The People You Meet: Guest Blog from Bob Jones (5.29.19)

Sometimes members of the November Project community who have been around for a long time have great things happen in their lives (like getting into Medical School) and they have to move away from Boston. Bob Jones is one of those humans, and since he’s heading out to continue the journey his life is on, not in Boston…we’re going to miss him and we’re really glad he’s been such a great part of our community and family here. Thanks for making all of us better, Bob. Come back and visit soon!! (We’ll save a tortilla for you)

This past Wednesday was my last (consistent) Boston November Project workout before moving to Virginia for school and it sure was a memorable one. Not only was it backpack day, but I also was given the opportunity to compete in tortilla face. What is backpack day and what is tortilla face? Just some of the infinite creative and fun ways that co-leaders Emily Saul and Chris Capozzi make November Project so much more than just a great workout. It truly amazes me the amount of thought and energy Chris and Emily put into November Project. They make each workout unique and incredibly fun so that we don’t get bored and can challenge ourselves in unique ways. Not only that, but they also motivate us, inspire us, and epitomize the positivity that NP stands for each and every workout. Emily and Chris, I cannot thank you enough for all you do for the tribe and for all you have done for me. You are born leaders and I have never met more selfless and inspiring individuals.

So where did my NP journey begin? My first November Project workout was in the fall of 2013 when my buddy asked me if I wanted to join him for a workout with this group called the November Project. I really didn’t give it much thought and figured it was just another running group, so why not #justshowup. Well, I very quickly learned that NP is anything and everything BUT just another running group; the passion, energy, enthusiasm, creativity, positivity, and sense of community that NP emanates sets it apart from anything else I’ve ever experienced and its incredibly contagious and addictive. There’s nothing like waking up before the sun rises, screaming your lungs out in a stadium reminiscent of the Colosseum, hugging the strangers-soon-to-be-friends, and then working your ass off for 45 minutes surrounded by an incredible support group constantly cheering you on and pushing you to new limits.

I have so many amazing memories from workouts and events organized through NP: playing freeze tag in the snow at the end of a tough track workout; taking pictures of other people’s trash and old furniture on Allston Christmas; breaking a 5-minute mile for the first time in my life at the 26×1 relay; waking up at 3:30am to run the Whoa-Man workout to culminate the end of Hell-o-Week; and enduring the Iron Whoa-Dan on a beautiful Sunday morning alongside a bunch of equally crazy friends. However, the NP mystery event is probably the highlight of my time in Boston—running to all different locations in Boston on a Saturday, doing a relay in the city hall plaza, playing sharks and minnows in a tennis court, crowd surfing on the T, and so much more, all intricately designed into one amazing workout that ended at a brewery.

What has made these events so great is the people who I got to meet doing them. I remember one Summit Ave workout that incorporated football drills on the grass at Corey Hill Outlook Park. Brogan Graham, co-founder of NP, was squatting down next to a young boy. As I ran by, he said to the young boy, “look at this guy with the shark tattoo. What do you think his story is?” To me, this quote epitomizes what November Project is and what it stands for: community and connectedness. Each of us has our own story, our own reason for showing up to our first NP workout. However, I believe what keeps us coming back and what has caused NP to grow to unfathomable levels is the true and authentic camaraderie. Despite what struggles each of us are going through in life, we show up to each workout and work our asses off knowing that we are not alone—each person next to us has their own challenges but still decides to show up and push themselves and those around them to work even harder. I believe that this shared experience allows us to connect on a level that could never be achieved through conversation alone and reflects who we are as human beings. You are all such strong and inspiring individuals and I am honored to have had the opportunity to run beside you.

I am going to miss the hell out of November Project Boston, but I am ecstatic to move to a city that has its own NP tribe. I will do my best to bring the determination, enthusiasm, and positivity to Richmond, showing them what the Boston NP tribe is all about!


COMING SOON: Yearbook Photos will be taken on one of the Wednesdays in June. Stay tuned for the exact date…

MONDAY WORKOUT: City Hall/Gov’t Center T 6:29am on Monday, June 3.

STARTING JUNE 7: Indiana Junes on Fridays for the whole month. Summit Ave in Brookline 6:29am. Everyone who runs all the Fridays of the month become Indy’s and get a Patch. Watch out though, Capoze still has that bull whip!

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