A Running & November Project DC Morning!

Good morning, my friends! It’s a little gray and drizzly here today, but my day started off on an awesome and sweaty note: with a friend workout date, of course!


My friends Mary, Chelsea, and I all met up bright and early at 6:10 a.m. this morning to get our workout on. The plan: run the 2.5ish miles down to the Lincoln Memorial for the November Project workout, then run back! Ambitious – I liked it.

It was pitch black when we met, and by the time we made it to Rosslyn/Iwo Jima the sun was just starting to peek up to say hello.


So beautiful with the clouds!


There were still a few treacherous spots on the path (black ice, not cool), so we made sure to watch our step and walk if necessary. When we made it down to Lincoln, the November Project workout had just started! It also started to drizzle a cold rain on us, but thankfully stopped after only a minute or two.



In case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, the November Project is a free, year-round, outdoor workout. It’s in multiple cities (it actually started in Boston), and came to DC in the fall (more locations are listed on their website). On Wednesday mornings here in DC, it meets at both 5:30 a.m. and at 6:30 a.m. for hour long workouts at the Lincoln Memorial. They also just added a Friday option, for which the location changes (and is announced on social media beforehand).

Mary and I first hit up the November Project in the fall with our husbands in tow, and I stumbled upon it again last week when I was out running and remembered I should make the push for it more often! Fun way to mix it up. The workouts aren’t too creative (usually about 40 minutes of stair running, but then they end with a fun group/team workout – would love to see more of the group/creative workouts incorporated), but the vibe is awesome and totally makes it worth showing up for. Everyone is really friendly and having a blast out there! This would be a great way to meet some new people, especially if you were new to the area.


Chelsea, Mary, and I had fun chatting about life while running the stairs – I always love catching up with Mary over workout dates and it was great to see Chelsea again, too! We first met at the National Press Club 5k in September and have been meaning to meet up again since. Finally made it work! :)

As the sun continued to rise, the colors got even more beautiful. We took a short stair-running break to snap a photo. Good excuse for a breather. ;)


That might be one of my absolute favorite early morning sunrise running photos yet. Man, I love this city. I feel so lucky to be able to run to views like this in the morning! As always, sooooo worth the obnoxiously early alarm clock.

The workout ended with a fun group exercise – we teamed up with another group and everyone lined up in a plank, then the person on the end had to hop up and jump over everyone one by one before settling back into a plank on the other side. Then the next person in the line went. Whew! Sweaty action shot courtesy of Mary:


The girls and I were definitely moving a little more slowly for our 2.5 mile (mostly uphill) run back home after all that! What a great way to start the day. Thanks for the inspiration, ladies! :)


What’s the best workout you’ve gotten in this week? And how are my Winter Shape Up friends doing? Week 4 – the final week home stretch! I can’t believe how quickly it flew by. Don’t forget to check in over on my Week 4 Meal Plan page with your eats and on Gina’s Week 4 Workout Post with your fitness updates to be entered into this week’s giveaways. :) Thank you all so much for your participation – I hope you’ve found it helpful and inspiring!

Have a wonderful day! It’s a busy one for me as I’m sure it is for you, too. :)

p.s. Before I go, a couple announcements on behalf of readers:

  • Blog reader Joanna will be biking across the US this summer with 30 other young adults from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR (4400 miles total)! The ride will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and during their journey they will serve the cancer community through support programs, too. If you’d like to help the cause, click here for her personal fundraising page and click here to find out more about the ride/program. Good luck, Joanna & co!
  • Blog reader Allyn shared that Georgetown University Women In Leadership (GUWIL) is hosting its inaugural OWN IT Summit on Saturday, April 12. The goal of the summit is to bring together like minded women looking for ways to gain knowledge and leadership skills to amplify their personal and professional success. Attendees will primarily consist of undergraduate Georgetown students, but ALL are welcome and encouraged to join! Speakers include a Google exec., a CEO, the most famous woman in tech, the most well-known morning TV-show host, the highest ranking woman in sports business, an international policy maker, a peacekeeper, a female astronaut, and more. Ticket sales start February 28th at noon, and for more information, visit their website or Facebook event page.


  1. 1

    Yayyy so glad we got to do this this morning :) We’ll definitely have to do it again soon!

  2. 3

    Looks like a fun workout!

  3. 4

    Thanks Anne for the shoutout and sharing my mission to helping young adults with cancer!

    I’m working out on the bike trainer today and then doing an Insanity workout.

  4. 5

    They have a November project in Denver!! WEE!!!

  5. 6

    Best workout this week: Tuesday circus aerials. So much fun and a ridiculous upper body workout.

  6. 8

    your view is CRAZY gorgeous!!

  7. 9

    I love how you get so much “you” time in the morning and accomplish so much so early… especially a great workout. I love seeing your pictures of the sunrise :)

  8. 10

    I wish I was just a little closer, I want to do the November Project workouts so bad! But getting down there just isn’t feasible (metro doesn’t open early enough for me to make the early one, the second one is too late for me to get back to work on time). So I live vicariously through bloggers and their FB posts. I did have a nice 14 miler from Bethesda to Union Station last weekend though! And a 14 miler through Bethesda to Beach Drive this weekend.

  9. 12

    I went on a very similar run this morning in DC/Rosslyn. The black ice by 110 and the Arlington Cemetery was so treacherous! If another runner didn’t warn me about it, I definitely would have wiped out.

  10. 14

    Great sunrise shot over the reflection pool. I think it is one to print out.

  11. 15

    I have always thought these types of group workouts looked great – I just haven’t lived close enough to participate in one! We do have yoga in the park in my neighborhood in the warmer months. :)

  12. 16

    Your morning photos are always amazing! I have yet to wake up early enough to do a run like this in DC but seeing this makes me want to get out there. Definitely worth the early wake-up call.

  13. 17

    Looks like a lot of fun! Great pics.

  14. 18

    That looks like so much fun! I have to pass that along to my D.C. friends so they can check it out!

  15. 19

    I love group classes, especially boot camp workouts outdoors! Still loving the nike training club app…definitely one to try!

  16. 21
    Roadrunner says:

    Awesome pics, Anne! And looks like a terrific workout…

  17. 22

    Beautiful pictures! And it sounds like you’re a pro at making friends in all kinds of different places. Ever thought of doing a post with some tips? I know it probably sounds lame, but as a recent college grad, I’ve found it’s kind of hard to make grown up friends!

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      Blogging is actually a great way to make like-minded friends! I’ve made a lot of good workout buddies through the blog. Going to meet ups for things you’re into helps, too – e.g. running groups, workouts like this, networking happy hours, etc. There’s a lot of great group meet ups on!

  18. 24

    I did the November Project in SF a couple weeks ago and it was really fun! Everyone was SO friendly. But I agree, the workouts weren’t anything too crazy or creative.

  19. 25

    You ladies are so brave. I stuck to the treadmill this morning. Scared of my clumsiness and the ice.

  20. 26

    You seriously have the best running pics! That Washington Monument pic is gorgeous.

  21. 27

    Always such beautiful pictures! The sunrise was beautiful here yesterday morning as well. I’m driving into work about the time it comes up (as of right now–that will change to when I leave my house in a few, short weeks!).

  22. 28

    Great job! I also commented on Mary’s post; I ran by Lincoln yesterday and saw the NP going on – looks fun but all that stair running sounds a little dull maybe? I’ll have to try it. And yes the black ice was scary!

  23. 30

    That picture is amazing! Nice run/workout with friends!

  24. 31

    Beautiful pics! I love DC, what a great city.

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