Mental burpees 

Today’s burpees were a total mental battle. Not sure if it was because I’d only slept around 4 hrs, or if it was because I took a call right as I was warming up and ended up on the phone for an hour, or if it was just purely my own self sabotage, but I just didn’t want to do them today once I got going. 

I had my music blasting – I love to do burpees (and running) to trance music from the 90’s to early 00’s. Usually one of my Ministry of Sound or Gatecrasher albums. I was all warmed up (again) and ready to go. After 7 I thought “ugh these are tough today” after 15 I actually stopped and had an argument with myself in my head. 

Some of my excuses not to continue were:

“You will burn yourself out before the crossfit class you have in an hour”

“You can totally do them after Crossfit at the box”

“You’re just too tired for this today, you can make it up tomorrow”

“Maybe you could do them at work, or what about when you get home at 1am?”

Ha! Can you believe my sneaky brain? Like I’m going to drop and do 100 burpees at 1am! I even stopped the timer and paced a couple of times while doing this. Weighing the pros and cons in my mind. 

I’ll admit it. I almost gave in and walked away. But I didn’t. Something, somewhere deep inside knew that if I didn’t do them right then, it would be the beginning of the end. So I told myself – let’s just get to 30 at the very least and then you can finish later. 

Then I decided “ok just 20 more, you can absolutely get 20 more then you are half done”. I’d stop in between these sets of 20 and still have to convince myself to keep going. I got to 60 and figured “I may as well just keep going”. 

70 – “surely I could stop here and do 30 at the box right? Nope! Get your ass back down and jump back up!” 

77 – “my arms, my legs, they hurt. Move your ass Mandy!” 

80 – “ok just another 20, I’ve got this”. 

87 – “why do I keep stopping?? just MOVE!!” 

93 – “are you kidding me right now? Don’t you dare think about stopping!”

97 – “MOVE IT!!”

100! – “I made it!! I actually did it! You totally rock for doing that and I’m proud of you!!” 

I am so very glad that I decided to push through the mental blocks, if I hadn’t I would have felt awful about it all day. I didn’t press continue on the timer so don’t know what the time was. The time wasn’t important today, I just wanted to get through this even if it took me half an hour. 

I’m sure this won’t be the first time I encounter this over the coming weeks, but I have this here to remind me that I can absolutely make it through it no matter how much kicking and screaming my brain is doing. Also, maybe I should check if talking to myself this much is normal? 🙂 

Day 13 of 100 days of burpees

Another week has passed by since my last post. I have been consistent with my daily challenge of 100 burpees. Today is day 13 (I think) and I’ve already made some good progress. 

When I started this challenge I had to rest after every 10 burpees to catch my breath, take sips of water and had to take a full minute of resting half way through. My time at the start was close to 14 minutes. 

At the start of the week I was under 12 mins. On Wednesday I was at 11mins 12 seconds. So on Thursday when my coach Michele told me we had to do 5 rounds of 20 burpees plus 20 kettle bell swings in under 15 minutes, (after I’d already done 100 for the day!) I thought I wasn’t going to finish the WOD. I told her so, telling her it takes me about 12 mins to do 100 burpees and she said “bullshit!” Love her. Lol. 

I did my first 20 burpees in 58 seconds – what?? Michele told me this as I pick up my kettlebell and tells me to just keep moving and that I’ve got this. So that’s what I did. I didn’t stop moving until I finished the WOD in 13 mins 40 seconds. 

I couldn’t believe I actually finished it and so started to question my method of doing burpees at home. Questioning all those little “breathing” breaks – the sips of water (I only took one during the WOD) – was I resting too much? Obviously I was. 

So the next day I made sure I warmed up good, made sure I was well hydrated and just got to work. I knocked out 100 burpees in 9 minutes 30 seconds!!! I couldn’t believe it. I felt like Rocky when he scaled those steps with ease in the movie. I may have even done a little victory dance and a few air punches. 

Today, again I made sure I warmed up good using the same movements we had used at Crossfit that day and set at being under 10 minutes. Surely I can’t do it two days in a row right? Wrong! Today I did it in 8 minutes 58 seconds. 

This to me is incredible. I am feeling so good about this challenge and proud of the work I have put in so far. Now I can do 30 burpees without taking a 2 deep breaths break – last week I couldn’t wait to get to 10! Burpee number 35 to around 70 are where the mental battle comes in. 

I can’t think about what I’m doing other than telling myself “just put your hands on the ground!!” Sometimes I have to tell myself to jump up too. My quads start to burn, my legs start feeling heavy and I start to feel it in my arms too. 

At around the 70 mark I know I’m on the home stretch and just push through the burn, at this point I start smiling a little despite the discomfort because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m sure my smile looks kind of twisted like the Jokers smile and then disappears into a grimace as I push back up – and then the smile again. 

Here is a pic after I just finished yesterday – sweaty and catching my breath – complete with my wild hair and my mascara running 🙂 hey if you can look cute after a workout you aren’t working hard enough, right? 


I think I’m actually starting to enjoy this! But then that was the whole idea wasn’t it? For me to not hate the burpees. Sure I’m still uncomfortable when I do them, but I’m enjoying the process of the whole thing. Finding that inner strength to push through, to get going doing them in the first place! Also challenging myself to get faster doing them rather than just go through the motion. 

I’ve done 1480 burpees so far in 13 days. Prior to this challenge I don’t think I had done that many in my life!