Today I’m going a few easy miles with November Project co-founder Brogan Graham.
This chat was all over the place, starting off with a disclaimer about weed whackers and the pop of a La Croix can.
But we found our groove before too long, I promise!
Brogan Graham: Marathon Crasher
Brogan definitely grew up as an athlete.
He had the goal of becoming a professional basketball player in his younger days, but his senior year of high school he stopped playing basketball and started rowing competitively. That switch in sports earned him a scholarship to row collegiately at Northeastern, which was quite fortuitous.
While Brogan was in college, he worked part time for a moving company that does a lot of moving of barricades and bleachers and whatever else for the Boston Marathon. The moving company received a few bibs for folks that might be interested in running the race (without having to qualify), and Brogan got one of those bibs and ran his first marathon as the Boston Marathon.
Once he got to the starting area in Hopkinton, he realized that he basically crashed the party by running a race that he wasn’t “invited” to.
He has run Boston a couple of other times, by qualifying, so he has seen Boston from a couple of different perspectives.
The seeds of the November Project were planted when Brogan and Bojan made a bet with each other to find out whether they could work out each morning for a month outside no matter what the weather did.
Little did they know, that bet would propel a movement.
Talking with Brogan, you can hear the passion for November Project in his voice. We talked a lot about some of the early days of the November Project, and how it provides something for everyone no matter their fitness level.
We also talked about how November Project helped with the healing process after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.
Why Runners Should Consider Working Out with November Project
There is no question in my mind that cross training is beneficial to runners.
Look at any of the best runners in the world, whether they are running long distances or not, they do much more than just run.
Yet many of us recreational runners look at their weekly mileage figures and think that is what we need to emulate in order to reach our running goals.
Brogan points out, and I agree with him completely, that we will actually perform better (and probably have more fun) if we make sure to do some other training besides running.
It All Comes Back to One Word: Community
In our fast paced world, we loose sight of the fact that we as people need to be around each other.
And that sense of community is something that is central to November Project.
It’s one thing to connect with people online/via social media, but there is nothing like a hug to instill that community.
That is what November Project really does, it brings people together and builds community.
And in this fast paced world in which we live, that is something that we need more of.
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