I came. I burpeed. I conquored…
And so did this girl through her support with her gym’s Burpee Mile event and my mom on her 55th birthday! I’m so proud of all those who burpeed in Utah, of my mom for completing such an amazing task down in California, and for myself for going at it solo here in Calgary.
Let me back up a bit. Why the burpee mile? Well, I’d seen this as a Cross Fit challenge floating around the interwebs and thought it’d be such an amazing accomplishment to do one day. You guys all know I love burpees and burpee-related challenges, so when I read that Janetha’s gym was holding an event to benefit No More Victims, I decided now was the time to commit to it and do it! So although I wasn’t in the same city and couldn’t do it the same day (I was at the Can-Fit-Pro Conference with my fellow trainers Saturday), I made it happen Sunday. Here’s a quick recap of how it all went down – I’ll let the video do most of the talking!
Saturday: Woke up early for the conference and while at the conference it starts snowing. All day! And it’s cold. I contemplate burpees in the snow…then doing it at all…then work on a new hairstyle and finally decide to find an indoor gym the next day.
(The lobster tail!)
Sunday: Woke up to less snow but snow on the ground nonetheless. Chilly day. Prepped for clients, wished my mom a happy birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, mom!), made some paleo pumpkin pancakes, drank some coffee and counted down the hours until go time.
Drive over to the Talisman Centre which, as it turns out, is only about a 4 block walk from our place, hit the track with a one-lap warm up, and begin the burpees.
I can’t believe I did it! And the neatest part? I helped support a great organization, got a t-shirt in the process (wahoo!), told people I was going to do it and followed through AND my mom and I got the same time (1:34:13)! Can you believe that? She turned 55 today and could probably out-burpee me. Wow – now there’s the gift of health in action! (If you’d like to see her beginning and ending shots from her burpee mile, check out the videos in the links above!)
A few more thoughts on the experience…
- To be honest, I’m surprised it wasn’t super difficult! Sure it hurt, but it was more about the persistence to keep moving that was tough for me than anything else.
- I still love burpees after this experience! In fact, I’d like to do this again and beat my time! Maybe make it an event? (would YOU join me?!)
- The track was a small one, and I was unable to be on the inside lane, so I’m guessing this was over a mile by a bit (but who’s counting? When you go that long, just say 8 laps = 1 mile!). They had the break down for the different laps, but I didn’t catch what the second inside lane was:
- People at the gym were super supportive. Some looked at me like I was crazy (rightfully so) but others came up to talk to me. One woman gave me a fist pump while she was running around the opposite direction and said, “You.are.awesome!” while another man (who you see sprinting in the video) said, “Wow. I want no part in that! …but you should try to make your last lap faster than your first!” …done and done, sir. 😉 One man said, “What kind of training are you doing?” and then, upon seeing my face, said: “Wait – you’re not doing this for FUN, are you?” Yep! He “air-snapped” a picture of me and said he’d put it on his wall for motivation if he could! Another woman kept encouraging me and I met her in the locker room later and found out she’s training for her second triathlon! So while doing it with others might be easier, there was neat support for it being a pretty solo event for me today.
- I mentioned it in the video, but here’s a glimpse at what I threw on last-minute:
- I refueled with a fruit source bar and this little guy – some coconut water – back at home. My appetite was gone for a while, but then I had some candy at Argo (a great movie!) with Mikey as my reward!
- Now I feel my calves stiffening up and for sure think my chest will be sore the next day – we’ll see how well my body does!
- I am SO proud to have a mom who willingly chooses to burpee a mile on her 55th birthday – and a mom that’s not a second slower than me (WOW!). 😀
And that, my friends, concludes my thoughts on the burpee mile. Who knows what little challenge lies ahead next? I love things like this…here’s to doing more than you first think possible! …let’s start by making today a good Monday. 😉 Live well & be well!