Several weeks ago I noticed an increasing amount of chatter on my Twitter feed about something called the “November Project.” Initially I kept scrolling, as the name sounded awfully clinical. Eventually, though, I couldn’t resist the curiosity any longer.
After just a few clicks, I quickly became intrigued:
Once I discovered the New York City “tribe” held their Wednesday morning sessions just a few blocks from my apartment, I knew I had to check it out.
Tuesday night I went to bed early and set a number of alarms to begin sounding at the pre-dawn time of 5:45. My fears of oversleep were for naught, however, as I managed to roll out of bed just as planned, resisting my “snooze” temptation. After taking my dog out and throwing on some warm clothes, I headed towards the Gracie Mansion meet-up location. I was determined to arrive by the 6:28 start time.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. Since taking up the sport of running I’ve generally been a solitary runner, so I was a bit nervous about participating in a group workout.
A small group had already begun to congregate when I strolled up a few minutes early. I was instantly greeted and welcomed with the group’s signature salutation, a hug. Though I wasn’t fully awake yet, the camaraderie immediately put me at ease. As more runners seemed to stream from the shadows, the mood grew even more upbeat, fun and social.
This week’s workout entailed a group jaunt to the Randall’s Island bridge, followed by hill repeats interspersed with push-ups, burpies, planks and, um, dancing. I’m not going to sugar coat it, for me, hill work so soon after waking up was a challenge. But dang, if I didn’t feel productive!
From my apartment door and back, I logged around 5 miles taking part in a great workout – all by about 7:30. Of course, then it was time to shower and head to the office.
I’m not sure the last time I’ve had such a productive Wednesday, as the early morning endorphins really kept me motivated all day. I’m excited to have run across what some have described as a “fitness flash mob,” and I’m already looking forward to next Wednesday’s rise and run!