CrossFit: The Murph Challenge…

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CrossFit: The Murph Challenge

The results are not final but as of this posting I am sitting in 4th place worldwide for Women’s RX times for the Murph WOD on Memorial Day weekend.

I’m happy with where I placed (I was 9th last year), but since it wasn’t my best time ever on Murph, I’m a bit disappointed.

Next year, it will be a whole different story…

Memorial Day Murph…

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Today our box did Murph, a CrossFit Hero workout that is traditionally done on Memorial Day weekend in honor of those who died for our freedom.

Lieutenant Michael Murphy (whom Murph is named after) has an amazing story. Every part of this workout sucks (it was his favorite), and when we put ourselves through this, we honor his memory, his acts, and his sacrifice for what he believed in. The Murph Challenge run by his family is a foundation to support scholarships and a training facility.

It was hot. 85 degrees hot. I wanted to PR. I was 40 seconds off. It was a good score though (37:47), but I’ve never done it in such heat. YUCK! I was dripping in sweat. But as always it was a butt-kicker. And after it was over, it’s a wonderful feeling.

To all those honoring Lieutenant Murphy this weekend, thank you. Thank you to all the men and women who tirelessly and furiously defend this country and our freedoms and who fight for what’s right. It’s an honor to remember you all! God bless!

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Sunday Morning Murph…

Month 2 of keeping my resolution to do Murph (the Hero workout named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy who died fighting for our freedoms) once a month.  It consists of 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, and then another 1 mile run.

My first mile run was slow because of my 5k yesterday. But I made up the time in the pull-ups and push ups by taking no breaks. My second mile run was probably about average. I PR’ed but can definitely get my time down by trimming time on the runs on both ends.

It was a gorgeous morning. About 50 degrees out (perfect when you’re wearing a weight vest!). Quiet. The moon was out during my first mile and then the sky was pink during my second.  I am so grateful for the life I lead.

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Murph for Easter…

I’ve made a commitment to do Murph once a month.

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Celebrating our freedom from sin seemed like a good time to start.

For those of you unfamiliar with CrossFit, Murph is a Hero Workout, named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy , a Navy Seal, who died fighting for our freedoms.  This was one of his favorite workouts and it is traditionally done by most CrossFit boxes on Memorial Day in his honor.  The workout is:  1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, and then finish it off with a 1 mile run.

This is one of my absolute favorite workouts, and I’ve been itching to do it for a while now but with the Open and my wrist, it didn’t happen until now.

I PR’ed by 2 minutes.  Butterfly pull-ups and my run made the difference.

Did get a couple of blood blisters on my hands from the 100 pull ups.

Totally worth it.

I needed this one.  Mentally more than anything.  Plus, I love to go long and it’s rarely programmed due to time constraints at the gym.

Side Note:  I woke up today not sore at all.  When I used to do this workout, it would destroy me for a few days.  It was actually the first workout I ever did in CrossFit.  I know I work hard and am fit, but it doesn’t hit me how fit until I do something like this.

Happy Easter, one and all!

Murph and a 5k on Thanksgiving Day…

What could be better on a gorgeous Thanksgiving Day than two of my favorite workouts?

I ran the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot where I won 2nd place and an apple pie.  And then I went to my box and did Murph.  I didn’t PR Murph (I just didn’t have the final run in me), but it was awesome and I felt amazing afterwards.image3

This was my third year doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day and my second year running the Pelican Lakes 5k and then doing Murph afterwards.  Such a great way to give thanks for this amazing country we live in and our freedoms by doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day.

To all the service men and women past and present and future I thank you!!!

Just 10 More Reps…

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CrossFit Tip of the Day:

I tell myself this in every workout.

Just 30 more reps.

Just 20.

Just 10.

If you think of it like that, every workout is easier.

And workouts like Murph doesn’t seem so bad, does it?