Yesterday, I was reminded of the power of the ‘verbal’. If you’re unsure what it means to ‘drop a verbal’, it is basically a promise to be there, there being a workout or a social gathering. November Project has been around for a while, and in early days dropping verbals was much bigger than it is now. I’d like to bring it back. I’m guilty of moving away from verbals myself. 

On Sunday night, I gave Janet my verbal to show up to Run Crew 204 (they meet every Monday morning at the corner of Tache and Provencher and run a 5km loop) as it was her 365th consecutive day of doing some form of physical activity. Pretty impressive for someone recovering from a significant post-concussion syndrome. It’s been a while since I’ve had to drop a verbal; as one of the co-leaders I have 50-100 people relying on me to be there on Wednesday mornings at 6:14am, so dropping my verbal for those workouts is a bit redundant.

Run Crew 204 (picture by Renee)

I’ve been wanting to get to Run Crew 204 for a while now. It’s organized by Danielle Pahud and Renee Desjardins. There’s been a few Monday mornings where I’ve set my alarm and when it went off in the morning, I turned it off and went back to bed. But having the accountability of dropping a verbal meant this week I couldn’t just go back to bed. 

Let’s get back to getting verbal commitments from each other, especially in the winter when it’s dark and cold and so incredibly easy to stay under your covers. While it might be nice in the moment, you won’t remember the moments that you went back to sleep, you’ll remember the ones that you got up and kicked ass with a community of like-minded people. And if you’re committing to a workout, try not to give a half-assed verbal; ‘I’ll try to be there’, or ‘I’ll set my alarm and see how I feel in the morning’. If you do that, you already know you’re going to skip it. We’ve all been there, myself included.

Tomorrow we will be sharing details for our Christmas workout, Christmas party, and The December Project (a 12 days of fitmas challenge for this year). So drop your verbals and show up to the workout. 

-Verbal D

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