“This isn’t little. This isn’t like something you know. You do not know what this looks like and I don’t care if you’re a great athlete or not, if your listening to this, you have to experience it. It is not like your running club, it’s not like a boot camp cause it’s way fucking weird and it’s really hard.” * In this episode, Brogan Graham, co-founder of November Project (NP) explains why you should show up to the November Project and to your life. Brogan tells the story of his athletic background from how he began crew in high school to rowing at Northeastern’s DI Men’s Varsity Rowing Team. He reflects on his relationship with Bojan Mandaric, his November Project co-founder and what inspired them to start NP. Brogan recounts the story of how he met Goldie Graham, his now wife and ROO Podcast Interviewee #78, at November Project Boston. He discusses the growth of the November Project, including his partnership with The North Face to the 21 NP tribes across North America. Lastly, Brogan reveals his least favorite tattoo is, the role of yoga in his training, and the most memorable November Project workout he has experienced.
In the episode, Eric Ahern, accomplished long-distance runner, discusses how he started running in high school and then how he returned to running in his adulthood after many years of exploring the outdoors in other mediums. He tells the unique story of how surfing inspired him to try running again. Eric reflects on the power of a running community in inspiring you to train. He demonstrates the similarities between tapping into the flow state in surfing and running. Eric offers a recap of his recent North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile race and the highs and lows you can experience in a race that long. He looks back at his successful year of racing in 2014 and reveals whats ahead for 2015. Eric explains how the middle school students he teaches react to his running ultras and his secret to balancing training and work: run to work! Lastly, Eric provides insight on cultivating a sense of acceptance in one’s running journey.