Waking up at 5am has never been easy. The sheer thought sends people into a tailspin. But once you realize what is waiting for you come 6:29am on a Wednesday morning, everything changes.
I did not sleep the night before my first November Project workout. Could it be from nerves, excitement, or the dread of an early wake up call, I still do not know. I do know that come 5am on that strangely rainy day in the middle of July I forced myself out of bed, tossed on some workout gear, brushed my teeth, made a cup of coffee, and headed out the door. I showed up not knowing a single person, just an encouragement from some runner I follow on Instagram to “Just Show Up” and I do not regret it one bit.
The people I have met are eager to give a hug, say good morning, and get a good bounce going before our fearless leaders when it’s too cold to stand still. These people have become my tribe. They are the ones who see me struggling to complete the 10th burpee or run up the hill again with an achy hip, cheering me on the entire time. They are the ones that push me to be better, get stronger, and encourage everyone I pass, regardless of what day of the week it is. As I have gotten to know more people at each workout, I realize the true sense of community each one of us feels. It’s not very often you meet a group of fellow enthusiastic morning people who love to work out in the dark, so you hold them close.
To my NP tribe, you are amazing and I am forever grateful to be in your tribe. You’ve helped me realize that I can do more than I ever thought, simply from telling me “keep going,” “good job,” or giving me a high five. The community, the energy, the workout, and the surprises are what keep me coming back week after week. I am like a kid on Christmas Eve with the anticipation of Santa come Tuesday nights. It is hard to go to sleep because I know that I get to see the tribe in the morning, while getting my butt kicked. Thank you NP Seattle for making Wednesday my favorite day of the week.
To those who are curious to what November Project is or are interested in joining, JUST SHOW UP. Stop thinking about it. Stop questioning what takes place or if you can keep up. Put yourself out there. Give your best effort and find your tribe. You will not regret it and it will change your life in meaningful ways. I know it has changed mine.
Here’s to a damp,
cold winter filled with amazing Wednesdays (and Fridays). #Justshowup