For the last three weeks, I’ve been waking up in the 5s to run with the beginning of the November Project NYC group. With a small collective of fewer than 10 people for the first two weeks I was there (which were weeks 4 and 5, or 5 and 6 overall), we were a November Project pledge group, trying to get recognized by the official NP.
The group met at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side and ran up to the Randall’s Island foot bridge, where we did a hill workout on the (icy) bridge, peppered with exercises after each interval. And dancing. And high fives and fuck yeahs. It was a fun way to start my day, so I’ve come back, despite Wednesday seemingly being the coldest day of each week.
So what is this all about? The group is an offset of the famed November Project (Runner’s World cover!), our group was trying to get recognized by the official November Project as a tribe, which required a deadpan photo of the runners at the end of each workout. I think this is why I like the group: it’s part Fight Club, part run club, and totally void of egos. And they hug.
So today was a big day: we were officially welcomed as one of the #Turbo15 and made a legit group. Our group nearly doubled in size this week.
We broke into two groups and then pairs and alternated between doing stair/grotto loops and core (push-ups, planks, burps, dips, and dancing). The workout ended with a relay race, a group hug, and singing Happy Birthday to our badass bearded co-leader Paul, who gets dressed in the dark each week.
We meet every Wednesday at 6:28 am at 88th & the East River (Gracie Mansion). It’s totally free. And totally awesome. Come, and bring a friend.