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The Birthday Report: Asking the Tough Questions

Some people use the New Year as a time to set resolutions. Although I usually set intentions on the first of each year, my birthday is a more meaningful time of reflection. It is my personal marking of another year on this wondrous planet. Exactly one month ago, I celebrated my twenty-fourth birthday at Northeast Kingdom Running Camp (NKRC), where for two weeks I was immersed as a yoga teacher and coach to high school runners. It was my third consecutive birthday in Lyndonville, Vermont, among a group of people that have become my run family. The NKRC community originally …

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ROO #143: Brogan Graham on Why You Should Show Up to November Project

“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.

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ROO #140: Emily Saul on Discovering the Path of Play in Sport and Life

“I couldn’t do a hundred strokes at a time, but I could do ten strokes at a time. I could create mantras or beliefs in my head that I could do anything for ten strokes and so, if all I thought about was just those ten strokes, I could do everything that I needed to.” * In this episode, Emily Saul, co-leader of November Project Boston and Lead Playmaker at Life is Good’s Playmakers, explores what is means to inspire others. She discusses how she was introduced to the mental techniques of sport psychology during her time as a Division I rower at the University of Tulsa, which later led her to receive a masters in Sports Psychology at Boston University. Emily reflects on her work as the Lead Playmaker at Life is Good’s public charity called Playmakers. She explains how her Playmakers work has lead her to believe that everyone yearns for play through engaging, connecting, and exploring one’s community and physical potential. She tells the story of how she found November Project Boston, a free fitness movement that Emily is now a co-leader of and how November Project demonstrates to her the importance of play for adults. Lastly, Emily reveals her own athletic goals.

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