Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Burpee Mile WOD

We've all done a burpee before, right?

And we have all run a mile.

But have you ever burpee'd a mile?

That's what I thought.

Well, I hadn't either before this morning! Holy moly, this was the hardest WOD I've ever done. It wasn't that it required a lot of strength, it just required a lot of stamina and, after the first half mile, fortitude. 

Fortitude: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger or temptation.

The thought of quitting crossed my mind many, many times. First of all, conditions were dismal. It was freezing cold, windy as fugg, and we were doing it on a dirt/rock track. Yeah, I'm still picking embedded rocks out of my knees. I did have gloves for my hands. But dirt got everywhere. When the dirt and gravel became too much, I'd move it over onto the inside of the track and burpee on the grass. But that was moody and uneven, and it was hard to get a good long jump in when your feet were stuck in mud.

Sound miserable enough for you yet?

How about my iPod earbuds taking a crap on me?

How about it taking almost two hours? 1 hour, 53 minutes to be exact!

After the first lap, I thought - a quarter mile, that's a good workout, I could quit now. But quitting is NOT in my vocab, people. After the second lap, at the half mile point, I knew a lot of people quit at this point, and that no one would think less of me. But I carried on. My friend Melissa stopped by at this point to cheer me on, seeing her gave me a little boost, and I was determined to finish, the whole damn thing.

I embraced the suck. The beautiful thing is we did it. A lot of people can say they ran for two hours, that they worked out for two hours, that they walked for two hours, cleaned, rode horses, swam, biked, pole danced, blah blah blah, but not many people can say they did over 1,300 long jump burpees for two hours.

Thinking about doing it? Here's the video and the rules! 



  1. pardon my language, but that is completely BAD ASS. I can honestly say I would have quit after 1 lap- way to finish it

  2. WOW- I agree. That is killer! In just thinking about it you wouldn't think it would take that long, but I could definitely see how it would. Great job!

  3. Awesome work. That takes some serious tenacity! And so cool you can now say you've burpeed a mile. ;) Checking out the video now!

    1. Haha, my sister thought I was saying BURPED. "You burped for a mile? What?" ;)

  4. My daughter is going into Navy OCS...I showed her this video and said she should try it.

    1. Mike, congratulations to your daughter and thank you in advance for her service and supporting her. The Burpee Mile is no joke. Good luck to her!

  5. I can't imagine doing this at all. Amazing!

  6. Congratulations and great job well done!

  7. Good crap! How many burpees total is that?! Nice work!