Two Top 10 Lists for the last Friday of 2014

Top 10 list why the November Project workout in Boston was EPIC today.

10. It’s Dec 26 in Boston and there was NO snow.

9. Two awesome Ians showed up.  Dr. Ian Nurse who couldn’t stay for the group photo so he gets a shout out here.  And Ian Bachman-Sanders managed to arrive at 6:32.  Ahh the luxuries of showing up for (but not leading) the workout!

8. That circle of weird and awesome warm up exercises suggested by tribe members. Definite #FOMO if you weren’t there.

Kumar warm up

7. Running hills.  Seriously, read that again: choosing to show up and race up the hills. Epic.

6. The high-five circle where every single person high-fived every other person who just showed up today.

5. That time when I told everyone to keep moving until 7:20 even if you had to stop running and there was a crowd of people doing burpees and air squats right up to 7:20. Fuck Yeah.

4. Rosa Evora being the official NP photographer for the day.  She’s the bomb.

3. Mary Anna Yram received the Positivity Award.

2. Group photo “pig pile” style (and the resulting discussion about whether it’s a “pig pile” or a “monkey pile.”)

1. Today is the last NP Friday morning at the hills in 2014. Boom.


I do my best to read other NP blog posts, both because it gives me some perspective on writing this stuff for you almost every MWF each week, and also because I love reading what my fellow tribe leaders are thinking about and sharing with the world.  I want you read this post from NP Baltimore, written on Wednesday by Nick Rod.  He’s asking us all to take a look forward at 2015 and to choose to see the potential in ourselves and the strength & accountability in the tribe.

He says, “So, to the Baltimore tribe and any other tribe that wishes to move past years of failed resolutions and actually get something done for a change…I bring you #Resolution2015.

Follow those steps, tweet/instagram/post about it using the hashtag #Resolution2015. As a result you’ll gain a close friend, get fitter, kinder, faster, stronger, (cleaner?) and be proud that you actually accomplished something.”

Now here’s where I want to add something to Nick’s great thoughts.  The reality is that not a single one of us who make resolutions or set goals for ourselves will accomplish them perfectly.  We will have days and times of success, and we WILL have moments when we suck.  When we don’t do what we said we would and when we want to avoid the fact that we’re not living like the ideally fit, fast, kind, beautiful people we hope to be.  This is why Nick so brilliantly reminds us that we have friends, fellow tribe members who are in the same darn boat.  Other people who are striving toward hard goals and who have resolved to be better versions of themselves in this coming year.  Other people who can help hold us accountable by asking us how it’s going, running some miles with us, calling or texting us to be sure we got our asses out of bed, picking us up for the workout when we crash our cars or just need a ride, and by threatening public social media embarrassment if we need extra motivation.

I also want to remind the entire tribe that accountability goes both ways.  When you know you’re struggling, when you’re fighting the urge to just sleep in, when you are ready to put off the long run or the hard workout to another day because you’re just not feeling it today, you don’t have to wait for someone else to notice and call you out after you fall short in order for you to be accountable.  The most courageous thing we can do when we’re feeling less than our resolved best selves is to SAY SO and ask for help–tell your “Resolution Keeper” that you need some encouragement and support.  We are a positive tribe.  Supportive, affirming encouragement is a far more effective motivator than shame or embarrassment.

We don’t line up along 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon course to “Boo” and shame the runners, we celebrate every single person who was brave enough to try and we cheer them on until we lose our voices and they cross the finish line.  Of course, we can use playful things like the “we missed you” page and good-hearted Facebook tagging or Tweeting to remind each other that we are not forgotten when we don’t show up to NP, that our workouts really do matter, and that we want to help each other reach our goals. But these things, when used effectively, are used with love and fierce respect. The only reason that the “We Missed You” page is effective is because it’s NOT actually about shaming people to make them feel badly about themselves, it’s about reminding people that they matter and we [the tribe] care so much about you, that we’re not going to sit idly by and let you stop showing up, stop striving toward your goals, stop racing everything, or stop getting better.  My point is: hold yourself accountable too, by doing the shit you said you want to do in the first place, and WHEN you’re about to not do it, ask for the help you need. If we do, we will all be stronger as #Resolution2015 accomplishers, and our buddies who play the role of Resolution Keepers will better know what we need to keep us accountable.


Top 10 list of things to do before the new year, brought to you by November Project & general badassery:

  1. Read Nick’s blog.

  2. Think about your resolutions.

  3. Write them down.

  4. Think about what you need to feel motivated, supported, and accountable.

  5. Write that down too.

  6. Pick a “Resolution Keeper” and tell them about steps 3 & 5.

  7. Tell more people about steps 3 & 5.

  8. Work every day to accomplish your resolutions, because they’re yours, not anyone else’s.  Own them!

  9. Ask for help & support before you need to be publicly embarrassed. And when you get publicly embarrassed, be grateful, humble, and let it motivate you.

  10. #JustShowUp #RaceEverything #KeepTakingBigBitesOutOfLife #FuckYeah #Resolution2015

Have an amazing weekend! Monday’s Destination Deck will be in a beautiful, sparkly, history-filled Boston spot so verbal now.  Get ready to make new history! Last Monday of 2014 BE THERE.


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