When Will the Fucking Winter End?

It’s the question running through everyone’s mind lately.  It’s Spring.  It’s APRIL already.  It’s supposed to be warm-ish (at least) and the trees should be sprouting leaves, and the little flowers that pop up everywhere should be showing some colors.  AND THE RUNNERS should be coming out of the woodwork.  Those marathon runners have been training through the most drawn out, longest winter ever, with temperatures that are seriously still like winter.  They’ve done their longest runs and are on the taper, probably just hoping like hell that Boston doesn’t pull it’s springtime trickery and make Marathon Monday another near 80 degree-r, as it has the last two years.  And everyone else who isn’t running the marathon but usually starts to get out for some miles and back into the warm-weather outdoor movement routine, well they should be swarming the banks of the Charles and showing up in flocks to NP on Friday mornings.

And speaking of NP!  It’s this very cool free fitness community that doesn’t give a shit about how shitty the weather is, they #JustShowUp and workout no matter what.  All year long.  Through all the seasons.  During the nice warm ones, and still during the miserable winter season(s) too.  Cold, rain, snow, dark, whatever…NP is weatherproof.

I SAID…

NOVEMBER

PROJECT

IS

WEATHERPROOF.

Which means, that even in April, when it’s supposed to be warm-ish and sunny-ish and spring-ish, BUT IT’S NOT all those things, we show up, hug each other, run hard, race harder, and smile all the while.  We are weatherproof.  It means that even though we can layer up and our bodies can tolerate the cold and gross leftover winter that just won’t go away, we have to make our minds weatherproof too. 

I wake up and look at the temperature every day, shake my head, and pull out my pants, my long sleeve shirts, my layers, and decide how many jackets I need to bring to the workout.  I ask myself when the fuck winter will end.  I ask it bitterly and with some judgment for ol’ Mother Nature.  And this is just like struggling through the last 5 sections of the stadium, or up that last back hill on PRhills day, or through those final burpees of WOahMAN.  It really sucks and it’s anything but easy.  But our minds create the conditions for our bodies to perform.  We’ve gotten pretty good at looking at the weather and not asking, “is it too cold to workout?” but instead asking, “how many layers do I need to workout?”  And this extra season of post-winter-pre-spring-3rd-winter is just the right opportunity to stop asking, “when the fuck will winter end?” and start asking things like, “how hard can I train in this winter weather before spring arrives?” and, “how much stronger can I make my mental game during this weather?”

We can get stronger, fitter, faster, and better from every single challenge that comes our way.  This is no different.

So, when the fuck will winter end?  Who knows, and who cares.  Let’s keep showing up because I know for sure I want to be out there running when it finally does.

Keep changing the world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

#GRASSROOTSGEAR TAGGING: we will definitely, absolutely have tagging before the Marathon.  If you are a tribe member running the Boston Marathon who wants to wear NOVEMBER PROJECT across your chest while you race from Hopkinton to Boyslton St., bring your gear to NP any day this week.  we promise we will get it tagged.  If you are spectating and/or volunteering at the marathon and also want to have freshy-fresh #grassrootsgear, bring your stuff to workouts and also to Marathon Monday workout–between all the days, we will get your shit tagged too.  Temperatures absolutely affect our ability to do our normal tagging at the stadium in early mornings, (the paint freezes) so we will get it done, just show up and bring your stuff (and be patient with the paint crew).

NP Summit 6.0: There is now real info about the amazing NP_SUMMIT 6.0 going down at the North Face Endurance Challenge Wisconsin race in September.  READ MORE DETAILS HERE and get signed up, book a flight, and get yer asses to Wisconsin.  If you don’t know what summit is…read the blog about it, and think “best, most fun family reunion with all your besties from Boston plus all the incredible and weird family from afar you always knew you had but never met before plus some trail running and probably some beer and good times too…in Wisconsin.  #JustShowUp

Monday Destination Deck: will be at Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.  6:29AM.  Map in the tracker, and also put “bunker hill monument” into any map app on your smart device and get yourself there.  No excuses.

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One Reply to “When Will the Fucking Winter End?”

  1. i dont think that this article is child friendly, my son just brought this to me because he liked that you used the word “fuck” he doesnt hear or see this very often so he asked what it means and idk if you’re a parent but questions like these make things a little difficult

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