Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Memorial Day Murph

May 28, 2012

In honor of Memorial Day we are off to CrossFit Wachusett to complete Memorial Day "Murph" which is named in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike's favorites and he'd named it "Body Armor". From here on it will be referred to as "Murph" in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is. (

I had stopped over at the WOD Love tent while we were in Canton (and will give them a little “love” on my blog here) and bought my “Heros” t-shirt that I have been trying to win every chance I get on their WOD Love Give-a-ways every Wednesday on the book of faces. I wore it with honor and pride to the gym today!

This workout touched me more than I was expecting it to. I feel that it is such an honor that we as CrossFitters get to do workouts named for fallen Soldiers. Typically the Hero WODs are pretty difficult (in comparison to the daily WOD). They seem to “live up to” the name they are given and more often than not the story of the soldier that they are honoring includes the fact that this was “their favorite workout” or it might include the things they enjoyed doing the most. I didn’t realize that “Memorial Day Murph” was such a well-known phenomenon within the CrossFit community until I talked to and heard so many people mention it this weekend at Regionals.

I started to think a lot about who Murph was… and all that his family and friends have gone through since they lost him… taken way to early in life and so quickly. He died honorably and I am sure was an absolute amazing man. I personally don’t know what it is like to lose a soldier in action, but unfortunately I cant say that I don’t know what its like to have someone taken away from me so suddenly. I felt myself thinking of all the emotions that I went through at that time in my life while I did this WOD.

After the first mile we broke the middle section up into 20 sets of 5 pullups, 10 pushups and 15 squats… and all I could think of was “this is temporary,” what Murph gave is forever… the pain that his family, friends and people who knew him personally… is forever. I pushed and pushed myself and really gave it everything I had to make it though all 20 sets. I could almost feel tears coming to my eyes… it hit me so emotionally. That’s what its all about… what an honor it is that his name will live as this Memorial Day tradition for CrossFitters around the world. That his family can hold tight to the memories that they have of him forever… and be happy and flattered that a whole community of people honor his name every Memorial Day be doing this WOD… that right there made the tears turn to a smile. That’s pretty awesome.

Honor and remember your soldiers. They fight for you and they don’t even know you…push yourself to your limits... and never give up.

2 Minutes Double Unders
3 Rounds
- 5 Inchworms
- 5 Ring Rows
- 10 Abmat Situps
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
Group: Murph Review

WOD: "Murph" for time
1 Mile Run
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run
(my time 60:39 Rx)


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