"Thank You" Guest Blog by Adrienne Pereira (BOS)

Adrienne is one of those long-ago members of NP_BOS, who remembers the “early days” of the community being small…and starting to grow…and has a pretty cool perspective on how valuable it is to show up, and keep showing up, no matter how often or frequently. The community is powerful, and it’s always there. Thanks to Adrienne for the following reflection after showing up for PR day in January.

This week, I told a friend I’d show up for a 5:30 Stadium sesh if she was going.  Despite a last min bail out from said friend (you know who you are!), I showed up with no expectations… of the weather … of the crew vibe … of my physical ability (it’d been over a yr since I’d run these stairs). I kicked it off in the usual way… hugs/high fives, PR day intro speech, and a 5:36 am start time, music blaring in my ear buds. 

At 6:02, somewhere around section 29, the music cut off by an unexpected incoming call.  It was bad news; a friend of mine had died in the night. 

“I hope you’re not there alone,” said my friend on the other end of the line. “No way,” I replied, “I have tons of friends here.” I stopped for a minute, took a breath, soaked up the NP energy, and finished the tour in 33:03. Now I couldn’t tell you the names of most of the people in the stadium with me or why I happened to peel my ass out of my perfectly warm bed this particular Wednesday morning for the early workout, but I can tell you I’m sure as hell happy I did.  News like this is always easier to swallow mid-workout out, surrounded by friends. 

I’ve been lucky enough to be sharing my minutes with this crew for ~8 years now.  Whether you’ve come 8 or 8000 times, whether you have 0 or 52 pieces of tagged gear (I only have 2), or whether you love or hate the bounce, NP – a.k.a. the people who built it, foster it, and everyone who “just shows up” – has been there for me. Every. Single. Time.  Through races and injuries and break ups and job changes, etc. So here’s a much overdue, big fat dose of overwhelming appreciation for every last one of you. Thank you!

And for those of you who don’t know the deal: show up, bring all your friends, and keep this amazing, supportive, type-2-fun engine running (pun intended)!

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