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Doing the Burpee Mile

How does one write about someone doing a mile of burpees?  Nothing I write could give Rita, age 50, the credit and accolades she deserves.  Rita did a full mile of burpees with push-ups in 1 hour and 35 minutes!  She would have broken the record of 1 hour and 15 minutes, if we all didn’t make her stop and take pictures. 

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When we all met up with Rita at the Y, she had two canvas boards labeled with each lap and who she was dedicating it to.  She then asked us to write in who we dedicated our lap(s) to below hers.  I thought this was such a wonderful and meaningful thing to do.

Lap 1

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Rita started out her first lap with a bang!  She rocked her way around the track in 10 minutes!

Lap 2

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Margel and her son joined Rita in her second lap.  Both Margel and I have problems doing push-ups due to injuries.  Margel discovered that we had to do our burpees with the push-ups to give our legs that quick break…boy was she right too!

Lap 3

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Can you say rockin’ body!?!

Lap 4

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Rita loved having everyone there to do laps with her.  We would cheer for her, and then she would start cheering for us, and telling us how proud she was of us and how great we were doing! 

Lap 5

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Rita’s husband, Barry, joined her for a lap of Burpees!

Lap 6

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Margel, Stephanie, and I joined Rita for this lap.  I started out without the push-ups, but about 7 burpees into it, I added those push-ups in to save my quads, because they were already on fire!  I’m the one in the middle.

Lap 7

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Second to last lap, and Rita is still going strong.  She had perfect form, strong push-ups, and great forward jumps!

Lap 8

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Devin and I joined Rita for her last lap of burpees.  She stayed so strong through that last lap, and finished with a smile!!

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A special thank you to everyone who was there to support Rita on her Burpee Mile!!

The Burpee Mile

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Many of you have read about some of the workouts I do with my trainer, Rita, on Fridays.  Therefore, you know what an amazing coworker and fitness minded woman she is.  Rita is such an uplifting and motivating woman, especially when it comes to making others stronger, inspired, and more motivated.

The Burpee Mile

Rita has a big birthday coming up in the beginning of March, and she wants to, “End her year of being 50 with a bang” (those are her words).  Guess what Rita has decided to do for her big “bang”?  Give up?  She will be doing the Burpee Mile!!  Most people who are turning 51 just want cake, drinks, and a nice get together with friends.  Not Rita!  She will be ending her 50th year by doing a mile of burpees!  It gets better too!  Not only is she doing a mile of burpees, Rita is doing a mile of burpees with push-ups!  Honestly, I dream of having her endurance one day, and can only pray that my wrinkly butt can do a mile of burpees when I’m 50.

Rita will be doing her Burpee Mile at the end of February (tentative date of Feb 27th), and a group of us will be taking turns doing the Burpee Mile with her.  You have to do 8 laps around our indoor track at the Y to equal a mile, and there will be 8 of us each doing 1 lap.  A week ago when the track was empty I tried doing some burpees to see how far I could get.  I purposely waited till it was empty just in case I made a fool of myself…I have a bit of an ego.  Halfway around the track I wanted to die or barf…maybe both.  So, I have some serious training to do.  What, may you ask can I do to train for the Burpee Mile (well 1/8th of it)?  Burpees!!  And some strength training too!

Now, I’m one of those people who love to hate burpees.  I absolutely hate them while I’m doing them, but afterwards I know the payoff is well worth it.  That is why I try to do some each week, and it looks like I will be doing a lot more for awhile too!  So for now this is my moto:

Feel free to join us while training for the Burpee Mile, or just to cheer Rita on!  And, here is a burpee loaded workout for Workout Wednesday to help you and me get through that mile…well, 1/8 of it Smile . Hopefully I will be able to do more when it comes time!  If you are a beginner to working out, knock down the 1 minute increments of burpees down to 30 seconds.  Take a 30 sec – 1 min break between each set.  Remember to stretch when you are done!

Burpee Time