This isn’t the first time I’ve written about November Project’s Hell Week. Hell Week 2017 was actually my first experience with November Project. I had to face a lot of my fears and anxieties to show up each day.
I am happy to say that two years later, I have overcome a lot of those initial anxieties. However, some of them definitely still linger. Knowing that my running “sole sisters” would be there definitely helped me get out of bed at 4am every morning and had me looking forward to each workout.
This week was a tribute to the US Military. I feel like I am living in a weird space after being a military wife for 8 years, still living in a military town. I’m no longer integrated into the community, but I am still living on the edge of it. My military ID has expired, but I still hear whispers of drama happening in the community through my friends who are still happily married to their sailor.
I do blame the military lifestyle for a lot of what ruined my marriage. I watched the person I loved change into someone I wasn’t sure I wanted to be with. That being said, of course I am so very thankful to the men and women who serve and who have served our country. Of course I appreciate our military, it’s just a hard thing for me to celebrate while I navigate divorce and heal from my past relationship.
The theme this week was important to me, but also it was important for me to experience. I spent each day trying to change my negative mental associations with the military to something more positive.
5 workouts at 5:30am. I woke up excited (and super tired) every day. I went, because I would have been so mad at myself if I had missed it. This is such an incredibly opportunity to celebrate community, meet new people, and get some free fitness.
Marines | 36th St Hillier Ignite Fitness Park, Oceanfront
Air Force | Jordan Bridge Elizabeth River Boat Ramp & Park
Army | Lake Lawson
Coast Guard | Town Point Park
Navy | Lesner Bridge
Thank you so much to November Project Virginia Beach for hosting these incredible opportunities all around Coastal Virginia. They are good for the body and good for the soul.