We Missed You, Clayton – NPSF’s #EarlyGang

At 5:30AM this morning, #earlygang showed up to Lafayette Park and something was amiss. Somebody was amiss. We had heard rumours of the first NPSF visit to Lafayette in 2014, when Laura and Dan ran independent workouts at different corners of the park unbeknownst to each other, whilst plotting the other coleader’s “We Missed You” post. That blog didn’t work out that day when they realized each other’s inabilities to drop Google Pins. But this time, the lanky co-leader’s absence this time was a bit more serious. His alarm fell asleep… as did he! Below is #earlygang’s opinion on this morning’s oversleeping debacle. Tod, Gil, Henry, d’Art, Lucci… the floor is yours (with a secret feature from Brian “Pavement Runner” Kelley and Kimmy Gibbler)!


Core #earlyganger, Tod, was cut to the core by Dan’s absence…


  • Tod “Haute Toddy” Barnett

Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From Lafayette Park, and down the mountain side,
The summer’s gone, and our leader is stalling,
It’s you, it’s you must come and we must bide.
But come ye back before we meet at Monday’s meadow,
Or when the tweener’s rushed and sweating like whoa,
It’s #earlygang’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh, Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy, #earlygang loves you so!

  • Gil “Gillingham” Levy

DC skate

And you shall sleep, how soft your sheets must be
And all your dreams will warm and sweeter be
But we’ll not fail to tell you that #wemissedyou
Never sleep in peace again ’til setting alarms three (or “tree”, as the Irish would say)

  • Henry “Henri” Romeo

Dan kid

I was promised a head pat, a scratch behind the ears, and someone to chase up the red brick road. I did not get any of those things at #earlygang. Worst morning ever.

  • d’Artagnan “d’Art” Alexandre Dumas, four-legged, fuzzy occasional mascot of #earlygang


Dan! It’s rare that I show up to NP, I get it. But when I do, and when I bring a special guest, I assume that Dan-the-NP-Man will be there. I was basically hyping you up all morning — “oh man, when you meet Dan, you are going to be amazed. This guy is sooo legit. I mean, he blinks and runs a sub 6-minute mile. His quads have their own zip code.” — only to be extremely let down by your absence.

  • Brian, @PavementRunner (and Kimmy Gibbler)

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Lost without Dan on a Friday, I turned to Dan’s idols, Coach Taylor and Tim Riggins:
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
“Don’t just stand by and watch it happen.”
“Girls in locker rooms is a bad idea.”
“I’m a firm believer in you can do anything you put your mind to, and yourself, you, I believe you can do anything you put your mind to” as long as you wake up!
“Stay away from dumb, gentlemen.”
“Don’t think. Just do.”
“Can you do me a favor? Do the best you can.”
Sprain or no sprain, we need you there Dan.

  • Lucci Lautze


“Come meet Tiger Hero”

After Andrea (AKA Kimmy Gibbler) dropped in to see the Tribe this morning, we’re going to keep these special guests coming. See you guys on Monday when “Tiger Hero”, founder of @pre_np_kor, South Korea’s version of November Project, drops into our Fort Mason workout. Come join!

Fort Mason. 6:30AM!

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