’s a five min jog from there, so plan accordingly.
  • Next Wed is race day! Woohoo! Hooray! We’ll tag if we get one of those random out-of-season experiences Indiana throws our way every once in awhile (aka if it’s above about 50 degrees). Don’t bet on it.
  • Andy Rusiniak, as always, killer costume!
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