So you already know that I was up in Boston this past weekend to watch the Boston Marathon. There also happened to be this thing called the November Project book that launched last week and has been a pretty big deal. Ok, maybe just a big deal to those involved in one of the various tribes. Anyways, here’s a little recap of what’s been going on in my NP world.
On Sunday afternoon I met up with my friend Emma and Jackie to drive up to Boston for the marathon.
^^ I had just eaten my breakfast smoothie but agreed to a quick pitstop in Harlem (all the way up in 151st street…exploring a new hood) for some Mexican fare. All three of us went for some version of carnitas, which was a solid choice. Emma’s burrito was a little more than we could manage but it was a good attempt.
We made it to Beantown around 5 or so, dropped off Emma and went to explore Cambridge. We were actually staying with one of the Boston NP members and I have to say, what a darn cool group of people to have in your life. Our tribe had done the same thing for the New York Marathon where we created a google doc listing out people that were offering space to stay and those who were looking for housing.
Later that evening, we met up with our pal Jess (who happened to be running the marathon!) for dinner at Cambridge Common. I may have eaten my entire weight in nachos, so it was a good thing that I wasn’t running extensively the next day.
^^ The next morning Jackie and I ran about 4 or so miles to the destination workout and wouldn’t you know, we got to pass by both the Wednesday and Friday workout locations – Harvard Stadium and Summit Ave. The Harvard steps are still on my bucket list, but a view from a far was good enough for this trip.
^^ If one knew other tribe members, they went up to one another, embraced and reconnected. The rest of the tribes sort of stayed in their own little groups (t#juniorhighdance). Then we bounced (promptly at 6:28), did some sprints, played tag, and did a bit of a group challenge workout – this time mixing up tribes and forcing us all to meet new people. Guilty moment – I don’t remember most of the names of the people that I met. I am terrrrrible with names and it’s certainly something I need to work on.
^^ Post workout where Brian (the one with the bib) went off to casually run a marathon (a race that happened to be his 9th Boston and 74th marathon!) The rest of us dispersed to eat and shower before heading to the Mile 18 cheer station.
It sure was one hell of a race to watch. This was the third marathon that I have spectated and I give all the credit in the world to those people running. This was also a different breed of race since a majority of the runners had to qualify in order to get in (*there are bibs for charities as well) That meant that they are SPEEDY and 100% beast mode. The weather was glorious for spectating, but a temperature in the high 60’s and low 70’s left some runners struggling. For many, it wasn’t the race that they had expected or had hoped. But, they made it and most finished, so that in itself is a major accomplishment.
Video Collage of Mile 18
^^ We may not have run 26.2 miles but between running to the workout, the workout, and walking around the course, this was a solid day of mileage.
YouTube (via Fox News) ~ November Project Leaders Brogan and Bojan came up to New York to talk about about the release of the NP_Book as well as participate in a little North Face Athletics workout in Central Park. What’s hilarious (to me) is that so many people follow the two of them (and many other leaders) so we obviously know where they are traveling and often feel as if we know them personally. Then, when you actually are right there asking for them to sign the book, you find yourself a bit speechless and thanking them (in a very cheesy manner) for starting this movement. Or maybe that’s just me. Cool.
^^ Now here we are, back to the Wednesday grind at Gracie Mansion. Today’s crafty caption was “suns out buns out”. If you’re interested in checking out the hype, come meet us Friday at Chelsea Piers (6:28a) and next Wednesday at 102nd St. footbridge (UES) at 5:28a/6:28a.
“The reason I joined the Tribe was the unique combination of fitness, community, respect, love, and most importantly inclusion.” – Bart Yasso (Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World magazine)