Winter…whaaaaat? (Boston 1.21.19)

Oh hey, Boston. And hey to the rest of the world reading this blog. Here in Boston, we’re experiencing one of the coldest days in a really long time, and one of the winter-iest days we’ve had since way back last winter. Lots of precipitation, fluctuations in temperature around the freezing point, resulting in scientifically-fascinating mixtures of snow, slush, ice, and slice (that’s a wintery compound that looks exactly like slush but frozen in time as ice, which is probably what the Ice Age looked like.)

These are the weather conditions that make individuals and tribes alike question what it really means to be #weatherproof. I mean, of course we’re WEATHERPROOF. But we’re not going to go outside and run in this shit.


Because it’s like, cold. Realllly cold. So cold that you can’t even talk about it and you’d have to cover every single square inch of skin so you don’t get frostbite and you will definitely not feel your fingers and toes the whole time cold.

And then the dialogue inside our minds continues with something like, “but we’ve gone out before…right? Didn’t we do that one workout when the windchill was -29 and everyone came in ski goggles? And eventually we got warm enough running around that people took off layers. So layers. I need layers. Do I have enough layers? Do I have ski goggles? I found my swim goggles. Can I wear swim goggles…do they work in the cold?”

And we begin to contemplate what it might take to get up, layer up, get out, show up, hug some friends and strangers –all of whom look like strangers because they’re all wearing 2 hats, 3 buffs, and ski goggles.

The bottom line is, it’s possible.

This morning, a solid crew of hardy AF folks showed up for the not-#SunriseML6K workout. We postponed the #sunrise6k race, because we do actually think about safety sometimes. And while we could have held the race, considering that everyone would be running in the same insane conditions, we decided that part of the fun of the #Sunrise6k is the crowd. The faces who show up especially because they love a race, even if they don’t often come to Monday workouts. Part of the fun is knowing that when you throw down your fastest 6000m by foot, you’re giving your very best, not just simply avoiding a death-fall on a treacherously icy course. And part of the fun is being able to actually BE a tribe by running together, cheering everyone on as they reach the finish, and stick around for the award ceremony. If we’re all afraid to find our speed because of the conditions, if our lungs can barely (if at all) handle the demand we’re putting on them to warm the brutally cold air as we run, and if there’s no true tribe feel because everyone who finishes just leaves so they don’t freeze to death, then that completely and utterly misses the mark for what we want the Sunrise6k to be.

The 2019 #SunriseML6K will be held on Feb 18 instead– making it the #PresidentsSunrise6Kday.

This morning instead, we played on the ice crusted snow. We ran and slid, we did the hardest burpees ever (because the ice doesn’t allow you to grip with your toes…you’re welcome, abs), we did some resistance training with human sled pushes, and some ice hill sprints with full-body human sledding to get down those hills. It was really fucking cold. And it was beautiful to see the sun come up over hils and fields of ice. It was fun–and amazingly empowering–to be running around despite the cold and everything that urges us to stay inside. To get outside instead, to find our movement, and to join our tribe fills us up with something special you just don’t get any other way. We get to start our day with play rather than just trudging through the winter obstacles, with laughter rather than grumbles and groans, with friends rather than the isolation of winter with everyone bundled to their foreheads, and with fitness for our health rather than just the physical obligations like shoveling that allow us to navigate the snow & ice.

So, we can take these days as they come and say, “Winter!! whaaaaat?!?” or “WTF, winter!?”

Or we can say, “so what? …winter!”

November Project has always been known for doing some crazy things. Pushing the boundaries and limits. Picking weird, fun, and slightly dangerous rather than practical, methodical, and safe. And even though we deliberately and carefully chose to postpone the #Sunrise6k race for a day with better race conditions, we still show up and workout. THIS is precisely what makes us #weatherproof. So what? It’s winter. We will always, always show up. We’re not going to let winter, cold, or whatever weather stop us from gathering or from moving our bodies for fitness and for fun.

We’re changing the world. One winter day at a time.

Really cool stuff coming up:

Wednesday 1/30: After our #PRday workout at Harvard stadium, get free coffee, bagels, and use of state-of-the-art fitness recovery tools with the tribe, hosted by the not-yet-open-to-the-public fitness facility BKBX, which is just around the corner from the stadium. If you can make a plan to hang for coffee, recovery, and some social time with the tribe, definitely consider coming along for the fun. It’ll be like a quick morning party, post workout! Everyone is welcome

Every Saturday in February:November Project Boston’s co-leaders (EmSauce & Capozzi) will be hosting workouts on the Esplanade on SATURDAY mornings. MORE FREE FITNESS in Boston, which is a really really really REALLY great way to bring everyone who doesn’t want to get up for 6:30am workouts (yet) to show up to an NP-style workout and feel the vibe for everything it’s worth. Get them engaged (and hooked) and it might be a lot easier to get those family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and strangers alike to show up MWF mornings with the rest of the tribe for the rest of time. These workouts are part of the Frost Fit Winter Series on the Esplanade, and we’re happy to collaborate with the Esplanade Association to make this happen. Here’s the summary:

  • All Saturdays in February. (Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23)
  • 10 – 11am
  • Free fitness + so much fun with NP co-leaders Emily Saul & Chris Capozzi
  • Meet in front of the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
  • Sign up here (more details listed in the sign-up) And you do NOT need to bring a yoga mat, despite what it says.

Super Bowl Sunday Racing: November Project Boston has been racing on Super Bowl Sunday for a handful of years now, in the Super Sunday 5 mile race, in Cambridge. There is a November Project team, and everyone who signs up from any NP tribe can register to be on the NP team. We love having a gigantic NP team!! AND ON WEDNESDAY (2 days from today) our workout will include opportunities to win a FREE ENTRY to the Super Sunday race. So be sure to show up Wednesday, throw down, and get ready to race on Feb 3, 2019.

Next Monday 1/28: Destination Deck workout will be held right next to Paul Revere Park (Charlestown) and meet up spot will be under the Zakim Bridge. SEE THE MAP HERE. Monday Jan 28. 6:29am

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