Yesterday I completed the burpee mile and I wanted to share my thoughts, feelings, and a few disclaimers over my latest epic adventure.
First of all I just want to reiterate this was a totally unofficial event organised amongst friends.
It was not affiliated with anyone or anything we were merely a group of people turning up to the same place to do the same workout who wanted to be inclusive.
I think I have explained before but just in case ..
This is how it went down in an email sent out to a group of friends ..
“Anyone keen to do that workout that is in the Ludus newsletter on Wednesday?”
“Can ____ and ____ come?”
“Lets make an event that way we can keep track”
“Who knows how to make an event?”
“I do, I’ll make one”
“Make it an open one so we can invite anyone”
Then Anna piped up with “Lets do the burpee mile too”
(which incidentally is a crossfit wod however non of us are crossfitters)
And that’s about it. From idea to epic adventure in one foul swoop.
My overall thoughts on the day are that we had an amazing group of people turn up and although the majority of the group started out as strangers by the end of the workout I honestly think that we left as friends.
Last night my girlfriends were excitedly telling me how friendly and helpful everyone was and how inspirational they found watching Anna, Sally and I gutsing it out on the track and that they aspired to be like “us” one day.
Even I was inspired and have a new found respect for all of the people involved. Sally for example couldn’t even jump with both feet last week and yesterday she jumped perfectly for an entire mile.
So that’s what it’s all about people. Going forth and doing audacious things so that others can see it can be done (even if in my case it takes nearly an entire day).
I’ve had some *negative* stuff but I’m not ashamed of my effort. I said I would do it and I did, simple as that. I never said I would do it quickly. I never said I would do it faster than anyone else I even publicly stated that I didn’t think I could actually finish.
I could make excuses but I don’t feel the need too. I don’t care if people think I should have completed it quicker or that I should have finished higher up in the pack. Come back after spending hours in the hot sun frog leap burpeeing around a track four times and we can discuss it then.
Would I do it again?
If I had known how long it would take and how much it would hurt prior to attempting the mile would I still do it?
Yep in a heartbeat especially after seeing how much it has inspired my FBs!
I’d just be go into the challenge more prepared.
Do I have any tips? I do ..
Till next time