ALEX SPIGELMAN. We could probably write a novel about this dude and why he’s deserving of the Positivity Award. Whether it’s pushing others around him by beast-moding every.damn.workout, giving words of encouragement, offering to help us behind the scenes, providing insightful sports commentary, or simply asking how someone’s day is (and actually caring about your answer) — this guy is all-around incredible. He embodies everything that November Project is about, and we’re proud to have him as a part of the NPDC community. Did I nearly cry when we gave him the Positivity Award? MAYBE, but that’s besides the point. Alex answered some questions so you could get to know him a little better, because honestly, everyone in the world should have the pleasure of knowing him.
How and when did you first hear about November Project?
I moved down to DC in January 2017 from Providence. A couple of Providence friends who had done NP Providence told me about NP and suggested it to me as I was settling in down here. It took me a bit of time to make the investment and start showing up. But I’m glad I did.
What motivates you to keep showing up?
NPDC has given me, and undoubtedly many others, the opportunity to challenge and push ourselves. I definitely enjoy the athletic challenge. But the atmosphere NPDC has created and the community it has built are rare. And there are fewer opportunities once you’re working to access this sort of environment and to get to know people like the people who partake in NPDC. I’ve found that definitely to be worth showing up for.
What is your favorite November Project memory to date?
That’s a hard one!! There have been so many engaging workouts, environments, and challenges that I can’t really narrow it down to one memory, but in general, I’ve had the most fun hanging with everyone and seeing us let our hair down a bit, whether it’s been at post-workout coffees, happy hours, or beyond.
What is something you would consider yourself to be an expert in? Teach us something about it.
I don’t necessarily consider myself an expert in anything, but I guess I can say I have some experience as a baseball fan and runner. With regards to running, if I had to offer any advice, it’d be that if you run on roads, running on gravel or pavement will have the most impact on your legs, so take advantage of any dirt or grass areas along a route — it’ll be softer and easier on your legs.
Who inspires you and why?
It may seem like a cop out to talk about family in these sorts of questions. But when I think about it, I always aspire to live up to the examples that have been set by my grandparents through their perseverance, their commitment, their spirit, their intelligence, and their love of and dedication to their family.
What’s your favorite restaurant in DC?
The best meals I’ve had in DC have probably been at The Dabney and Estadio. But I’m a bit of a sucker for a good bagel, and the best bagel I’ve had has been at Call Your Mother, so I guess that’d be my favorite.
How good will the Nats be this year?
Post-championship year seasons are really, really tough. Look at how the Caps ran out of gas the year after they won the Stanley Cup. It’ll really depend on whether they can move on from last season and pace themselves through 2020. That and whether they actually have a functional bullpen this season. But they’re a good team and I think it’ll be a fun season.
Your boss tells you you have to work remotely for the next 6 months, but you can pick any NP city worldwide? Where are you going and why?
I think I’d want to work near NP Iceland. There’s a part of me that wants to spend more time abroad or explore some of the national parks domestically. It seems like Iceland would kind of hit a sweet spot there.